Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
Australia House, London

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. You can find out accurate information here.

If you need medical help and are in the United Kingdom, contact the NHS on 111 or 999.

If you need urgent consular assistance, call our Consular Crisis Line on 020 7887 5555. 

Learn more about your travel options and more in our COVID-19 FAQ section, here.

COVID-19: Quick Links

Living in the United Kingdom during COVID-19?

  • Find out about extending your United Kingdom visa, here.
  • Find out about COVID-19 from the NHS, here.
  • Find out about the UK Government response to COVID-19, here.

Travelling to Australia during COVID-19?

  • Find out about travel restrictions and rules for entering Australia, here.
  • Find out the latest travel advice from Smartraveller, here
  • Find out about isolation guidance from the Australian Government, here
  • Find out about the Australian Government's response to COVID-19, here

Qantas, in special partnership with the Australian Government, are operating weekly services from London (Heathrow) to Australia as part of the new International Aviation Network.  The Network is about getting Australians home and keep Australia connected — it will deliver more than 900 seats over the schedule for Australians looking to get back home. 

Flights are scheduled in line with the information below. 

London (Heathrow) to Melbourne

Date Flight Number Departure Time from London Arrival Time in Melbourne
15 April 2020 QF 10 12:10PM 6:55PM (following day)
22 April 2020 QF 10 12:10PM 6:55PM (following day)
29 April 2020 QF 10 12:10PM 6:55PM (following day)
6 May 2020 QF 10 12:10PM 6:55PM (following day)

These services will operate with all passengers purchasing the same ticket — the services do not offer frequent flyer points, status credits or inflight entertainment. They include a basic meal. Contact Qantas for any query regarding their operation. Bookings will be taken only by Qantas and must be made at qantas.com.

Book your flight now 

Please Note! Our passports, notarial and consular counters are now closed.

While walk-in appointments are no longer availiable, you can contact us for urgent passport matters by telephone on 020 7887 5816.

Our lines are open from Monday - Friday from 9.00am - 12.00pm (GMT).

His Excellency the Honourable George Brandis QC

High Commissioner for Australia

 

With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the world is experiencing an unprecedented public health challenge.

All of us are anxious about the implications of coronavirus. As Australians abroad, we know that distance from home is felt most acutely during times of uncertainty.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind every Australian in the United Kingdom that your government is listening to the best scientific advice, is committed to providing information in a timely way, and is monitoring developments to ensure your wellbeing and safety.

Here in the United Kingdom, Australia House will remain open and our team is available to assist you.

We will ensure updated information is readily accessible through our website and we will keep you regularly updated through our social media channels. I have linked to this message -- in the alert box above -- important information sources with details on the health and travel implications of COVID-19.

Australians who are overseas and have decided to return home should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. As airlines reduce capacity, scarcity of available seats and travel disruptions are possible. Of course any decision to return to Australia is, in the end, a matter for you.

Throughout this emergency, Australia House will continue to help Australians here in the United Kingdom. You are not alone and together we will come through this.

George Brandis

The Australian High Commission in responsible for advancing Australia’s interests in the United Kingdom. The High Commissioner for Australia is His Excellency the Honourable George Brandis QC, and you can read more from the High Commissioner here.

Below are important resources for Australians in the United Kingdom. If you are an Australian in need of assistance, the Australian Government provides emergency 24-hour consular assistance at the numbers below:

Services

Visas, Migration and Citizenship 

Find out about Australian Visas, immigration and citizenship

+61 2 6196 0196  Global Service Centre - open UK and EU business hours

Legalising Documents

Find out about witnessing signatures, certifying documents, property sales, mortgages, land transfers, apostilles and other notarial acts

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Email: consular.lhlh@dfat.gov.au

Please consult the information on the above link first before calling - Phone: 020 7887 5777 (call back service only)

Passports

Australian Passport Office — Submitting a passport application in the United Kingdom

Consular

Services for Australians in the United Kingdom, including consular assistance

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Voting in Federal Elections

For the most up to date information on voting arrangements, including checking your enrolment

Recruitment

Employment Opportunities at the High Commission

Events

ANZAC Day

Royal Events

Contact Us

High Commission contact details

Contact DFAT

Media Centre

Access the latest information from across the Australian Government, including from the High Commissioner, through our Media Centre. Click here to learn more.

Bushfire Relief and Recovery

Australia sincerely thanks everyone who has contacted us to offer messages of support, condolence and solidarity around recent bushfires. For further information about the current bushfire situation, donating to bushfire relief, UK fundraisers, and offers of assistance, please click here.

Under changes made to the Working Holidaymaker Visa, young Britons on a working holiday in Australia can get involved with bushfire recovery and stay longer. To find out more, read the latest update from Minister Birmingham here.