Australia Introduces Travel Ban for Nationals Arriving From China

Australia has joined the list of countries that have introduced entry bans for people who come from China, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

As of last Saturday, all foreign nationals who come from China haven’t been permitted to enter Australia, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

According to Morrison, it is important to avoid traveling to China at these times.

“We’re in fact operating with an abundance of caution in these circumstances, so Australians can go about their daily lives with confidence”, the Prime Minister asserted.

New traveling rules include travel bans for anybody who has been to China from February 1, whether they have traveled directly from China, or through another port.

“On the 1st of February 2020, the Government announced enhanced border measures to reduce the risk to the Australian community posed by the Novel Coronavirus. The National Security Committee agreed to give the Australian Border Force Commissioner discretionary powers to make decisions in relation to the arrival in Australia of persons who were in transit when the announcement was made”, Australian Border Force, writes in a news release.

As many other countries have set up the new rule, Australian citizens and permanent residents who are returning home, are required as well to isolate themselves for 14 days after their arrival.

“All of these individuals undertook health screening and were counselled to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, in the same way as others who are exempt from the enhanced border control measures” the news release asserts.

According to the Australian Border Force, border control measures are applied fairly and appropriately, in consultation with Australian Government and industry partners including the Departments of Education, Health and Agriculture.

In Australia by now have been identified 10 cases of coronavirus, but none of them was life-threatening.

Several world countries have restricted world visas to Chinese nationals, including the US, Schengen Countries, Australia, New Zealand and others.

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