Travelling to Australia is changing before our eyes. Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has announced the Coronavirus COVID-19 Travel Ban will be extended to all non Australian citizens and non residents coming into Australia from tomorrow, 20 March 2020 at 6pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) / 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
According to Mr Morrison, anyone who is travelling to Australia and is not an Australian citizen, resident or close family member of a citizen or resident will be denied entry.
We are currently awaiting clarification on whether ‘residents’ includes Temporary Residents, such as Subclass 482 or 457 Visa Holders.
Previously, the Government had only banned entry to foreign nationals travelling to Australia from mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
Once additional information is available, we will provide a further update on travelling to Australia as soon as possible.
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In other COVID-19 related events, the Tasmanian Government announced this morning that a 14 day quarantine period will apply for all non essential travellers to Tasmania from midnight tomorrow 20 March 2020.
Further travel ban updates
Unfortunately the travel bans that have already been implemented across the world to contain the spread of COVID-19 have had a significant impact on visa holders. Our migration agents will continue to keep you updated on the impact of the COVID-19 travel ban restrictions for visa holders that are currently in Australia, as well as those restricted from travelling to Australia due to the travel bans.
The pace of Government announcements are coming through very quickly in these unchartered times, and we will continue to support visa holders through the crisis. Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents can be reached at [email protected] or +61 8 9221 3388 (or National Free Call 1800 449 858). We will provide a further update about arrangements for travelling to Australia as soon as possible.