Coronavirus and international cruises
20 March 2020
We now advise all Australians: do not travel overseas at this time. This is our highest advice level (level 4 of 4).
If you’re already overseas and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means.
From 15 March, all international cruise ships have been banned from sailing into or out of Australian ports for 30 days.
We advise all Australians to not travel overseas at this time, including on international cruises.
Disruptions to cruise ship itineraries due to COVID-19 can have significant consequences for travellers. The situation is fluid and you can expect further disruptions.
The Australian Government is aware of a number of cruise ships that have had itineraries impacted by the global outbreak of COVID-19, including some ships that have suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 aboard.
DFAT is working closely with the cruise line industry, cruise line operators and countries where ships with Australians aboard are located and affected by these disruptions.
If you need urgent consular help, you can contact DFAT’s Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 from Australia or on +61 6261 3305 from overseas.
If you have any health concerns, including access to your medication, speak to your cruise ship in the first instance.
If you have an upcoming cruise booking, contact your cruise company or travel agent to explore alternative options, such as rebooking onto a future cruise, full or partial refunds. In some instances, depending on your policy your travel insurance may help.
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