Australian High Commission
Malta
with Non-Resident Accreditation to Tunisia

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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AUSTRALIA

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 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.

TRAVEL UPDATE

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:

 ACT  NSW  VIC  SA 

 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 https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/.

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

Options to return to Australia

Commercial aviation options have expanded recently and there are several connections available between key European cities and Australia, operated by the following airlines;

Book with Qatar 

Book with Etihad 

Book with Emirates 

 

TUNISIA 

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

On 27 June, Tunisia opened its land and maritime borders. The 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 www.santetunisie.rns.tn . Tunisian authorities have stated that these lists will be reviewed weekly.

Residents in "Green" countries will not be subject to any coronavirus-specific entry requirements and will not need to take a test before departing.

Residents in “Orange” countries will need to have taken a coronavirus PCR test that is negative no more than 72 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 “Red” 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 no more than 72 hours before departure, and spend 7 days in quarantine followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home after arrival.

If you are a visitor and you travel to Tunisia, there are additional health and movement requirements. You will be required to:

  • undertake a temperature check on your arrival at the airport
  • complete a 'health data form' before you can leave the airport

Tourist groups are authorised to visit museums, monuments and tourist archaeological sites, while respecting the health protocols at each site. You must wear a face mask in public and in workplaces.

Follow the advice of local authorities.

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 [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)

 

MALTA

COVID-19 restrictions in Malta have been mostly relaxed, however some measures remain in place. It is mandatory for shoppers, shop assistants and people on public transport to wear a face mask. In retail outlets, the maximum number of people permitted at any one time is one person per every 4 square meters. Temperature reading is taking place in supermarkets and shopping malls. For more detail on mandatory mitigation conditions and guidance for the transition period, please see here.

International flights into and out of Malta have resumed and the seaport has reopened. You may travel into Malta if coming from an ‘approved area,' otherwise you’ll need an exemption. Travellers into Malta who have not been in an 'approved area' for 2 weeks or more prior to their flight will be required to quarantine for 14 days from arrival. The list of approved areas may change. Check it regularly.

You may be granted an exemption if you’re not travelling from an approved area if your proposed travel is for essential purposes. You'll need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 7 days of travel and you'll need to go into 14 day mandatory quarantine at your own cost. You can apply for an exemption through the office of the Superintendence of Public Health.

Fines may apply for those breaking mandatory requirements, including quarantine provisions.

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]