Australia‘s Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt stated (02-Sep-2021) the human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 will be extended for a further three months. The emergency period, which has been in place since 18-Mar-2020 to protect Australians during the coronavirus pandemic, will continue until 17-Dec-2021. This extends the four existing emergency determinations including:
- Mandatory pre-departure testing and mask wearing for international services;
- Restrictions on the entry of cruise vessels within Australian territory;
- Restrictions on outbound international travel for Australians;
- Restrictions on trade of retail outlets at international airports.