Australia shuts its border to reduce the COVID-19 attack

Nepalese, along with international travelers, other than Australian citizens and permanent residency holders, gets prohibited from entering the Australian territory from 2020, March 20 w.e.f 9 pm, Friday. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on Thursday, to put a travel ban on all the non-residents and non-Australians citizens entering Australia to prevent possible COVID-19 attack.

Nepali citizens traveling to Australia with this 24-hours can quickly enter the continent, while after the stated hours, the citizens must post-pone their tickets to Australia.

The implementation of the decision gets delayed for the next 24-hours, as to forbid travel haul amongst the mid-night travellers and to allow safe landing in Australia.

The verdict is not imposed on the Australian returning home from overseas. However, the residents must follow the 14-day self-isolation rule as a preventive measure.


Prime Minister has reportedly invited the Australians staying abroad to return back to the homeland at the earliest.

While making the announcement, Prime Minister Morrison stated,

“We believe it is essential to take (this) further step. I have been consulting with the New Zealand Prime Minister on (this) ban.”

“I have been consulting with the New Zealand Prime Minister on (this) ban.”

He further said,

“These arrangements will enable over the next 24 hours or so for people to make other arrangements if they intended to come to Australia. While for Australians, of course, they will be able to return and they will be subject, as they already are, to 14 days of isolation upon arrival back in Australia.”

Morrison also marked, on the fact, that whatsoever cases of COVID-19 is identified in Australia are either from an overseas return or from direct contact of foreign arrival.

“We have about 80% of the cases … in Australia that are either the result of someone who has contracted the virus overseas or someone who has had direct contact with someone who has returned from overseas,” he said.


So far, as per the non-exhaustive data disclosed by, around 709 cases have got confirmed with five death record – New South Wales (NSW) 307 cases, Victoria 149 cases, Queensland 144 cases, WA 52 cases and Tasmania 10 cases.

Writer : Pabitra Dhakal

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