Australia will deny entry to foreign nationals from 2100 AEDST on 20 March 2020.
In addition, as of 25 March 2020, bans will be enforced against non-essentially international travel. However, Australian citizens and permanent residents (and their immediate family) and New Zealand nationals resident in Australia have exemptions. It may include international airline and maritime crew.
The Department of Health is also providing additional communication material for travelers at all international ports to capture sick travelers who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
From 16 March 2020, travelers arriving in Australia are required to undertake a precautionary self-isolation period of up to 14 days after entry into Australia.
How can I reduce my risk?
Information for marine pilots
- The vessel should be limited to contact with people on board.
- While on board a vessel, pilots should wear appropriate people protective equipment (PPE).
- Pilots should avoid touching their face with unwashed or gloved hands.
- Pilots should wash their hands frequently with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rub.
- Where possible, pilots should stay 1.5 meters or more away from the crew unless wearing appropriate PPE.
- If a pilot becomes aware of any sick person on board, they should contact their local port authority and public health authority.
- The sick crew member or passenger should isolate on the vessel in a single cabin until further direction is given by a bio-security officer.
Information for Border Staff
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub throughout your shift.
- Practice using hand sanitize regularly and avoid touching your face unless your hands are clean.
- Where possible, should stay 1.5 meters or more away from travelers who are ill.
- Practice and promote good respiratory (cough) etiquette.
- Undertake appropriate cleaning and disinfection activities.
- If close contact with a sick traveler, you should wear appropriate PPE.
The risk to border staff working at some departments of air and sea ports are considered low. For example:
- The primary line and bio-security inspection areas.
- The cargo and mail processing areas (considered extremely low).
What should I do if I develop symptoms?
You should call a doctor and describe your profession as a border worker with possible contact with travelers from risk areas. If you are coughing, wear a medical mask while you are at the doctor. You should also:
- Hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection.
- Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand rub.
- Practice physical distancing (stay more than 1.5 meters from people, if possible) and if unwell, avoid contact with others.
For general COVID-19 questions:
- Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- If you need to communicate with a non-English speaking person, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National). Telephone interpreters are available immediately by calling 131 450.
For the latest advice, information and resources, go to https://www.health.gov.au/
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