Australian Consulate-General
Phuket, Thailand

 

Australians in Thailand

*IMPORTANT*

Regular updates on the situation in Thailand and travel opportunities to Australia are posted to the Australian Embassy’s Facebook page; Australia in Thailand

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you're travelling or living in Thailand, you may wish to register with the Australian Embassy.

If you have already registered with the Embassy via email since March 2020, do not complete an online registration. For those who have not already registered with the Embassy, please do so here: https://covid19.dfat.gov.au. When prompted to provide your address, provide the address of your current location in Thailand, not your residential address in Australia.


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 facilitate flights from Bangkok to Sydney every Sunday until the end of March 2021.  These flights will depart at 18:50 in the evening on Sundays and  will arrive in Sydney at 08:10 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.


Entering Australia

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:

NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/quarantine

QLD: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/quarantine?

WA: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

VIC: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-overseas-travellers

NT: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/quarantine/quarantine-fee

SA: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#arrivingos

ACT: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/stay-safe-and-healthy/quarantine-and-isolation/quarantine-information-for-people-who-are-well#Quarantine-for-people-returning-from-overseas

TAS: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/quarantine

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 announced on 14 October that the visa amnesty would expire on 31 October. Thai Immigration advised that foreigners who could not depart Thailand by this date could apply for a further extension of stay - 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 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 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

Australian Government’s Travel advice for Thailand

Australian Government’s COVID-19 Travel Advice

Permission to enter Thailand - Royal Thai Embassy Canberra

Click here for information Australian Passports    Click here for information on Notarial Services

We do not take enquiries about Australian visas.  Visas for travel to Australia are handled through the Australian Embassy Bangkok.

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