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Note: If you have are seeking information on how aircrew will be treated on arrival in Australia, including any self-isolation or quarantine requirements applicable to them, please refer to the relevant state or territory jurisdiction.

Application for Non-scheduled international flights

All non-scheduled commercial charter flights must make an international flight request via the Australian Border Force’s (ABF) Air and Sea Approval Portal no less than 72 hours or up to 7 days before the proposed flight for consideration by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Requests, that do not contain the necessary information, will not be considered until all information is provided.

This request does not replace the need for other applications required by law for passengers and aircraft entering Australia, or Australian air space.

The charter/flight operator (the operator), that is, the person who actually owns or operates the aircraft used for the non-scheduled service, must make the application for an International Flight Request.

The charterer/airline is the person who is paying for or organising the service.

An application must be made for each individual flight leg through the portal and must be lodged with the ABF no less than 72 hours or up to 7 days prior to the commencement of the proposed flights. Multi-leg flights can be linked together by entering the reference number from a previous flight request to a new flight request.

The application must have:

  • the name, address and contact details of the operator
  • the name, address and contact details of the charterer
  • the nationality of the interests which have substantial ownership and effective control of the operator
  • the nationality of the interests which have substantial ownership and effective control of the charterer
  • the type and capacity of the aircraft being used for the flights, and whether it is leased or owned by the charter operator
  • whether the flights will carry only passengers, cargo or mail, and if the services are carrying cargo, the type of cargo
  • a passenger list (a template is provided when you apply)
  • if State or Territory quarantine approval has been applied for separately and approved, evidence of approval must be attached to your application

The operator must provide all passengers with the ABF Privacy notice (123KB PDF) when their personal information is collected. This outlines the purpose of collection and the ABF’s use of the passenger’s data. Charter Operators will be asked to acknowledge this information has been provided to passengers.

Final passenger lists are required no later than 72 hours prior to departure and your final seating plan will need to be provided prior to flight arrival via email.

A final seating plan must also be provided to the ABF before arrival via email by responding to your ABF flight confirmation email.

The ABF may seek additional information in order to consider the request.

You will be notified by the ABF the outcome of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications decision.

Other necessary approvals

You will still be required to submit other applications separately for passengers and aircraft entering Australia through relevant authorities including:

  • the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
  • Air and Maritime Security within the Department of Home Affairs
  • the relevant state Airport, Infrastructure and transport authorities.

Further, the request does not replace existing reporting obligations under the Migration Act and Customs Act.