COVID19 Advisory for Indian Nationals in Australia
(Received in the SAT What’s App account from the Indian Consulate, Melbourne)
1) Considering the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Australia, all Indian nationals, especially students are advised to take abundant precautions with regard to their health & hygiene and follow the advisories issued by the local authorities. Australian Department of Health updates on COVID19 can be checked at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
2) While most of the Australian educational institutions are presently open, the fast-evolving situation could also lead to stronger and urgent measures including shut down of on-campus operations. If you are staying in on-campus housing and are asked to vacate, check with your university if you can continue staying in on-campus housing. If not possible, consult with your university or your student network on how to find alternate options for accommodation. Likewise, check how to avail your health services, health insurance, and any other essential services that may be impacted.
3)Australia has announced that all arrivals in the country from midnight today must “self-isolate” for 14 days on arrival. Currently, Australia also has issued travel restrictions for a number of countries and further restrictions can be expected in the days ahead. Any overseas travel may also compromise your ability to return to Australia. It is strongly advised to avoid all non-essential domestic or international travel.
4)It should be kept in mind by those Indian nationals traveling to India that they will also be subject to medical screening upon arrival in India and maybe put in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days if required. For full details on the current restrictions in India, please check updated travel advisories on https://boi.gov.in/content/advisory-travel-and-visa-restrictions-related-covid-19-0
5)This is an unprecedented situation, but we can successfully manage it by taking decisions with a calm mind. Please take prudent health precautions and carefully review information and travel advisories.
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