Australian High Commission
with Non-Resident Accreditation to Tunisia

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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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

Services Australia

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 Assistance

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 nationality or 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. 

Make sure you understand the mandatory 14-day quarantine arrangements on arrival and for any onward travel within Australia.

Note the caps on international passenger arrivals.

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: 

Health Direct Restriction Checker  

and your relevant state and territory websites:


 TAS   NT   WA  QLD  

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

Australian Government’s COVID-19 Travel Advice and Smartraveler Facebook Page

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:

Book with Qatar Airways 

Book with Etihad

Book with Singapore Airlines 

Emirates Flights to / from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne have been suspended until further notice, with last flights between 18-20 January. Passengers should contact their respective Travel Agent or Emirates Call Centre for rebooking options.

Note: travel via the United Arab Emirates

From 1 August 2020, to transit or enter UAE you will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within four days of your scheduled travel.

You can transit in Dubai if your connecting flight departs within 24 hours and Abu Dhabi if it departs within six hours. Contact your airline directly for the latest advice. These restrictions may change at short notice. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor media for the latest information.



From 19 August, new COVID-19 restrictions came into force in Malta, including:  

  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory everywhere outside of your residence.
  • No gatherings of more than 6 people in public places, including at bus stops and in queues.
    A fine of one hundred Euro (€100) will apply if either of the above regulations is breached. If the offence is admitted to, and the fine paid before legal proceedings commence, the fine shall be reduced to fifty Euro (€50).
  • Bars and social clubs will remain closed until further notice. 
  • From midnight 21 August, arrivals into Malta will be categorised into a traffic light system, according to country of residence. Travellers from 'green' countries will have no restrictions, 'red' will be banned, and those from 'amber' countries will need to provide a negative swab test from the 72 hours prior to arrival. Please view the full travel requirements for each category.

For more detail on mandatory mitigation conditions and guidance, please see here.

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

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

COVID-19 Public Health Helpline in Malta: 111 or (+356) 21 324 086   Email: [email protected]
Tourism Helpline: +356 21 692 447    Email: [email protected]



For Australian Citizens residing in Tunisia, please register with the Embassy of Canada.

All flights from and to the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia have been suspended due to the new COVID−19 strain. While there are no direct flights from Australia, Tunisia will not allow travellers coming from or having transited through any of these countries to enter. This ban applies until further notice.  

Further entry requirements will vary depending on the level of COVID-19 in your country of residence. Lists of countries classed as “Green” (low level of COVID-19) and “Orange” (medium level of COVID-19) are published (in French) on and on the Ministry of Heath’s official Facebook page. Tunisian authorities will review these lists weekly.

All travellers, regardless of country of departure, will need to provide a negative PCR test result, taken 72 hours (3 days) prior to arrival.

All passengers must quarantine for 14-days, at an approved hotel or resort. On the 7th day of the visitor's stay, travellers can take a PCR test, of which the negative results will release them from quarantine early. 

All visitors must download the Track and Trace contact tracing app and use if for the duration of their stay in the country. 

It is mandatory to wear a face mask in public and in workplaces.

Follow the advice of local authorities.

Kindly monitor the website for any updates and medical information, as well as the latest government decisions on combatting COVID-19.

Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Tunisia is currently allowing entry by appointment only. 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 [email protected]. Outside business hours, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24 hours Consular Operations Centre direct on: +61 2 6261 3305.

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

Helpline in Tunisia: 190 (SAMU) ou (+216) 80 10 19 19 (enquiries)