Australian Government is offering financial assistance to citizens and eligible permanent residents who are stranded overseas due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and are experiencing financial distress.
The assistance is in the following forms:
- One-off loan to help cover emergency living costs until a commercial flight becomes available, where the loan amount is fixed based on the family size. Australian pension holder may be eligible to receive a grant instead of a loan.
- One-off loan to help cover part of the cost of a flight back to Australia, where the loan amount is equivalent to a standard one-way economy class airfare from that region.
The Government has advised that loans are available as an option of last resort only and strict eligibility criteria applies. To know more about the financial assistance and application process, click here.