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Travel to Australia

Only Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family can travel to Australia at this time. If you are travelling to Australia, you may be subject to mandatory quarantine. There are also specific requirements for travel from and to Australia during the pandemic. Check the details here when leaving Australia and here when departing for Australia.

Entry to Australia via New Zealand is permitted for transit passengers as long as the booked flight is a designated quarantine on arrival flight.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Effective 22 January 2021, all passengers travelling to, or transiting Australia must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled departure time of the traveller’s flight (or first flight if the traveller has one or more connecting flights booked for their travel to Australia).

Pre-departure testing exemptions:

Children who are four years of age or younger at the time of check-in are not required to have a test or present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result.

People that present a medical certificate which indicates that due to a medical condition they are unable to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test. The medical certificate must include the following information

  • The traveller’s name (this must match their travel identification documents)
  • Date of medical consultation and details of the medical practitioner
  • Details that clearly acknowledge that the traveller cannot undergo a COVID-19 PCR test or any other COVID-19 test due to a medical condition

If the above details are not included on the medical certificate, the traveller does not meet the exemption requirements.

Countries where are negative COVID-19 PCR test which has been conducted 96 hours prior to scheduled time of departure may be accepted.

  • Cook Islands - Nauru
  • Federated States of Micronesia - Palau
  • French Polynesia - Timor Leste
  • Marshall Islands
* This list remains under review and may be updated as local circumstances change.

Required forms

All travellers to Australia should complete the Australia Travel Declaration 72 hours minimum before they fly to Australia. Failure to complete the Australia Travel Declaration can cause delays at check in and may result in further delays on arrival in Australia.

Diplomats are not required to complete the form.

Some Australian States also require separate border declaration forms which are outlined below.

Quarantine

There are specific guidelines, requirements and fees for mandatory quarantine in each state.

Other Information

Effective 22 January 2021, all passengers travelling to Australia must wear a mask for the duration of the flight, and in Australian airports. Passengers should also wear masks in the airport prior to boarding.

Sydney

All passengers who have been in a country other than Australia or New Zealand within 14 days of arrival into Sydney must undergo mandatory quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days at their own expense.

The hotel quarantine fee includes meals and hotel room costs. For details, refer to https://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/news-media-releases/covid-19-tax-relief-measures/quarantine-fees

Please visit the NSW Government Health website for more details.

Brisbane

All passengers who have been in a country other than Australia or New Zealand within 14 days of arrival into Brisbane must undergo mandatory quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days at their own expense.

The hotel quarantine fee includes meals and hotel room costs. For details, refer to this website.

All passengers arriving into Queensland from an international port must complete a Queensland International Arrivals Registration form 72 hours in advance of their arrival. Visit https://www.qld.gov.au/internationalarrivalstoqld.

Perth

All international passengers arriving into Western Australia from overseas must undergo quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days at their own expense. 

The quarantine fee includes meals and hotel room costs. Details can be found at https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/paying-hotel-quarantine-wa-frequently-asked-questions

G2G pass to enter WA:

Interstate and international arrivals must complete a G2G PASS declaration to enter Western Australia. This must be completed and submitted prior to travel, at the G2G PASS website. Once your G2G PASS declaration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email with a unique QR code, and the terms and conditions that apply.

For more information see https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus

Melbourne

All passengers who have been in a country other than Australia or New Zealand within 14 days of arrival into Melbourne must undergo mandatory quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days at their own expense. The quarantine fee includes hotel room costs and meals.

Arriving passengers coming to Melbourne must also complete the Victorian Quarantine Arrival form. Details are available at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/mandatory-quarantine-returned-overseas-travellers

For more information on travel eligibility and quarantine requirements, please visit the Victorian Department of Health website.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.

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