Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update


Dear students,


You will be aware of the Australian government decision over the weekend to restrict travel for any national from mainland China who don not have Australian residence or citizenship.


I am attaching updates fact sheets from the Australian Department of Health which has useful advice for international students. AIL is continuing to monitor the dramatic evolving novel coronavirus situation and acting accordingly. 


We are updating the following new recommendations:

If you are outside Australia:

  • From 1 February 2020 and until further notice international students who are seeking to leave, or have transited through, mainland China will not be able to enter Australia. 
  • If you are concerned about your enrolment or other issue related to your studies, please contact us.
  • You can also seek assist from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website at or contact 

If you are inside Australia:

  • If you have travelled from Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case. 


What does isolate yourself in your home mean?

  • You should not attend public place, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • If you must leave the home to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Where possible, have other people get food or other necessities for you.


If you are feeling unwell

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and other may get very sick very quickly. Affected people may experience:

  • Fever
  • Flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

The Australian Government Department of Health has advised that individuals experiencing symptoms and/or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, or recently returned from Hubei Province in China should contact their GP or a hospital emergency department. You must call ahead and advise the medical service of your symptoms.


AIL will consider special arrangements for students and staff who are affected by the outbreak. Students can contact us ( with any concerns.


Please follow DFAT advice in relation to travel, which has been escalated to Level 4 for China, which is DO NOT TRAVEL. 

Check DFAT information and advice before travelling.


AIL will keep posted as further information becomes available. 



Australian Institute of Language