Unvaccinated Australians cannot enter or leave Australia due to the government’s expanding emergency authority


Unvaccinated travelers are required to apply for an exemption from access to Australia as the Australian Government has declared an extension of COVID-19 emergency medical authority until April 17.

Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed in a statement that further extension of the two-year emergency period, which began on March 18, 2020, is necessary for the continued global outbreak of Omicron variants. did.

“The peak of the Omicron wave is almost over, but there is health advice that this is an appropriate response while the Australian Government continues to develop and implement management strategies to mitigate the effects of Omicron.” Hunt said.

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On December 23, 2021, people are lining up at the Histopath Pre-Departure COVID Inspection Clinic at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Australia. (JennyEvans / Getty Images)

Advice on extending the “human biosecurity emergency” came from the specialized medical and epidemiological advice of a specialized medical team consisting of the state’s chief health officer and chief medical officer, Paul Kelly.

Extension means that the five existing permissions are valid for an additional two months. However, as the winter season approaches, it is subject to change to control the virus.

The five emergency authorities are:

  • Mandatory test and mask wearing before departure for international flights.
  • Restrictions on overseas travel for unvaccinated Australians.
  • Restrictions on entry of cruise ships into Australian territory and territory.
  • Measures to prevent price reductions in rapid antigen testing.
  • Restrictions to protect the remote communities of the Northern Territory.
Greg Hunt, Minister of Health of Australia, at the Parliament Building in Canberra, Australia, August 23, 2021.  (RohanThomson / Getty Images)
During the Omicron peak, the government said the extension was due to mitigating the effects of the aftermath. (Low Hunt Thomson / Getty Images)

Hunt said pandemic measures implemented under the Biosecurity Act 2015 protected Australians by ensuring power accessibility to the government.

“These urgent requirements allow Australia to control the number of inbound and outbound travelers, reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading on Australian flights and international airports, and further control and access the number of cases in quarantine facilities. It helped me respond quickly to ensure sex. Affordable rapid antigen test kits, “he said.

At its next meeting in March, the Government will discuss “Stage D,” the final step in Australia’s next steps to reopen to the world, including deregulation and border opening.

By then, unvaccinated travelers will be admitted to Australia subject to pre- and post-flight tests.

Jesse Chan

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Jessie Zhang is a Sydney-based journalist who reports on Australian news. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and music. Contact her at [email protected]

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