Covid-19 IOT Travel Information

Travelling to the Indian Ocean Territories

COVID-19 Measures on Christmas & Cocos (Keeling) Islands

21 July 2021 COVID-19 UPDATE – Christmas & Cocos (Keeling) Islands closed to South Australia

The Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) COVID-19 sub-committee met this morning to discuss the evolving situation in South Australia (SA).

Effective 10am Christmas Island time today (21 July 2021), anyone who has been in or transited through SA must complete a 14-day self-isolation period in Western Australia and return a negative COVID-19 test on day 11 of their isolation in order to be eligible to receive approval to travel to Christmas or the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Recent arrivals to the IOT impacted by today’s revised travel conditions, who have been in other jurisdictions, have already been contacted and screened prior to arrival.

Travellers from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland or the ACT must also complete a 14-day self-isolation period in Western Australia before they can travel to Christmas or Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Travellers need to understand that the community transmission situation in mainland Australia continues to evolve rapidly and accept that future travel back to Christmas or the Cocos (Keeling) Islands may still be affected as restrictions can change quickly.

All travellers should continue to monitor exposure locations and make contact with authorities if they have been in an affected site. Should anyone experience any symptoms, please isolate and immediately contact the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) by phone for further instructions.

The IOT COVID-19 sub-committee want to re-iterate that our rigorous and stringent processes, which include mandatory application processes and detailed travel history for all travellers to the IOT, are in place to protect the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands communities.

The Delta variant has shown again why it is so critical each and every one of us continue to practise our COVIDsafe behaviours – maintaining at least 1.5 metres between you and others at all times, regularly washing your hands with soap and water or sanitiser, staying home if unwell and contacting the health service for testing as needed. As always, we will continue to take a prudent and precautionary approach to restriction adjustment, to maintain the protection of our vulnerable IOT communities. We will update the community further as decisions are made.

IOT Vaccine program

The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out across the IOT is progressing very well with at least 1,271 residents inoculated with their first dose. A further 205 residents have now received their second dose.

Any IOT residents that haven’t yet made an appointment for your vaccine are strongly encouraged to contact the IOT Health Service urgently.

 

IOT travel application forms

All travellers – regardless of whether they are IOT residents or visitors – must complete a travel form. Christmas Islanders travelling to Cocos must complete the form for travel entry into Cocos. The same applies for Cocos residents travelling to Christmas Island.

Anyone travelling to both islands will be required to complete forms for both CKI and CI.

These forms support the Territory Controllers and health service in our COVID-19 response and contact tracing, in the event of a positive COVID case in the IOT.

I am travelling to Cocos Keeling Islands

I am travelling to Christmas Island

Our rigorous and stringent processes are in place to protect the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands community, which include mandatory application processes and detailed travel history for all travellers to Christmas or Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

 

Masks on domestic flights

On Friday, 8 January 2021, National Cabinet agreed to additional aviation measures to strengthen protection of Australians from COVID-19.

Effectively immediately, for domestic air travel, including flights to the IOT, all passengers (excluding children 12 and under or those with particular exemptions) and air crew must wear masks on flights and in airports.

Virgin Australia has implemented these requirements across all its flights, including the IOT service. Passengers will be required to wear masks unless eating or drinking, or unless a medical exemption applies.

In accordance with the current process, any passengers who do not have a mask will be supplied one by the on-ground VARA team, with masks also available on board all aircraft.

See links for further information:

Recovery flights and travel approvals

During the summer months, you may find your travel plans impacted by weather. If this occurs and your Virgin Australia flight to the IOT is re-scheduled, you do NOT need to submit a new travel application as your travel approval will be transferred to the revised flight date and Virgin Australia will be notified.

For those travelling to Perth on a re-scheduled flight, you will need to log in and update your G2G with your new arrival date yourself. This is a Western Australia Police requirement.

Up-to-date information on travelling to WA with controlled interstate borders:

Travel to WA

Information about entering WA from interstate or overseas.

Controlled interstate border

Information on WA’s controlled interstate border arrangement, conditions of entry and quarantine.

Be COVIDSafe, stay COVID-free

There are still no cases of COVID-19 in the IOT. However, with the ongoing community transmission on Australia’s east coast, it is a timely reminder to be COVIDSafe.

COVIDSafe means maintaining at least 1.5 metres between you and others at all times, regularly washing your hands with soap, staying at home if you’re sick and getting tested if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.

If you have previously been tested for COVID but start to feel sick again, get re-tested. Stay at home while you wait for your results.

Wash your hands to stop the spread – clean hands keep you healthy and help stop the spread of germs.

Regularly wash your hands for 20–30 seconds with soap. Remember to wash in between your fingers, the back of your hands and your thumbs.

Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, when you’re preparing food, before or after eating, and after you have been out.

Hand sanitiser is a good alternative when soap and water aren’t available.

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