Posted 23rd March 2020
The Federal Government has closed Australia’s borders to non-essential international travel. The Federal Government has also recommended all non-essential domestic travel be reconsidered.
As a result, State and Territory Governments across the country have commenced restrictions of interstate visitors to adhere to a mandatory 14-day isolation requirement. Please check your state or territory health websites for more information on these travel restrictions for your jurisdiction.
The Australian Government has also recommended further restrictions on social gatherings which are also being implemented by State and Territory Governments.
Please note: The National Cabinet has agreed that public transport services (trains, trams, buses, ferries) are essential and therefore exempt from the travel and social gathering restrictions at this time. However, wherever possible passengers should try to adhere to the 1.5m social distancing recommendations.
At SeaLink Travel Group we are following the advice of the health authorities and the Federal and State governments when making decisions about our vessels, cruises, tours, accommodation and operations. We will keep you informed of any changes that will impact your trip with us as soon as possible.
You should also keep up-to-date with the latest travel and health information from the Australian Government – visit www.health.gov.au or your state or territory government health department website for any additional controls.
What are we doing to minimise the risk of COVID-19?
We have always had stringent and rigorous hygiene standards, cleaning procedures and health and safety practices. During this time, we have stepped our practices and procedures up even further.
Our staff have been briefed and trained on appropriate hand hygiene and sanitising practices. We will continue to monitor and maintain these practices in accordance with the health advice to ensure we maintain these to the highest standards.
All our operations have increased vessel, vehicle and room cleaning procedures and practices. Hard surfaces (such as tables, handrails, door handles, counters etc.) are being cleaned more regularly to minimise the risk.
Where possible we have made additional hand sanitisers and cleaning stations available to our customers and employees to exercise good hand/hygiene practices. We have also placed hygiene communications in our vessels, vehicles, accommodation, food venues, shop fronts/counters/terminals from the relevant health authorities.
In the unlikely event that a customer or staff member presents with symptoms, where possible we will supply them with a mask and follow the instructions and recommendations from the Australian Government Health Department. Click here for more information.
What can you do to minimise the risk?
Practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best way to minimise the risk from COVID-19. You should:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
- Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- If unwell, avoid contact with others. Consider deferring travel and seek healthcare advice.
- Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
If you are feeling unwell or want more information on the recommended personal control measures, visit www.health.gov.au.
Can I change my travel dates?
If you have an existing booking and were scheduled to travel between 23 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 and you wish to change your travel dates, we will waive any amendment fees if you book your travel dates within 12 months of the original booked travel dates.
Please note: If any third-party or supplier costs change before the new travel dates, additional costs may be incurred.
What if my trip is cancelled?
If you are scheduled to travel between 23 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, and either you or SeaLink Travel Group cancels your trip with us, you can either choose:
- 100% travel credit to use at a time that suits you on any of SeaLink Travel Group’s products (to use within 12 months of the original booking date), or
- a 100% refund.
You should also check with your travel insurance policy for any information regarding cancellations.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support during these difficult times.
We can’t wait to welcome you back again soon to connect you with an experience that creates a brilliant lifelong memory.
Posted 20th March 2020
We are here for you
SeaLink North Queensland is working to continue delivering essential passenger services. We are taking the necessary actions needed to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Below are some of the necessary steps, we all need to take to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our local communities safe.
You might catch Covid - 19 if:
- someone with the virus sneezes or coughs onto you
- someone with the virus coughed or sneezed onto a surface (like a door handle) that you touch, and you get the infected droplets on your hands and then transfer them to your mouth, nose or eyes when you touch your face or eat.
As a community we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in 7 steps
- Clean your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rubs.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth. And avoid shaking hands.
- Stay at home if you feel unwell
- Avoid contact with anyone who is unwell – try and stay 1.5m away from anyone.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – call your GP or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately.
- Get information from trusted sources: Australian Government www.health.gov.au &
Queensland Health www.health.qld.gov.au
Travelling with us:
At SeaLink North Queensland when you travel with us, have the peace of mind that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are looking after our passengers and our staff.
Queensland Public Health has advised anyone presenting with symptoms of COVID19 should not travel with us. The Queensland Government advises if you are unwell STAY HOME. This is to protect the health and safety of all passengers and you will not be allowed to board our vessels.
We ask that everyone keeps up-to-date with the latest health advice through official government sources such as the Australian Government via www.health.gov.au or via Queensland Health www.health.qld.gov.au
We care about your health:
As we work through this as a community make sure you are looking after yourself by eating a healthy balanced diet, getting regular physical activity, better sleep and reducing stress is important all the time.