Additional assisted-departure flights for Australians

  • Joint media release with:
  • The Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

The Australian Government has secured additional assisted-departure flights for Australians affected by the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

A Government-supported charter will undertake at least two flights departing Ben Gurion Airport to Dubai.

The charter flights will operate separately to the two already-announced Qantas flights from Ben Gurion Airport to London which begin today.

The situation is highly challenging and rapidly changing. The Australian Government is working to ensure Australians who want to leave can do so as soon as possible, including whether further assisted-departure flights are required.

In addition, Qantas has agreed to support Australians arriving in London on assisted-departure flights from Tel Aviv by offering an A380 flight from London to Sydney via Singapore free-of-charge.

The Australian Government will continue to work on options for onward travel from Dubai and to support those who cannot reach Tel Aviv.

Australians in Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories who want to leave and don't already have plans to depart should register via DFAT's Crisis Portal or by calling the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas) or 1300 555 135 (from within Australia).

Land border crossings to Jordan remain open.

Australians should confirm the status of these crossings prior to departure.

Departures from Gaza are challenging due to the dangerous security situation. Australians there should contact the Consular Emergency Centre as soon as possible.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will continue to provide updates to registered Australians.

Media enquiries

  • Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555