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We all have the same priorities. We are all people doing our best to look after our families. We stay at home when we can. But, medical emergencies happen, life happens, and sometimes we still must travel. So, how can we travel safe?

1. Check first 

Is it still safe to travel

  • Australian States and territories can put in place their own restrictions. This includes the closure of their state borders and extra quarantine requirements. 
  • Some remote communities may have local restrictions about who can enter and leave.

Is there a quarantine or entry rule in place?

If you must stay in accommodation –

  • Do they clean according to public health guidelines?
  • Is there a vacancy period between guests? 

If your travel includes flights, check airline policies on refunds and changes. 

Restriction Checker is a handy tool to use if you need to find out what is happening in each state or territory.

2. Keep your journey simple 

Basic is best in case of last-minute regulations or transport timetables changes. If you have a simple itinerary, it will be simpler to reschedule.If you are driving, plan to make as few stops as possible, but stop driving if you become drowsy.When you need to get petrol, use a disinfectant wipe on handles or buttons before you touch them. After refuelling, use hand sanitiser. If you must use an ATM, use a disinfectant wipe on surfaces or buttons before you touch them. 

3. Packing  

In both hand luggage and in a carry-on, or a handy spot in the car - pack face masks and hand sanitiser. Be prepared to wear the masks in airports, train stations, on transport and in public. If you plan to stay at a hotel, pack cleaning supplies like disinfectant and disposable gloves. If you have access to a thermometer, pack one too. Ziplock bags are handy to store used masks and clean masks. Label clearly to avoid confusion. 

4. Pack some snacks and drinking water

You may have to queue at borders or delays might occur at any time. Have some healthy snacks on hand to fight the hunger. 

5. Eat-In  

Avoid restaurants and self-service food where-ever possible.  

6. Maintain social distancing  

As much as possible, stay 1.5m from others and practice good hand hygiene. Avoid places like elevators and use the stairs if possible. 

7. Disinfect often  

Disinfect items you often use like your phone. 

8. Exercise good hand hygiene at all times  

Wash your hands with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Always cough or sneeze into your arm, elbow or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Avoid placing hands on high touch surfaces like railings. 

9. Stay at home if you are unwell  

Help protect others. Know the symptoms. If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, get tested.

Resources  

Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for travellers.
State and Territory Health Departments Contact Details.


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