Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Geneva
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

 

COVID-19: Returning to Australia or Stranded Overseas

As at 9pm AEDT, Friday 20 March 2020, Australia is closing its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents. Exceptions are only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal guardians and dependants.

If you are scheduled to return to Australia in the coming days and weeks, please confirm your itinerary and onward travel plans with your airline or travel agent as your flight could be diverted to another city or cancelled. Be prepared to make alternative plans.

Anyone arriving in Australia has to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in their port of arrival. Quarantine arrangements may vary for each state/territory. Restrictions are subject to change. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website and Smartraveller’s COVID-19: Arriving home page for further information. 

We encourage you to follow us on social media.

     

 

Overseas and unable to return to Australia as planned

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents who wish to return to Australia and have been unable to do so, to register https://covid19.dfat.gov.au/citizeninformation/s/. Please complete the registration process for each member of your family. Please ensure you include any medical or other vulnerabilities affecting you or your family members in your registration. 

Registering:

  • helps us better understand how many Australians are seeking to return home, and need consular assistance.
  • opens another channel of communication for our embassies and high commissions to use to let you know about flights, if and when they become available.

Your registration does not guarantee we can facilitate your return to Australia.

Stranded in Switzerland during COVID-19

Swiss authorities advise all foreign travellers to contact the Cantonal Office of Population and Migration in their area to request a temporary permit/extended visa. A full list of cantonal authorities can be found on the Swiss Office for Migration website.

 

 

Queensland State Election – 31 October 2020

Queensland’s 2020 General Election voting period is from 19 October to Election Day – Saturday 31 October 2020.

Overseas electors can check their enrolment at https://check.aec.gov.au/.

Overseas voters who are enrolled to vote in Queensland and who are overseas for the election are eligible to vote by telephone. Voters will need to register to vote and verify their identity, and then call a separate phone line to cast their vote. International call charges will apply.

The Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) Telephone Voting for Overseas Electors Fact Sheet provides detailed instructions, including opening hours for the telephone lines. Registering for a telephone vote from overseas is available from 8am Monday 19 October to 12pm Saturday 31 October (AEST).

Alternatively, electors can apply for a postal vote until Friday 16 October.

For general information on the election, clients should visit the website of the Queensland Electoral Commission

 

Emergency Assistance

If you require urgent consular assistance, please call the Australian Consulate in Geneva on +41 22 799 91 00 or the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on:

1300 555 135 (within Australia)
+61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas)
SMS to +61 421 269 080
use our online contact form

 

Visas, Immigration, Customs and Citizenship

The Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General in Geneva is unable to provide information on visas, immigration, customs and citizenship. For up-to-date advice on these issues and entering Australia, please visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs.

If you have additional questions, you can contact the Department of Home Affairs Global Service Centre on +61 2 61 96 01 96 on weekdays between 09:00 - 17:00 (Swiss time).

 

Australian Consulate-General

Information about passport and consular services for Australians can be found here:

Consular Services

Passport Services

Notarial Services

The Consul-General for Switzerland and Liechtenstein is Ms Natalie Grant.

Contact Details
Ph. +41 (0) 22 799 9100
Fax. +41 (0) 22 799 9178
Email. [email protected]

 

Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organisation

Information about the work of the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization can be found here.

Contact Details
Ph. +41 (0) 22 799 9100
Fax. +41 (0) 22 799 9189
Email. [email protected]

The Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization is Mr George Mina.

 

Australian Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament

Information about the work of the Australian Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nations can be found here.

Information about the work of the Disarmament Delegation can be found here.

Contact Details 
Ph. +41 (0) 22 799 9100
Fax. +41 (0) 22 799 9175
Email. [email protected]
Twitter

The Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament is Ms Sally Mansfield.