Australians in Hubei province, China

  • Media release
26 January 2020

The Government acknowledges the concerns of Australians who are in Hubei Province in China and the concerns of their families and friends.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is working closely with Chinese authorities and international partners to consider possible assistance with travel for Australians from areas that are affected by Chinese travel restrictions.

Given the circumstances of the spread of the Coronavirus, Chinese authorities are currently imposing very tight restrictions on all travel from Hubei. We are seeking advice from the Chinese authorities on these restrictions and whether any options are available to international travellers.

Our Embassy in Beijing and our Consulate in Shanghai are also working with international partners and the Chinese government to determine what support can be given to Australians on the ground. Australia does not have a consular presence in Wuhan. 

Australians who believe they have family in the affected area should contact DFAT’s consular emergency line on 1300 555 135 in Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas.  We also recommend travellers subscribe for Smartraveller updates at www.smartraveller.gov.au.

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