What I need to do before I travel

Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration.

Pre-departure COVID-19 test

A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.

Masks must be worn on all international flights, including in airports. There are some exemptions to pre-departure testing requirements. More information can be found at the Department of Health website.

Additional requirements

You may also require:

Some of these documents must be presented at the airport when you check-in and when you arrive in Australia.


Unless arriving to Australia on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand , travellers to Australia (including Australian citizens) must:

  • quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility in their port of arrival
  • complete all relevant declarations and forms so we can arrange quarantine; and
  • undertake contact tracing, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.

For more information, see Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. To find out more about quarantine requirements, contact the relevant state or territory government health department.

Returning Australians

If you are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who has been trying to return to Australia and have been unable to do so, you can register your details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT): https://covid19.dfat.gov.au/citizeninformation/s/

DFAT cannot guarantee you a flight home, but they will assess your personal circumstances and eligibility for a government-facilitated commercial flight.