29 January 2020 – Assisted departure and quarantine for Australians from Wuhan/Hubei

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Immigration
Intervention Categories: International travel measures; Repatriation of nationals
Level of Jurisdiction: Federal
Lead People/Agency: Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer, Minister for Women, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Health

Overview: Government announces assisted departure and strict quarantine for Australians from Wuhan/Hubei. Australians departing on any flight arranged by the Australian Government will be flown to Christmas Island to undertake a period of quarantine of up to 14 days based on current medical advice, as a condition of their assisted departure. There are just over 600 Australian citizens in Wuhan/Hubei currently registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Full details here: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/assisted-departure-and-strict-quarantine-australians-wuhanhubei

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Type of Justification: Considered a necessary escalation of current measures
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government