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Australians urged to fly home before borders close

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Australians are being urged to fly home as soon as possible to avoid being stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Travel advice issued on Tuesday evening by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Australians should return home before the virus caused more borders to close.

Travellers are also being urged to reconsider their need to go overseas.

“If you’re already overseas and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means,” the advice read.

“You may not be able to return to Australia when you had planned to. Consider whether you have access to health care and support systems if you get sick while overseas.”

From midday on Tuesday Australians were no longer able to travel to Europe, with an initial EU ban in place for 30 days.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is meeting the national cabinet on Tuesday evening, with new precautionary measures likely to be announced on Wednesday.

-AAP

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