Coronavirus advice for the JCU community
Advice and information about support
UPDATED: 5 February
The Australian Federal Government has introduced strict new travel restrictions and new travel advice.
- From 1 February 2020, Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family (dependents, legal guardians and spouses) returning from mainland China, or transiting through mainland China, will be allowed to enter Australia but must isolate for 14 days
- All other travellers from mainland China, or transiting through mainland China, on or after 1 February 2020, will not be permitted entry to Australia until 14 days after they have left, or transited through, mainland China.
- If a Hong Kong citizen/resident has not been in mainland China since 1 February 2020, then they are able to travel to Australia
- Australians are advised not to travel to mainland China
The self isolation requirements for James Cook University have been updated:
- Anyone who travelled to Australia from China since 16 January 2020 prior to the travel restrictions, still needs to remain in isolation for 14 days after leaving China, even if they do not have any symptoms.
- Travellers from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, unless they have been in the Hubei province in the past 14 days or in any part of mainland China on or after 1 February, do not need to self-isolate
- You must isolate for 14 days if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus from the last date of contact.
Self isolation means staying at home or at their place of residence in Australia except when seeking medical assistance, and not receiving visitors. They should not attend University and must avoid contact with other students and staff. Those students who will be undertaking placement on their return to Australia need to contact their placement coordinators regarding workplace requirements for self isolation.
Management plans for our students and staff impacted by this travel restriction are being implemented. We are monitoring developments closely and meeting regularly to consider any developments and potential impacts on our community and operations. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
JCU looks forward to welcoming all our international students as soon as possible – and our care and thoughts are with our students in China at this stressful time.
If you need urgent medical advice call 000.
- Visit the Australian Government Department of Health website
- Call the Australian Government Department of Health 1800 020 103
(8:30am to 5:30pm (AEST) Monday to Friday, except public holidays)
- For health advice over the phone call 13HEALTH (Queensland only)