As you are aware, COVID-19 is causing major disruptions to all travellers leaving and coming into Australia.
Australia is closing its borders
As of March 19th, 2020 at 9pm. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the enhanced border measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It applies to all non-citizens and non-residents.
Australians will still be able to return from overseas but they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Safety measures in Australia:
Everyone should now take steps to prepare for the transmission of the corona virus in the coming weeks. Plan ahead and keep the fridge and cupboards full of basic foods. Think about elderly friends, neighbours, and people with a disability in your community and how you would support each other too.
Some precautions you should follow include:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Cover your mouth while you cough or sneeze
- If unwell avoid contact with others
- Clean surfaces regularly eg.Door handles, your phone, light switches, kitchen and bathroom areas
- No social contact; no hug, no hand shakes…
- All gatherings of more than 100 people are forbidden, it doesn’t include public transport and schools so far
If you experience any of the symptoms below you should seek medical attention immediately. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department so they can prepare appropriate infection control measures.
Most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
– Sore throat and Coughing
European Union closes all external borders
Europe closing its borders is one of the biggest expressions of that strategy yet. From march 17th the borders will be closed for 30 days for non members of the European union. People within the EU’s 27 member nations can still travel between those countries, although there will be some restrictions and Europeans stranded abroad will be repatriated. You can still go back if you are European but be careful most airlines are stopping international flights so check with the airline what are your options to go back.
News for students in Australia
International students currently employed at the major supermarkets will be able to extend their working hours to help meet high demand for essential items because of the coronavirus.
Study from home :
For now the government hasn’t decided to shut down schools but lot of schools are taking safety measures and start offering online classes, contact the administration of your school for more info.
If you school isn't doing online classes but you want to study from home you might need a written medical advice to not be marked as absent.
Feel free to contact us if you have any question regarding your visa, the safety measures, how to go back home or how to extend your stay.
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