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From 1 December 2021, eligible Japanese citizens who are considered fully vaccinated will be able to travel from Japan to Australia without seeking a travel exemption and quarantine-free to participating states or territories

Note: Travellers who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Australia

Eligibility

To be eligible, travellers must:

  • hold a Japanese passport
  • hold a valid Australian visa
  • be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
    • Children under 12 and those who are medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination can access the same arrangements as fully vaccinated travellers.
    • Arrangements are also in place to permit unvaccinated minors aged 12-17 years to travel with a fully-vaccinated adult. Travellers should check the specific requirements with the state or territory to which they are travelling. 
  • travel directly from Japan and arrive in a participating Australian state or territory without any transit between the two countries
  • provide proof of their vaccination status
  • present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 3 days of departure (unless a medical exemption applies).

The arrangement only applies to Japanese passport holders travelling directly from Japan to Australia without any transit between the two countries. Eligible travellers will not need to have been in Japan for 14 days before their proposed travel but must still provide their 14 days travel history.

Japanese citizens travelling directly from countries other than Japan are not eligible.

If a Japanese citizen is travelling with family members, including dependent children, who are not also citizens of Japan (or Australian citizens or permanent residents), those family members are not eligible to travel to Australia unless they hold an eligible visa or a travel exemption. Travel exemption requests are assessed on a case by case basis.

Valid visa

To be eligible for quarantine-free travel to Australia without seeking an exemption, Japanese citizens must hold a valid Australian visa. You can apply online for a visa that suits your needs through ImmiAccount. See our website to explore visa options.

To visit Australia as a tourist or business visitor, you may be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA quickly and easily using the Australian ETA app on your mobile device.

Download the Australian ETA app for free from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android).

For more information see The Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Australia Travel Declaration (ATD)

Travellers to Australia should complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD contains a declaration regarding your vaccination status that is considered to be critical health information. You must be able to provide evidence that you made this declaration before boarding the aircraft.

This is an enforceable requirement on travellers who are more than 12 years and 3 months old when their flight departs. A person who fails to comply with the requirement may be liable to a civil penalty (fine) of 30 penalty units (currently $6,660 AUD). This is set out in Section 46 of the Biosecurity Act 2015. Travellers who do not make the declaration before they board their flight will be delayed when arriving in Australia.

When filling out the ATD travellers will need to:

  • upload their vaccination certificate
  • make a legally binding declaration in relation to their vaccination status
  • acknowledge that when they check-in for their flight, they must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of their flight’s scheduled departure to Australia (unless medically exempt)
  • provide their last 14 days travel history
  • make a declaration that they:
    • will comply with the quarantine requirements of the state/territory of first arrival and any other state/territory to which they intend to travel; and
    • have made quarantine arrangements prior to travel where required.

Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information. This is set out in s 137.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Quarantine and local requirements

Travellers to Australia need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territories that you plan to travel to. This includes quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. Restrictions may change at short notice.

States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine arrangements.

If you are planning on travelling onwards to or through a different state or territory when you arrive in Australia, you need to check domestic travel restrictions. States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions.

This includes student visa holders who have received a confirmation of enrolment to study in an institution outside of participating jurisdictions, as they will need to follow relevant border and quarantine arrangements for the relevant state or territory.

You are responsible for complying with travel restrictions and requirements that apply to you.

To check requirements, see State and Territory Information for travellers.

Participating Australian states and territories

New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have announced they will allow quarantine free travel for fully vaccinated people arriving in Australia.

If an eligible Japanese citizen seeks to travel to an Australian state or territory other than those participating, they must adhere to all the entry rules of that state or territory, including quarantine requirements.

 Note: Any change in the COVID-19 situation could lead to a pause in quarantine-free travel arrangements without notice. You are responsible for checking the entry requirements for each state and territory in Australia, including quarantine arrangements