Flights to Australia
If you wish to return to Australia, please look for commercial options. Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines group are flying to Australia.
Please note: Qatar Airways announced on 29 August that they are not accepting any new bookings on flights to Australia until passenger caps are lifted, in order to reduce the back-log of existing ticket holders. This announcement does not affect those with existing bookings.
Please contact Qatar Airlines directly if you have any questions.
Thai Airways will fly four flights from Bangkok to Sydney on consecutive Sundays in September. These flights will depart at 19:30 in the evening on Sundays until the end of the year. The flights will arrive in Sydney at 07:20 the following Monday morning.
Each flight will only be able to carry thirty-two (32) passengers. Please ensure you are registered with the embassy to ensure you receive further details on the price and how to register interest.
From 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members (with exemption) can travel to Australia. For further information including how to apply for an exemption, please go to https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/
Quarantine on arrival in Australia
Everyone arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), at their port/city of arrival, regardless of final destination. If you’re due to arrive back in Australia soon, you may have to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
Individual states and territories have started to introduce their own quarantine arrangements and costs.
Some have an exemption period, where if you purchased your ticket before a certain date you will not be charged for quarantine.
Most states are offering payment plans, fee reductions and/or fee waivers for those experiencing financial hardship.
Visit your state or territory website for more info on quarantine costs and arrangements:
Check out our website for general COVID-19 information for Australian travellers. www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19-australian-travellers
Please review the Australian Government website https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice-and-restrictions-faqs#other-states for information on state or territory’s interstate travel or quarantine.
Visa for Thailand
The Thai Government has announced a further extension of stay to foreigners who are unable to depart Thailand before the current visa amnesty expires on 31 October - More info on the Thai Immigration website. This applies to all visa types. A letter from the Embassy is not required and therefore the Australian Embassy will not be issuing any visa support letters.
You must apply for an extension of your stay directly to Thai Immigration authorities. The length of time your extension will be granted is at the discretion of Thai authorities but would not exceed 60 days.
Applications should be lodged immediately at your local Thai Immigration Bureau Office (In Bangkok you will need to make an appointment via the Immigration website). All extensions will start from 1 November regardless of when you apply.
Short stayers (e.g. tourists) without visas should continue to make plans to depart Thailand OR convert to a long term visa. Long stayers with visas (e.g. expats, retirees) should ensure their visa status is compliant with Thai Immigration requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the visa extension process or your own visa circumstances, please direct them to Thai Immigration authorities; Hotline 1178 or www.immigration.go.th
Travel to Thailand
Permission to enter Thailand - Royal Thai Embassy Canberra
We do not take enquiries about Australian visas. Visas for travel to Australia are handled through the Australian Embassy Bangkok.
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