Novel Coronavirus - 4th Feb 2020

Emergency Name: Novel Coronavirus

Effected People: All Travellers

Date of Publication: 04th Feb 2020

Time of Publication: 14:30 pm

On the 30th of Jan 2020, the World Health Organisation declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus. This outbreak originated from Wuhan City in the Hubei Provence in China and is expected to have an impact on all people planning travel in the near future.

What is Coronavirus:

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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Initial human infections of the novel type of coronaviruses were acquired from exposure to animals at the live animal market in Wuhan. On 20 January, Chinese authorities confirmed the novel coronavirus is spreading person-to-person, with medical workers in Wuhan confirmed to have contracted the disease from patients they had been treating. It remains unknown how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person.

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Common symptoms include a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.

Current Travel Restrictions:

Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited through mainland China beginning the 1st of February 2020, with the exception of:

  • Australian citizens

  • permanent residents

  • immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents, including spouses, minor dependents and legal guardians

If you do arrive in Australia and it is determined that you have been in mainland China since the 1st of Feb 2020, your visa will be cancelled, and you will be placed in an alternative place of detention for a quarantine period.


Before you go:

If you are travelling to China any time in the next 60 days, please contact your travel agent to assist with changing your travel plans. Please reconsider your need to travel to China or Hong Kong.

Before you travel, please ensure you read the travel advice for your destination.

Understand the risks you’re taking and that efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus may cause further widespread disruptions which can come into effect with limited notice.

While away:

In order to minimise your risk of exposure, we recommend you:

  • Avoid all high-risk areas such as farms.

  • Avoid contact with animals, especially pigs, chickens and ducks.

  • If you come into contact with any animals or animal products, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you have thoroughly sanitised your hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, carry hand sanitiser with you and use it often.

  • Keep a distance from sick people, especially if they have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

  • See a health care professional immediately if you start feeling unwell.

  • Follow the advice of local authorities.

  • It is not known whether wearing a face mask will reduce your risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. However if you are travelling in an affected country, you must follow the advice of local authorities about whether wearing a mask in public is mandatory.

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