Published on Monday, September 7, 2020
Australia once again extended the large ship cruise ban.
The extension was expected and a ban on cruise ships will stay in place until almost the year-end.
The human biosecurity emergency period was extended by three months to 17 December on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, said Minister for Health, Greg Hunt.
Overseas travel has also been banned until 17 December.
Cruise ship calls on vessels with capacity for more than 100 passengers have been banned since mid-March.
Trade group Cruise Lines International Association Australasia has generally welcomed the announcement.
"We look forward to the formation of a working group with government to progress a pathway to a carefully managed and responsible resumption of cruise tourism," said CLIA's Australasia Managing Director, Joel Katz.
"CLIA sees opportunity for a controlled and phased resumption of local cruise operations in Australia, with strict and enhanced health protocols in place."
"While some states may still face restrictions, there is opportunity for a future resumption in states and territories where the status of Covid-19 permits, helping to restore visitation and much-needed economic activity, Katz added."
Written by Ray Montgomery, Asia Pacific editor