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There is an active outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus originating from Wuhan City in Hubei Province in China. There are confirmed cases of individuals with the coronavirus outside China.On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Holidays don't always go as planned. If you're leaving Australia, travel insurance is just as essential as a passport. It's really that simple. If you're going overseas, even to London or just visiting family, it's your responsibility to get travel insurance...
The Australian Government provides consular services for Australians while overseas. While we no longer ask you to register your overseas travel with us, our embassies and consulates can provide emergency assistance in a crisis.
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We are working closely with the international cruise line industry in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China. We have provided the following information and advice to Australians on cruises in the Asian region. Australian officials in Tokyo are providing consular assistance to the Australians who were passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The Pacific cyclone season is usually between October and May. During this period, even small tropical storms can develop into major cyclones. Their direction and strength can change with little warning. Cyclones lead to landslides, mudslides and flash flooding causing extreme damage to infrastructure. This can cut off communications and access to transportation, emergency assistance, medical care, and food and water.
From 1 February 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the EU ('Brexit'). There will be a transition period until 31 December 2020, while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements. If you are an Australian living or working in, or travelling to, the UK or the EU nothing will change in the transition period during 2020, including visa arrangements. This also applies to Australian-British dual nationals.
The Australian Government has offered to fly home Australians on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in quarantine in Yokohama on 19 February. The Government has written to the Australian passengers setting out the arrangements and conditions of the assisted departure, should they choose to accept the offer. These include agreeing to a period of up to 14 days of quarantine in Darwin. The Australian Embassy in Tokyo will continue to provide consular assistance to Australians remaining in Japan. Australians on the Diamond Princess who do not take the charter flight on 19 February will not be able to return to Australia until 4 March 2020. These measures have been taken to reduce the risk of the virus emerging, establishing itself or spreading in Australia. The health and safety of all Australians is the Government’s highest priority.
The Australian Passport Office issues passports to Australian citizens in Australia and overseas under the Australian Passports Act 2005 and related laws.
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.
We no longer ask you to register your trip before you go. Read our frequently asked questions to learn why.
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