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Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

10.07.2020 Qantas recently filed changes to its inventory for Trans-Tasman service, as the airline closed reservation for travel between 20JUL20 and 31AUG20. First available flight for reservation is now scheduled on 01SEP20. Operational frequencies for Trans-Tasman service in September 2020 as follows.

Brisbane – Auckland 14 weekly
Brisbane – Christchurch 7 weekly
Brisbane – Queenstown 3 weekly
Melbourne – Auckland 28 weekly
Melbourne – Christchurch 7 weekly
Melbourne – Wellington 7 weekly
Sydney – Auckland 35 weekly
Sydney – Christchurch 7 weekly
Sydney – Queenstown 10 weekly
Sydney – Wellington 14 weekly

Separately, reflecting the airline’s recent guidance, Qantas has closed reservation on all International flights (except Trans-Tasman service) until 27MAR21 inclusive.
Published on 29.06.2020
Alliance Airlines adds Cairns – Maroochydore service from mid-July 2020

Published on 26.06.2020
FlyPelican adds Canberra – Ballina service from July 2020

Published on 23.06.2020
Qantas July – October 2020 International operations as of 23JUN20

Published on 17.06.2020
Qantas cancels international flights until late October

Published on 08.06.2020

Qantas and Virgin Australia suspend remaining international flights

 

Published on 28.05.2020
Austrian Airlines to resume flight operations on June 15

Published on 21.05.2020
Laudamotion operations as of 20MAY20 eff. 01JUL20121

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Flight Restrictions

published 02.07.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia.
– This does not apply to nationals of Australia.
– This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
– This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
– This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.
2. Passengers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry.
3. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.
4. Passengers transiting through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, are subject to quarantine until their departing flight.
5. Flights to Melbourne (MEL) are suspended until 15 July 2020.

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Quarantine

All travelers entering Australia from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days. Travelers are required to undertake their mandatory 14-day self-isolation at their port of entry. Travelers will be transported directly to designated facilities as determined by the relevant state and territory government (for example, a hotel) after appropriate immigration, customs and enhanced health checks.

State and local authorities are levying fines on individuals not following quarantine and self-isolation guidelines.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.
All passengers will be given an Isolation Declaration Card to sign by a border ocial, prior to the immigration point. Going forward, this card will be provided to airlines for distribution to passengers with the incoming passenger card. Health screening – all arriving passengers and crew may be subject to health screening on arrival, regardless of countries visited whilst overseas.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission (with the exception of Galápagos Islands
in Ecuador) and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk
of yellow fever transmission (with the same exception as mentioned above).
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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  • Australia Queensland to close border to non-residents from Victoria starting 10 July (ABC, 09.07.2020) New South Wales-Victoria border closure; COVID-19 restrictions in country are evolving (OSAC, 08.07.2020) The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020). All international flights to Melbourne Airport are suspended until the mid July. International flights to Melbourne are being diverted to other Australian airports through July 14. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Melbourne: Government imposes six-week lockdown in Melbourne from 8 July (9News, 07.07.2020).
    New South Wales: government announces Victorian border closure on 8 July amid COVID-19 case increase. Anyone entering NSW from Victoria will be required to go into 14 days of self-isolation.
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT): also closed its border to travelers from Victoria, effective July 8. Any non-ACT residents traveling from Victoria must be granted an exemption to enter the ACT. ACT residents returning from Victoria must notify ACT Health and enter a 14-day quarantine.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

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    09.07.2020
  • Australia The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020). All international flights to Melbourne Airport are suspended until the mid July. International flights to Melbourne are being diverted to other Australian airports through July 14. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Melbourne: Government imposes six-week lockdown in Melbourne from 8 July (9News, 07.07.2020).
    New South Wales: government announces Victorian border closure on 8 July amid COVID-19 case increase. Anyone entering NSW from Victoria will be required to go into 14 days of self-isolation.
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT): also closed its border to travelers from Victoria, effective July 8. Any non-ACT residents traveling from Victoria must be granted an exemption to enter the ACT. ACT residents returning from Victoria must notify ACT Health and enter a 14-day quarantine.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

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    08.07.2020
  • Australia The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020).

    All international flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July to help combat a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

    Read more
    04.07.2020
  • Australia All international flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July to help combat a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

    Read more
    02.07.2020
  • Australia All international flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July to help combat a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information. The only States and Territories without current border restrictions are the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. Others have either closed their borders or require anybody moving across internal borders to self-isolate for 14 days. Individual States and Territories websites provide information on current interstate travel restrictions.
    Western Australia and Queensland borders are currently temporarily closed – you will need to apply for an exemption to cross into them from elsewhere in Australia. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia (for example flying from one State to another domestically to connect to an international flight back to the UK). All arrivals into the Northern Territory (domestic and international) are expected to pay for designated accommodation during their 14 day mandatory quarantine at an estimated cost of $2,500 – $5000.
    Some States and Territories still have restrictions on intrastate travel to areas within their jurisdiction. You should check the individual States and Territories websites for further information.

