COVID-19

In a life-threatening emergency, at any time, day or night, you should dial Emergency Triple Zero (000) for Police, Fire or Ambulance.

As Australia continues to respond to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of all delegates attending the conference is our highest priority. The following information is provided to assist you to plan your travel to Australia and to understand your obligations at the conference.

If you are unwell at any stage during the conference and exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or you are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, coughing or sneezing we ask that you do not attend the conference while you are unwell.

Before the Conference

Accessing up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation and case numbers in Australia

  • The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care provides updates about the current COVID‑19 situation, latest case numbers and related information. You can access this information here
  • When deciding to travel to Australia, please consider that if you test positive to COVID-19 and are unable to make your scheduled departure from Brisbane due to mandatory isolation requirements, you will need to have the means to extend your private stay.

Before you arrive in Australia, you should ensure you have travel insurance that covers any hospitalisation costs or delays (such as additional accommodation charges) due to COVID‑19.

Travelling to the Conference

COVID-19 Entry Requirements to Australia

  • You no longer need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination to meet Australian inbound travel requirements.
  • Some countries, airlines and vessel operators may require a pre-departure test result at check-in before you can board your flight or ship.
  • Check the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to or transiting through, and your airline or vessel operator’s requirements.
  • Further information is available from the Australian Government Department of Health
  • You can also visit Smartraveller for more information.

At the Conference

Staying Safe and Healthy at APMCDRR

  • If you become unwell during the conference and exhibit signs and symptoms such as fever, runny nose, coughing or sneezing we ask that you return home or to your accommodation and get tested.
  • The APMCDRR will be run as a hybrid conference with the option for virtual attendance.  All registered delegates will have access to the conference via the conference website and APMCDRR app.
  • To ensure the health and safety of all participants attending the conference, we may implement a range of measures to protect the health and safety of all participants. These measures may include:
    • asking delegates to stay home if unwell (or in their hotel) and get tested;
    • strongly recommending everyone to wear masks while at the venue;
    • encouraging everyone to maintain a physical distance of 1.5m from others at all times;
    • encouraging everyone to wash their hands often, with soap and water or hand sanitiser;
    • encouraging everyone to practice good hygiene and clean surfaces, including in meeting rooms.

Mask Requirements at APMCDRR

  • We strongly recommend all participants attending the conference wear masks when indoors in public to limit the spread of infections including COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses at the conference.
    • You should bring a supply of suitable masks for your own use
    • A small supply of disposable masks will be available at the venue for delegates who cannot access their own.

Vaccination Requirements at APMCDRR

  • You no longer need to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to travel to and from Australia or to attend public spaces in Queensland.
  • To protect the health and safety of all participants attending the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 19-22 September 2022, we recommend you are vaccinated before you attend the conference.
  • Further information is available from the Australian Government Department of Health

Accessing Medical Assistance at APMCDRR

  • There will be first aid and medical staff on site at the APMCDRR to assist delegates where required.
  • Delegates can also access Telehealth services via 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
    • This is a confidential Queensland Health Service that provides qualified health advice—it is not a diagnostic service and should not replace medical consultation. In an emergency always dial Triple Zero (000).
    • You can phone and talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the cost of a local call.
    • You can find more information about 13 HEALTH here.

COVID-19 Testing at the Conference

  • Any participant who experiences COVID-19 symptoms or becomes unwell during the conference should leave the venue and get tested.
  • There will be a limited supply of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) available for delegates who wish to test themselves.
  • We ask that delegates who are positive for COVID-19 via a RAT notify conference organisers by email covidreport@ccm.com.au. This information will only be used by conference organisers to support the health and safety of all delegates attending the conference. All information will be collected in accordance with our privacy policy available here.
  • There is no requirement to notify conference organisers after 22 September 2022.

COVID-19 Cases at the Conference

  • It is an Australian public health requirement that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate. If you have the virus, you can pass it on to others. Isolating protects the people around you and the broader community.
  • If you test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. You are required to report your positive test to Queensland Health via their website. Please also report all positive Rapid Antigen Test results to covidreport@ccm.com.au.
  • You can find out more information about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 here.
  • Isolation means:
    • Staying at home - do not attend the conference, visit public areas, or travel on public transport, in taxis or ride share services.
  • Seek urgent medical attention if you are unwell.
    • The Emergency Fire, Police and Ambulance Services number is Australia is 000.

Departing the Conference

  • The conference will finish on 22 September 2022.
  • If you test positive to COVID-19 and are unable to make your scheduled departure from Brisbane due to mandatory isolation requirements, you will need to have the means to extend your private stay.
  • Conference organisers will not be able to assist delegates in their isolation, including those that must extend their stay in Australia due to this. Before you arrive in Australia, you should ensure you have travel insurance that covers delays due to COVID-19.