The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is all over the news around the globe today. It is very sensitive news and it is important for you to have accurate information to answer all your questions. For instance; How will it affect your immigration or travel to Australia?

Travel Ban

Last Saturday, 1st of February 2020, the Australian government announces temporary travel restrictions (effective immediately) coming from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality. The country will deny entry for those who have left/transited mainland China starting the 1st of February, except for:

  • Australian Citizens
  • Permanent Residents
  • Immediate family members of an Australian citizen/permanent residents (e.g. spouse, legal guardians and minor dependents)

Travel restrictions are temporary and will be reviewed around 3rd week of February.

Australia Immigration Advisor

As of 5th of February 2020, there are around 13 cases under surveillance in Australia. International students are greatly impacted by this news as 2020 academic year is about to start. For sure, there will be a few changes to immigration and travel in the country.

Upcoming Flights

Airlines around the globe are suspending travels coming from/going to mainland China. Below are the lists of airlines who arrange travel cancellations worldwide:

Air Canada Air France Air India
Air New Zealand Air Seoul Air Tanzania
American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Airways
Delta Air Lines Egyptair El Al Israel Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines Etihad Airways Finnair
Hainan Airlines Kenya Airways Lion Air
Lot Polish Airlines Lufthansa Philippine Airlines
Qantas Airways Qatar Airways Royal Air Maroc
Russia Rwandair SAS
Scoot Shanghai Airlines Singapore Airlines
Turkish Airlines Turkmenistan Airlines United Airlines
United Parcel Service Vietjet Vietnam Airlines
Virgin Atlantic

Source: SBS News

Australia International Students

Students who have returned to Australia coming from mainland China during the last weeks of January until February needs to self-isolate for 14 days upon leaving China. To be exact, self-isolation means you’re not to attend public places (work/school campus) and not to allow visitors to your home (except for people who live in the house).

As for school attendance, you will need to reach out to your university/education provider for reasonable study interferences. Contact your provider and discuss other options for your course/study.

A few universities are rescheduling their semester start. For instance, Monash University who will start online classes and on-campus teaching in March to give more time for international students to arrive in Australia.

Border Closures

As of 4rth of February, mainland borders at Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal. The international airport in Hong Kong, Shenzen Bay border and Hong Kong-Zhuhai remain open today. Travellers from Hong Kong to Australia will not need to self-isolate.

If you need help regarding your visa and migration options, feel free to contact us anytime.