Travel Alerts: COVID19
Australia is currently NOT allowing the entry of people who are not citizens, permanent residents or their families.
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Australian border restrictions
From 11:59 pm on 28 March 2020, all international travellers arriving in Australia regardless of nationality or point of departure must complete self-isolation for 14 days in designated facilities before they can go home. Self-isolation must happen in your city of arrival into Australia. For further details please read the Prime Minister's Media Release.
Australians in Afghanistan – DFAT Registration
If you are currently in in Afghanistan, and have been trying to return to Australia, you can register your details with us via our registration portal. Registering your details with DFAT does not guarantee we can facilitate your return to Australia. However, it does allow us to better understand who is trying to return home and help us with planning.
Please be aware our ability to provide consular services in Afghanistan is extremely limited due to the dangerous security situation and the very high threat of terrorist attack.
Flights to Australia
If you wish to return to Australia, please look for commercial options.
International flights are operating to and from Kabul. Be aware that flights can be postponed or cancelled at short notice. All travellers are required to present a negative COVID-19 certificate, issued by a government approved laboratory, to enter and exit Afghanistan. Contact your airline or travel agent for further details.
There are caps on the number of passengers coming into Australian airports from overseas. This is to ease pressure on state and territory facilities.
· These measures are temporary and will be reviewed
· The government will aim to provide airlines with at least 48 hours’ notice to minimise disruptions.
· Airlines manage the sale of tickets in line with the caps, not the government
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From 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. For more information including how to apply for an exemption, please go to https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/
Entry Restrictions to Australia
All travellers arriving in Australia are subject to the Australian Government's mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at your first Australian destination.
Australian states and territories are working to manage the pressure on quarantine facilities for returning Australian citizens and permanent residents. Measures vary from state to state, but may include caps on the number of international passenger arrivals and the requirement to contribute to the cost of quarantine. Your flight into Australia may be affected. It could be diverted to another city or cancelled. If you’re scheduled to fly home to Australia in the coming days and weeks, confirm your itinerary and onward travel plans with your airline or travel agent.
The situation is changing often and at short notice. Be prepared to make alternative plans.
To find out more about quarantine and testing requirements, contact your state or territory government health department.For further information see https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/while-youre-away/returning-australia
COVID-19 – What to do when you can’t get home
We understand that it can be stressful and frightening if you can’t get home because of border closures and flight cancellations overseas.
We suggest you continue to check with local authorities and airlines about available flights out.
Here’s our advice for what to do if you can’t leave the country you’re in: COVID-19 — What to do when you can’t get home
In Afghanistan, domestic flights are operating on a limited basis, with minor COVID-19 related restrictions on internal travel.
Specific measures vary between provinces. Arrangements can change at short notice.
In urban centres government institutions are working normal operating hours.
More Information and Latest News:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Department of Health)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (WHO)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Smartraveller)
- Updates to Australia's immigration and border arragements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (Department of Home Affairs)
- The Afghanistan Travel Advice - updated on 30 March 2020 (Smartraveller)
- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures - 27 March 2020 (Prime Minister's Media Release)
Please read the travel advice on Smartraveller and subscribe for updates. For urgent consular assistance contact DFAT’s Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 from Australia or +61 6261 3305 from overseas.
If you can’t leave or don’t want to leave Afghanistan, minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.