International Flights: Tests, masks mandated from Friday to head off new COVID-19 strain

international flights tests masks mandated from friday to head off new covid 19 strain

New requirements for Aussies on international flights will come into effect tomorrow as the country tries to head-off a new strain of COVID-19.

The measures were announced after an emergency meeting of national cabinet on January 8, but Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed they will come into effect on Friday.

Mr Hunt told reporters on Thursday he was “apologetic” about any inconveniences to travellers, but said they were necessary to neuter the threat of highly contagious new COVID-19 strains.

“We have to be ever-vigilant and responding to international events as they occur,” he said.

“These (measures) will be challenging for many people and I am apologetic that we need to put in place these restrictions.

Camera IconInternational arrivals will be forced to test negative to COVID-19 and wear masks on flights from tomorrow. Credit: News Corp Australia, Stewart McLeanCamera IconGreg Hunt confirmed the measures, which were announced earlier this month, will come into effect from tomorrow. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Wayne Taylor

Camera IconInternational arrivals will be forced to test negative to COVID-19 and wear masks on flights from tomorrow. Credit: News Corp Australia, Stewart McLeanCamera IconGreg Hunt confirmed the measures, which were announced earlier this month, will come into effect from tomorrow. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Wayne Taylor

Camera IconInternational arrivals will be forced to test negative to COVID-19 and wear masks on flights from tomorrow. Credit: News Corp Australia, Stewart McLeanCamera IconGreg Hunt confirmed the measures, which were announced earlier this month, will come into effect from tomorrow. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Wayne Taylor

“But those global comparisons of the success at home (to) the agonising challenge abroad, (and) the fact that we have new, more virulent strains emerging around the world, remind us of precisely why we have been able to keep Australians safe.”

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