COVID-19 – advice for Australians living, working or studying overseas
If you live, work or study overseas, you’re probably wondering what our advice ‘do not travel’ means for you. You might also be asking what we meant when we said if you decide to come home, then do so as soon as possible while commercial options are available.
If you’re a long-term overseas-based Australian, you need to consider the accessibility and quality of health care and whether you have the support systems you’d need if you got sick or had to spend an extended period somewhere. Depending on where you are, you might find your freedom to move heavily restricted and borders difficult to cross.
You need to decide what is right for you. If you decide to stay where you are, you need to know that departure options are reducing, and that our ability to provide consular assistance is becoming more limited in some places due to movement and other restrictions.
If you wish to return to Australia, we continue to recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. We know that this is getting harder in many places.
If you’re an Australian citizen, permanent resident or immediate family, the Prime Minister’s announcement on 19 March of a travel ban into Australia does not affect you. As an Australian, you can of course still come back to Australia. You will still be required to undertake 14 days of self-isolation, as you have to now.
If you decide to remain overseas, wherever you are, you should:
- Follow the advice of local authorities, particularly regarding any self-isolation or social distancing guidance or rules
- Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19
- Read and subscribe to Smartraveller for the latest information and advice. (You can also subscribe to critical updates by SMS)
- Stay in touch with family and friends. Let them know where you are and that you’re OK.
- Read our information about COVID-19 and consular assistance – there are some useful contacts in there should you need them.