Australian High Commission
Malta
with Non-Resident Accreditation to Tunisia
 

COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus)

Kindly call us before visiting the Australian High Commission. We may be able to deal with your enquiry via
Tel: 2133 8201  (8.30am-4pm, Mon-Fri) or Email: consular.malta@dfat.gov.au

**TRAVEL ALERT**

Australia: New border controls came into effect Friday, 20 March 2020. Australia has closed its borders to all arrivals, except for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their close family members. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared a "human biosecurity emergency" and advised citizens to abandon all overseas travel.

If you are a foreign national visiting Australia, you will still be allowed to depart Australia. As more countries introduce travel restrictions, you may not be able to return to Australia when you had planned, as it is unclear when travel restrictions will be lifted. For detailed information about entry into Australia, refer to the Australian Border Force website and Department of Home Affairs. 

From 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 (e.g hotels), before you can go home (Coronavirus COVID-19 isolation guidance). This will be at your city of arrival into Australia no matter if you arrive by plane or cruise ship.  For further information, see new arrangements for arrivals from overseas. Foreign cruise ships have been banned for 30 days

For Maltese and Tunisian citizens living in Australia with Visa, Immigration and Customs enquiries, call the Department of Home Affairs' Global Service Centre on +61 2 6196 0196 and visit their website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/.

Tunisia: has suspended all international flights and closed land and maritime borders from 18 March 2020. 

Kindly monitor the covid-19.tn website for any updates and medical information, as well as the latest presidential and government decisions concerning the national plan to combat the COVID-19.

Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Tunisia is not open to the public due to the general confinement measure. Australians in need of emergency consular assistance in Tunisia should call the Australian High Commission in Malta +356 2133 8201 or send an email to consular.malta@dfat.gov.au. Outside business hours, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24 hours Consular Operations Centre direct on: +61 2 6261 3305.

Australian Citizens residing in Tunisia, register with the Embassy of Canada to be informed with the latest news.

Malta: Flights in and out of Malta have been suspended from Friday 20 March until futher notice.

Following the suspension of flights, Air Malta will provide limited services to selected destinations. For Australians wishing to depart Malta, please see updated information from Air Malta on their ‘lifeline flights’ starting 23 March.

Air Malta will only allow you to board if you meet immigration rules for entry to the particular country. For example, if traveling to London,  check if you need a UK visa. Please also note, that for onward journey to Australia, many countries are restricting travel. Check your route carefully with your airline or travel agent as a number of key transit hubs, including Dubai, Abu Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore are suspending flights, or only allowing their citizens to enter, including for transits. 

These flights are for a limited time only - we strongly recommend making your choice now about whether to leave Malta or stay. Please visit the AirMalta Website for further details and contact the airline directly with any queries.

Fines for those breaking isolation orders: A fine of €10,000 is applicable every time a person with Covid-19 is caught not in their residence by police carrying out inspections. Persons who have the Covid-19 virus, and do not need to be admitted to hospital, are required to undertake self-isolation with medical observation. Until now, there has been a fine of €3,000 for every person under quarantine who did not observe this obligation. Through a new legal notice, a fine of €10,000 will be introduced for persons testing positive for the coronavirus who do not respect isolation obligations. Responsibility is necessary in order for Malta to fight the spread of Covid-19.

For Australian citizens living in Malta with citizenship, eID, passport, visa, residence permit enquiries please seek advice with Identity Malta.

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For Australian citizens currently in Malta or Tunisia

Please consult the following websites for updates and measures that need to be observed in country:

If you have questions regarding any impact COVID-19 may have on your travel, please contact your airline/travel provider for advice, consult the following websites and Subscribe for Smartraveller updates.

USEFUL CONTACTS
Public Health Helpline in Malta:
111 or (+356) 21 324 086   
Tourism Helpline: +356 21 692 447  -    Email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com
Helpline in Tunisia: 190 (SAMU) ou (+216) 80 10 19 19 (enquiries)

 

 

 Australian High Commission et Ambassade d'Australie en Tunisie

 

The Australian Government provides emergency 24 hour consular assistance. If you are an Australian citizen requiring urgent consular assistance:
  • Call the chancery switchboard on +356 2133 8201

If we cannot take your call you will be provided the option to be transferred to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24 hour Consular Operations Centre in Canberra

  • Call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24 hour Consular Operations Centre directly on:

                                                    +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas

                                                    1300 555 135 from within Australia

                                                    +61 421 269 080 for SMS

 

 

NEWS

**Services Australia - Proof Of Life Certificate**

We hope that you are all safe and well in this difficult time. Your health and safety is important to us.

As such, if you are over 80 years of age and living outside Australia, you may have received a Proof Of Life form from Services Australia.

Due to COVID-19, you are not required to return it at this time. This situation will be reconsidered closer to 30 June 2020 and we will update you when we receive new advice. Services Australia says your payment won’t stop while this extension is in place.

Please visit Services Australia Proof of Life Compliance Conventions for more information.

 

Free Transfers on Departure

The Malta Tourism Authority is offering FREE Transfers from hotels and other tourist accommodation to Malta International Airport in collaboration with MaltaTransfer.com - The Official Airport Shuttle Service. 

The service is available ON DEPARTURE ONLY and has to be booked in advance on https://www.maltatransfer.com quoting the Promo Code: mtasupport.

For more information, or in case of difficulty, please contact MTA's COVID-19 Tourism Helpline 21692447.

 

ANZAC Day

Due to the outbreak of COVID−19, the Australian Government, following consultation with the New Zealand Government, has announced cancellation of ANZAC Day ceremonies for 2020. 

 

Smartraveller: New Website!

It’s here! We’re proud to support the launch of the new smartraveller.gov.au website! We encourage Australians living or regularly travelling to Malta or Tunisia to check it out and to receive the latest travel advice updates.

Visit www.smartraveller.gov.au to subscribe or connect with Smartraveller on Facebook and Twitter. More information here.

 

Auskick in Malta

When: The season commences 12 October 2019! Runs until mid-May   
Where: Marsa Sports Complex
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Cost: €46

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Sport Malta, girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome to come and learn how to play Australian Football League (AFL) on the grassy football fields at Marsa.  The AFL Auskick program makes learning to play AFL fun, safe and easy. Through weekly coaching sessions they will learn the skills of the game in an exciting, social and safe environment.

Children will learn the fundamental motor skils vital for future physical activity and sport participation as well as learning how to interact with
other children as part of a team in small group activities.

The program also provides a great oppurtunity for parents to interact with their kids through the activities, have the opportunity to make new
friends, learn about the game and spend quality time with their children.

All kids that attend the weekly coaching sessions will receive a free Auskick pack including a sports bag, drink bottle, game cards, pump,
hat and other goodies.

To register fill out the application form here. More information on Auskick can be found here.

 

Australian Foreign Policy White Paper

Australia is closely connected to the world. To ensure we benefit from our international links, the Government has developed a plan - the Foreign Policy White Paper. An overview of the Foreign Policy White Paper is available in French here.

 

Join Australia's Global Alumni...

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for international students seeking a world class education. We have welcomed more than two and a half million foreign students over the past six decades, of whom 90,000 have been supported through scholarships provided by the Australian Government. A tertiary education is forever and stuydying in Australia is the experience of a lifetime. This is not a bond broken at graduation. So, if you are one of Australia\'s Global Alumni, the Australian High Commission, Malta wants to reconnect!

Register at globalaumni.gov.au