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Health Alert – U.S. Mission to Australia
January 8, 2021

Health Alert

Health Alert – U.S. Mission to Australia (January 8, 2021) 

Location: Australia

Event:  The U.S. Mission to Australia continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Australia and in other locations worldwide. The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID Information Page.

The government of Australia has announced that all incoming international passengers must return a negative COVID-19 test before boarding, with limited exceptions. Additionally, masks are mandatory for passengers and crew on all international and domestic flights. This is in addition to ongoing travel ban on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens entering Australia. Australia also continues to limit the numbers of inbound passengers on international flights.

The state of Queensland has announced a lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area (the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands), from 6:00 pm on Friday, January 8, to 6:00 pm on Monday, January 11. There are also limits on gatherings, a face mask requirement, and other regulations going into effect. Please find more information about the Queensland restrictions, including the limited reasons to leave home during lockdown, here.

Measures in Australia to limit the spread of COVID-19 vary by state and territory. U.S. citizens are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on COVID-19 restrictions (the Australian Capital TerritoryNew South Wales, the Northern TerritoryQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoria, and Western Australia).  State, territory, and local authorities may levy fines on and/or arrest individuals not following physical distancing or other orders. 

Actions to Take: 


  • 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/

  • U.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/

  • U.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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