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. 

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 Emirates 

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 10 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 shall only serve food, and drinks with food, and only to customers sitting at tables. Clubs, bars and places of entertaint are to close at 11pm. 
  • 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.

Tunisian authorities have advised that 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.

From 15 August, travellers from Australia will only be permitted entry if they are a citizen or resident of Tunisia – see more entry requirements under “Unclassified” countries below.

From 26 August, all travellers, regardless of country of residence, will need to provide a negative PCR test result, taken within 120 hours (5 days) prior to arrival in Tunisia.

Further classification requirements:

Residents in "Green" countries will not be subject to any coronavirus-specific entry requirements apart from the negative PCR test.

Residents in “Orange” countries will need to have taken a coronavirus PCR test that is negative no more than 120 hours before departure. They will also need to self-isolate in their place of residence or a hotel at their own expense for 14 days. If they wish to leave self-isolation they may do so from the sixth day after their arrival, by paying for a PCR test and receiving a negative result.

Residents in “Unclassified” countries will not be allowed entry unless they are Tunisian nationals or have residency in Tunisia. They will need to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 120 hours before departure, and spend 7 days in quarantine followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home after arrival.

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)