The Australian Government has announced that as of 1 February 2020, all travellers arriving from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality, will be subject to enhanced border control measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community.
Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited mainland China from 1 February, with the exception of:
- Australian citizens
- permanent residents
- immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependents and legal guardians
Apart from the agreed exceptions, all other foreign nationals who were in mainland China on or after 1 February will not be allowed to enter Australia until 14 days after they have left, or transited through, mainland China.
These enhanced public safety measures will apply to those seeking to enter Australia as well as those seeking to transit through Australia en route to another country.
These measures are temporary and will be reviewed.
Anyone who arrives in Australia and it is determined they have been in mainland China from 1 Feb 2020, their visa will be cancelled and they will be placed in an alternative place of detention for a quarantine period.
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