Preparing to leave Australia


Follow the steps below when you are preparing to leave Australia.



Check Smartraveller advice          


Each country has different requirements for entry, including COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Check the current travel, visa and COVID-19 advice for the country you want to travel to using Smartraveller.

Check if you can travel without an exemption


Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave Australia from any state or territory without seeking a travel exemption.

Children under 12 and Australian citizens and permanent residents with acceptable proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will also be able to depart Australia to travel overseas without seeking an exemption.

Check to see if you meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated.

Temporary visa holders can depart Australia at any time.  Fully vaccinated  temporary visa holders across a number of categories can now travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. See travel restrictions and exemptions.

Plan your return journey to Australia


Arrangements for returning to Australia will depend on the state or territory to which you are travelling.

For information about quarantine requirements that may apply to you, see State and Territory information for travellers.

If you need to transit through a state or territory on your way to your destination, you will also need to check domestic travel restrictions.

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

Request your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate


Australian citizens and permanent residents

Request your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate using the Express Plus Medicare app or your Medicare online account through myGov.

Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate so you can show it as evidence of your vaccination during your travels. Airlines will check this when you book your tickets and check-in to your flights.

Find out more about the International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.

Departing Australia


Australian citizens and permanent residents

Present your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate to airline staff when you check-in for your flight. They will scan your certificate to view your vaccination history and make sure you meet the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ before you can travel.

If you are not fully vaccinated and do not have an exemption to depart Australia, you will not be able to board your flight (unless you are under 12, an Australian citizen or permanent resident with the required evidence that you are medically unable to be vaccinated).

If you do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate because you were vaccinated overseas, you will need to present a foreign vaccination certificate.

If you were vaccinated overseas and want to obtain an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, the Services Australia website has information about how you can add immunisations you have had overseas to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). After you have done this, you can apply for an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.

Australia does not have pre-departure testing requirements for outbound international travel.  The country to which you are travelling may have testing requirements.

Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption or to present proof of vaccination when departing Australia.

While you are overseas


Stay informed about the country you are visiting, in case things change. For country-specific travel advice see Smartraveller and subscribe for updates.