Border Measures to protect Australia from Zika

This page contains information about Zika virus and border measures to protect Australia from Zika virus.

Page last updated: 02 March 2016

Screening of travellers at the Australian border is not recommended at this time as there is currently no practical mechanism to detect Zika virus in arriving passengers.

Established measures are in place at Australian First Points of Entry (FPoE) to prevent the incursion of exotic mosquitoes at the border and establish breeding populations in Australia primarily:

  • disinsection of all aircraft entering Australia,
  • vector monitoring including trapping and specimen analysis, and
  • vector control at Australian air and sea ports including residual insecticides, fogging with adulticides and larvicides applied to standing water.

These measures are undertaken to prevent the potential for local spread of exotic diseases from an infected traveller. In the event of an imported case in areas of Queensland where the mosquito vector is present, Queensland Health has both the prior experience and appropriate measures in place to help control the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika virus.