COVID-19 and Travel
We now advise Australians to not travel overseas at this time due to the risks to their health and the high likelihood of major travel disruptions.
We have issued this advice for two principal reasons:
- You may be more exposed to contracting COVID-19 overseas. You may come in contact with more people than usual, including during long-haul flights and in crowded airports. Health care systems in some countries will come under strain and may not be as well-equipped as Australia’s. You may not have your normal support networks overseas.
- Overseas travel has become more complex and unpredictable. Many countries are introducing entry or movement restrictions. These are changing often and quickly. Your travel plans may be disrupted. You may be placed in quarantine or denied entry to some countries. Think about what this might mean for your health, and your family, work or study responsibilities.
If you’re overseas and can’t or don’t want to return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities. Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus.
Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options for cancelling or postponing current bookings. Or to arrange flights back to Australia.
For urgent consular assistance contact +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas, or 1300 555 135 from within Australia. For non-urgent queries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Visa Support Letters
As requested by Thai Immigration, the Australian Embassy can issue a letter to support applications to extend existing Thai visas for long term residents.
Please email Consular.Bangkok@dfat.gov.au with the personal particulars page of your Australian passport, a brief outline of your circumstances and a copy of your current Thai visa.
There is no fee for this service which is available by email only. Please contact us no more than a week prior to your visa expiry so we can prioritise the requests.
We are unable to support requests to extend short term visas and encourage you to return to Australia as soon as possible.
We do not take enquiries about Australian visas. Visas for travel to Australia are handled through the Australian Embassy Bangkok.
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