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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
*** We now advise all Australians to reconsider any non-essential overseas travel at this time, due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel***
The Embassy wants to provide a safe environment for both staff and visitors and we ask that everyone adhere to the advice of local authorities. In support of host government protocols in place, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Embassy in Paris has decided to postpone all non-urgent appointments until further notice.
If you have a passport, notarial or consular emergency, please email the Embassy on [email protected] or call us on +33 1 40 59 33 00. Please only call/email us if you need to travel urgently within the next two months. Otherwise please book a new appointment at a later date from the embassy’s website.
As movement restrictions in France have been lifted, the Australian Embassy in Paris is currently unable to waive the physical interview requirement for any passport applications in light of the current COVID-19 crisis. If you have exceptional circumstances which mean that you are unable to travel to Paris to lodge your application and you have upcoming international travel, please contact the consular section on 01 40 59 33 00 or [email protected] to discuss your situation.
For urgent consular assistance after hours please contact +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas, or 1300 555 135 from within Australia. For general information, please visit Smartraveller.gov.au.
Please read carefully the following information concerning your appointment and accessing the Embassy:
- Arrive at the time of your appointment – you may not be permitted to enter the building before your scheduled time.
- Only the person(s) renewing their passport or requesting a notarial service will be allowed to enter.
- Avoid bringing children (except your child over the age of 16 years old applying for a passport ) or other family members or friends – they may not be permitted to enter the building.
- Must wear a mask – please bring your own mask to be worn at all times during your visit at the Embassy.
- Hands to be sanitised or washed upon your arrival at the Embassy. (Hand sanitiser will be available on site).
- Note that the Embassy may cease public appointment at short notice in light of French Authorities ‘s adjusting social distances measures or restricting movements.
- Note that the Embassy may need to reschedule your appointment at short notice to accommodate other urgent requests or due to staff availability.
- If feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, you may not be permitted to enter the building and the Embassy will need to reschedule your appointment
Australians living in France
All travel to the EU and Schengen Area is strictly restricted for non-EU nationals for 30 days for an initial period, from 17 March. There is no restriction, at this stage, on foreigners leaving France. But commercial flights are increasingly limited and are expected to be further restricted. If you decide to return to Australia, we recommend you do so by commercial means as soon as possible.
All non-essential movement outdoors is currently prohibited throughout France. Limited exemptions exist, though you should minimise travel and practice social distancing measures. You must carry a government certificate at all times when in public. Increasingly severe fines are being applied for unauthorised travel.
We urge you to respect the advice from local authorities and the mitigating actions suggested by medical authorities to contain and reduce the spread of Covid-19. More information can be found at www.gouvernement.fr
Returning to Australia from France
From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
From midnight AEDT on 28 March 2020, all travellers arriving in Australia will be required to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.
Travel restrictions are subject to change. Some exemptions are in place. For questions about Australian travel restrictions, please refer to the website of the Department of Home Affairs at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus. This website is regularly updated and will give you the latest official information.
In order to manage quarantine arrangements, the Australian Government has announced caps on international arrivals. Until 24 October, the following will apply subject to further advice on quarantine capacity. These arrangements will be reviewed regularly.
- Melbourne: no international passengers arrivals.
- Sydney: a cap of 350 international passengers per day.
- Perth: a cap of 525 international passengers per week.
- Brisbane: a cap of 500 international passengers per week.
- Adelaide: a cap of 500 international passengers per week.
- Canberra, Darwin: passenger limits on each flight to be discussed with jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis.
- Hobart: no international flights.
Individual states and territories have started to introduce their own quarantine arrangements and costs. For example, from Saturday 18 July a mandatory quarantine fee applies to international travellers flying into New South Wales.
Read more about returning to Australia on the Smartraveller and Homeaffairs websites. To find out more on how quarantine works in your state or territory, contact your state or territory government health department. More information about border control measures here.
Information and Resources
International Reference: Information Sources
The World Health Organisation:
World Health Organisation, Advice for the Public:
World Health Organisation, Situation Reports:
Australian Reference: Information Sources
Department of Health, Australia (General advice - resources):
Further information is also available at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus−2019-ncov#information-for-the-public
France Reference: Information Sources
French Government, General advice – resources – latest update:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Advice:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Travel Advice:
Ministry of Health, General Advice:
Ministry of Health, Travel Advice:
Further information is also available at: https://www.santepubliquefrance.fr/maladies-et-traumatismes/maladies-et-infections-respiratoires/infection-a-coronavirus/articles/cas-groupes-de-pneumopathies-possiblement-associes-a-un-nouveau-coronavirus-wuhan-chine
French National Health Agency
European Reference: Information Sources
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control:
Due to the current health situation in France related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition Longitude | Latitude | Solitude will unfortunately be closed to the public from this Monday until further notice. We will keep you informed of its reopening. In the meantime, we invite you to admire these sublime aerial photos of Australia on the website below.
From 29 January 2020 to 20 may 2020
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm - 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Our sincere thanks to everyone who has contacted us offering messages of support, condolence and solidarity around the devastating bushfires in Australia. This includes our heartfelt gratitude to the French Government for the generous offer of assistance conveyed by President Macron to Prime Minister Morrison. For information about the current bushfire situation, donating to bushfire relief, fundraisers, and offers of assistance, please see below.
Questions about the safety of your visit to Australia
If you are concerned about travelling to Australia in the near future, please read the advice of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays-destination/australie/
Concerns for friends and family in Australia
If you are concerned about the safety of a French citizen travelling in Australia, please contact the French Crisis Centre: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/le-centre-de-crise-et-de-soutien/
Australian Red Cross – ‘Register.Find.Reunite’: This service registers, finds and reunites family, friends and loved ones after an emergency - https://register.redcross.org.au
Details on the current bushfire situation
For information about the current bushfire situation, please visit the relevant state or territory emergency management website:
- New South Wales: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/
- Victoria: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/
- Queensland: https://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
- Western Australia: https://semc.wa.gov.au/
- South Australia: https://www.safecom.sa.gov.au/site/emergency_management.jsp
- Tasmania: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/osem
- Northern Territory: https://nt.gov.au/emergency
- Australian Capital Territory: https://esa.act.gov.au/
Bushfire relief donations
We have received a large number of enquires asking about organisations that are receiving donations. The Australian Embassy cannot accept donations. The following charities, among others, are accepting donations for bushfire relief:
- Wires (injured animals): www.wires.org.au
- NSW Rural Fire Service: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
- Country Fire Association of Victoria: www.cfa.vic.gov.au
- South Australia Country Fire Service: www.cfsfoundation.org.au
- Australian Red Cross: www.redcross.org.au
- The Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org.au
- St Vincent de Paul: www.vinnies.org.au
Offers of assistance
The Australian Government continues to receive offers of assistance from the global community, domestic organisations, groups and individuals. These requests are being worked through in close consultation with the states and territories to determine the best options to support our emergency service personnel and fire-affected communities.