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Pre-departure COVID-19 testing introduced for travellers from China 



Australia has joined a growing list of countries who have imposed COVID-19 rules on travellers arriving from China.

The Federal Government said the move was in response to the "significant wave" of infections in China.

From January 5, travellers from China to Australia will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within a window of 48hrs prior to travel and show evidence of a negative test result.

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Despite China scrapping COVID-19 quarantine requirements for passengers arriving from abroad starting January 8, several countries including the United States and Italy, have imposed travel restrictions on Chinese visitors.

Minister for Health Mark Butler said the decision to implement the temporary measures was made out of an "abundance of caution".

"(We are) taking into account the dynamic and evolving situation in China and the potential for new variants to emerge in an environment of high transmission," he said.

More to come. 

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