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Australians in the Philippines
We know that this is a difficult time for those affected by COVID-19. We have put together a guide with useful information to answer your enquiries on:
- Global COVID-19 Health Advisory
- Covid-19 and travel
- Planning to travel during COVID-19: step by step
- COVID-19 vaccinations
- International COVID-19 vaccination certificates
- Leaving Australia
- Re-entry and quarantine measures
- Staying overseas
- Trying to get home
- Mental Health and wellbeing
- COVID-19: Frequently asked questions
- COVID-19 and the border (Department of Home Affairs)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for travellers (Department of Health)
- Travel to and within the Philippines Philippines Travel Advice & Safety | Smartraveller and Bureau of Immigration Travel Pass
Current Australian Travel Restrictions
Australia welcomed back all fully vaccinated visa holders including tourist and business travellers from 21 February 2022.
Travellers who do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes may also need to apply for a travel exemption to enter Australia.
Travel restrictions are subject to change. For all the latest information about Australia’s border re-opening and exemptions, please visit: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/COVID19
States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements. Check with the state or territory that you are travelling to for their quarantine requirements. For further information, please visit: State and territory arrival requirements (homeaffairs.gov.au)
Some services relating to the visa application process may be impacted by COVID-19 and a range of services we rely on are increasingly unavailable. Visit the Visas and Citizenship page for more information.
From 04 April 2022, visa applicants in the Philippines must complete biometric (face photograph and fingerprint scan) collection for each application lodged, irrespective of their nationality, unless they are excluded or exempt from the biometric program.
Biometrics are collected through a quick and easy process that captures a photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint. Applicants will be required to provide their biometrics each and every time they apply for a visa.
When you lodge your application online, you will be sent a request to provide personal identifiers (biometrics) via email. You should make an appointment to attend an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) in person to provide your biometrics. Take a copy of that email and your passport to the appointment.
You must provide your biometrics within 14 days of online lodgement or notify the relevant visa processing office if unable to do so.
VFS Global operates two ABCCs in the Philippines (in Manila and Cebu). The ABCC will charge a service fee for the collection of biometrics.
For more information about biometric collection procedures, fees charged, contact details, ABCC locations, or to book your biometrics appointment, please visit Welcome to VFS Global| vfsglobal.
*Please note that applicants who lodged between 4 April and 21 April 2022 may no longer be required to provide biometrics. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has emailed applicants where biometric collection has been waived.