TOURISM AUSTRALIA UPDATES ON COVID-19

Dear Members,
Kindly be informed that MATTA received email from Tourism Australia with regards to the Australian Government had recently  introduced of new border control measures and travel restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.   

At this time these measures are focused on outbound travel from China. Specifically, foreign nationals (excluding permanent Australian residents) who are in mainland China, are not allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.  

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family are still be able to enter Australia, but are required to self-isolate for 14 days from the departure from China.  

The above measures are current, but this is an evolving public health issue. Advice and restrictions could change. We encourage all travellers visiting or planning to visit Australia to seek the most up-to-date travel and health information prior to departure, and remain informed about changing conditions while in Australia.  

Tourism Australia maintains a travel alert section on Australiavisa.my which contains updated information on the latest travel advisories impacting Australia, and this currently includes COVID-19.     They would like to share the following information with you about the coronavirus:  

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
     
  • The Australian Government has issued a travel health alert as a precaution, based on the latest and best medical advice.
     
  • Australia’s travel advice to China is at ‘Level 4 – Do Not Travel’.
     
  • Australia has in place temporary border restrictions for travellers arriving from China (as of 21 February 2020). These measures are being reviewed on a weekly basis. 
     
  • In Australia, there have been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus.
     
  • The Australian Government is monitoring the outbreak closely.
     
  • All Australian airports are open and, with the exception of flights to and from China, all international air services into Australia are operating as normal.
     
  • Australia has well-established measures and safeguards in place to deal with the threat of viruses including at our airports.
  • If you wish to apply an Australia ETA, you may do it as its valid for 12 months and multiple entry. Please submit your Australia Eta at https://www.australiavisa.my/
     
  • For more information visit the Australian Department of Health’s website.

  If your clients have any concerns about travel to Australia during this time, they strongly encourage you to refer them to the travel alert section or the Australian Department of Health’s website.  

Thank you.    

CYNTHIA TAN
VP Outbound Term 2019 – 2021

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