British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th July 2020.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union, Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received representations on the Australian Border Agency and the ability of UK citizens with residency to leave that country; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Foreign Secretary spoke to Australian Foreign Minister Payne on 21 May and 15 July to discuss our COVID-19 response, travel advice and other international issues. They agreed to work together to keep international routes open, as part of our wider efforts to help our respective nationals return home. The Government of Australia has set out guidance for residents wishing to leave including where exemptions are available. The British High Commission in Canberra and our network of consulates across Australia continue to support British nationals, seeking to come to the UK, including those with residency in Australia.

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