Prime Minister Scott Minister has announced that all non-residents and all non-citizens that are travelling to Australia will be unable to enter the country from 9pm Friday.
Australians who are still returning from overseas will still be able to get through the borders and will be assessed on arrival.
“For Australians, of course, they will be able to return and they will be subject, as they already are, to 14 days of isolation upon arrival back in Australia,” he said.
Morrison said the delay between the announcement and Friday night was to allow people preparing to travel to Australia to make alternative plans, rather to be stuck on a flight.
Morrison said he had consulted with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden.
The government has also put in place new measures for the economy to take as many businesses over what Morrison described as the “bridge”.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures and, today, the Australian Government, together with the Reserve Bank, have injected more than $100 billion into Australia’s financial system,” Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenburg said.