Australian Embassy
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.

To Remaining Australians in Nepal

Nepal authorities continue their efforts to contain the potential spread of COVID-19. Nepal eased its national lock down on people movement from midnight 21 July but continues to enforce some restrictions across the country to prevent and control COVID-19. Australians should abide by the instructions of local authorities.

The Nepal government has announced plans to resume domestic and international commercial flights from 17 August. Australians wishing to avail themselves of flights should contact their airlines and travel providers for details.

Australians planning to return home should review the Smartraveller website https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ for updates on State and Territory restrictions, quarantine requirements, and international arriving passenger caps.

Australians currently in Nepal should email the Australian Embassy at [email protected] if they wish to register their presence.

Australians should also monitor the Australian Embassy’s social media platforms, both Twitter www.twitter.com/AusAmbNP and Facebook www.facebook.com/australianembassynepal for local updates.

We are a small team. The welfare of Australians remains our priority. We thank you all for your patience.

Australian Ambassador

Student visa program - July 2020

On July 20, the Australian Government announced changes to the student visa program to support international students. For details, please follow the link here

Lodge your Australian visa application online

Lodging online is the fastest way to get your visa. Please note you may not have your visa decided in time if you lodge by paper.

Click here for information on how to lodge a complete Visitor visa online for Nepalese nationals.

Smartraveller

Smartraveller has the latest, authoritative travel advice so you can be informed and prepared about overseas travel. Subscribe to receive travel advice updates - by simply supplying your name and email address – straight to your inbox.

You can now also subscribe to the new SMS service - by supplying your mobile number – to receive critical alerts in the event of a crisis overseas.

In a crisis, Smartraveller will activate a crisis page on its website. It will make it easier for you or someone you know to contact the Australian Government if you need help. It will supplement the consular emergency hotline.

Visit www.smartraveller.gov.au to subscribe or connect with Smartraveller on Facebook and Twitter.

You should also review the Travel Advice for Nepal and subscribe to automatically receive email updates each time we update our travel advice.

 

23 Nepalis to pursue post graduate studies in 2020 through Australia Awards Scholarships program

The Australian Government is pleased to announce it will offer 23 Australia Awards Scholarships to emerging leaders from Nepal to study at Australia’s world-class educational institutions in 2020. Of the 23 awardees for 2020, 14 are from the public sector and 11 are female recipients. One applicant with disability has also been selected for the scholarship. 
Media Release

Australian institute of Business and Technology (Brighton Pacific Pty Ltd)

In February 2019, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) made a decision to cancel Brighton Pacific’s registration as a training provider for domestic and international students.

Brighton Pacific sought a review of ASQA’s decision and made an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).  A hearing of this matter was conducted in July 2019, in which Brighton Pacific had the opportunity to provide further evidence.

The AAT’s decision was made based on consideration of all information, including the new information provided during the hearing.  As a result, the AAT made a decision on 19 September to set aside ASQA’s decision to cancel Brighton Pacific’s registration and determined that the provider’s registration can be renewed for a period of three years, subject to conditions that address areas of past non-compliance. These conditions include:

  • improving PRISMS compliance
  • reviewing the assessment system to reduce occurrence of alleged plagiarism
  • arranging for independent validation of assessment system.

Brighton Pacific’s compliance with these conditions will be monitored by ASQA.

None of these conditions will affect Brighton Pacific’s ability to recruit students and current students should continue with their studies as planned.

Both ASQA and Brighton Pacific have 28 days from the date of the decision to decide whether they will lodge an appeal.

If student have concerns or complaints about their experience with Brighton Pacific, they are able to raise these with the relevant authorities. Details of how to do this are at https://internationaleducation.gov.au/News/Latest-News/Pages/Advice-for-international-students.aspx

Australian Institute of Business and Technology - International

Brighton Pacific has a related entity, the Australia Institute of Business and Technology – International (AIBT-I). The providers operate under the same trading name and share resources, facilities, staff, and a website. The AAT decision is only for Brighton Pacific.

On 2 September 2019 ASQA informed AIBT-I that it had made the decision to cancel its registration as a training provider for domestic and international students.  The decision will come into effect from 7 October 2019.  AIBT-I can seek a review and stay of this decision in the AAT.

Current or prospective students with AIBT-I should:

  • continue attending classes and meeting other obligations in line with their student agreement with AIBT-I; and
  • ensure that they maintain legal visa status.

If AIBT-I does close, students will be covered by Australia's Tuition Protection Service (the TPS). The TPS is aware of ASQA's decision to cancel. We encourage students to monitor the Department of Education website for information updates at https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Notice

Department of Home Affairs has introduced a new web based enquiry form for written communication. As of 1 May 2018 this has replaced the use of a mailbox for e-mail communication with visa applicants from the region. Please note, the mailbox, [email protected], is no longer being monitored as of 1 May 2018. People sending emails to this address now receive a message redirecting them to the web enquiry form. The web form is hosted on the Home Affairs website and located at: 

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/corporate/information/forms/online/australian-immigration-enquiry 

Pre-lodgement enquiries are still routed to our Service Delivery Partner (VFS) but post-lodgement are being sent directly to the High Commission through the web form. There is no change to the phone enquiry process which will continue to be managed by VFS. If you need to provide the phone numbers for VFS Nepal: 1800 0910117 (Toll-free for national callers)

 

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Information for Australian Travellers

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Opening hours

The Embassy is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. We are closed on some Australian and Nepali public holidays.

Embassy Public Holidays

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