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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIANS

As we all know, the COVID-19 situation in India is constantly evolving. From midnight on 25 March for 21 days, the Indian central and state governments have imposed a lockdown where all persons in India must stay in their homes or accommodation apart from providing or accessing essential services.

High Commission staff will continue to update our website with relevant information as quickly as possible, including links to the latest available information and advice.

FILL THE SURVEY NOW!                                                                                                                                                                      

We are actively exploring options for a commercial charter flight for Australians to return. There is no guarantee and it will be difficult to achieve. You can help by filling in this survey in the next 48hrs: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AHCNewDelhi.

 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

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.

Please send us an email to [email protected], with the information below.

For mobile phones: 

Please copy and past the below details into an email and provide the following information for each family member:

- First name

- Last name

- Date of birth

- Passport number

- Phone number

- Email address

- Current location (state)

- Current location (city)

- Your citizenship details (citizen, permanent representative).

For Laptops/PCs: 

Copy and paste the table below and fill out all the details for each family member in a separate row or line or entering the information listed below.

First Name

Last name

Date of birth

Passport Number

Phone No.

Email address

Current location (state)

Current location (city)

Your citizenship details (citizen, permanent 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RETURING TO AUSTRALIA

As you know, the Indian Government's bans on both international and domestic flights have been extended until 14 April.

We urge you to contact airlines as soon as possible to organise your travel to Australia for when the ban is lifted. We recommend you choose flights which have the least amount of connections as possible.

Here are some possible options:

o    Air India is taking flight bookings now on its website from Delhi and Mumbai to Sydney and Delhi to Melbourne for after the flight ban from 16 April and 17 April respectively. Please note that the Air India website is under high demand so you may need to try multiple times. Air India is experiencing a high number of calls and you may not get through (Air India contact details: 1860 233 1407 / [email protected])

o    Qatar Airways are taking online bookings now for flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Sydney and Melbourne from 16 April: www.qatarairways.com. Note we cannot guarantee changes to flight availability or that flight bans won’t be extended. Contact details: +974 4023 0000, and follow Qatar Airways for updates on Twitter at @qrsupport. 

o    Travel agents – many travel agents can make bookings now from India to Australia for after the flight ban.

Note: Concerns exist about possible extensions of bans. See the recent Indian Government statement on the lockdown and flight restrictions. [https://twitter.com/PIB_India/status/1244477847051304962].

On 25 March, the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne issued a statement about Australians trying to return to Australia.

They made clear:

-        Where local authorities will allow, consideration is being given, on a case by case basis, to supporting airlines willing to operate non-scheduled services to bring Australians home

-        There are no plans for assisted departures such as those conducted to the epicentre of the COVID-19, Wuhan in China and Japan.

We will update this website when there is any change in this advice or if new airline information becomes available.

 

FOOD AND MEDICINE

As you know, the Indian Government advises that people will have access to food and medicine during the 21 day lockdown (which commenced from 12:00am on 25 March).

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.

 

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

India has also suspended all existing visitor visas, including the visa-free travel facility for OCI card holders, until 30 April 2020. Visas for all foreigners currently in India remain valid. To extend your visa apply online through FRRO/FRO.

 

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

                 

 

   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: [email protected]

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) [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.