Covid-19: Malaysians in Australia advised to stay put Down Under


  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Apr 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Malaysian High Commission in Australia has advised Malaysians in the country not to go home in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The High Commission, in a statement on Friday (April 10), said the government had decided that Malaysians should stay put in Australia.

"However, those with short-term visas and students who have financial difficulties and are not be able to sustain an extended stay in Australia may return home via available commercial flights.

"Malaysians in Australia should keep safe and healthy, (and) update themselves with all regulations in place by the Australian government in the state they are residing, as different states have taken different measures to deal with the pandemic.

"This includes the requirements for quarantine, social distancing and restricted social gatherings, ” said the High Commission in a statement to Bernama.

The High Commission said since the announcement of the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia on March 18, they have received calls from Malaysians about available flight options to return to home due to flight cancellations and other issues affecting their stay in Australia.

It said it had received enquiries on accommodation-related issues from 32 Malaysians and three students.

The statement said there are Malaysians flying back to Malaysia almost every day despite the few commercial flights from major cities in Australia.

"The numbers vary every day based... However, we understand that there are Malaysians who have decided to extend their stay in Australia until the outbreak subsides.

"We advise all Malaysians in Australia to remain calm and vigilant. They should not hastily decide to return home thinking that it is safer in Malaysia, ” it added.

The High Commission also expressed its sincere gratitude to the Australian government and state authorities for giving full support to ensuring those who want to return home are able to do so with minimal restrictions and difficulties – Bernama

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