Travel advice in challenging times
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28 April 2020: All overseas travel is currently banned, with few exceptions. If you’re overseas and want to return, we continue to urge you to do so as soon as possible while flights are available. Where there aren’t options, we’re working to make flights available for you. If you can't leave or prefer to stay where you are, make plans for an extended stay.
From 11:59pm Saturday 28 March, all international travellers arriving in Australia regardless of nationality or point of departure must complete self-isolation for 14 days in designated facilities before they can go home. Self-isolation must happen in your city of arrival into Australia, no matter if you arrive by plane or cruise ship.
It’s stressful and frightening if you can’t get out of the country you’re in due to border closures. We suggest you continue to check with local authorities about available flights, however you may have to wait it out in that country until departure arrangements are made. Here’s our advice for what to do if you can’t leave the country you’re in.
The Australian Government provides consular services for Australians overseas. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working hard to provide advice and assistance to Australians in need. In some places our ability to provide consular services may be limited.
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Advice for Australians overseas on returning home, staying in country, and travel between other countries.
From 21 May, you'll be able to transit through Dubai and Abu Dhabi when travelling back to Australia from the UK.
The government continues its special partnership with Qantas and Virgin Australia to help bring more Australians home. Additional commercial flights are scheduled to depart London and Los Angeles until early June.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Australia’s embassies, high commissions and consulates have had to adjust to local regulations on social distancing and self-isolation. Our ability to provide consular services may be limited due to restrictions on our movement.
To help Australians get home, limited flights are currently available from London to Australia. If you're in the UK and wish to leave, do so while commercial options are available. Check Qantas and other airlines to find available seats. Follow the Australian High Commission on social media for regular updates on flights leaving the UK. If you' re transiting the UK, you may need to show proof that you have an onward flight booked. From 8 June, if you arrive in the UK you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. You'll be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance. You may face enforcement action if you don't comply. See Travel for more information. Key transit hubs have suspended transit flights. Check your route with your airline or travel agent. The UK remains in lockdown, however on 11 May the UK Government announced some restrictions in place are gradually easing. You should still stay at home except in the limited circumstances specified by the Prime Minister, listed here: gov.uk/coronavirus. The devolved governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales continue to direct citizens and visitors to follow their own public health guidance (see Travel). Police have powers to enforce these rules.
As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult. Read our COVID-19 advice for Australians overseas or considering travel at this time.
If you're overseas and need medical care, you may face unexpected challenges. Read our advice on what to do if you get unwell while overseas.
You may need to get a visa to enter a foreign country. For some countries you must apply in advance. In other countries you can apply on arrival.
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