Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

 

 
Australia stands with India - Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces support package for India
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an initial support package for India, standing with India- a friend & strategic partner- during this terrible crisis. "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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This week, 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. Australia has also commenced procurement of 100 oxygen concentrators. More details here.

IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR THOSE WISHING TO RETURN TO AUSTRALIA 

Link to the key decisions announced after the Australian National Cabinet meeting on 7 May 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 +91 11 4139 9900.

REGISTER WITH US FOR UPDATES
If you have not yet done so, we urge you to register with the Australian High Commission – this will enable us to contact you should the need arise including advising when flights to return to Australia are available.
Click on this link to register with us:
 https://covid19.dfat.gov.au  

 

LOANS

The Australian Government will provide additional support to the most vulnerable Australian citizens whose return to Australia has been impacted by the restrictions arising from COVID-19. Full details about the assistance, including eligibilty criteria and how to apply, are available at https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/covid-19-overseas-financial-assistance 

 

HOTELS

If you have any problems with hotels, including hotels accepting bookings, please contact the 24/7 Indian Government tourism hotline on 1800 11 1363 (available in 12 languages).

 

VISAS

All existing visas, except electronic visas (e-Visa), Tourist visa and Medical Visa, which remained suspended, shall stand restored with immediate effect. If the validity of such visa has expired, the foreign national may obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category/sub-category from the Indian Mission/Post concerned.

ADVISORY: TRAVEL AND VISA RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19 (boi.gov.in). To extend your visa apply online through FRRO/FRO.

 

EXTENSION OF INDIA'S FLIGHT BAN

India’s commercial flight ban remains in place. Some repatriation flights are able to operate with the permission of the Indian Government. Read more...

 

ATTENTION: Be careful when choosing charter fights    

Many people are asking us about other private charter options being promoted. Be aware: only flights we notify registered Australians about have the approvals required to operate. Please be cautious about other options.

 

RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA

Facilitated commercial flights from India to Australia have resumed. You'll now need to undertake a rapid antigen test prior to boarding these flights, in addition to the PCR test already required before travel to Australia. Further info here.

Payment and Services to Australians returning from overseas

Movement Passes

If you have purchased a ticket on a flight to Australia a movement pass from the Indian government to travel to the city from where your flight is departing is no longer required. However, you should contact and consult the state governments you need to pass through to confirm what requirements they may have and comply with these.

Quarantine period

All travellers returning to Australia will be required to undertake a mandatory 14 day quarantine at designated facilities at their port of entry. You will be directed to a facility (such as a hotel) on arrival in Australia and will be required to stay there for 14 days before you can complete any onward travel or return to your home. The accommodation, along with food, water and any medical support will be provided by the Australian Government. See the Smartraveller website for more.

Should you then wish to travel to another state or territory you may be subject to an additional period of quarantine or other restrictions. You should keep up with the latest information from the relevant State and Territory Governments:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland  

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

 

FOOD AND MEDICINE

Indian authorities advise that people will have access to food and medicine in containment zones. 

For those staying in hotels, you should be able to drive or walk to nearby shops and pharmacies. If you are having problems, we suggest asking your hotel, local authorities or friends to help you get essential supplies.

If you have any problems. Contact us: (Business hours: +91 11 4139 9900, [email protected]; For outside of business hours: +612 6261 3305).

You can also call the Police on 100.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN AUSTRALIA 

The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Media Announcement: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/supporting-international-students-support-australian-jobs.aspx)

International students are extremely important to Australia and our economy, contributing $40 billion annually and supporting 250,000 jobs. Many also go on to become great Australian citizens.

While the closure of our international borders has been critical to our success in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, and Australia has been a leader in this regard, it has presented challenges to the education sector and students, both here and offshore.

These five visa changes will ensure international students are not worse off due to the coronavirus pandemic and that Australia remains competitive with other countries.

The changes include:

  • The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.

  • International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge, if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.

  • Student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.

  • Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.

  • Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

International Students in Australia Factsheet

See also the Australian government's portal on support available for international students in Australia during COVID-19.

 

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

  • 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.
  •  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.
  • Indian Government Ministry of Health and Family Welfare: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/   
  • Indian Ministry of Tourism website to help forieign tourists in India: http://strandedinindia.com/ 
  • Social distancing: Australian Government adviceIndian Government advice 
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) What you need to Know Factsheet   

 

CONTACTS

                 

 

 

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.

 

Hello,

I am pleased to be Australia’s Consul General to South India, based in Chennai - the city that looks across the waves of the Indian Ocean to my home country, Australia. I had a posting in New Delhi from 2008-2011 and am delighted to come back to South India, a region rich in culture, diversity and history.

The Australia-India partnership has never been stronger. As the world faces a challenging time it is remarkable to see how Australia and India are working together towards a globally coordinated response to COVID-19 and to build a prosperous, open and stable post COVID-19 world.

I am looking forward to advancing cooperation with South India under the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. There is much we can do together, including on technology and cyber cooperation. During my time, I will also focus on maritime security co-operation with Southern India, as both India and Australia share a vision of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. Trade and investment diversification is also an important aspect of our bilateral agenda.

The expanding linkages between our people are enriching all aspects of bilateral ties. The Indian community in Australia is now the fastest-growing of our diasporas, with significant numbers from South India. I hope I have a chance to meet many of you to build connections and work together over my time here.

As a committed advocate for Women in Leadership, I will look to provide platforms to support girls and women in various fields, including STEM, sport, entrepreneurship and leadership.

We are also available to support Australians needing consular assistance. For emergency assistance at any time you can ring 1300 555 135 within Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia or SMS +61 421 269 080.

I look forward to staying connected through my official twitter handle @AusCGChennai and also encourage you to keep up to date with the activities of the Australian High Commissioner to India @AusHCIndia 

 

Best wishes

Sarah Kirlew

Australian Consul General to South India

Latest News

Australian Alumni Grants Scheme: Round 1 2020 winners announced

In February 2020, Australian diplomatic missions in India opened the inaugural round of the Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS) to provide seed funding to support alumni-led initiatives that create impact across the 10 sectors of the India Economic Strategy. The projects are intended to strengthen ties between both nations, support alumni in their professional endeavours and improve ‘Australia literacy’ in India.

The first winners of funding under the AAGS have been announced.  Read more about them here.

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

The strategy, led by former DFAT Secretary and High Commissioner to India, 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                           

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) [email protected]

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.