Australians in Thailand
COVID-19: Registering with the Embassy
If you are in Thailand and are trying to return to Australia, you can register with the Embassy:
When prompted to provide your address, provide the address of your current location in Thailand, not your residential address in Australia.
If you are registered with us, you will receive emails alerting you to additional flight opportunities, as they become available. Note, however, that registering your details with the Embassy does not guarantee we can facilitate your return to Australia.
If you have already registered with the Embassy via email since March 2020, do not complete an online registration.
Flights to Australia
If you wish to return to Australia, please look for commercial options. Availability is extremely limited due to caps on the number of passengers coming into Australian airports.
Singapore Airlines group is currently flying to multiple Australian capital cities. We understand that Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysian Airlines, Scoot Air, and Qatar Other airlines are also operating flights to Australia, although these are less frequent and/or direct. We encourage you to speak tophone the airline directly to make your booking.
On 26 April 2021, Thai Airways advised the Embassy that the repatriation flights scheduled for the 2nd and 9th of May would not be operating. The Embassy will continue to liaise closely with Thai Airways and advise as soon as possible if and when further repatriation flights are scheduled.
Currently, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and those in an exempt category can travel to Australia. For further information, including details on exemptions, please check the Coming to Australia (Department of Home Affairs) page.
Pre-departure COVID-19 testing
If you're travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test to your airline when checking in for your flight at the departure point (exemptions apply). Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Testing must be conducted at an accredited testing facility, a self-administered COVID-19 test undertaken at home without supervision is not acceptable.
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.
- You must be tested 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure, unless you are travelling from an exempt destination
- If you or a primary close contact of your travelling group tests positive, you won't be allowed to travel to Australia.
- Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports.
Local authorities and airlines may have additional requirements in place for departures. We recommend you check these before arriving at the airport. If you're transiting through other destinations during your trip, check on any local requirements at each transit destination and confirm any specific requirements for onward travel with your airline.
Accredited medical testing laboratories in Thailand (Thai Ministry of Public Health website)
Frequently asked questions on these new measures can be found here:
Australia Travel Declaration
You should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. The Declaration collects your information to help the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and also allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19.
When you arrive in Australia, you must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities in your port of arrival – unless you have an exemption. Vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flight does not change this quarantine requirement.
- You won't be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections until you have completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.
- Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and applicable state legislation, you’ll have to remain in the allocated accommodation until you’re medically cleared to enter the Australian community. You may be tested for COVID-19 during your quarantine period. If you don’t agree to be tested, you may have to quarantine for longer.
- The quarantine requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments with Australian Government support. You may have to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
- Quarantine is an unfamiliar experience for most people and can be challenging. The Department of Health website provides a guide on getting ready for quarantine, including what to expect, what to do before you depart and how to manage your time in quarantine.
State and territory COVID-19 information
- ACT: Travel advice
- NSW: COVID-19 Travel and transport advice
- NT: Border controls
- QLD: Self-quarantine
- SA: Travel restrictions
- TAS: Coming to Tasmania
- VIC: Information for overseas travellers - coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- WA: COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel advice
- COVID-19 Restriction Checker
- States and territories COVID-19 information
Refer to the Returning to Australia page for further information.
Visa for Thailand
More info on the Thai Immigration website. This applies to all visa types.
We have been informed by the Thai authorities that a letter from the Embassy is not required and therefore the Australian Embassy no longer issues visa support letters.
You must apply for an extension of your stay directly to Thai Immigration authorities. In Bangkok you will need to make an appointment via the Immigration website. The length of time your extension will be granted is at the discretion of Thai authorities but will not exceed 60 days. Applications lodged after 31 October may incur a fine.
Short stayers (e.g. tourists) without visas should continue to make plans to depart Thailand OR where possible 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
Overseas financial assistance
If you’ve been unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions and are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible for interest-free loans to cover living costs while you wait for a flight to Australia and/or to help cover the costs of the flight.
- COVID-19: Overseas financial assistance
- COVID-19: Overseas financial assistance FAQs
- Foreign Minister's press release: Helping Australians Overseas
Please read the information on the website carefully noting that you will need to meet strict eligibility criteria and all assessments for assistance will be completed in Australia. The Embassy is not involved in this process.
Any questions should be directed to [email protected] or call +61 2 6261 3305
We do not take enquiries about Australian visas. Visas for travel to Australia are handled through the Australian Embassy Bangkok.
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