Australians: DO NOT TRAVEL!
The Australian Government has just upgraded its travel advice to Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’. This applies to overseas travel. Australians overseas are also advised that if they wish to return home they should do so as soon as possible.
If you do return home then the government requires you to self isolate for 14 days, whether you are an Australian Citizen, resident or not.
You can find a full explanation over at the governments Smartraveller website.
As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult. You may not be able to return to Australia when you had planned to. Consider whether you have access to health care and support systems if you get sick while overseas. If you decide to return to Australia, do so as soon as possible. Commercial options may become less available.
If you are overseas and cannot, or do not want to, return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities. Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus including by self-isolating. If you choose to stay, note our ability to provide consular assistance in some places may be limited due to restrictions on movement and other services.
If you decide to return to Australia, you will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to all travellers, including Australian citizens. For details see the Australian Border Force website.
Well, there goes my last hope of heading to Bali in May. In fact, by Friday, I will have cancelled all scheduled travel through to the end of May whether it is domestic or overseas. I will also be advising our scheduled overseas guests that they cannot stay with us, as they need to self-isolate for 14 days, and we will be practising social distancing at our place. This is important as one of us works in the medical field.
I’ll be trying to catch up on overdue reviews of flights and hotels. I suppose reliving memories is the next best thing to making new ones?