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COVID-19: No international travel for Australians until after March 2021

COVID-19: No international travel for Australians until after March 2021

How do we know? Well because the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt has sought to extend the human biosecurity emergency period by another 3 months. WTF does that mean, you may well ask?

Biosecurity Act 2015

This Act allows the Health Minister to make an emergency declaration which gives the Government the power to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19 to protect the health of Australians. The declaration has been in place since 18 March 2020, and has now been extended until 17 March 2021. The Governor General will formalise the declaration later this week.

What the Act does

Under the Act, the Ministers declaration allows the Government to take action to protect the Australian public from the spread of COVID-19 in the community including:

  • Limits on the movement of cruise vessels
  • Limits on outbound international travel
  • Restrictions on shops at international airports
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2PAXfly Takeout

This is another timely reminder to wear your seatbelt when seated. Holding you close to your seat will protect you from the sort of injuries sustained on this flight, when unsecured passengers flew to the ceiling of the aircraft, and then came crashing down once the ‘drop’ ceased.

The hope will be that this is an anomaly – a ‘freak accident’ in casual parlance. If it is a systemic error either mechanical or electronic, then this is a larger concern for the airlines that fly Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft. Let’s hope it isn’t. If it is, it will pile on the woes to Boeing’s existing stack.

So that’s it – not international travel before 17 March 2021 – although please note that just as the Minister can take away, he can also – giveth at any time – so that date is not necessarily set in stone.

Mind you, its more likely to be extended again than retracted, even given at least one vaccine is now available – although not in Australia quite yet. We still have a couple of months to wait before approval will be given and supplies available here in Australia.

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