Australia extends cruise ban until September — Travel restrictions

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2020

The current restriction on cruise ships entering Australian waters has been extended for a further three months until 17 September 2020.

Australia has extended its ban on cruise ship visits for three months until September 17 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It is believed almost a fifth of all coronavirus deaths in the country are linked to passengers who disembarked from the vessels.

When this restriction was first granted on 27 March, 2020, there were 28 global cruise ships in Australian waters. It is the latest blow to the multi-billion-dollar cruise industry, which already faces lengthy bans in countries from the United States to the Seychelles.

The now-infamous vessel has been linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases globally and 22 deaths and is now the subject of a massive police probe and a NSW government inquiry.

The ban applies to any cruise liner with a capacity of more than 100 passengers, and includes no mention of an exemption for travellers from neighbouring New Zealand. Australia closed its borders to non-residents in late March and has said foreigners will remain barred from the country for the foreseeable future. Under this direction, the Australian Border Force enabled these ships and their crew to safely depart.

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