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COVID 19: Travel FAQs

Read below for answers to some common questions about travel to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Financial assistance

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.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program is only available to people in Australia.  It doesn’t include Australians overseas.  Some vaccinations received overseas can be registered on the Australian Immunisation Register when you return home. You can find more information here.

Currently, you don't need a COVID vaccination to enter Australia.  But all arrivals into Australia must quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

Travelling to Australia

Presently, only Australian citizens, permanent residents or those in an exempt category may enter Australia.  Check the Department of Home Affairs' Coming to Australia page for more information, including details on exemptions to the ban.  You can also find out more about entry to Australia at Smartraveller: Re-entry and quarantine

Before you travel, you will need to:

  • Do a COVID test no more than 72 hours before check-in at your first point of departure
  • Complete an online Australia Travel Declaration
  • You might also need to complete documentation for the state or territory government in your first city of arrival. 

More questions? See FAQs for International Passengers (PDF 131.78 KB)


14 days quarantine in the first city of arrival is mandatory for all international passengers.  You do not need to arrange your quarantine in advance - it  is managed by state and territory governments.  Fees are payable.  See state and territory websites below for more details.

State and Territory Government quarantine requirements

State and territory governments have additional requirements for returning international travellers.  See below for the latest information.  

Leaving Australia

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Australian citizens and permanent resident cannot leave Australia unless they obtain an exemption. You can apply online but you must meet certain criteria.  More information is here.

National Plan to transition Australia's National COVID-19 Response

You can find out more about Australia's COVID-19 transition plan on the website of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.