The Australian government announced on March 15 that all international travelers to Australia now must enter a 14-day period of self-isolation. Additionally, a 30-day ban has been placed on cruise ships from foreign countries arriving at Australian ports.

Key points:

  • Australia extended its recent travel restrictions again to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Previously, foreign nationals who had been in or transited through mainland China, Iran, Italy or South Korea were banned for 14 days from the time of their departures.
  • Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members are exempted from this requirement, though they must also self-isolate at home for 14 days from the time they departed China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.
  • The Australian government noted that these public health measures apply to all travelers intending to enter Australia and all who are intending to transit through Australia to other countries.
  • These measures will remain in effect until further notice.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Employers should also expect significant delays at this point for consular and in-country processing.

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