A total of 14 airlines are being banned from flying to Australia over the country’s new immigration restrictions, with the majority of flights departing from China.
Key points:All airlines have been told they cannot operate flights to and from China due the new rulesA number of airlines have already suspended flights to the country, with some airlines refusing to re-book flights due to the new restrictionsA number, including the majority, of the airlines are also banning domestic passengers from travelling to China for more than two weeksThis means passengers travelling to Australia on commercial airlines will have to book their tickets from their home countries or from a travel agency in China.
In a statement, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said:The Department is advising all travellers and their travel agents that they may be asked to reschedule flights.
This means you will have limited opportunity to travel overseas and may face significant restrictions including:Air travel restrictions in China are generally set by the Government and are not subject to any international standards, according to the Department.
The restrictions will also apply to commercial flights and all passengers will need to travel with a valid passport.
If you are planning to travel to China, it is important to ensure you know the laws of your country and the laws in your own country before you travel.
If you are unable to travel, you can contact your travel agency or travel adviser to determine if the restrictions apply to your travel plans.
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