The Australian Border Force has today announced that cruise ships will now be banned from entering Australian waters until at least the 17th September, 2020.
The ban was due to come to an end in June, however has now been extended for a further three months in a bid to protect the health and wellbeing of Australians as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the world.
According to the ABF, any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers is prohibited from operating cruises in Australia.
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“On 15 May, the Governor-General extended the human biosecurity emergency period for an additional three months, from 17 June to 17 September 2020,” the ABF said in a statement on Friday.
“This has enabled the Minister for Health to continue to exercise the emergency powers under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act to prevent or control the spread of COVID-19.
On Wednesday, the Minister for Health extended the determination to prohibit the arrival at an Australian port of any international cruise ship that has left a foreign port.
The restrictions included both direct arrivals and Round Trip Cruises.
The ABF said that when the restriction was first granted on 27 March, there were 28 international cruise ships in Australian waters.
“Under this direction, the Australian Border Force enabled these ships and their crew to safely depart.
“The Australian Border Force has been in constant contact with the cruise industry which has been cooperative and understands the Government’s overwhelming priority to ensure the health and safety of the broader Australian community.”