Further to our advice on Friday afternoon, we are updating you on advice that has just been received from the Prime Minister’s office. You can read the statement from the Prime Minister here and the joint media release from Government here.
Key highlights are outlined below:
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to now increase travel advisory to Level 4 – do not travel to all of mainland China.
As of today, all travellers arriving out of mainland China (not just Hubei province) be asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China.
To substantially reduce the volume of travellers coming from mainland China, AHHPC recommends additional border measures be implemented to deny entry to Australia to people who have left or transited through mainland China from Saturday 1 February, with the exception of Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family and air crews who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment. This applies also to passengers transiting in Australia, unless they are Australian citizens, permanent residents or their immediate families.
In addition, Qantas has now suspended all flights between Australia and China effective from Sunday 9 February through to Sunday 29 March.
We are staying in contact with the Federal Minister’s office and will continue to update you on information as and when received.