Travel restrictions are now in place for people who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days.

Australian citizens, permanent residents or their immediate family members entering Australia who have been in any of these countries in the last 14 days must enter supervised quarantine for 14 days in line with state and territory requirements. This is regardless of vaccination status.

Any other travellers who have been in these countries in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Australia. This applies even if they hold a travel exemption, eligible visa or are seeking to enter under a safe travel zone arrangement.

Restrictions may change at short notice. All travellers should check requirements in the state or territory of arrival, including quarantine and testing requirements.

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On 1 November 2021 one-way quarantine-free travel recommenced from New Zealand to participating Australian states and territories.

To be eligible, travellers must:

  • be fully vaccinated with a completed course of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
    • Children aged under 12 and people who are medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination can access the same arrangements as fully vaccinated travellers.
  • Arrangements are also in place to allow unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children 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. 
  • present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 3 days of the departing flight to Australia (unless a medical exemptionapplies).
  • provide a declaration that they have spent the last 14 days prior to travel in either Australia or New Zealand.

All travellers who have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days prior can travel by air from New Zealand to Australia, without the need to apply for a travel exemption.

They must meet all other entry requirements for Australia, including immigration, customs and biosecurity clearance.

Quarantine arrangements are managed by individual states and territories. All travellers are advised to check the arrangements in both their place of arrival and final destination before they travel.

To find out about quarantine arrangements check State and Territory Information for travellers.

Further travel advice is available at Smart Traveller.

For more information, see the Australian Government’s Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers

Note: Any change in the COVID-19 situation in Australia and New Zealand could lead to pausing or suspending quarantine-free travel arrangements without notice. You are responsible for managing any disruption to your travel plans, including if your return to Australia is delayed.

New Zealand citizens outside New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel does not apply to New Zealand citizens who are outside New Zealand or who have not been in New Zealand or Australia for the 14 days immediately before proposed travel to Australia.

Note: The Cook Islands and Niue are not currently part of the quarantine-free travel agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

Travelling from New Zealand to Australia quarantine-free

Anyone travelling from New Zealand to Australia can participate in quarantine-free travel as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. 

To be eligible, travellers must:

  • be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
    • Children under 12 and people who are medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination can access the same arrangements as fully vaccinated travellers.
  • Arrangements are also in place to allow unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children 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. 
  • present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 3 days of the departing flight to Australia (unless a medical exemptionapplies).
  • provide a declaration that they have spent the last 14 days prior to the day of travel in either Australia or New Zealand.*

All travellers must also meet the health, immigration and other standard border clearance requirements in each country.

*From 1 November 2021 fully vaccinated Australians, permanent residents and their immediate families are eligible to travel from New Zealand to Australia quarantine-free without having spent 14 days in either country.

States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine arrangements. Before you travel, check quarantine arrangements with the relevant state or territory.

You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia from New Zealand quarantine-free if you meet the above criteria, but you will need a valid visa to enter Australia. New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia. If eligible, they will be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) on arrival.

Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status.

This information helps the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19.

Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information. This is set out in s137.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Travel exemption requirements

If you are arriving in Australia by air, and you have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days or more before you travel, you do not need to apply for a travel exemption. You are automatically exempt. 

You will only need to apply for a travel exemption before you travel to Australia if:

  • you have been in Australia or New Zealand for less than 14 days before your planned departure (including travellers who are transiting New Zealand), or
  • you intend to travel to Australia by sea.

COVID-19 outbreak locations

A list of New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak locations are available at Ministry of Health NZ. If you have been to any of these locations during the times specified, you will need to identify this on your Australia Travel Declaration (ATD). 

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand quarantine-free

Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is currently paused.

If you are transiting through New Zealand from Australia to another international destination, check you meet New Zealand’s eligibility requirements.

Travel exemption requirements

Unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents must apply for an outward travel exemption before travelling overseas.

If you are unvaccinated and travelling to another international destination be aware that returning to Australia or New Zealand may be difficult due to current restrictions on passenger numbers and the limited availability of flights.

The risks posed by overseas travel at this time, including possible disruption to return to Australia and from COVID-19 in many countries, remain high.

Transiting through Australia to New Zealand

Travellers seeking to transit through Australia must be able to secure an onwards ticket on a flight that departs Australia no more than 72 hours after initial entry. 

If a suitable connecting flight is not available, transit through Australia will not be possible. For more information see Transiting Australia.

Arrival in Australia

If you arrive in Australia on a quarantine-free flight, you may be guided through a separate pathway for quarantine-free travellers. These arrangements are determined by the state/territory in which you arrive. 

For further information for travellers arriving on quarantine-free flights is available at Department of Health.