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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Australia (September 2, 2020)
September 2, 2020

Location: Australia

Event:  The U.S. Mission to Australia plans to send Alerts once per week unless local conditions warrant immediate messaging.

Starting September 4, New South Wales (NSW) will extend the border region between NSW and Victoria to 50 km. Border zone residents and workers will still need a border entry permit to enter NSW. Outside the border region, residents returning to NSW from Victoria must enter NSW through the Sydney airport and will be required to go into hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense (the fee will be waived until September 11).

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.

Absentee ballots will be on their way in less than a month, but it’s not too late to register and request yours.  The deadline to get registered and request your ballot for November 3 using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) depends on your state of residency. Here are a few ways to get prepared:

If you have already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, you will be receiving your blank ballot or instructions for how to access your ballot soon. If you are not sure about the status of your absentee ballot request, you should contact your local election officials in the United States or check the status of your registration via your state’s voter registration verification website.

It is recommended that ballots for the November 3rd election be mailed back to the United States by October 2, 2020. Voters in Australia or their representatives can drop off absentee ballots at the Embassy and Consulates General for postage-free mailing to the United States. Find more details on times and procedures for dropping off ballots for mailing on our website.

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

Email: SydneyACS@state.gov

Website: https://au.usembassy.gov/

  • S. Consulate General, Melbourne, Australia

553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004

Telephone: (03) 9526-5900

Email: MelbourneACS@state.gov

Website: https://au.usembassy.gov/

  • S. Consulate General, Perth, Australia

Level 4
16 St. Georges Terrace
Perth, WA  6000

Telephone: (08) 6144-5100

Email: PerthACS@state.gov

Website: https://au.usembassy.gov/

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