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Updated Overseas Travel and Advisory Brief: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Correct at: 15 March 2020


What is Corona Virus?


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) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has been named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation and is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. Common symptoms of the disease include a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, and even death. There is much more to learn about how COVID-19 is spread, its severity, and other features associated with the virus; epidemiological and clinical investigations are ongoing. The infection period for the virus will vary from person to person. Mild symptoms in an otherwise healthy individual may resolve over just a few days.


For more details see:


Australian Government Department of Health

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources


https://www.health.gov.au/news/launch-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-campaign


Updated Australian Government Travel Advisories


The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on 15 March 2020 now advises that all Australians to reconsider your need for overseas travel at this time - Regardless of your destination, age or health, if your overseas travel is not essential, consider carefully whether now is the right time.


DFAT have issued this advice for two principal reasons:


  • There may be a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 overseas. You may come in contact with more people than usual, including during long-haul flights and in crowded airports. Health care systems in some countries may come under strain and may not be as well-equipped as Australia’s or have the capacity to support foreigners. You may not have your normal support networks overseas.


  • Overseas travel has become more complex and unpredictable. Many countries are introducing entry or movement restrictions. These are changing often and quickly. Your travel plans may be disrupted. You may be placed in quarantine or denied entry to some countries, and you may need to self-quarantine on return to Australia. Think about what this might mean for your health, and your family, work or study responsibilities.


There are some countries and regions in the world where we advise you 'do not travel'. These are mostly for security reasons but some are also because of a very high risk of coronavirus transmission. Do not travel to these places.



For all other destinations, you should reconsider your need to travel. This is a global advisory in light of the widespread nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and the significant measures in place to curb it.  Individual country advisories may not yet display a ‘reconsider’ advice level. You should nevertheless reconsider your need to travel to all destinations. These country pages will be updated and remain an essential of source of information on country-specific risks and contact information.


Further information can be found at:


Smart Traveller website

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19


Additional Advice


If you’re overseas and can’t or don’t want to return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities. Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus.


Updated International Arrivals Information


If you’re travelling or returning to Australia and arrive from 12am on 16 March, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to all travellers, including Australian citizens. 


For more details see:


Australian Border Force website

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus


Australian Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation guidance

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance

Disclaimer


Information detailed within this brief was gained through sourcing state and federal government material. Whilst every effort is made to ensure up-to-date product, advice and information contained in this advisory is subject to change as situations develop. This information does not constitute or replace medical and health advice from health professionals and is correct as at 15 March 2020.


Whilst reliable sources are utilised for the aggregation of information, inclusion of such material is not confirmation of its credibility nor does it imply the official view or endorsement of Montane Protective Security.

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