Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.

The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is constantly evolving. We will continue to update our website with information as quickly as possible. Useful links for the latest information and advice is below:  
  • For the Australians in India – registering with the Australian High Commission 
To all Australian nationals who are currently in India, send us an email at ahc.newdelhi@dfat.gov.au, copying and pasting the table below and filling out all the details for each family member travelling with you in a separate row. This will help us contact you as needed during this difficult time:
First Name
Last name
Date of birth
Passport Number
Phone No.
Email address
Current location (state)
Current location (city)
Your citizenship details (citizen, permanent 
                 
  • The Australian Government advises all Australians: Do not travel overseas at this time. This is the highest advice level. Please see the Smartraveller website for more information on COVID-19 for Australian travellers.
  • For Australians in India, there are a number of lock-downs, curfews and restrictions on persons entering various states and union territories, as well as restrictions on air, rail and metro travel:
    • On 27 March, the ban on all domestic flights across India was extended until 14 April. 
    • On 26 March, the Indian Government extended its ban on international commercial flights until 14 April.
    • On 24 March, Prime Minister Modi announced that all of India would be locked down for 21 days from 12:00am on 25 March. The Prime Minister has said that essential services will remain available.
    • On 22 March, the Indian Government announced that passenger trains and metro services would be suspended until 31 March.
  • Restrictions may change or be extended at short notice. 
  • Please follow advice from the Indian Government and relevant State and Union Territory Governments. India’s central helpline number for COVID-19 is +91-11-23978046. Here is a list of helpline numbers for various states and territories: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf
  • The Australian Government acknowledges it will be difficult for you to leave India as a result of the current flight bans and other restrictions. There is no plan to offer assisted departures. You will need to seek commercial options, once the flight bans are lifted. 
  • While you are in India, follow the advice of local authorities, minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and stay in touch with family and friends so they know you are safe and well.
  • For those seeking to depart India, there are flight restrictions in place (until 14 April). But it is possible India may extend flight bans further or there may be limited options when the restrictions end. When flights resume in India, we recommend you choose flights which have the least amount of connections as possible. In the meantime, we recommend you contact airlines to make arrangements for when flights resume, some options include:
    • Air India – 1860 233 1407 / contactus@airindia.in – Air India is receiving a high number of calls and its call centre is restricted as a result of the lockdown in India. It advises you to call them only if you were booked to travel on Air India by 31 March. Air India advises you to follow its Twitter (@airindiain) and Facebook (@airindia) pages for updates. You can also leave your name, number and email address on its Twitter and Facebook pages and the airline has undertaken to respond to you within 5-7 working days.
    • Qatar - +974 4023 0000, www.qatarairways.com, and follow Qatar Airways for updates on twitter at @qrsupport.
  • For any Australians encountering issues with booking hotels in India due to lockdown, please call the Indian Government tourist hotline on 1800 11 1363 available 24/7 in 12 languages, run by the Indian Ministry of Tourism.
  • On 24 March 2020, Prime Minister Morrison announced a ban on Australians travelling overseas under the Biosecurity Act 2015. This is on top of the Australian Government’s standing advice to Australians not to travel overseas. It is effective from midday on 25 March 2020.
  • The Australian Government has announced that from 21:00hrs on 20 March 2020 only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Please visit the Visas and Citizenship section for more information:
  • Useful resources:
  • Consular services (24 hour helpline): +612 6261 3305                                                                                             

 

   Important Notice - COVID-19

     In response to (COVID-19), including measures put in place by local authorities, changes have been made to our services.  These changes          are intended to protect you (our clients), our staff and the wider community.

     At this time:

     ·  Our ability to process passport applications, due to local restrictions, is limited. Services will be reserved for those in genuine emergency            situations.

     ·  If you require a passport, please contact the Australian Consulate General on +91 44 4592 1300 during business hours or DFAT’s Consular           Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305 or SMS on +61 421 269 080 to discuss your situation and for further advice.

     ·  Depending on your circumstance, you may be issued a passport with limited validity if staying in country, and/or an emergency passport           if leaving the country to go back to Australia, or for other locations that accepts emergency passports.  The maximum period a passport             will be issued for without a face to face interview is 12 months.

     ·  The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve.  We will provide updates as soon as possible.  Please regularly monitor our                     website, and smartraveller.gov.au.

 

 

Welcome to the Australian Consulate-General in Chennai

This office is responsible for Australia’s Interests in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.

