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Revised Air Transportation Health Guidelines by Government of New South Wales

Date: July 15, 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, reports have been submitted by Flight Attendants laying over in Sydney indicating that information provided to crews by Health Officials at the Airport on arrival in Sydney was not consistent with their experience while at the assigned layover hotel in Sydney.

While the Union has been pursing an understanding of the source of the inconsistency, we have learned the company has updated the information on the company website as it pertains to denied entry of passengers into Australia:

1.    Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia:

  • Does not apply to nationals of Australia
  • Does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia
  • Does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
  • Does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.

2.    Passengers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry

3.     Airline crews are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.

4.    Passengers transiting through Australia for 8 to 72 hours are subject to quarantine until their departing flight.

5.    Flights to Melbourne (MEL) are suspended until 15 July 2020.

In addition, we have become aware of the a recently issued Air Transportation Guidelines update from heatlh.nsw.gov.au which provides additional information on the requirements for non-Australian crews while on layover. 

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