Health Alert – U.S. Mission Australia (September 11, 2020)
Event: The U.S. Mission to Australia will cease its weekly Health Alerts and will send Alerts when local conditions require messaging.
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.
Some U.S. states have already started sending absentee ballots, 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:
- Check your state’s specific deadlines.
- Add election dates and reminders to your calendar.
- Check to see if your state allows you to send in your FPCA electronically to avoid mail delays.
- No state has a registration deadline longer than 30 days – so act now!
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 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. 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.
- 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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