IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIANS
The Indian Government has announced a gradual reduction of COVID-19 restrictions. A number of activities will be allowed from 1 June outside of containment zones with further measures lifting from 8 June.
The Indian government and states governments are maintaining, however, a number of measures in the fight against COVID-19. Australians should follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of getting the virus.
High Commission staff will continue to update our website with relevant information as quickly as possible, including links to the latest available information and advice.
EXTENSION OF INDIA'S FLIGHT BAN
India has extended its ban on regular scheduled international passenger flights for now. A calibrated number of domestic flights between various cities resumed from 25 May. We have prepared responses to frequently asked questions, including covering existing flight bookings, charter options, visa extensions and tips for the lockdown in India. Read more...
ATTENTION: Be careful when choosing charter fights
Many people are asking us about other private charter options being promoted. Be aware: only flights we notify to those registered with us have the approvals required to operate. Please be cautious about other options.
REGISTER WITH US FOR UPDATES
If you have not yet done so, we urge you to register with the Australian High Commission – this will enable us to contact you should the need arise.
Click on this link to register with us: https://covid19.dfat.gov.au
RETURING TO AUSTRALIA
The Indian Government's ban on international scheduled flights has been extended until further notice. India resumed domestic flights in a calibrated manned from 25 May.
On 25 March, the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne issued a statement about Australians trying to return to Australia.
They made clear:
- Where local authorities will allow, consideration is being given, on a case by case basis, to supporting airlines willing to operate non-scheduled services to bring Australians home
- There are no plans for assisted departures such as those conducted to the epicentre of the COVID-19, Wuhan in China and Japan.
We are sending updates on flight options to Australians who have registered with us (see above on how to do so). We will update this website when there is any change in this advice or if new airline information becomes available.
Charter Flights - Movement Pass
If you have purchased a ticket on a charter flight to Australia, you will need a movement pass to travel to the city from where your flight is departing. Our teams in Delhi and our Consulates-General in Mumbai and Chennai are working hard on obtaining movement passes for you. Here is all you need to know and do to obtain a pass: Movement Pass Factsheet.
The exception is Air India flights to Australia. The airline advises that your ticket booking is sufficient to travel to the city of departure and the airport, although you may need to contact district authorities. Please contact Air India regarding these flights.
The following information comes from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s Smartraveller website:
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
A Lion Air plane fatally crashed on 29 October 2018. Since then, Australian government officials and contractors in Indonesia have been instructed not to fly on Lion Air or subsidiary airlines that operate outside of Australia.
The instruction was based on work health and safety responsibilities to staff.
The decision will be reviewed when the full findings of the official crash investigation are made.
Australian travellers should make their own decisions on which airlines to travel with.
All travellers returning to Australia will be required to undertake a mandatory 14 day quarantine at designated facilities at their port of entry. You will be directed to a facility such as a hotel on arrival in Australia and required to stay there for 14 days before you can complete any onward travel or return to your home. The accommodation, along with food, water and any medical support will be provided by the Australian Government. See the Smartraveller website for more.
Should you then wish to travel to another state or territory governments you may be subject to an additional period of quarantine or other restrictions. You should keep up with the latest with the relevant State and Territory Governments:
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
New South Wales
FOOD AND MEDICINE
As you know, the Indian Government advises has announced further released restrictions on activities outside of containment zones from 1 May. Indian authorities advise that people will have access to food and medicine in containment zones.
For those staying in hotels, you should be able to drive or walk to nearby shops and pharmacies. If you are having problems, we suggest asking your hotel, local authorities or friends to help you get essential supplies.
If you have any problems. Contact us: (Business hours: +91 11 4139 9900, [email protected]; For outside of business hours: +612 6261 3305).
You can also call the Police on 100.
If you have any problems with hotels, including hotels accepting bookings, please contact the 24/7 Indian Government tourism hotline on 1800 11 1363 (available in 12 languages).
If your visa has expired after 1 February 2020, the Indian Government will extend your visa without a fine for a period of up to 30 days after the travel ban is lifted. To extend your visa apply online through FRRO/FRO.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN AUSTRALIA
The Australian Government recognises that COVID-19 is affecting international students in Australia, who are friends, colleagues, classmates and members of the Australian community. On 4 April, the Australian Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, said the Australian Government had agreed that:
- international students who had been in Australia for longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship would be able to access their Australian superannuation
- international students would be able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight
- the Government would increase flexibility for a number of regulations to make it easier for international students to continue their studies in Australia should they wish to do so
- the Government would be flexible in cases where COVID-19 has prevent international students from meeting their visa conditions (such as not being able to attend classes).
International Students in Australia Factsheet
See also the Australian government's portal on support available for international students in Australia during COVID-19.
Private Charter Flights
The Australian Government is in the process of facilitating further commercial flights options in the near future from India. The planning and coordination of these flights will affect consideration of privately-organised charter flights.
If you have sought approval for a privately-organised charter, you can expect to be contacted by the Australian Border Force. The AHC New Delhi is unable to provide any assistance for private charter flights until such approvals have been provided in Australia.
We continue to assess all such requests against a range of factors, including the need to manage and sequence the return of Australians into our international airports so that Commonwealth, State and Territory authorities can successfully implement reception arrangements, including mandatory quarantine requirements.
- Australian High Commission consular assistance
- Business hours: +91 11 4139 9900, [email protected]
- For outside of business hours: +612 6261 3305
- Australian High Commission
- Australian Consulate General Chennai
- Australian Consulate General Kolkata
- Australian Consulate General Mumbai
- Key Indian Government contact points: