The Federal Government has urged Australians to reconsider their need to travel to China.

Foreign Minister Marie Payne announced this morning that the Department of Foreign Affairs had raised its warning status after consultations with the Chinese Government.

“We now advise you to ‘reconsider your need to travel’ to China overall, due to the outbreak of novel #coronavirus & travel restrictions by local authorities,” she posted on Twitter.

The DFAT alert that has now been issued says “Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus we now advise you ‘reconsider your need to travel’ to China overall and ‘do not travel’ to Hubei Province.”

“Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice.

“Travellers may be quarantined, due to their health condition or previous location.”

More than 100 people have died in China, with more than 4500 confirmed cases of the new virus on the mainland.


More than 1700 of those were confirmed in the last 24 hours.