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Coronavirus in Australia: you need to know that now!

The corona virus is keeping the world in suspense - and many tourists are unsettled about their upcoming travel plans. In this article, we have put together what you need to know about your trip to Australia in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The global situation regarding the corona virus changes almost daily. So that you always up to date remains, we strongly recommend that you inform yourself on these official pages:

Travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office

The Foreign Office has one Travel warning for all unnecessary tourist trips abroad pronounced. A repatriation campaign by the federal government of travelers in Australia has already taken place.

Situation in view of the coronavirus in Australia (as of January 2, 2021)

There are also confirmed corona cases in Australia and a so-called second wave of infections has broken out, which could be restricted over the Australian summer and containment measures. (As of today 256 people infected, there were a total of 28,462 cases in Australia. 909 deaths). Here is the overview by region:

active coronavirus diseases
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

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On February 27, 2020, the Australian Government published the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a health sector emergency plan for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This strengthens the Australian health system, which is already one of the best in the world.

Entry restrictions in Australia as of January 2, 2021

Since March 20, 2020, you are only allowed to enter Australia if you have Australian citizenship or permanent residence status. In addition, all travelers must go into a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION!

You should also pay close attention to the Countries in which you stop. A large number of countries in Asia have prohibited entry from Germany and other countries2. Many flights are therefore suspended.

Coronavirus Australia: Information for travelers on site

Travel within Australia is permitted, but you have to go into a 14-day self-isolation within the states and in some other regions within the major states (unless the "trip is absolutely necessary"):

If you are in Australia and have questions about the coronavirus and related restrictions and risks, you can contact the health authority of the state or territory or the national virus hotline:

  • Coronavirus health information hotline: 1800 020 080

If the situation worsens during your trip, the German representations in Australia can be the right place to go.

Measures to protect against the coronavirus in Australia

In Australia, all major events with more than 500 people will be canceled in the near future. These include the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne and the Vivid Sydney Festival. In addition, are allowed to no more than 100 people stay in a closed room at the same time.

In the meantime, pubs & nightclubs, fitness clubs, entertainment venues and casinos have had to close. Restaurants and cafes may only act as a delivery service or be open to pick up food and drinks.
Most sights, attractions and museums had to close as the corona virus spread in Australia.

You can drastically minimize your risk of infection if you observe the following points:

  • Regular and above all thorough is essentialWash your hands (20 to 30 seconds, don't forget the spaces between your fingers!).
  • Even if you wash your hands regularly:Don't touch your face!
  • About the effectiveness ofDisinfectants Experts argue - if you want to be safe, use it. However, it is not a substitute for thorough hand washing!
  • Also the question of whether a simple respiratory protection (e.g. a surgical mask) is useful, there is no agreement. In any case, it protects you from carelessly touching your mouth or nose.
  • Otherwise applies: Avoid crowds and keep enough Distance to other people (at least 1.5 m).

Coronavirus: Cancellation of your trip to Australia

If you want to / have to cancel your trip, there are a few things to consider. A package tour can definitely be canceled as soon as the Foreign Office has issued a travel warning. In any case, contact your travel agency or tour operator.

IN CASE OF DOUBT, CONTACT THE PROVIDER THROUGH WHICH YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR SERVICES.

For hotel-only bookings (for example directly through the hotel or through a partner such as booking.com) there are often tariffs that can be canceled until shortly before arrival. Check your booking confirmation and, if you have any doubts, contact us. Anyone who has booked their flight directly through the airline will contact them.

Cancellation of booked Australia products from our partners

If you have booked a service through one of our partners, the following applies:

  • overGet your guide Booked services can be canceled free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the service and will be fully reimbursed. For cancellations within 24 hours before the start, you will receive a credit that you can use for your next trip.
  • overViator Booked services can usually be canceled up to 24 hours before departure. Check your confirmation here too.

Cancellation of flights to Australia

Due to the current travel restrictions, many airlines have suspended flights to certain destinations.

