Coronavirus: Call for all NZers to return home

Cheryl Sanders
March 18, 2020

Mr Morrison warned families to cancel all overseas holidays saying that a failure to comply would put Australians at risk.

DFAT is warning people they may not be able to return to Australia in future as they may have planned. "If you decide to return to Australia, do so as soon as possible". The travel advice to every Australian is do not travel overseas.

'Consider whether you have access to health care and support systems if you get sick while overseas. If you are unable to travel home, what are your plans?

"A number of countries and territories have announced they are closing their borders to or introducing movement restrictions on foreign nationals, including Australia, and these are changing very quickly".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned all Australian citizens not to travel overseas indefinitely and banned non-essential gatherings of 100 people or more, in a dramatic escalation of the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Everyone entering Australia from overseas are required to self-isolate for 14 days after touching down, with more details available at the Australian Border Force website.

As COVID-19 cases in Australia near 450, an increase of almost 300 since Friday, the nation's chief medical officers are giving the government advice on how to best protect residents in aged care homes and at indoor gatherings.

Countries such as Canada and France are now in near-total lockdown and the European Union is looking at banning foreigners for 30 days as it struggles to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Australians now overseas are being urged to travel home as soon as possible amid the growing spread of coronavirus. 10 News First would like to hear from you.

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