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COVID-19 Update (21 February)

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    21 February 2020

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Australia’s National Security Committee of Cabinet has today agreed to extend the entry restrictions on foreign nationals who have recently been in mainland China for a further week.

The quarantine period remains at 14 days. The period the restrictions will be enforced is extended until 28 February.

Meanwhile, at New South Wales ports (Newcastle, Sydney, Port Kembla, Eden), Masters of all ships due to arrive at NSW ports are now required to declare:

  • their last 5 ports of call;
  • confirm that they have no crew members showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus on-board;
  • crew or passengers who have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.

Where novel coronavirus is evident, agency employees will not be required to board the vessel and the Port Authority will delay pilotage services to ships that have transited from mainland China and have been at sea for less than the 14-day quarantine period.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com