Overseas arrivals in NSW, Victoria and ACT must self-isolate for 72 hours

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All overseas arrivals traveling in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria should be tested and isolated for at least 72 hours as part of further measurements.
The move is one of many precautionary measures that will take effect from midnight tonight, in response to the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19[female[feminine variant abroad.
Several new measures will come into effect at midnight tonight. (Bloomberg)

All travelers arriving in Australia who have stayed in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi and Seychelles within the 14 day period prior to arrival must enter quarantined at the hotel for 14 days.

This regardless of the traveler’s vaccination status.

NSW and Victoria go further by announcing that all fully vaccinated travelers who have stayed in another overseas country in the two weeks prior to arrival must proceed directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate for 72 hours.

Victoria Health said these changes also apply to unvaccinated children under 12, unaccompanied minors and anyone medically exempt from vaccination.

And in Victoria, that extends to anyone the traveler resides with during the 72-hour quarantine period.

The ACT government has announced that all fully vaccinated overseas travelers arriving from midnight tonight from countries other than these six southern African countries are to self-quarantine until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30.

This unlike other states implementing isolation requirements of 72 hours from arrival.

All unvaccinated travelers from any overseas country will continue to be quarantined at the hotel for 14 days in both states and in the ACT.

Additionally, in New South Wales, all airline cabin crew will be subject to the same restrictions currently in place for unvaccinated flight attendants, regardless of vaccination status.

“All flight crew members who have been overseas in the 14 day period prior to arriving in NSW should proceed directly to their place of residence or accommodation and self-isolate for 14 days or until they depart on another flight leaving Australia, under current rules for unvaccinated flight attendants, ”a spokesperson said.

In Victoria, the rules are different depending on immunization status and where the flight attendants are based.

All Australian-based vaccinated crew members who have traveled to any of the nine southern African countries must self-quarantine for 14 days at their place of residence or other accommodation until their next flight.

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In Victoria, the rules are different for airline cabin crew depending on vaccination status and where the flight attendants are based (iStock)

All vaccinated Australian-based aircrew arriving from another international country who have not been in one of the nine countries listed must self-quarantine at home or at their place of residence for 72 hours.

International crews will have to quarantine themselves in Victoria’s hotel quarantine program for 72 hours or 14 days – depending on whether or not they’ve been in one of the nine countries. The test requirements also apply.

Unvaccinated crews must spend 14 days in hotel quarantine or until their next flight.

The Victoria Department of Health said public health orders would be reviewed after three days and could be extended if necessary, based on public health advice.

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“These changes are safe and proportionate steps we can take to protect Victorians from the worrying new variant of Omicron COVID-19, while allowing overseas travelers to enter Victoria,” Deborah Freidman said. , Victoria’s Acting Health Officer.

“We will continue to work with the Commonwealth government and fellow states and territories to better understand the potential implications of this new variant and what actions are needed to protect Australians.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said authorities around the world “are still investigating the risk posed by this new variant.”

“As a result, the NSW government will continue to prioritize the safety of the community by taking these precautionary but important steps until more information becomes available,” Perrottet said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said no case of the Omicron variant has so far been identified in New South Wales, but urged everyone to remain vigilant.

“I remind the community that vaccination, social distancing and hand hygiene remain our best defense against COVID,” Hazzard said.

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