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Health Alert — U.S. Consulate General Sydney
August 5, 2021

Location: Hunter and Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales 

Event: The New South Wales government has today announced the lockdown of 8 local government areas (LGAs) in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook from 5:00 PM today, August 5, until at least 12:01 AM on Friday, August 13, 2021. Residents in these areas are subject to the same enhanced restrictions as the 8 LGA’s of concern in Greater Sydney. You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse. 


The U.S. Consulate General in Sydney remains closed for routine in-person consular services, including passport, consular report of birth abroad, notarial, loss of nationality, and visa applications during the period of the lockdown order. U.S. citizens in need of critical emergency services should contact SydneyACS@state.gov.   


Actions to Take:    

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.    
  • 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    

Email: SydneyACS@state.gov    

Website: https://au.usembassy.gov/    


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