Australians Remain Stranded on Land and Sea

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Hundreds of Australians remain stranded aboard cruise ships across the globe, with some told it could be weeks or months before they are able to return.

The federal government is also working to bring home Australians stuck on land in Peru and other parts of South America.

“We are continuing to work with Qantas on further flights to assist Australians who are still there,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne told ABC radio on Wednesday.

The government is trying to facilitate internal travel for Australians who are in remote and isolated parts of Peru to come to Lima and Cusco, so they are able to access rescue flights.

“I expect to have more information from my department and from Qantas on those in coming days,” Senator Payne said.

Australian passengers on the Ocean Atlantic cruiseliner are expected to be flown home from Uruguay on Thursday.

But guests of a nearby boat, the Greg Mortimer, have been told they will need to wait until 14 days after the last person aboard has experienced fever.

A man in his late 60s aboard the Greg Mortimer was taken to shore in Montevideo to go into isolation on Tuesday.

Senator Payne said it was difficult for people onboard ships with flu-like symptoms given international concern about coronavirus

“We’ve been working closely with authorities to ensure we are able to support those passengers when they are able to leave the ship,” the minister said.

“But, like in Australia, there are different quarantine restrictions being imposed around the world, and different requirements for isolation.”


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