Event: The U.S. Mission to Australia plans to send Alerts once per week unless local conditions warrant immediate messaging.
Masks are now mandatory for any visitor to the Consulate General in Sydney. All visitors age 2 and older must wear a mask. If a visitor does not have a mask or cloth facial covering on arrival, the person will not be admitted and will have to reschedule any appointment. While in the Consulate, family members must stay close together and maintain social distancing from other applicants. This applies to U.S. citizens dropping off completed absentee ballots as well.
Limits on the numbers of inbound passengers on international flights to Australian airports will remain through at least October 24. The Melbourne airport will remain closed to arriving international passenger flights, including for transit purposes, for the same period. Some outbound international flights are still operating from Melbourne. Impacted passengers should contact their airline or travel arranger. Further information regarding the restrictions can be found here.
Measures in Australia to limit the spread of COVID-19 vary by state and territory. Please check the individual state and territory websites for further information. State, territory, and local authorities may levy fines on and/or arrest individuals not following physical distancing or other orders.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC websitefor 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.govfor 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-19for 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.
- S. citizen voters or their representatives can drop off absentee ballots at the Embassy or Consulates for postage-free mailing to the United States; please find details here.
- S. Consulate General, Sydney, Australia
Level 10, MLC Center
19-29 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000
Telephone: (02) 9373-9200
- S. Consulate General, Melbourne, Australia
553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Telephone: (03) 9526-5900
- 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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