This section has advice for Australians overseas who are trying to return home to Australia.
Returning to Australia from overseas can still be challenging. There are caps on the numbers of unvaccinated passengers coming into Australian airports from overseas. If you're overseas and wish to come home, be prepared for delays and disruptions to your travel.
- Registering with DFAT
- Facilitated commercial flights
- Overseas financial assistance
- Re-entry and quarantine measures
If you’re trying to return to Australia, we encourage you to:
- Continue to contact your airline or travel agent for available flights
- Read our travel advice and subscribe for updates
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
- Check the website of the Australian embassy or high commission in your destination and follow them closely on social media for any updates.
For questions about visas and other entry and exit requirements for the destination you're in, contact the relevant local immigration authorities. If you're unsure who to contact, look in the travel advice for your location.
If you're receiving an Australian Government payment while overseas, you may be eligible to request an extension so that you continue to receive your payment until you're able to return to Australia. Contact Services Australia to discuss your situation.
We know this is a very stressful time for those trying to come home. We encourage you to be patient, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
If you need urgent assistance or advice about local conditions, contact the nearest embassy or high commission.
If your situation becomes life-threatening or you have very serious concerns for your welfare, call the Consular Emergency Centre in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.
For non-urgent general enquiries, contact us online.
- Find our information about how to stay safe while you're away
- Read the Consular Services Charter to learn how DFAT can and can't help
- See our information on medical assistance overseas
- Read about taking care of your mental health overseas
- See how to stay safe if you're travelling by boat