Australia

Borders are closed. There are few exceptions, however. 

Transit through Australia to New Zealand for more than 72 hours is not allowed. 

It’s possible to travel between New Zealand and Australia without a travel exemption, if:

  • you have been in New Zealand or Australia for 14 days or more prior to travel; and
  • you are travelling by air.

In all other cases use this Portal to request an exemption from international travel restrictions on arrivals to or departures from Australia due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

These passengers are allowed to enter:

  • citizens and permanent residents of Australia and their immediate members of the family with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 7 days before departure;
  • citizens of New Zealand residing in Australia and their immediate family members;
  • passengers who have been in Australia or New Zealand in the past 14 days;
  • holders of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 7 days before departure and a visa issued by Australia listed here and their accompanying minors younger than 12 years. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (Covishield), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (for ages 18-60 years only), Sputnik V and Sinovac;
  • from 15 December 2021, citizens of Japan, Korea (Rep.) and Singapore younger than 18 and older than 11 years arriving directly from their country of nationality and traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
  • citizens of Japan, Korea (Rep.) and Singapore arriving directly from their country of nationality with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 7 days before departure. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (Covishield), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP) (for ages 18-60 years only), Sputnik V and Sinovac;
  • holders of a Special Purpose Visa;
  • holders of a visa issued by Australia listed here and a medical certificate in English of contraindication showing that they can’t be vaccinated. More information can be found here.

Passengers (and unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children between the age of 12-17 years, accompanied with them), traveling above the passenger caps, must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 7 days before departure. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (Covishield), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP) (for ages 18-60 years only), Sputnik V and Sinovac.
Passengers younger than 12 years are considered to be fully vaccinated for travel purposes. Quarantine arrangements can be found here.

Nationals of Australia, permanent residents of Australia and 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 are subject to supervised quarantine for 14 days in line with state and territory requirements irrespective of their vaccination status. The nature of quarantine required in each state or territory will impact whether passengers will need to travel within caps.

Passengers must present a “Travel Declaration” form at time of check-in.

Arriving people could be subject to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry. Details can be found on the website

Passengers transiting through Australia for 8 to 72 hours are quarantined until their departure, except for holders of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated.

 

People entering or transiting through Australia must have:

  • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, LAMP, PCR, RT-PCR or TMA test result of a test taken not more than 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
  • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
 

This rule doesn’t apply to:

  • children under 4;
  • people arriving from Kiribati, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu;
  • people arriving from Belize, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste or Wallis and Futuna Islands;
  • holders of a positive COVID-19 NAAT, LAMP, PCR, RT-PCR or TMA test taken at least 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 30 days before departure from the first embarkation point.
 

People entering or transiting through Australia from Belize, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste or Wallis and Futuna Islands must have:

  • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, LAMP, PCR, RT-PCR or TMA test taken not more than 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
  • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

This rule doesn’t apply to:

  • children under 4;
  • holders of a positive COVID-19 NAAT, LAMP, PCR, RT-PCR or TMA test taken at least 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 30 days before departure from the first embarkation point showing that they are not contagious.
 

More information can be found here

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