Travel restrictions – effective immediately

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Updates


Travel restrictions – effective immediately


The Australian Government has announced that as of 1 February 2020, all travellers arriving from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality, will be subject to enhanced border control measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community.


Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited mainland China from 1 February, with the exception of:

  • Australian citizens
  • permanent residents
  • immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependents and legal guardians


Limited exemptions also exist for airline and maritime crew, where they have taken appropriate precautionary measures.


These enhanced public safety measures will apply to those seeking to enter Australia as well as those seeking to transit through Australia en route to another country.


International travellers


If you have been in mainland China from 1 Feb 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, do not travel to Australia at this time.


  • If you attempt to travel to Australia, either directly or indirectly, your airline will not allow you to board the flight.
  • If you do arrive in Australia and it is determined you have been in mainland China from 1 Feb 2020, your visa will be cancelled and you will be placed in an alternative place of detention for a quarantine period.
  • Please do not attempt to travel to Australia unless you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an immediate family member (spouse, minor dependent or legal guardian), until these measures are lifted.

Temporary visa holders


  • Temporary visa holders who are ineligible for entry into Australia under these measures will have their visa cancelled.
  • Arrangements will be made to reinstate visas as appropriate following the lifting of these enhanced border control measures.
  • As the Prime Minister announced, these measures are temporary.

Further information


For further information, including information for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members, visit Department of Home Affairs’ website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/archive/article?itemId=354.


For further information on Novel Coronavirus, including:

  • the most up to date information on what it is;
  • how it spreads;
  • who is most at risk; and
  • what you can do to help stop it spreading.


visit the Department of Health’s website at www.health.gov.au.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information or assistance. Thank you.

Consulate General of Nepal to Victoria
Tel: (+613) 9650 8338
Email: info@nepalconsulate.net.au