LATEST INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
25 MARCH 2020
On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic.
Australia has in place strict measures aimed at protecting Australians and visitors to our country from the coronavirus.
From 9pm, 20 March 2020, Australia closed its borders to all travellers coming to Australia (with the exception of residents and citizens). New Zealand citizens who live in Australia as Australian residents are also exempt, as are New Zealanders transiting to New Zealand.
Australian citizens and residents will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
For details visit the Australian Border Force website.
Strict border controls will be in place from 1.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, March 24
All arrivals from other States and Territories will have to self isolate for 14 days after arriving in Western Australia.
For the latest information relating to travel in Australia see the Department of Home Affairs website.
To find out about any flight cancellations please check with individual airlines.
Information and guidance is available from the World Health Organisation.
The Australian Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health are the leading agencies for information about COVID-19 in WA.
You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
The WA Government website is also a good source of information.
'Social Distancing' restrictions and closure of non-essential services
While all care is taken to ensure information on www.australiasgoldenoutback.com website is current, due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic and restrictions in place with ‘social distancing’, many of our Golden Outback events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Our renowned historic Outback pubs, cafes and restaurants have closed their doors to patrons, with only take away service provided.
Museums, theatres and some other attractions such as caravan parks may be closed due to social distancing measures, but definitely check with the businesses' and shires own websites for updates and changes to their operations.
Hotels and accommodation providers
State and Territory public health agency contacts are available here.
Cruise ships and COVID-19
All international cruise ships have been banned from sailing into or out of Australian ports for 30 days, from March 15, 2020.
Visit the smartraveller website for more information.
The Premier has authorised the WA Police Commissioner to stop any non-Australians cruise passengers who arrive at WA ports from disembarking the ship. Those people will be required to stay on the ship, until arrangements have been made for them to be privately transported to the airport to fly to their home country. These orders will be made under the Emergency Management Act.
Other useful links
For the latest information about how coronavirus is impacting international education visit the Study Perth website.
For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies go here.