LATEST COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES
For latest COVID-19 news and updates in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
For latest COVID-19 news and updates in the Philippines, please visit https://www.covid19.gov.ph/
TRAVEL TO AND FROM AUSTRALIA FROM INTERSTATE
The latest COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in new and updating state border restrictions. Before leaving home, please check state-by-state guides to coronavirus travel restrictions. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-domestic-travel-restrictions-and-remote-area-access
For the latest information about travelling within NSW, and to and from NSW from interstate and overseas, please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/border-restrictions
TRAVEL INTO AUSTRALIA FROM OVERSEAS
Australia’s borders are closed. The only people who can travel to Australia are the following:
· Australian citizens
· permanent residents
· New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia
Unless arriving on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, all travellers arriving in Australia, including Australian citizens, must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in the city of arrival. All travellers may be required to pay for the costs of the quarantine.
TRAVEL OUT OF AUSTRALIA
(this information is for Filipinos and permanent residents in Australia who want to travel to the Philippines)
In New South Wales (NSW), there are no restrictions on Filipinos exiting the state and Australia, and outbound flights remain available. Filipinos can make arrangements to return to the Philippines, subject to the availability of flights.
Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to depart Australia. They can leave at any time, as long as border restrictions in their home country allow them to return.
Please visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia for complete information.
Dual citizens and permanent residents need to secure an exemption from the Australian Border Affairs and Home Affairs Department through https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep
AUSTRALIAN VISA EXTENSION
If you are a Filipino who has an expiring Australian visa, the Department of Home Affairs of Australia has advised that you must apply for a new visa if you want to stay longer. Please follow this link for detailed information/procedure as provided by Australia’s Department of Home Affairs:
If you have other visa-related queries, you may get in touch with Australia’s Department of Home Affairs directly through the contact details provided in this link:
FOREIGN NATIONALS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PHILIPPINES
For the latest information on foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines, please visit our page re ENTRY VISA: https://www.sydneypcg.org/visas
Please also regularly check the official Facebook page of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI): https://www.facebook.com/officialbureauofimmigration/
OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR PROCESSING OF ARRIVING OFWs, NON-OFWs AND FOREIGN NATIONALS
For 2021 List of DOH-BOQ Accredited Quarantine Facilities, please click this link:https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/
The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney provides assistance to Filipinos in urgent distress or emergency situations. Requests for assistance are evaluated on a case-to-case basis, and subject to approval by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.
If you are a Filipino in distress or facing an emergency (e.g. arrest or detention; death of relative), you may call the following ATN Hotlines:
· 0450 713232 (if you are from NSW)
· 0408 735383 (if you are from ACT, NT, WA, QLD)
· 0426 561217 (if you are from VIC, South Australia, and Tasmania)