Return to Australia
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you are travelling or living in Malta and Tunisia, it is important that we are connected with you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have already registered with the High Commission via email, do not complete an online registration. For those who have not already registered with us, please do so via the link below.
Australia has closed its borders to all arrivals, except for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their close family members.
If you are a foreign national visiting Australia, you will still be allowed to depart Australia. 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.
New measures for return to Australia
International arrival caps will be reduced until 15 February 2021. This could affect your flight into Australia. If you are scheduled to fly home to Australia in the coming weeks, confirm your itinerary and travel plans with your airline or travel agent.
Passengers travelling to Australia must be PCR tested 72 hours or less prior to departure, and display evidence of a negative test result. Members of a travelling party who have been close contacts (e.g. household contacts) of a traveller who has a positive test result will not be allowed to travel to Australia until all members of the party are no longer infectious.
Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia, must still complete mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in your port of arrival.
Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. This collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status and helps the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements.
Passengers on international flights must wear a face mask while in the airport environment and during the flight. Masks should be changed regularly. Masks are not required for children under 12 years of age and those with other recognised exemptions.
Frequently asked questions on these new measures can be found here: FAQs for International Passengers.
Making safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to all Australians is a key priority of the Australian, State and Territory governments. At this stage, there is no plan for vaccinations to be provided by the Australian government to citizens overseas, due to the challenges of logistics and limited supply. The Department of Health is continuing to work across government, and with medical and legal experts, to examine all future options. For Australians in Malta and Tunisia, please follow the advice of local health authorities on access to vaccines locally.
Read news and information about the development, approval process and plans for COVID-19 vaccines: Department of Health.
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident returning from overseas, you may be eligible for government payments and other support. Find out more.
Financial support for vulnerable Australian citizens trying to return home from Malta is available.
If you’re eligible you can apply for an interest-free loan to help with the cost of a return flight where one can be arranged, or to assist with emergency living costs until a flight home to Australia becomes available.
Only those in genuine need will be provided loans. They are only available as a last-resort and you will have to meet strict eligibility criteria. All loans must be repaid.
For more information, eligibility criteria and to apply, see Smartraveller COVID-19: Overseas Financial Assistance.
If you need consular assistance overseas and you haven’t already done so, please register with us at DFAT COVID-19. Registering does not guarantee we can facilitate your return to Australia. It will allow us to easily communicate with you about flights, if and when they become available.
Border restrictions and Quarantine measures
All international travellers arriving in Australia, regardless of point of departure, must complete 14 day quarantine 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.
Border restrictions are changing based on medical advice. If you are planning to travel, check the current border restrictions and rules for your destination. You can get more information by visiting the Health Direect Restriction Checker and your relevant state and territory websites:
For Maltese and Tunisian citizens living in Australia with Visa, Immigration and Customs enquiries, please call the Department of Home Affairs' Global Service Centre on +61 2 6196 0196 and visit their website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/.
Options to return to Australia
Commercial aviation options for flights into Australia are limited. Please check connections available between key European cities and Australia, operated by the following airlines: