Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan



As we all know, the COVID-19 situation in India is constantly evolving. From midnight on 25 March for 21 days, the Indian central and state governments have imposed a lockdown where all persons in India must stay in their homes or accommodation apart from providing or accessing essential services.

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.

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We are actively exploring options for a commercial charter flight for Australians to return. There is no guarantee and it will be difficult to achieve. You can help by filling in this survey in the next 48hrs:



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.

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As you know, the Indian Government's bans on both international and domestic flights have been extended until 14 April.

We urge you to contact airlines as soon as possible to organise your travel to Australia for when the ban is lifted. We recommend you choose flights which have the least amount of connections as possible.

Here are some possible options:

o    Air India is maintaining existing reservations for after the flight ban from 15 April but has paused taking bookings for now. Note we cannot guarantee changes to flight availability or that flight bans will not be extended. Air India is experiencing a high number of calls and you may not get through (Air India contact details: 1860 233 1407 /

o    Qatar Airways are taking online bookings now for flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from 16 April. Note we cannot guarantee changes to flight availability or that flight bans won’t be extended. Contact details: +974 4023 0000, and follow Qatar Airways for updates on Twitter at @qrsupport. 

o    Travel agents – many travel agents can make bookings now from India to Australia for after the flight ban.

Note: Concerns exist about possible extensions of bans. See the recent Indian Government statement on the lockdown and flight restrictions. [].

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 will update this website when there is any change in this advice or if new airline information becomes available.

Quarantine period

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

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia  




As you know, the Indian Government advises that people will have access to food and medicine during the 21 day lockdown (which commenced from 12:00am on 25 March).

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,; 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).      



India has also suspended all existing visitor visas, including the visa-free travel facility for OCI card holders, until 30 April 2020. Visas for all foreigners currently in India remain valid. To extend your visa apply online through FRRO/FRO.





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Call for applications: Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS) 2020

If you’re an Australian alumnus who dreams of making a difference in your professional field, workplace, or community, the Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS) 2020 can help. The AAGS offers seed funding on a competitive basis for initiatives that create impact by putting your knowledge and skills to good use. This pilot program provides up to AU$20,000 per grant and up to 5 grants are available this round. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your ideas to life and be the agent of change in your community. The AAGS is open to all Indian nationals (or Australian’s with a valid Overseas Citizenship of India card) who have graduated from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, including those who are self-funded. It is also open to alumni of short-term studies or programs in Australia.

What is AAGS? Who can apply? What kind of projects and activities do the grants cover? For more information on Grant Funding and Eligibilty, check the Guidelines below.  



   Applications open

   09:00 Friday 7 February 2020

   Applications close

   17:00 Sunday 12 April 2020

   Assessment of applications

   6-8 weeks

   Approval of outcomes of selection process

   May 2020

   Negotiations and award of grant agreements

   June 2020

   Notification to unsuccessful applicants

   June 2020

   Project activity to commence

   Before July 2020


Submit your applications before 12 April 2020 at this link

Talk to the AAGS Team about your ideas: Tel:  +91 44 459 213 00 or Email:

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