Published on March 18th, 2020 | by john.weir


Coronavirus – the latest news from downunder

16th March 2020


The Australian Government has announced all travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. There is now also a ban on cruise liners from foreign ports arriving at Australian ports for 30 days.

Visa Holders currently Onshore:
The Department has announced that onshore visa holders wishing to extend their stay in Australia should apply for an ‘appropriate’ visa. In many cases this may be a visitor visa.

Visa Holders Offshore required to enter Australia by a specified date:
Visa holders required to enter Australia by a specified date and prevented from doing so by the travel restrictions should contact the section of the Department that issued the visa and request an extension to the entry date. The Department will consider individual circumstances and assist where possible with extensions to return dates or delay in travel dates as appropriate.

New Zealand

New Zealand will require everyone arriving in the country – citizens or visitors – to isolate themselves for 14 days in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. Air New Zealand has announced that its link from London to Los Angeles will be suspended from the end of March to the end of May 2020 and will be reviewed after that date.

Shipping goods or pets

Our partner Pickfords advises “ Most airlines have withdrawn or dramatically cut services in the last few days. Some air rates have increased 6 fold over the last couple of days, so this is a very volatile situation and not likely to return to normal for some time. Sea freight is largely unaffected in terms of the services we are offering at present, but you are advised to book as soon as possible to secure the space on the ship.”

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