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Travel Restrictions due to Novel COVID-19

On 1 February 2020, the Australian Government announced that travellers from mainland China, or transiting through mainland China, will be refused entry to Australia from 1-15 February following the outbreak of Novel COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus).

These entry restriction dates may be extended. More information is available from the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

We are sorry that registered delegates from mainland China will be unable to join us in person in Melbourne. All registered delegates from mainland China will have their APRICOT registration refunded in full.

We recommend that any registered delegate transiting via mainland China should change their travel arrangements immediately.

The restrictions do not affect travellers from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan at this stage.

Hygiene and COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19, or 2019 novel coronavirus, has led to increased screening by authorities at airports around the Asia Pacific region and concerns from travellers.

To minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses, we recommend that travellers follow advice provided by health authorities:

  • Pay attention to hygiene and wash your hands frequently.
  • Consider carrying personal hand sanitiser for use when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Keep your distance from anyone who is obviously sick and avoid direct contact with them.
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms of respiratory illness, especially fever or shortness of breath.
  • If you have an existing respiratory condition, you should seek medical advice before travel on what personal precautions you should take.
  • Reconsider travel if you are sick. Travellers who are sick are likely to be quarantined at national borders and tested.

Hand sanitiser is available around the APRICOT venue in addition to soap and water in the toilet facilities.

Travellers to APRICOT should expect the possibility of delays at airports around the region as more airports are expected to increase health screening measures for passengers. Please allow extra time when planning your journey.

More information on how to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is available from the World Health Organization.

Venue Evacuation Procedures

Click here to view the Client Emergency Reference Guide of the Crown Promenade Hotel.

In case of an emergency evacuation, all delegates should assemble at the areas marked red in the layout map on page 4 above.