On this page you will find Federal and State Restrictions in regards to Covid-19. You will also find a link to policies from international bodies such as the International Maritime Organization.
Important: please read the Federal Restrictions first and then read whichever set of State or Territory Restrictions that you are interested in as if they were one set of rules. It is meaningless to read either the Federal or the State/Territory rules in isolation from the other. So, if you are interested in say, Queensland, first read the Federal Restrictions and then make sure you read the Queensland Restrictions too.
NOTE: readers should also note that port authorities, port operators and even individual terminals may also have their own restrictions that apply in addition to the Federal and State / Territory Restrictions.
Page last updated: 16 July 2020
Earlier this month an extensive outbreak of COVID-19 in the Australian state of Victoria has caused the authorities to impose a wide range of restrictions. An outbreak is also now (as of 16 July 2020) underway in Sydney.
Travel plans of commercial mariners planning to arrive by air or by sea may be affected. Non-Australia residents who are maritime-industry participants may also want to take note of the following non-exhaustive list of restrictions:
- the city of Melbourne (and part of the state outside the city) is in extreme lock down until 11:59pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020. Persons are not allowed out of their residences except for certain essential reasons.
- roadblocks have been set up around the city
- international flights, which includes transit flights, have been re-directed away from Melbourne and this will last at least until August 8 2020.
- In theory, the border of Victoria is open and people can cross from elsewhere into Victoria and, again in theory, there are no Victorian restrictions on leaving the State
- international flights, including transit flights, are not calling in Melbourne
- other Australian States / Territories have imposed restrictions on travel from Victoria
- the Australian Capital Territory requires people travelling from Victoria to quarantine for 14 days
- New South Wales has imposed restrictions although there is an exemption for critical freight-related workers
- the Northern Territory requires anyone arriving in the Territory from Victoria or Sydney to go into a 14-day quarantine
- Queensland forbids anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot, which includes the whole of Victoria and parts of Sydney, from entering
- South Australia forbids Victorians (except for Essential Travellers) from entering the State. There are some restrictions on NSW and ACT travellers too
- Tasmania has closed its borders to nearly everyone bar essential workers and some other categories of people
- Western Australia has a hard border that is closed to nearly everyone bar essential workers and some other categories of people
- Perth – a cap of 525 international arrivals per week applies
- Brisbane – an overall cap of 500 international arrivals per week arrives
- Sydney – a cap of 450 international arrivals per day will continue with a view to further reductions
- Maritime Safety Queensland has imposed vessel reporting protocols on ships arriving in Queensland after calling in Victoria
The situation is extremely fluid.
Jurisdictions all over Australia have been updating their public health directives. Shipping Australia is working to update these pages. However, the most up-to-date information (as of 16 July 2020) is coloured in red text.
Policies and restrictions
Covid-19 – Federal Restrictions
These Federal Restrictions must be read together with the relevant set of State / Territory Restrictions (below).