Australian Embassy in the Philippines Travel Advisory
Flights from MANILA to SYDNEY/MELBOURNE
The Australian Embassy Manila has partnered with Philippine Airlines for dedicated user pays flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
Click on this link to find out more: https://philippines.embassy.gov.au/
REGISTER FOR THESE FLIGHTS
Register for the flight with Philippines Airlines by evening of Wednesday, 15 April, click on the following link.
These flights will probably be the best option for you to return to Australia and for many the only option for the foreseeable future. If you choose to purchase a ticket on one of these flights you need to make arrangements for your transport to the airport that you will depart from. The Australian Embassy is working with the relevant provincial and local authorities to ensure movement through checkpoints. You will need to carry a hardcopy of your ticket to get through any checkpoints – an e-copy may not be enough.
We appreciate these flights cannot reach everyone but we have worked hard to get flights to as many locations as possible. We are still working on alternatives for those who cannot reach these flights.
TRANSPORTATION AND VISA EXTENSION
If you choose to purchase a ticket on one of these flights you need to make arrangements for your transport to the airport that you will depart from.
The Australian Embassy is working with the relevant provincial and local authorities to ensure movement through checkpoints and will provide an Embassy letter for you to show to Philippine authorities to facilitate your movement. You will need to carry a hardcopy of your ticket to get through any checkpoints – an e-copy may not be enough.
The Bureau of Immigration will be available at the terminal in Manila (NAIA) to resolve any visa issues.
Please note if you have overstayed your visa prior to the lockdown you should contact the Bureau of Immigration in advance as these issues may not be able to be resolved at the airport. Contact their offices: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/contact-us/other-immigration-offices
IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS
If you wish to be accompanied by an immediate family member who is not a permanent resident or Australian citizen, and does not currently hold a valid visa, they will need to apply as soon as possible. Once they have applied they will need to email the email@example.com mailbox with the Subject ‘URGENT Visa Application – PAL Repatriation flight’. Once the visa has been granted, an exemption to Australia’s travel ban will need to be sought. To do this please visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia and complete the online request form. We cannot guarantee a visa will be issued in time for these flights.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA
Personal Protective Equipment:
You will be required to supply your own mask to be worn during the flights.
Mandatory 14-day quarantine in Australia:
Once you arrive, you will be required to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in your port of arrival. Travellers will be transported directly to designated facilities after appropriate immigration, customs and enhanced health checks. Read more: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19-australian-travellers#returning
Onward travel following quarantine:
The repatriation flights are only available to Melbourne. You will be required after you mandatory quarantine period to make you own arrangements to your end destination
We appreciate that many of you have advised us where you are staying and provided contact details. We ask that you please let us know your current location, details of where you are staying, and who you are travelling with. If you have not done so already, please also provide us with your passport details, an email address and a contactable phone number. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always we continue to encourage you to read our advice on Smartraveller and subscribe for updates to the Philippines travel advice.
We remain committed to helping you get through the coming weeks.