    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. Some states are revising restrictions on public gatherings. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. These measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5m distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)
    Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)

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    01.07.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.

    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information. The only States and Territories without current border restrictions are the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. Others have either closed their borders or require anybody moving across internal borders to self-isolate for 14 days. Individual States and Territories websites provide information on current interstate travel restrictions.
    Western Australia and Queensland borders are currently temporarily closed – you will need to apply for an exemption to cross into them from elsewhere in Australia. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia (for example flying from one State to another domestically to connect to an international flight back to the UK). All arrivals into the Northern Territory (domestic and international) are expected to pay for designated accommodation during their 14 day mandatory quarantine at an estimated cost of $2,500 – $5000.
    Some States and Territories still have restrictions on intrastate travel to areas within their jurisdiction. You should check the individual States and Territories websites for further information.

    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. Some states are revising restrictions on public gatherings. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. These measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5m distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

    Read more
    25.06.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.
    2. Passengers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry.
    3. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.
    4. Passengers transiting through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, are subject to quarantine until their departing flight.

    Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight.
    The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.
    All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited.
    The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed.
    At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed.
    Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July.
    Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days.
    While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival.
    New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week.
    Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened.
    Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May.
    South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place.
    Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania.
    Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed.
    Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    24.06.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.
    – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members.
    2. Passengers and airline crew are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay.
    – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment.
    3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter.
    Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight.
    4. When passengers transit through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, they must go to mandatory quarantine at the state designated facility until the time of the departing flight.
    5. For repatriation charter flights, airlines are advised to contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) as early as possible in the planning process. Airlines should not confirm or schedule flights before discussing arrangements with the ABF repatriation team.

    Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight.
    The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.
    All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited.
    The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed.
    At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed.
    Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July.
    Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days.
    While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival.
    New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week.
    Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened.
    Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May.
    South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place.
    Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania.
    Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed.
    Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    01.06.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020) Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia. – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members. 2. Passengers and airline crew are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay. – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment. 3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. 4. When passengers transit through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, they must go to mandatory quarantine at the state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. 5. For repatriation charter flights, airlines are advised to contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) as early as possible in the planning process. Airlines should not confirm or schedule flights before discussing arrangements with the ABF repatriation team. Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia. Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited. The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed. At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed. Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July. Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days. While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival. New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week. Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened. Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May. South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place. Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania. Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May. Relaxation to restrictions: Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    30.05.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020) Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia. – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members. 2. Passengers and airline crew are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay. – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment. 3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. 4. When passengers transit through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, they must go to mandatory quarantine at the state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. 5. For repatriation charter flights, airlines are advised to contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) as early as possible in the planning process. Airlines should not confirm or schedule flights before discussing arrangements with the ABF repatriation team. Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited. The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed. At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed. Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July. Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days. While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival. New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week. Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened. Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May. South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place. Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania. Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people.

    People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May. Relaxation to restrictions: Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    28.05.2020
  • Australia Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to transit or enter Australia. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia. – This does not apply to airline crew. – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Isl., Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (American), Solomon Isl., Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu when they are transiting through Australia to their home country. – This does not apply to passengers who reside in Cook Isl., French Polynesia or New Caledonia when they are transiting through Australia to their home country. 2. All passengers are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay. – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment. 3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. 4. All passengers will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and an Isolation Declaration Card. They are subject to health screening on arrival. Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal. New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited. The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed. At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed. Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July. Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days. While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival. New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week. Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened. Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May. South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place. Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania. Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May.

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    12.05.2020
  • Australia Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to transit or enter Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Isl., Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (American), Solomon Isl., Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu when they are transiting through Australia to their home country.
    – This does not apply to passengers who reside in Cook Isl., French Polynesia or New Caledonia when they are transiting through Australia to their home country.
    2. All passengers are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay.
    – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment.
    3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter.
    Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight.
    4. All passengers will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and an Isolation Declaration Card. They are subject to health screening on arrival.

    Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory require inbound non-essential travellers to be quarantined for 14 days. Only essential movement is allowed in the aforementioned states, gatherings are limited to two people. From 1 May noon, Northern Territory will open some parks and reserves, non-contact recreational activities can resume. Social distancing measures will remain in place. Non-essential businesses are allowed to open in Tasmania from 4 May. Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales do not require quarantine for interstate arrivals, but they have shut down non-essential services. These restrictions will be in place until at least 11 May. A public health emergency remains in place in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) until at least 7 July and until 11 May in Victoria. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned; those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents who have been to a ‘COVID-19 hotspot’ must self-quarantine for 14 days. From 1 May, internal restrictions in Queensland have eased. People will be able to undertake recreation activities and travel up to 50km from their homes, social distancing measures will be in place. The “two person rule” where only two people from the same household can leave the residence remains in effect.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/frequently-asked-questions]
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