This website provides information on the various services of the Australian Consulate-General in Chennai. For more regular updates of our activites visit us on Twitter and Facebook.

Call for applications: Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS) 2020

If you’re an Australian alumnus who dreams of making a difference in your professional field, workplace, or community, the Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS) 2020 can help. The AAGS offers seed funding on a competitive basis for initiatives that create impact by putting your knowledge and skills to good use. This pilot program provides up to AU$20,000 per grant and up to 5 grants are available this round. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your ideas to life and be the agent of change in your community. The AAGS is open to all Indian nationals (or Australian’s with a valid Overseas Citizenship of India card) who have graduated from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, including those who are self-funded. It is also open to alumni of short-term studies or programs in Australia.

What is AAGS? Who can apply? What kind of projects and activities do the grants cover? For more information on Grant Funding and Eligibilty, check the Guidelines below.  

Australian Alumni Grant Scheme Guidelines.pdf

Australian Alumni Grant Scheme Guidelines.docx

 

Planned timeline

   Activity    Time
   Applications open    09:00 Friday 7 February 2020
   Applications close    17:00 Sunday 12 April 2020
   Assessment of applications    6-8 weeks
   Approval of outcomes of selection process    May 2020
   Negotiations and award of grant agreements    June 2020
   Notification to unsuccessful applicants    June 2020
   Project activity to commence    Before July 2020

 

Submit your applications before 12 April 2020 at this link

Talk to the AAGS Team about your ideas: Tel:  +91 44 459 213 00 or Email: ChennaiAustralianConsulate@dfat.gov.au

Latest News

Important changes to Smartraveller

Smartraveller has the latest, authoritative travel advice so you can be informed and prepared about overseas travel. Subscribe to receive travel advice updates - by simply supplying your name and email address – straight to your inbox.

You can now also subscribe to the new SMS service - by supplying your mobile number – to receive critical alerts in the event of a crisis overseas.

In a crisis, Smartraveller will activate a crisis page on its website. It will make it easier for you or someone you know to contact the Australian Government if you need help. It will supplement the consular emergency hotline.

Visit www.smartraveller.gov.au to subscribe or connect with Smartraveller on Facebook and Twitter.

India Economic Strategy Released

The strategy, led by former DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese, is an ambitious plan to grow the economic partnership between India and Australia out to 2035.

Full report is available at  indiaeconomicstrategy.dfat.gov.au

Media release: India Economic Strategy

Watch the video link on Capturing India’s economic transformation                           

Opening Hours

The Consulate is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays.

Passport interviews will be held at the Consulate between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday by appointment only. To book an appointment please call +91 44 4592 1300.

Public Holidays - 2020

  DAY DATE HOLIDAY

1

Wednesday                   

01 January    

New Year’s Day

2

Wednesday                     

15 January

Pongal

3

Monday                       

27 January

In lieu of Australia Day/Republic Day

4

Friday                            

10 April

Good Friday

5

Monday                    

13 April

Easter Monday

6

Friday

01 May

May Day

7

Monday                 

25 May

Ramadan (Eid-ul-Fitr)

8

Monday

08 June

Queen’s birthday

9

Tuesday

11 August

Janmashtami

10

Friday                             

02 October

Gandhi Jayanthi

11

Friday         

13 November   

Diwali

12

Friday

25 December

Christmas Day

13

Monday

28 December

In lieu of Boxing Day

14

Tuesday                

29 December

Additional DFAT holiday

 

Emergency Contact for Australians

For Australians in distress, please call the Australian Consulate-General consular section on +91 44 4592 1300. If it is outside of business hours or if you are having difficulty getting through to the Consulate-General, contact the Consular Emergency Centre (CEC) in Canberra directly on +61 2 6261 3305 or by SMS on +61 421 269 080. The CEC may also assist concerned family members in Australia and can be contacted on 1300 555 135 (within Australia).

Contact Information

9th Floor, Express Chambers, Express Avenue
49, 50L Whites Road, Royapettah
Chennai 600 014

Tel: +91 44 4592 1300
Fax: +91 44 4592 1320

Email: (General Queries) chennaiaustralianconsulate@dfat.gov.au

If you would like to be informed of any upcoming events and initiatives organised by the Australian Consulate-General kindly send us an email to the email address mentioned above with your contact details.

The Australian Consulate-General in Chennai does not provide any assistance with regards to Australian visas or Australian citizenship applications which are processed in New Delhi by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.