Parks Australia

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Is there a travel ban to Christmas Island?

A travel ban is in place to Christmas Island until further notice. Only residents and essential staff can enter the island. Residents, essential staff and their families returning to the island must self-isolate for two weeks.

Social distancing measures are being taken on the island including the following:

  • A number of outlets are closed including restaurants (excluding takeaway and delivery orders), gyms and shops (with the exception of grocery shops and post office)
  • Social distancing rules apply:
    • 1.5m between people outdoors and 4 sqm between people indoors
    • No more than 3 people in a vehicle

Are there restrictions on access to Christmas Island National Park for those on the island?

No, the park remains open.

Are there any changes to staff operations?

Staff are operating on a business as usual basis with measures in place to ensure social distancing rules are followed.

Has the travel ban to the island impacted on any Parks Australia work?

Several research projects have been put on hold due to the ban on travel to the island for non-essential staff. These include the flying fox project on Christmas Island.

Are Australian citizens still being quarantined on Christmas Island?

All Australian citizens and residents who were in quarantine on the island have now left the island.

Are park staff from Cocos Keeling islands allowed on Christmas Island?

Park staff from Cocos Keeling are considered essential workers and permitted to enter the island.

How will you communicate to the public, community, residents and visitors?

There will be notifications on the Christmas Island National Park website and through Parks Australia social media channels.