COVID-19: Returning to Australia
As at 9pm AEDT, Friday 20 March 2020, Australia is closing its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents. Exceptions are only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal guardians and dependants.
If you are scheduled to return to Australia in the coming days and weeks, please confirm your itinerary and onward travel plans with your airline or travel agent as your flight could be diverted to another city or cancelled.
When you arrive back in Australia, you must undertake 14 days’ quarantine at designated facilities in your first port of arrival. The quarantine requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments with Australian Government support. To find out more about quarantine and testing requirements, contact your state or territory government health department.
The situation is changing, often at short notice and measures vary from state to state, but may include caps on the number of international arrivals and the requirement to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
For up to date information please consult Smartraveller and follow us on social media.
COVID-19: Passport and Notarial Appointments
The Australian Consulate-General in Geneva is again able to provide passport and notarial services. Appointments are currently only available in Geneva. Public access is limited and by appointment only to ensure social distancing.
Specific requirements are in place for all visitors to the Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General in Geneva:
If you require urgent consular assistance, please call the Australian Consulate in Geneva on +41 22 799 91 00 or the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on:
1300 555 135 (within Australia)
Visas immigration, customs and citizenship
The Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General in Geneva is unable to provide information on visas, immigration, customs and citizenship and has has no visa function. For up-to-date advice on these issues and entering Australia, please visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs.
If you have additional questions, you can contact the Department of Home Affairs helpdesk by calling the Department's Global Service Centre on +61 2 61 96 01 96 on weekdays between 09:00 - 17:00 (Swiss time).
Information about passport and/or consular services for Australians can be found here:
The Consul-General for Switzerland and Liechtenstein is Ms Natalie Grant.
Ph. +41 (0) 22 799 9100
Fax. +41 (0) 22 799 9178
Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organisation
Information about the work of the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization can be found here.
Ph. +41 (0) 22 799 9100
Fax. +41 (0) 22 799 9189
The Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization is Ms Frances Lisson.
Australian Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament
Information about the work of the Australian Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nations can be found here.
Information about the work of the Disarmament Delegation can be found here.
The Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament is Ms Sally Mansfield.