Gymnastics Australia travel position update

In response to recent changes to the Federal Government advice on travel amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Gymnastics Australia is updating its position on international competition activities. Last updated on 19 August 2021.

Consideration has been given to a range of factors including, but not limited to, the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on:

- The general environment and its effect on the population worldwide
- International opportunities for competition
- Domestic and international travel restrictions, flight availability and costs and general risks of travel
- Short and long-term potential health risks
- Availability and scope of international travel insurance
- Gymnastics Australia's duty of care towards its members and staff

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has lifted its ban on Australians travelling overseas from NSW and Victoria. 

In reviewing its position on international travel, Gymnastics Australia acknowledges the following factors:

- the improved COVID-19 vaccine rollout progression both domestically and internationally, 
- the recommencement and rescheduling of international competitions,
- recognition of the desire of Australian elite level athletes to continue to pursue their careers.

Whilst Gymnastics Australia will not be conducting national team competition campaigns outside of Australia before 31 December 2021 the following benchmark events for the first quarter of 2022 will be considered:

At present only the following competitions will be considered for international travel:

- Senior Competitions Only
- FIG World Cups
- FIG World Championships

Note that selection of athletes for these events only will be based on individual Gymsports performance targets for each event.

All athletes selected to compete in these approved events must sign the GA Travel Position Statement, follow the return to training guidelines and adhere at all times to Australian and event host government and airline regulations concerning covid testing and vaccinations.

All international travel must be approved by the CEO of Gymnastics Australia (and in the event of the CEO travelling by the President of Gymnastics Australia).

Gymnastics Australia will continue to monitor the situation and will align with Federal Government directions. A further statement on international travel will be made no later than 1 December 2021. 

Club Tours
Gymnastics Australia will not be endorsing any club tour requests in the first quarter of 2022. GA does however understand this does not prevent a club from travelling to international competitions. If a club does decide to travel to international competitions during this period, please note the Club will not be able to access to Gymnastics Australia’s Travel Insurance Policy.