Consul-General Christopher Lim's Blog - "Adjusting to the new normal: some reflections"
Wearing face masks at school assembly is a new normal. (Photo from internet)
"I’m sure many of you back home are looking forward to social restrictions being eased further so that life could return to some semblance of normality. Given the effectiveness of Australia’s measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, we can be optimistic, although caution is still needed.
But what kind of normal would we return to when this new virus still spreading in many parts of the world, and effective vaccines are still being developed? It’s hard to know for certain, especially as things evolve, often quite quickly. " Click here to read more.
Australian Consul-General in southwest China Christopher Lim gives an update about the current situation of the COVID-19 affecting Australians in China.
Updated Travel Advice and Temporary Restrictions Relating to COVID-19
China will not allow most foreigners to enter China. Direct flights between China and Australia are limited to one flight per week to a limited number of cities in China and Australia. The current travel advice is still DO NOT TRAVEL to China.
If despite our advice you travel to China, you will be subject to up to 28 days mandatory quarantine. If you remain in China, follow the advice of local authorities, monitor your health and take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19, ensure you have arrangements in place for a possible extended stay, and stay in touch with family and friends back home.
On 24 March the Prime Minister announced a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.
Australia’s Border Restrictions
From 11:59pm Saturday 28 March, all international travellers arriving in Australia regardless of nationality or point of departure must complete self-isolation for 14 days in designated facilities before they can go home.
Travel Advice Link
For the latest China-related travel advice, please access the Smartraveller website via link below:
For emergency passport or consular support, please contact the numbers below.
If you are an Australian citizen in Wuhan or Hubei Province, you can register your location and your family situation by contacting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade using the details below:
+61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
1300 555 135 (within Australia)
+61 421 269 080 using SMS
Australia Marketplace China 2019 Welcome Dinner (11/11/2019)
Taste of Queensland Campaign Launch (28/10/2019)
Festival of Australia Kunming Reception remarks (27/05/2019)
Remarks at Gold Coast Gala Dinner (17/05/2019)
Macquarie University Open Day remarks (14/04/2019)
Consul-General’s Australia Day 2019 address (21/01/2019)
News and Media Releases
Celebrate a Festival of Australia (20/05/2019)
Strengthening science ties with China (10/04/2019)
2019-20 Foreign Affairs and Trade Department budget (02/05/2019)
Ambassador to China (29/03/2019)
Appointments for Passport and Notarial Services
Please make appointments for passport and notarial services using the Consulate’s online booking system. Passport service appointments for Australian Citizens are available between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday. Notarial service appointments are available between 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.
If you are unable to make an appointment within the advertised hours, you can either call 028 - 6268 5200 or send an email to [email protected] to schedule an appointment. Passport enquiries, emergency passports or consular enquiries do not require appointments. Click here to make a booking.
Clients should arrive 5 minutes prior to appointments for security screening. If you arrive late for your appointment you may need to wait until an officer is available. Bookings can be made 3 weeks in advance. We request that you do not book more than one appointment at a time. Please refer to your notification email if you need to amend or cancel your appointment.
Notice of New Digital Assistant Online Chat for Visa and Citizenship Enquiries
The Department of Home Affairs (HA) are trialling a Digital Assistant to answer your visa and citizenship questions. The Digital Assistant will make it easier and faster for you to find what you need on their website. You can access the Digital Assistant from the Digital Assistant tab on the bottom right hand side of the screen on most Immigration and Citizenship pages.