Corona virus in Australia

Current regulations for work & travel, students and tourists

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Entry requirements for Australia by COVID-19

The numerous tightening of entry and exit regulations worldwide have led to a significant reduction or cessation of air traffic in many countries. As the Federal Foreign Office reports, the Federal Government wants to enable all Germans who have been stranded abroad to return to Germany. Up to 50 million euros will be made available for this.

The focus is currently on the countries of Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Egypt. Many backpackers, work & travel adventurers, students and au pairs in Australia are now unsure what exactly this means for them. Should backpackers in Australia prefer to leave the country? In this post we summarize the current measures and regulations that the Australian government has taken in connection with the Corona virus.

Attention:

This article is updated and expanded regularly. No liability is assumed for the correctness and completeness of this compilation of information and links. For more detailed information, please contact the Foreign Office. We have also set up a Facebook group, where we offer help for all work & travelers, students and au pairs abroad whose stay abroad was influenced by COVID-19. Regardless of whether you are already abroad or still planning. Ask us your question, we will try to help.

COVID-19 measures for Australia

Since 20. March 2020, 21:00 local time, a comprehensive Entry ban for all foreign travelers without permanent residence permit (permanent residency) in Australia. German nationals with a residence permit in Australia and their immediate family members (spouses, minor children, legal guardians, not including parents) are excluded from the entry ban.

 

To Transit through Australian airports is also for foreign travelers only possible in exceptional cases. Travelers should have their flight provider check whether a booked connection still allows transit in Australia.

 

Tasmania has been the first Australian state additional provisions adopted to contain the corona virus. With a few exceptions, e14-day self-isolation obligation for anyone arriving from mainland Australia.

The most important questions and answers about the current Corona virus regulations in Australia

There is a 14-day self-isolation obligation upon entry, which you should definitely follow. Violators face fines of up to AUD 17.000 or up to 6 months in prison.

No.

If you are not yet in Australia, you can no longer enter Australia with the Working Holiday Visa (Work & Travel).

There is no minimum duration.

The entry ban was initially introduced for an indefinite period. It is observed how the situation is developing worldwide. It is not yet possible to predict when the entry requirements will be relaxed again.

No.

If you are already in the country, you do not have to leave as long as you meet the visa requirements.

Yes.

Yes, you can of course leave the country. However, it is currently not easy to find a suitable flight. Many flights were canceled and airlines have largely stopped operating. The few flights available are extremely expensive.

7News Contribution to Australia's Border Closure

International risk areas (Status: 15.03.2020)

Italy
Iran
In China: Hubei Province (incl. Wuhan City)
In South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
In France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
In Austria: State of Tyrol
In Spain: Madrid
In USA: States of California, Washington and New York

Useful links and further information

Here you will find further information on the development of the corona virus. Keep up to date and keep yourself informed on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

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Useful Links

Info pages of the most common foreign health insurance providers

Statements from various ERASMUS networks on COVID-19:

Corona virus updates in Australia

Update: March 27.03.2020th, XNUMX | Corona virus shut down

Travel is also severely restricted within Australia. Most states have closed their borders to prevent the spread of coronavirus at the state level. Unnecessary trips are no longer possible across borders. Travelers are therefore rejected at the border and there is a risk of severe penalties if the measures are disregarded.

The states of Australia are authorized to take their own laws and measures. You can find all information about the restrictions at the state level here:

"Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel. States and territories can apply their own restrictions, including closing their state borders."

Australian Health Authority

Update: 23.03.2020 | Corona virus shutdown

Australia is now taking harsher measures to spread the spread of the corona virus. Many shops and facilities will be closed for the time being on Monday, March 23.03.2020rd, 12, XNUMX noon.

 

Pubs & clubs

In NSW and Victoria, pubs, night clubs, casinos and similar facilities in hotels will be closed from March 23.03.2020, XNUMX.

 

Cinemas and entertainment

Closed in NSW and Victoria.

 

Restaurants and cafes

Only delivery service and take-away in NSW and Victoria.

 

Gyms and indoor sports facilities

Closed in NSW and Victoria.

 

Weddings and funerals

No longer allowed in Victoria.

 

train

Victoria preferred the Easter holidays. These are now from Monday, March 23.03.2020rd, 13.04.2020 to April XNUMXth, XNUMX.

NSW schools are still open for the time being. However, parents are encouraged to look after their children at home. However, they can take their children to school if they need to work.

 

Shops & supermarkets

Still open, including bottle shops.

Coronavirus / Covid-19: Worldwide travel warning & return campaign

Update: 18.03.2020

Federal Foreign Office in Germany has issued a worldwide travel warning and advises against unnecessary tourist trips abroad. There are also increasing drastic restrictions on travel, quarantine measures and restrictions in public life.

Does this warning also apply to Work & Travel / AuPair stays?

The Federal Foreign Office currently advises against travel abroad. However, we think that this includes upcoming work & travel and au pair stays. In the current situation, we advise you to follow the recommendations of the authorities and not to start your stay abroad. Postponed is not cancelled. Wait until the situation calms down and start relaxing in the adventure of a lifetime a few months later.

I am already abroad. What should I do?

The numerous tightening of entry and exit regulations worldwide have led to a significant reduction or cessation of air traffic in many countries. As the Federal Foreign Office reports, the Federal Government wants to enable all Germans who have been stranded abroad to return to Germany. Up to 50 million euros will be made available for this.

You can find out whether this return campaign is suitable for you at FAQ page of the Federal Foreign Office read up. The focus is currently on the countries of Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Egypt.

In our Facebook group you can connect with other travelers, work & travelers and students. We offer free support and help for anyone who has been affected by the Corona virus abroad or while planning their stay abroad.

I am already in a semester abroad / student exchange / au pair / work & travel. Does the return campaign affect me?

The offer is primarily aimed at Germans who want to temporarily stay abroad and return, including participants in exchange programs and the like.

You can find out whether this return campaign is suitable for you during the semester abroad at FAQ page of the Federal Foreign Office read up. The focus is currently on the countries of Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Egypt.

How can I register for the return campaign?

To do this, sign up for the ELEFAND crisis preparedness list: elefand.diplo.de ´- Due to the current high demand worldwide, the program is heavily used, which can lead to delays. Enter your contact details there and you will then be contacted by the relevant diplomatic mission as soon as there are any new options for returning to Germany.

Help! Do good in difficult times!

Worldwide, the Corona virus is reported almost exclusively. The devastating bush fires in Australia seem to have long been forgotten. Nevertheless, there are still many construction sites here and there is above all a lack of financial support for non-profit organizations. We want to help and you can too!

Have you booked your Work & Travel adventure through a Work & Travel organization? Take 5 minutes and give a short, free review about the organization. You are not only helping other adventurers to find a suitable organization, you are also supporting a good cause! For every rating we give, we donate 10 cents to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast in Australia. In addition, we are giving away Amazon vouchers under all ratings.

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For each evaluation, we donate 10 cents to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation
on the Gold Coast

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