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Traveller self-isolation in Australia. Everything you need to know

March 17, 2020 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Pilots and airline crew flying into Australia don’t need to self-isolate in most circumstances – though almost everyone else arriving in Australia does. Here are some vital guidelines.

In a strict new edict, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday: “We will impose a universal compulsory self-isolation requirement on all international arrivals to Australia effective from midnight.”

Pilots and airline crew on active duty are exempt from these isolation rules, however, even when arriving from a high-risk country – provided they do not have symptoms, have used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and have taken the required health precautions.

Cruise liners from foreign ports are banned from docking in Australian ports for 30 days.

Many questions have been asked about ‘isolation’ or ‘self-isolation’? The official advice is:

Isolation or self-isolation is when you remain in your home or accommodation and avoid contact with other people. Most people who need to self-isolate will probably be advised to do so for 14 days.

During isolation, you must stay at home or in your accommodation for 14 days. Don’t go to public places or places where you might have contact with other people, such as work, school, childcare, university or public gatherings.

Only people who usually live with you should be in the same home. Avoid seeing visitors. If you are in another form of accommodation, such as a hotel, avoid contact with other guests or staff.

When travelling home or to your accommodation to start isolation, use personal transport, such as a car, if you can. This will minimise your exposure to others.

A full guide to self-isolation has been placed on the HealthDirect.gov.au website. Health Direct is a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice. It’s backed by the federal government and a number of state governments.

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about self-isolation here: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-self-isolation-faqs

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