All Australians need to reconsider overseas travel
13 March 2020,
The Government's Smart Traveller page has advised all Australians to reconsider the need for any non-essential travel, regardless of their destination, age or health.
This represents an upgrade to Level 3 Travel Advice.
"This is a global advisory in light of the widespread nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and the significant measures in place to curb it," the page advises.
"Individual country advisories may not yet display a 'reconsider' advice level. You should nevertheless reconsider your need to travel to all destinations.
"These country pages will be updated and remain an essential of source of information on country-specific risks and contact information."
Smart Traveller also says Australians who are overseas and can't or don't want to return to Australia should follow the advice of local authorities.
The advice was made for two principal reasons:
Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options for cancelling or postponing current bookings, or to arrange flights back to Australia.
Adelaide Airport has also just released its passenger numbers for February, and international travellers have been on the decline.
International passenger numbers through Adelaide Airport reduced by approximately 11 per cent in the month of February, and the Airport says the level of reduction has accelerated further into March.
Domestic passenger numbers reduced 0.5 per cent in February but further reductions have been forecast by Virgin and Qantas.
Updated at 4pm AEDT on 13 March.