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Australia (BNE, MEL, SYD) 

(Please check latest updates from your country of destination)                                                                                                                                                      

Travel Restrictions

  • Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia. Only the following types of passengers can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption):

-     an Australian citizen

-     a permanent resident of Australia

-     an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident*

-     a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members

-     a diplomat accredited to Australia (holding a subclass 995 visa)

-     a traveler transiting Australia for 72 hours or less

-     airline crew

-     maritime crew including marine pilots


  • Maritime crew entering Australia for the purpose of joining an outbound vessel may be exempted from the passenger cap, depending on their port of entry.

-      recruited under the Government approved Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Scheme

-      holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa

-      travelling from New Zealand by air and have been in New Zealand 14 days prior to travel


  • Passengers need to carry evidence that they meet one of the above categories when travelling. Additional evidence may be requested.
  • Reductions in international passenger caps:

-     From January 15, 2021, the number of weekly international passenger arrivals into New South Wales (Sydney), Queensland (Brisbane) and Western Australia (Perth) will be temporarily reduced by 50 per cent. This measure will help manage the flow of returning Australians and other travelers who have been potentially exposed to the new COVID-19 variants. The reductions will to remain in place until February 15, 2021 before which they will reviewed in early February 2021.

-     Current passenger limits for flights arriving into Melbourne and Adelaide will remain in place at existing levels.

COVID-19 Health Requirements

  • Effective January 22, 2021, passengers traveling to Australia will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result at the time of check-in.
  • At the time of boarding, you will need to provide proof of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result that has been provided by a laboratory. This test must be conducted 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled departure time of your flight (or first flight if you have one or more connecting flights booked for your travel to Australia).
  • The following information should be included in English on your test result record:

-          Traveler name and date of birth

-          The test result (such as ‘negative’ or ‘not detected’)

-          The method of test conducted e.g. PCR test

-          The date the specimen was collected

-          The date the test result was authorized and the name of the authorizing officer

-          Name and address of the laboratory / clinic / facility that administered the test

-          Accreditation body that the laboratory is affiliated with, if known

  • If your test result record does not provide this information you may be prevented from boarding the aircraft. Please ensure this information will be provided to you by your testing facility when you get tested.
  • A paper-based record is preferred, however electronic records (such as a document embedded in an email or text message) that contains the required information would be accepted.
  • Children who are four years of age or younger at the time of boarding are not required to have a test. Other vulnerable groups may be considered for exemption from a pre-departure test. This will be determined by the Australian Government.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for international travellers to Australia | Australian Government Department of Health
  • Air crew must take a COVID-19 test every 7 days or on arrival in Australia, continue to quarantine in dedicated quarantine facilities between international flights or for 14 days, and not reposition for an outgoing international flight unless they do so on a crew-only flight.

-          Exemption: crew in transit are exempt from this measure, as long as they remain on board and Ground staff are not in direct contact with the crew, whilst the aircraft is on the ground.

  • Upon arrival in Australia, passengers must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities in your port of arrival – unless you have an exemption.

-     Passengers shall be accommodated in a hotel for this mandatory quarantine period.

-     Passengers will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections until they have completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

-     In some states and territories, passengers have to contribute to the cost of quarantine.

-     Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and applicable state legislation, passengers will have to remain in the allocated accommodation until they’re medically cleared to enter the Australian community. Passengers may be tested for COVID-19 during their quarantine period. If they don’t agree to be tested, passengers may have to quarantine for longer.

-     The quarantine requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments with Australian Government support.


  • International maritime crew arriving in Australia (via aircraft) must quarantine for 14 days at the point of arrival. 
  • Beginning January 12, 2021, it is mandatory for passengers to wear masks on commercial aircraft and in NSW airports. The Order extends the obligation to wear a fitted face covering to a person who is:

-     in an indoor areas of NSW airports, including passenger waiting areas;

-     on a domestic commercial aircraft that lands or takes off from a NSW Airport including while flying in NSW airspace.

Required Forms

Other Requirements

  • You cannot come to Australia unless you are in an exempt category or you have been granted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions. Apply for travel exemption

Other Information

-       Read Look and Feel Guide 

-       Read Question Set  

-       Read FAQs 

Travel Advisory

  • As of February 11, 2021

-     The Safe Air Travel FAQs for passengers and airlines have been updated. The FAQ’s and further information is available at: https://health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers

  • As of March 27, 2021

-      Victoria will restart international flights on April 8 after an overhaul of its hotel quarantine system

    • The state's revived program will accept 800 returned travelers per week before ramping up to 1120 arrivals on April 15, subject to capacity and the completion of a newly developed ventilation system.