- Link to the latest Qantas announcement on flights to India: Press Conference - Sydney, NSW | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au)
- Updated advise on visas to Australia: Immediate family of Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)
On 1 October, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia is ready to take its next steps to safely reopen to the world, with changes coming to the international border. The government will set out the framework for how international travel will look in coming months. Details ➡️ Next steps to reopen to the world
Australia's support package for India
"India is a great friend of Australia and a comprehensive strategic partner. We share so much in common as peoples, as democratic nations, and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences and our support to the nation of India and the people of India and the Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister Modi."
— Prime Minister Scott Morrison
On 27 April, 2021 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an initial support package for India, standing with India - a friend & strategic partner – to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. Australia will provide India with an initial 500 ventilators, 1 million surgical masks, 500,000 P2/ N95 masks, 100,000 surgical gowns, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves, and 20,000 face shields, said the Prime Minister in his Press Conference. Details ➡️ Press Conference | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au).
So far, Australia has delivered over 30 tonnes of essential medical supplies, including 3,000 ventilators and 250 oxygen concentrators to India.
Important updates for those wishing to return to Australia
National Cabinet announced that from 14 July international passenger arrival caps will halve. This reduction will remain in place until 31 August and be reviewed before being lifted.
Key decisions announced at the Australian National Cabinet meeting on 01 October 2021 - National Cabinet | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au)
Important information for Australians
For up-to-date information on India, please refer to the Smartraveller website.
We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19. To protect yourself and others you must:
- practise good hygiene
- practise social distancing
- limit contact with other people
- understand how to isolate if you need to
- look after your mental health
If you need urgent consular assistance (for example you have been attacked, arrested) please call the Australian High Commission in New Delhi on +91 11 4139 9900, or the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas).
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If you have not yet done so, please register with the Australian High Commission: https://covid19.dfat.gov.au. If you have already registered, please ensure your details are up to date. Please include as much information about your personal circumstances as possible, including when you are intending to return to Australia.
The Australian High Commission, New Delhi is now accepting passport and notarial services by appointment only
The Australian High Commission, New Delhi is now accepting passport and notarial services by appointment only. To make an appointment, please email [email protected].
Australia and India trade deal
Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, concluded a successful visit to India. Minister Tehan met his Indian counterpart Minister Piyush Goyal and agreed to resume negotiations for the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). Both the Ministers committed to conclude the negotiations on a full CECA by the end of 2022, including to reach an interim agreement by December 2021, to liberalise & deepen bilateral trade. Minister Tehan also met the Indian Education Minister, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and discussed ways to strengthen the strategic partnership, especially in the education and skill development sectors.
Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP with India's Trade Minister Piyush Goyal
India Economic Strategy
The Australian Government is committed to growing the Australia-India economic, trade and investment relationship. In response to the independent report to the government, the India Economic Strategy, the Australian Government has agreed to implement a number of its recommendations. The full independent report is available at indiaeconomicstrategy.dfat.gov.au or watch this video: Capturing India’s economic transformation Read more: India Economic Strategy
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