June 3, 2020
Event: The U.S. Mission to Australia plans to send Alerts once per week unless local conditions warrant immediate messaging.
The State Department’s passport printing facilities in the United States remain closed until further notice. As such, the U.S. Mission to Australia cannot process routine regular passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) at this time. It is not known when the printing facilities in the United States will reopen. When we resume processing routine applications, it will be announced via an Alert and on our website. We have informed the Australian government of the reduced availability of U.S. passport services. If you are a U.S. citizen in Australia with confirmed international travel in the next two weeks and you require a U.S. passport, please seek assistance from your closest consulate.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on COVID-19 restrictions (the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia).
U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. International commercial flight options currently exist in Australia:
- United Airlines is currently operating daily flights from Sydney to San Francisco,
- Qantas is operating a flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles on June 5, and
- Virgin Australia is operating a flight from Brisbane to Los Angeles on June 6.
The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Australia at this time.
As a reminder, there is no quarantine or self-isolation required for domestic travel into the states of New South Wales (NSW) or Victoria. However, travelers entering NSW and Victoria from other states should check the websites of the NSW and Victoria governments. Please also note that the Australian government is restricting Australian citizens and permanent residents from traveling overseas, with some exceptions. Dual U.S.-Australian citizens and U.S. citizen permanent residents of Australia are not exempt from this rule and may be prevented from boarding flights if they do not meet the exception guidelines. Individuals may request exceptions to the exit restrictions at this link.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Have a plan to depart from Australia that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Australia.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on COVID-19-related fraud.
- U.S. Consulate General, Sydney, Australia
Level 10, MLC Center
19-29 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000
Telephone: (02) 9373-9200
- U.S. Consulate General, Melbourne, Australia
553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Telephone: (03) 9526-5900
- U.S. Consulate General, Perth, Australia
16 St. Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Telephone: (08) 6144-5100
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Australia Country Information
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