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Travelling to Australia

Eligibility and requirements when coming to Australia.

Last updated: 26 April 2022 
This information is subject to change. Check government websites frequently for the latest travel updates.
 

Australia has reopened to visa holders welcoming the return of tourists, business travellers, and other visitors.

To be eligible to travel to Australia without seeking a travel exemption, you must meet the Australian Government RequirementsOpens external site below. You'll also need to check and comply with the conditions for the states or territories you're travelling to. Quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements are determined by State and Territory governments, and some jurisdictions may require you to have approval to enter.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you must apply for a travel exemptionOpens external site in a new window and follow the current border processes.

The Australian Government has removed their pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement for travellers entering Australia. You must still ensure you meet the requirements of any countries you transit through, as well as the airline you are travelling with.

Qantas vaccination requirements

All passengers on international flights operated by Qantas are required to be fully vaccinated (some exceptions for children and medical exemptions apply). In accordance with Australian Government guidelines, a traveller is not fully vaccinated unless at least 7 full calendar days have elapsed since the last dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation. Learn more about our vaccination requirements.

Customers with a COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption must submit your documentation to Qantas before your flight. We're not able to process exemptions at the airport on your day of departure. See more on applying for clearance to travel.

This requirement relates to flights operated by Qantas on a Qantas aircraft, including those booked via another airline or third-party travel arranger. If you're travelling on a Qantas codeshare flight which is operated by another airline on their aircraft, you'll need to contact them directly to understand and meet their requirements.

You should always check the vaccination requirements for the country you're travelling to, and comply with the most stringent requirements that apply to your trip.

You'll be required to present proof of vaccination at the airport. 

Australia entry requirements

Here’s what you need to do when preparing to travel to Australia.

1. Check if you're exempt from travel restrictions

Travellers are permitted to enter Australia without seeking an individual travel exemption if you are in an exempt categoryOpens external site in a new window, which includes:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident and their immediate family members;
  • A New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members;
  • Passengers transiting through Australia for under 72 hours;
  • A fully vaccinated visa holder (including Bridging, Visitor and any other visa types that allow travel to Australia).

Immediate family membersOpens external site in a new window will need to have their relationship confirmed before travel.

If you're a temporary visa holder who does not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated, you must apply for and be approved a travel exemptionOpens external site in a new window before you can enter Australia.

2. Have proof of vaccination

To meet Australia's definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposesOpens external site, all travellers aged 12 years and older must have completed a primary course of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine (some exceptions for children and medical reasons apply). This includes mixed doses, as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA.

At least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation for you to be considered fully vaccinated.

For more information, including vaccination exceptions and arrangements for children, see the Australian Government websiteOpens external site.

If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may be able to travel with us in some circumstances. See more information on applying for clearance to travel.
 

3. Complete a Digital Passenger Declaration

The Australian Government requires all passengers arriving into Australia to complete a Digital Passenger DeclarationOpens external site in a new window (DPD) before you travel, and will be asked to present proof at check-in. This is done via the free mobile app or online form. You can start a DPD seven days before your flight to Australia, but you must submit it before departure.

Before you start your declaration, have the below information ready:

  • flight number
  • valid passport
  • travel history (14 days before the flight)
  • destination and quarantine arrangements (if required)
  • COVID-19 vaccination record or acceptable evidence you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (if required).

Find out more on how to complete the Digital Passenger DeclarationOpens external site in a new window.

4. Check quarantine and other local requirements

In addition to the Australian Government requirements above, you'll also need to comply with entry requirements for the state or territory of your arrival, and any other state or territories that you plan to travel to. Depending on your destination and your vaccination status, you may require entry permits, COVID-19 testing on arrival, be subject to incoming passenger caps, or need to enter quarantine. See more information on state and territory arrival requirementsOpens external site in a new window.

Requirements for fully vaccinated international arrivals

Restrictions may change at short notice, so ensure you check the latest state and territory government websites below regularly. For more information, including restrictions and requirements for unvaccinated travellers, refer to the relevant jurisdiction for the latest travel advice.

State Entry requirements for international passengers (fully vaccinated) More information
ACT
  • Undergo COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing within 24 hours of arrival in Australia. PCR may also be used if a RAT is not available.
  • Travel directly to your home or accommodation and isolate until receiving a negative result.
ACT GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
NSW
  • Travel directly to your home or accommodation.
  • Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test as soon as practicable after your arrival, and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.
  • Don't visit any high-risk places for 7 days.
NSW GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
NT
  • There are no longer any entry restrictions on people arriving in the Northern Territory and no requirement for a border entry form.
NT GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
QLD

You are considered an international arrival if you have been in a place outside of Australia in the last 14 days immediately before your arrival in Queensland.

  • Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of your arrival in Queensland, and isolate until you receive a negative result.
QLD GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
SA International arrival means a person arriving in South Australia who has been in a location outside of Australia during the period of 7 days before that arrival. You must:
  • Undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival, and quarantine until a negative result.
SA GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
TAS
  • There are currently no entry restrictions in place for any travellers to Tasmania.
TAS GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
VIC
  • All international travellers are strongly recommended to undertake a rapid antigen test or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia.
  • You must undertake a PCR or a rapid antigen test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms within 7 days of arriving in Australia.
VIC GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
WA International travel into WA is now permitted for fully vaccinated travellers, with the following requirements: WA GovernmentOpens external site in a new window