Travel advice in challenging times
Providing Australians with the latest information and advice to stay safe overseas
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As part of our continuing effort to help Australians overseas return, we've arranged commercial flights from additional locations overseas.
Returning to Australia from overseas is still challenging due to the limits on passenger arrival numbers. We are working hard to get as many Australians home as possible. If you're overseas and trying to return home, you may be eligible for assistance.
Do you need a document legalised, or a Certificate of No Impediment for your upcoming marriage? The Australian Government can provide some notarial services.
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.
News and updates
Wherever you’re going overseas, there remains a threat of terrorism. Terrorists continue to carry out attacks around the world, and they target both locals and foreign tourists. Learn more about how to reduce your risks while travelling.
From 22 January 2021, if you're travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline, taken 72 hours or less prior to departure. See full article for FAQs on the new measures and exemptions.
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccinations will be rolled out domestically to people in Australia. The vaccinations will only be available in Australia. You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally.
The Malaysian Government has now advised the exemption for holders of expired Social Visit Passes will cease on 21 April 2021. If you're in Malaysia on a social visit pass that expired after 1 January 2020, you have until 21 April 2021 to leave Malaysia without incurring any penalties or enforcement action (see 'Travel'). Contact your airline or travel provider for options to depart Malaysia as soon as you can. Malaysia has a number of restrictions in response to COVID-19, which vary across locations and can change rapidly. Be aware of what restrictions are in place at your location and follow the advice of local authorities. You must maintain social distance and wear a face mask in public spaces and on public transportation. Foreigners, including visitors and long term foreign residents, have been arrested and charged for breaching COVID-19 restrictions, including failure to socially distance in public places or being present in a venue that is suspected of breaching current rules.
There's an ongoing threat of terrorism in Malaysia, including in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities. Be alert to possible threats, especially in public places or during major events or holidays that may attract large crowds.
A negative PCR test is now required to board your return flight, and you must complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine in designated facilities in the city you arrive in (exemptions apply).
Thinking of travelling interstate? Smartraveller doesn’t provide advice on domestic travel in Australia. Check the state border controls before you leave.
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