Help Australians stranded overseas: Labor

Daniel McCulloch
Labor's Penny Wong has urged the federal government to rescue stranded Australians amid coronavirus

Labor is urging the Morrison government to rescue the many Australians stranded overseas, including those stuck on cruise ships amid coronavirus restrictions.

At least one Sydney family is trapped on a ship off the coast of South America, with many other Aussies dotted across the globe desperate to come home.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said the government should provide assisted departure flights.

"The issue we have here is Australians overseas were told get home if you want to come home because commercial options will dry up," she told the ABC on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately many of them sought to follow that advice but because commercial options dried up so quickly, they are stranded.

"We really need the government to come forward with a clear plan to deal with those Australians who are stranded elsewhere."

Meanwhile, Australians will be banned from travelling overseas under a further crackdown on trips as the government tries to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions will be made for aid workers, some other government and commercial workers, and people seeking to travel abroad on compassionate grounds.