Sydney International Arrivals Told to Self-Quarantine Before Disembarking

Passengers on board a Qatar Airways flight arriving in Sydney from Doha were given instructions to self-isolate for 14 days, as part of new travel restrictions from the Australian government.

“After we landed we all got up to get our things and were waiting for quite a while then an announcement over the PA said to sit back down,” Arjun Mehrotra told Storyful. Passengers were then told an official was going to give them information on the coronavirus.

“He was then going through and asking questions to each person … where they had been and if they felt sick. And they also gave all of us information about the coronavirus: what to do if we felt sick and what self isolation means, as we all have to undergo it.”

All international arrivals to Australia as of March 16 were required to self-isolate for 14 days.

There were 454 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia on March 18, according to national health authorities. Credit: Arjun Mehrotra via Storyful