The ACT has slapped new quarantine measures on international travellers from southern Africa amid mounting concerns about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
ACT Health says anyone in the ACT who has been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Seychelles, Malawi, Namibia, and/or Eswatini in the past 14 days must get a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine immediately.
From today ACT Health will also require fully vaccinated overseas travellers who have not been in these countries to quarantine until 11:59 pm Tuesday 30 November.
Travellers who arrived from overseas before 11:59 pm 27 November, are already in the ACT and have travelled from or spent any time in the countries listed above in the past 14 days should have a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as possible.
Those who have not had an initial test within 24 hours of arrival to Australia, must get tested.
They are also required to quarantine at their current residence/accommodation until 14 days have passed since last in the listed country, and complete a Declaration Form available on the ACT COVID-19 website.
Household members must also quarantine with the traveller.
International travellers arriving from the countries listed above on or after 11:59 pm 27 November must quarantine at the port of entry to Australia regardless of vaccination status.
Travellers need to follow the directions of the port they have arrived in.
International travellers who are fully vaccinated, arriving from countries other than those listed above intending to travel to the ACT must follow the requirements of the jurisdiction of their port of entry to Australia.
If the port of entry allows onward travel to the ACT, travellers will be required to complete a Declaration Form within 24 hours prior to arrival into the ACT.
They are required to quarantine at their ACT residence/accommodation until 11:59 pm on Tuesday 30 November 2021.
Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from overseas that have recently arrived in the ACT must follow existing testing requirements for returned travellers and get a test within 24 hours of arrival to Australia and again on day 5-6 after arrival.
Entry restrictions to high-risk facilities (including hospitals, correctional and detention facilities, residential aged care facilities and some other residential facilities) also apply.
These measures align with announcements made by the Federal Government.
No cases of the Omicron variant of concern of COVID-19 have been identified in the ACT to date.
There were seven new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, bringing the number of active cases to 162.
There are seven people in hospital including five in intensive care, four of whom are ventilated.
There were 1397 negative test results received in the 24 hours to 9 am today.