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12.08.2020 - Article

Please be advised that the information provided below is subject to change and no liability assumed. Travellers should keep themselves informed of any changes by regularly checking websites listed below and following advice provided by competent authorities in their host country.

International travel ban for Australian citizens and Permanent Residents

Australian citizens and permanent residents cannot travel overseas due to COVID-19 restrictions. These restrictions will remain in force until 17 September 2020.

Dual nationals, or foreign nationals with permanent residency status in Australia, need to secure an exemption from the ABF Commissioner before they can leave Australia, even if using the passport of their other nationality. The reason behind this is the fact that dual citizens and permanent residents have the right to return to and enter Australia again at a later date. Individuals can apply online for an exemption on the Department of Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form.

Applications should include as much detailed information and supporting documentation as possible.  For example, individuals should include proof that they do not usually reside in Australia through evidence of working arrangements, school/university enrolments or property ownership.

The application should include other compelling and compassionate grounds as appropriate, including details on the reasons compelling the individual to travel – for example, care for elderly parents who live overseas, other family circumstances or medical issues. Any supporting documentation to verify family relationships and other claims will help to strengthen their case.

Where can I get more information from Australian authorities?

COVID-19 information is provided by the Australian Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-resources and https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers#foreign-nationals-entering-australia.

The Australian Government has set up an information Hotline: 1800 020 080; for non-English speakers: 131 450.

Contact details for Health Departments in the Australian states and territories are provided here: www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts.

Am I allowed to enter Germany?

Germany has introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on March 17, 2020.

You can find information on entry, visa and quarantine requirements here.

Please note: Victoria has been added to the list of risk areas by the Robert Koch Institut. Travellers must adhere to quarantine regulations and will be tested for Covid-19 on arrival.

Unmarried partners from third countries have been allowed to enter Germany as of 10 August 2020. Entry requirements here.

Flight Connections

Many of the flight connections for travellers from Australia to Germany and Europe have by now been reinstated. This includes flights via established transit hubs such as the Gulf States as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. However, availability has been reduced and flight schedules are subject to frequent changes, which can cause changes in flight times and dates as well as cancellations.

It is, therefore, recommended to frequently check with your travel provider/airline that your flights are still going ahead as planned and which transit regulations at the different transit locations apply to your connection.

It is advised to book all your connections with one provider in order to avoid complications.

Please note: many airlines now require Covid-19 PCR tests or health declarations from their passengers. Please check with your airline directly which requirements apply to your connection.

Where can I find more information?

The German Missions in Australia website (www.australien.diplo.de) as well as the Federal Foreign Office’s ‘Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise’ (https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/reise-und-sicherheitshinweise) are updated regularly.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community answers Coronavirus FAQ on their Website here: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.htm.

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