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Old 07-04-2020, 23:53   #1
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Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Has anyone cleared customs in Australia in the last 7-14 days and dealt with the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival (in a hotel, under supervision)

I have heard and read conflicting messages - some say the time at sea from last international port is counted towards self-isolation, others saying that ANY one arriving in Australia must self isolate in a guarded hotel from the date of arrival
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Why don't you check Border Force web site? Also, different rules in each state that may override the BF ones.
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Chimere.
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Thanks for that, it was the conflicting advice between Borderforce and SmartTraveller that prompted my request. Just to see if anyone has actually had some firsthand experience on arrival. Cheers
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Reference link as to official guidance regarding travel restrictions / lockdown.

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia

https://www.health.gov.au/news/healt...for-travellers

Australia’s borders are closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

All travellers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.

You can travel to Australia only if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia. If you are an immediate family member holding a temporary visa you will need to provide us with evidence of your relationship.

Australian citizen
Australian citizens can enter Australia, even without a valid Australian passport. If you don’t have a valid passport, please advise airline staff that you are an Australian citizen and do not require a visa to enter Australia (even if you are a dual national). The airline will contact the Australian Border Force to verify your citizenship. It is important you get to the airport early in case of any delays. Departure from the country you are in is subject to the rules and decisions of authorities in that country.​

Permanent resident
You must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in your port of arrival. Provisional (temporary) visa holders cannot come to Australia.

New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia
New Zealand citizens who normally reside in Australia (with a subclass 444 visa or other permanent or provisional visa) can come to Australia. You must carry proof of residency (driver's licence or documents that show your residency). Present it at check-in. You must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in your port of arrival.​

Important: New Zealand citizens and permanent residents not living in Australia can only transit through Australia to return to New Zealand. Refer to Transiting Australia.

I am immediate family of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
All travellers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.

You may need to provide information to the Department before travelling to Australia.

You are only considered to be an immediate family member if you are:

a spouse
a de facto partner
a dependent child/ren
a legal guardian.
Guardians
A guardian, in relation to a child, is a person who has responsibility for the long-term welfare of the child and has all the powers, rights and duties that are vested by law or custom in the guardian of the child, other than:

the right to have the daily care and control of the child; and
the right and responsibility to make decisions concerning the daily care and control of the child.
If you don’t have a visa
You can't come to Australia until you have a visa. Apply for a visa and include proof (such as your marriage certificate, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children).

If you have a temporary visa (except for Partner and Child visa holders)
Use the enquiry form below to provide further information to the Department. You should attach proof (such as your marriage certificate, evidence of your de-facto relationship such as shared finances or property, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children). Do not travel until we advise that you can.

Partner (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) and Child (subclasses 101, 102, 445) visa holders can come to Australia. You do not need to request an exemption.

Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holders can’t come to Australia at the moment.


Leaving Australia:

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Australian citizens and permanent residents cannot travel overseas due to COVID-19 restrictions.

However, if you want to leave Australia, you may be able to apply online for an exemption to travel if you fall under one of the following categories:

your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
your travel is essential for the conduct of critical industries and business (including export and import industries)
you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
you are travelling on urgent and unavoidable personal business
compassionate or humanitarian grounds
your travel is in the national interest.
You will not need to apply for an exemption if you are:

ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia
airline and maritime crew and associated safety workers
a New Zealand citizen holding a Special Category (subclass 444) visa
engaged in the day-to-day conduct of outbound and inbound freight
associated with essential work at offshore facilities
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Hello, Chimere,

A friend of a friend just entered at Newcastle. He had sailed in from NZ, and he has dual citizenship. The boat is AUS registered. The ABF and Immigration met him, weapons in evidence, and escorted him to his hotel. This would be 4 days ago, now.

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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Yes conflicting, this may or may not help. watched a youtube video of Expedition Drenched, they went live after arriving in Cairns from Solomons, they got in without much grief, anchored , provisioned, welcomed nicely by authorities (bit of a change).

My experience not so great coming back from cruise ship, put up in Hotel for 2 weeks after beeing isolated for 3 on Cruise ship. Then had to cross over into Queensland, risking another 2 weeks. Fortunately my boat is registered in Qland so got in ok.
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

There are restrictions in place that yachts cannot freely move between port, Marinas won't let you in even if they can see you on AIS for 2 weeks, because you may have met a contaminated person on the beach, at present can't stay in national parks. Is all a bit daft. I had pneumonia years ago, hurts each winter, best thing is for society and me is to get on my boat and isolate, it doesn't make sense that authorities preclude National parks.
But am sure or hopeful these restrictions are under review, at least here in Aus as we have made progress, these restrictions will lighten up a bit.
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

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Hello, Chimere,

A friend of a friend just entered at Newcastle. He had sailed in from NZ, and he has dual citizenship. The boat is AUS registered. The ABF and Immigration met him, weapons in evidence, and escorted him to his hotel. This would be 4 days ago, now.

