COVID-19: Domestic travel update

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

As you would be aware many countries, territories and states around the world are closing their borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Australia closed to non-residents effective Friday 20 March. State and Territory Governments have been considering additional restrictions on domestic travel. At this stage Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory have announced tighter restrictions. Restrictions on domestic travel into Tasmania are currently in effect, and restrictions on travel into South Australia and the Northern Territory will come into effect from 4:00pm, Tuesday 24 March.

These restrictions involve requiring any non-essential travellers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering either Tasmania, South Australia, or Northern Territory.

This means that veterinarians who were intending to travel into the Northern Territory, South Australia, or Tasmania for work purposes will have to self quarantine and NOT WORK for 14 days, unless they have pre-arranged an exemption. 

Exemptions exist for defined essential travellers. There are also case by case exemptions may be made for compassionate or other grounds. However, people who wish to apply for exemptions should do so in sufficient time before they intend to travel.

If your application has not been assessed and approved by the time you arrive, you must begin the mandatory 14 days of quarantine until your application has been approved. 

Details can be found on the relevant Government websites:

The AVA is currently lobbying the Commonwealth as well as State and Territory Governments to have veterinarians included within the definition of “essential workers/businesses”. 

The Australian Veterinary Association continues to actively monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation at a national and international level, and will be providing information online at: www.ava.com.au/coronavirus/ as soon as new information is available.

Further state closures to domestic travel are likely in the next 24 hours; we will let you know as soon as we hear anything more.

Graham Pratt
National Manager Regions

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