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.

Preparing to travel to Australia from overseas

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

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 South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days must enter supervised quarantine for 14 days in line with state and territory requirements, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Any other travellers who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Australia, even if they hold a travel exemption, eligible visa or are seeking to enter under a Safe Travel Zone arrangement.

Check if you are exempt from travel restrictions

 

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and from 15 December eligible visa holders across a number of categories can now travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

For information on exempt categories, or steps on applying for an individual exemption, see: Travel restrictions and exemptions.

Travellers who are not Australian citizens, permanent residents or the immediate family members and have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Australia, even if they hold a travel exemption, eligible visa or are seeking to enter under a Safe Travel Zone arrangement.

Check if you can access reduced quarantine requirements

 

Your vaccination status will impact the options available for travel to Australia.

If you are a fully vaccinated traveller exempt from travel restrictions, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when coming to Australia. However, this can vary depending on quarantine arrangements in the state or territory to which you are travelling.

Before you book your flight, check the quarantine and other arrangements for the state or territory to which you are travelling. Make sure that you are prepared to comply with any requirements, including by providing any required information to the relevant state or territory, and complying with post-arrival testing requirementss. This also includes complying with arrangements for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years old.

Note: Australian citizens, permanent residents or their immediate family members entering Australia who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days must enter supervised quarantine for 14 days in line with state and territory requirements, irrespective of their vaccination status.

If you are planning on traveling 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.

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

Obtain your foreign vaccination certificate

 

If you were vaccinated overseas and you do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate you must obtain a certificate from the country in which you received your vaccination.

For more information see Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates.

Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate. Airlines will check this when you check-in to your flight.

If you are unable to meet the proof of vaccination requirements, you will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.  You will need to follow the current border processes when leaving or coming to Australia.

Complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your flight

 

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 you will need to upload your vaccination certificate. You will also need to:

  • make a legally binding declaration in relation to your vaccination status
  • provide your last 14 days travel history
  • acknowledge that when you check-in for your flight, you must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 3 days of your flight’s scheduled departure to Australia (unless you are exempt)
  • make a declaration that you:
    • will comply with the quarantine requirements of the state/territory of first arrival and any other state/territory to which you 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. Travellers may also have to undergo hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 test

 

A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travelling to Australia. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days before your flight’s scheduled departure must be provided to your airline when you check-in.

If your flight is delayed, you will still be considered to have met the pre-departure testing requirements. You will not need a new test.

However, if your flight is re-scheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 3 days before the re-scheduled flight.

See the Department of Health website for information about:

  • PCR test requirements
  • what to do if your PCR test result is positive when you have had and recovered from COVID-19,
  • medical exemptions for pre-departure testing
  • countries and jurisdictions exempt from pre-departure testing.

If transiting, you are responsible for checking airline, departure, testing and proof of vaccination requirements in any countries you transit.

At the airport

 

Present your foreign vaccination certificate or International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, negative COVID-19 test result and completed ATD to airline staff when you check in for your flight.