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Hi Ann,

Who pays for the Hotel? Government? Then, who pays for the meals? This asked out of interest only.
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Hello Scotty_Kiwi

We have friends in 14 day isolation in Melbourne at this time. The government is paying for the hotel and meals. The meals are basic and delivered in plastic takeaway containers via a paper bag to their door. They unpacked one on a ZOOM call to show us the supplied provisioning. They are able to buy at their own cost from the hotel additional or different food. Biggest issue they find is they are confined to the room only, which has no opening windows, so no fresh air, only the Hotel HVAC air
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

Oz friend are in hotel in Sydney. Hotels are probably quite empty at the moment. That are citizens that left there boat in USA to fly home. They are under guarded quarantine. Told us the gov is paying cost.
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

I just got out of quarantine yesterday, in sydney hotel, gov cost, nothing of the above I could see was incorrect. I did insist on a piece of papar to sayhave done quarantine. Advised Marina in Qld, I want to come in. Said got through exempt from further quarantine category. Marina wants proof I am exempt. I said have a look at gov web sight, its says I am exempt because I can prove I have come from a safe place, no progress yet.
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Quote Oceanride007: "I just got out of quarantine yesterday, in sydney hotel, gov cost, nothing of the above I could see was incorrect. I did insist on a piece of papar to sayhave done quarantine. Advised Marina in Qld, I want to come in. Said got through exempt from further quarantine category. Marina wants proof I am exempt. I said have a look at gov web sight, its says I am exempt because I can prove I have come from a safe place, no progress yet."

Glad you are well and safe from your sojourn. It is now common in the world to have intra-country quarantine / self isolation protocols, if your transit between provincial / state jurisdictions and to have closed nation state borders.

By way of example, if you transit between many / most adjoining States in the USA for essential travel purposes then one is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry into the new State. There being Stay At Home orders most everywhere which means just that: Don't travel. Wherein "Home" could be a hotel / motel / boat / RV. There of course being those that need to transit back and forth for essential purposes, e.g., truck drivers, medical personnel, critical infrastructure maintenance or operation.

Similarly, up in our friendly northern neighbors, in their Capital region of Canada, [and in several other provinces] the two provinces are blocking travel to be sure that the travel is essential and then requiring self isolation.

Here in the State of Montana we have been in lockdown from just before the very first in-State death from COVID-19 and the lockdown is in effect through the end of April, with expectations that lockdown will be extended considerably as such protocol seems to be effective. The State's current official tourism logo was / is GET LOST in Montana; now the Governor is discouraging any and all visitations, and all reason to have been shut down, so the policy has become, GET LOST. Don't come to Montana! which is pretty harsh on the economy given that annually we have more than two times as many tourists come to visit as there are native population. Now if you enter the State, one is to immediately undergo 14 days of complete self-isolation [not staying with family unless they traveled together to their abode] and that applies equally to residents that are repatriating to Montana or non-residents, with the few exceptions for those essential traveller that need to continuously transit between places.

It sounds like you are desiring to continue to transit from Sydney which I suppose was your initial port of entry; I am not sure about Aussie emergency orders but I would presume that any and all travel in Oz would require a compelling essentiality [including local travel] to be permitted by land, sea or air, and thence the reimposition of additional self-isolation upon arrival at a different location that is other than from whence you started your journey. By way of example, if not just from your abode to work and back, or from your abode to a store and back. Is that the situation you are experiencing?
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Re: Self Isolation on Arrival in Australia

I am dieing to know how how you came to be arriving in Australia at this time? May I ask where you left from and when? Best of luck to you and your crew.
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So Australia has implemented essential travel restrictions nationwide and provinces have added their own restraints.

https://www.health.gov.au/news/healt...for-travellers

All Australians must stay home unless:

shopping for essentials - food and necessary supplies;
medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements;
exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements;
work and study if you canít work or learn remotely.

Self-quarantine at home also applies for:

Australians over 70 years of age;
Australians over 65 years of age who have existing health conditions or comorbidities;
First Nations people over the age of 50 who have existing health conditions or comorbidities.
These groups should limit contact with others as much as possible.

Self-quarantine ó coronavirus (COVID-19)
Self-quarantine means staying in your home, hotel room or provided accommodation, and not leaving for the period you are required to quarantine. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home.

Quarantine for arrivals
All travellers arriving in Australia by air or sea must be isolated in mandatory quarantine accommodation for 14 days from their arrival, with few exceptions.

These requirements will be managed and enforced by state and territory governments with Australian Government support, including from the Australian Defence Force and Australian Border Force.

You will be quarantined in the city you arrive in for 14 days, even if you donít normally live there or plan to travel elsewhere in Australia from there.

Most quarantine accommodation is being managed by state and territory governments. They will:

handle transport for travellers from their arrival point to their quarantine accommodation
manage quarantine arrangements at the accommodation facility
To find out more about how quarantine works in your state or territory, or to ask about someone you know who has been quarantined, contact your state or territory government health department.

While the Chief Medical Officer, in consultation with, AHPPC, can declare a Human Health Response Zone (HHRZ) to support quarantine and isolation procedures, the mandatory quarantine arrangements are mostly being managed under state and territory public health legislation.

Currently only one HHRZ has been declared at the Swissotel in Sydney.

Quarantine processes at the Swissotel in Sydney are being managed by the New South Wales Government. Find out more about quarantine at the Swissotel from the New South Wales Department of Health.

Travel within Australia

Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel.
Social distancing is slowing the spread of coronavirus and itís important that this continue at Easter. Australians should stay at home this Easter and not undertake holiday travel.

Seasonal workers planning on travelling between urban and regional areas need to self-isolate for 14 days when moving between areas to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

State and territory restrictions

States and territories can apply their own restrictions, including closing their state borders.
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All travellers from overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they arrived in Australia. Anyone returning from overseas must self-quarantine in the city of their arrival in a designated facility, for example a hotel.

If your final destination is in another city, or state or territory you will be required to complete quarantine in the city you arrived before returning home.

Accommodation will be provided for the quarantine period.
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