Read below for answers to some common questions about travel to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entering Australia - Eligibility
Australian borders are open, subject to state and territory requirements, to the following travellers:
- Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members
- international students
- certain work and other categories of visas - full list here.
Holders of other visas (including visitor/tourist visas) will need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia. You should not book travel unless you have been granted an exemption. Parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for an exemption.
Quarantine arrangements for incoming travellers are determined by state and territory governments. You must check state and territory websites for their requirements before you travel.
14-day hotel quarantine on arrival is required if:
- you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19
- you have received a vaccine not recognised by the Australian government
- you are arriving into Western Australia (noting entry into WA is only possible internationally; if you wish to enter WA from another state in Australia, you must obtain an exemption from the WA Government).
Up to date information on vaccination requirements for travel to Australia is on Smartraveller.
The Australian Government has recognised the below vaccines for the purposes of entry to Australia from overseas.
- Comirnaty (Pfizer)
- Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
- Covisheld (AstraZeneca)
- Spikevax (Moderna)
- Janssen-Cilag (Johnson & Johnson)
- Coronavac (Sinovac)
- BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm) - recognition is for travellers aged between 18 and 60. Further information is here
- Covaxin (Bharat Biotech) - recognition is for travellers aged 12 and over
- Gamelaya Research Institute Sputnik V
- Nuvaxovid (Biocelect on behalf of Novavax).
More guidance is available on the Department of Home Affairs vaccinated travellers page.
The Australian Government has approved Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax and Moderna for use in Australia. If you have received these vaccinations overseas, you can register your vaccination on the Australian Immunisation Register when you return home.
Some states and territories may require evidence of vaccination for access to certain workplaces and public places. Check state and territory websites for requirements.
Travelling to Australia
Before you travel to Australia you must:
- Review the Department of Home Affairs checklist for latest requirements to enter Australia
- Obtain your visa and travel exemption (if required)
- Do a COVID test no more than 72 hours before check-in at your first point of departure
- Complete an online Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before travel
- Have evidence that you are fully vaccinated against COVID
- Complete any documentation required for entry into the state or territory into which you will arrive
Many airlines will only accept passengers travelling to Australia who have been fully vaccinated with an Australian Government recognised vaccine. You must check vaccination policies directly with your airline.
From 1 November 2021, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave Australia without needing an outwards travel exemption. See Travel for Vaccinated Australians for more information.
If you’ve been unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions and are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible to access financial support from the government . The support comes in the form of both loans and grants. It aims to help cover living costs and/or a flight back to Australia.