DFAT TRAVEL ADVISORY TO CHINA: LEVEL 4 – DO NOT TRAVEL
The Prime Minister has made an official address following the National Security Committee of Cabinet meeting to advise the key points below:
1) Travel Advisory – do not travel to China Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to now increase travel advisory to level 4 – do not travel to all of mainland China.
The decision to travel or not to travel remains with the individual. People may continue to travel to China if they wish and a flight can be secured. The travel advisory from the government is just an advisory, not a mandated legal statement.
It is important to check with insurance providers as to cover and if it remains available/applicable and what if any conditions may apply, should you wish to travel.
2) All travellers arriving out of China to self-isolate for 14 days As of today, all travellers arriving out of mainland China (not just Hubei province) have been asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China.
This is again a recommended practice, clearly to safe guard the Australian population.
3) Border Measures – to deny entry to Australia to people who have left or transited through China, with some exceptions. These measures aim to substantially reduce the volume of travellers coming from mainland China. The AHHPC recommends additional border measures be implemented to deny entry to Australia to people who have left or transited through mainland China from 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 also applies to passengers transiting in Australia, unless they are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
Additionally, while these travel restrictions are in place, Australian Border Force (ABF) has today confirmed that all Australian SmartGates will incorporate a question on travel to Mainland China to incoming travellers, to identify passengers that will require additional screening by ABF staff. This is due to be implemented within the next 24 hours.
Airline Services to and from Australia
Many airlines both Australian based and those based overseas have made announcements about their services to and from China and also in and out of Australia. LUXE Travel will make direct contact with your airline to determine what the latest situation or policy is for that individual airline.
We encourage all LUXE Travellers to remain up to date with the latest DFAT advice at all times.