Today we acknowledge the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On that day nearly 3,000 innocent people died, including 10 Australians, in the most devastating terrorist attack in the US. Terrorists continue to carry out attacks around the world. Terrorists may target places associated with foreigners or Westerners.
From 11 August 2021, if you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident who normally lives overseas, you’re no longer automatically exempt from Australia’s overseas travel restrictions. You can still leave Australia. But you’ll need to apply for an exemption and demonstrate your links to the country where you usually live. A transitional period applies until 7 September.
We’re working hard to get as many Australians home as possible. Returning Australians to Australia continues to be a priority for the Government. We’ve increased the number of facilitated commercial flights to manage the impact of the cap reduction.
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 movements.