Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Australian Government has put in place travel restrictions. Also, the current information is that as of 20 March 2020 only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Hence, all travellers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities such as a hotel, at their time of arrival. So with the current Coronavirus Melbourne is escalating, we need to do some some precautionary measures to prevent it from spreading.
These restrictions are under constant review as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, which will be updated according to the health advice from facilities all around Australia. So from the 25th of March, all Australian citizens and permanent residents won’t be allowed to travel out of Australia unless exempted from the government.
Hence, the health and safety of the elderly in aged care homes are of great importance, as most of the confirmed cases are from the elderly and most of have died from coronavirus.
In addition, Virgin Australia is in line with the advice given by the chief health officer, they are stopping all flights from their airlines as they do not wish to have their workers contracted with the virus.
Who are exempted from the restrictions?
The below travellers are exempted from ‘outbound’ travel restrictions.
- Persons ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia.
- Individuals who travel because their work is associated with offshore facilities.
- People who are working day to day based on outbound and inbound freight.
- People travelling on official government business
- Members of the Australian Defence Force(ADF).
- Airlines and maritime crews
- Associated Safety workers.