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 Novel Coronavirus
China will not allow most foreigners to enter China. Direct flights between China and Australia will be significantly reduced and the current travel advice is still DO NOT TRAVEL to China.
If despite our advice you travel to China, you will be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine. Quarantine requirements may change at short notice. If you are already in China, and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. 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.
This is on top of our standing advice from 18 March to not travel overseas at this time.
While there are still commercial options available to return to Australia, take them.
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
Consul-General Christopher Lim's Blog - "Mental health during the coronavirus outbreak – what I have learnt"
"The coronavirus outbreak has profoundly disrupted our lives. As we adjust to restricted contact with others, different ways of going about our lives and heightened concerns about hygiene to contain the virus’ spread, the mental effects can be considerable.
In Chengdu, there are constant reminders of the threat posed by the coronavirus. People wear masks, have their body temperature taken before entering venues, and see the ubiquitous signs reminding them to be vigilant and responsible for our own health and that of others. Compounding this is that we don’t know how long it will be before we can resume our normal lives." Click here to read more.
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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
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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@example.com 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.