Cruise ship industry

On 20 May 2020, the Minister for Health extended the restrictions under the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Cruise Ships) Determination 2020 for the operation of cruise ships in Australia. This includes:

  • extending to 17 December 2020, the current measures restricting the entry of cruise ships into Australian territory and entry at Australian ports; and
  • continuing the application of these restrictions to cruise ships capable of carrying 100 or more passengers.

The restrictions are inclusive of direct arrivals and Round Trip Cruises (RTC).

Maritime industry

Maritime crew (excluding crew on Cruise Ships) are exempt from travel restrictions, and do not require an individual exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.

Exempt maritime crew include:

  • crew operating or providing services to support the operation of a commercial (excluding cruise and superyacht vessels) or a government vessel in Australian waters
  • marine pilots
  • marine surveyors.

A commercial vessel is one that is engaged in:

  • commercial trade and movement of freight
  • the provision of port and maintenance services
  • providing support to important industries such as resource industries
  • marine surveying.

If you are exempt under this category, you may: 

  • enter Australia where you hold an appropriate visa, and depart  
  • need to quarantine in the Australian State and Territory where you arrive. Many states and territories now require international maritime crew arriving in Australia (by aircraft), to undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine at the first point of arrival.

See COVID-19 requirements for maritime crew.