If you booked your flights through a travel agency, please contact them directly. If you have booked your flights directly through the airlines, you should take a look at this overview with our summary of the regulations of the individual airlines:

Applies to flights in the period:

Lufthansa

Lufthansa

For plane tickets with a Travel date until August 31, 2020 the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will waive the rebooking fees for all newly booked flights worldwide and one one-time rebooking offer - regardless of the conditions of the originally purchased booking rate.

For this you have to visit the Lufthansa Service Center at regular intervals in front the planned travel datecall! This is not possible online.

requirement: same travel destination

More information is available on the Lufthansa website.

KLM

At KLM there is onefree rebookingg for all flights with a Travel period possible until June 18, 2020. There is also a rebooking to new travel destinations possible!

The rebooking will take place at KLMon-line or via KLMSocial media Channels.

More information is available on the KLM website.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines offers onefree rebooking of plane tickets for Tickets with travel period until June 30, 2020

More information is available on the Singapore Airlines website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT A FREE REBOOKING IS GENERALLY POSSIBLE ONLY 1 TIME!

British Airways

British Airways is offering free rebooking for flights with travel dates up to July 31, 2020.

Booking of flights via flight booking machines

Here you will find all platforms and their information on them. Are you missing a website? Then just get in touch with us at [email protected]

depending on the booking

▷ All information about Expedia

Kayak

directly from the airline (see above)

directly from the airline (see above)

Opodo

▷ All information about Opodo

Skyscanner

directly from the airline (see above)

Swoodoo

directly from the airline (see above)

Cancellation of hotels in Australia

In the case of package tours, i.e. packages comprising transport, accommodation and other travel services from a provider, reimbursement of costs is possible through the provider. If you have booked the accommodation individually, you have to hope for the goodwill of the respective accommodation.

Booking.com

Booking.com has declared the coronavirus to be a force majeure event. For you this means:

If you've booked an accommodation through Booking.com, it's best to take a look at yours firstBooking confirmation after whether afree cancellation is generally possible. Maybe you are lucky and can cancel directly online for free.

If your booked accommodation is normallyno free cancellation offers, Booking.com expects "the accommodations to reimburse any payments already made and to waive any cancellation costs (fees, expenses and / or other amounts) if guests / travelers have requested a cancellation due to force majeure".

This also applies to travelers who have stayed in an area affected by the coronavirus and who were subsequently prohibited from entering the country they wanted to travel to (e.g. USA).

Current information is available from Booking.com.

TUI

For all trips made in the period from 29.02. are booked at TUI by April 18, 2020, you will be offered a free rebooking or cancellation option. If you do not want to or are not allowed to start your trip due to the corona virus, you can make your booking up to 14 days before departure by April 30thRebook or cancel free of charge.

Does not apply for: Travel with XTUI, FLY & Mix and TUI Ticket Shop

More information is available from TUI.

Cancellation of Airbnb accommodations

Airbnb has also set up a special page where you can find all the information. As of today the following is said:

Airbnb accommodation and experience bookings made on or before March 14, 2020 and with a check-in date or time between March 14, 2020 and April 14, 2020 are and may be covered by our policies can be canceled before check-in or before the start. Guests who cancel will receive a full refund. Hosts can cancel for free without affecting their superhost status. Airbnb will reimburse all service fees for cancellations under the exceptional circumstances policy.

For bookings made after March 14, 2020 and for existing bookings made on or before March 14, 2020 with a check-in date or date after April 14, 2020, the usual cancellation conditions apply.

Click here for the Airbnb & Corona page

Info: We try to keep you informed as up-to-date as possible, but due to the dynamic situation you should definitely visit the official pages.

Planning the next trip

Nobody can say at the moment when the borders to Australia will reopen and therefore we can only advise you not to book a trip for the coming weeks. Even if you have not yet firmly booked your trip to Australia, there is nothing to prevent you from planning your trip for the next year, for example. Because the more precisely you know what you want, the better you can - if it makes sense - book your trip. But what we won't tell you: Book your trip now for “this” or “that” period - because that would simply not be honest.

We remain optimistic: The time of border closings due to the corona virus will pass and you cannot imagine how much we look forward to our next trip down under.

Take a look at our top 10 sights in Australia and the most beautiful travel routes in Australia.

Stay healthy, your Laura!