Travel between Australia and the United Kingdom

Exciting news, we’ve recently announced that flights between Australia and the United Kingdom will resume from 1 November 2021 for eligible customers.

To travel on these flights, you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or hold an approved visa, plus be fully vaccinated and you may need an approved COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test.

Last updated: 15 October 2021

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Travel restrictions

Before booking and before departure, ensure you check the latest United KingdomOpens external site in a new window and AustralianOpens external site in a new window government conditions for travel, including any applicable Australian State Government restrictions and requirements, which may include mandatory travel and health declarations, vaccinations, use of face masks, and immigration and entry requirements (which may include renewing your passport, or applying for a visa), or you could be denied entry.

Travelling to the United Kingdom

Leaving Australia

Ensure you check the latest Australian government travel requirementsOpens external site in a new window for information and restrictions on departing Australia, including:

  • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or hold an approved visa.
  • When travelling on a Qantas international flight, you will be required to be fully vaccinated at the time of travel with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine (some exemptions for medical reasons and children).
  • You must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test result, taken no more than 72 hours of your scheduled departure time. Specific test requirements apply and you may be charged a fee.

Arriving in the United Kingdom

Failure to comply with the following measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Visit gov.uk/uk-border-controlOpens external site in a new window for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the United Kingdom. This information is subject to change and we recommend you check the UK GovernmentOpens external site in a new window website regularly for any updates.

This information is subject to change and we recommend you check the website regularly for any updates.

Essential information to enter England from overseas

Fill in your Passenger Locator FormOpens external site up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your passenger locator form.

Before departure check the list of red countriesOpens external site, as the list can change regularly.

Red list passengers (including passengers who are fully vaccinated)

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK.
  2. Book a managed quarantine packageOpens external site
  3. Complete a passenger locator formOpens external site

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port and quarantine in a government approved hotelOpens external site for 10 days.

Unvaccinated passengers or passengers vaccinated with unauthorised vaccines

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK
  2. Book tests for day 2 and 8Opens external site
  3. Complete a passenger locator formOpens external site
  4. Make plans to self-quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

Fully vaccinated passengers

  1. Book a test for day 2Opens external site
  2. Complete a passenger locator formOpens external site
  3. Have evidence of your vaccination status with you during travel

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you are staying.

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

Other requirements may apply; visit gov.uk/uk-border-controlOpens external site for detailed public health advice and requirements, which may also include renewing your passport or applying for a visa.

Travelling to Australia

Leaving the United Kingdom

Ensure you check the United Kingdom GovernmentOpens external site requirements for information and restrictions on departing the United Kingdom.

Arriving in Australia

To be eligible to travel to Australia must meet the Australian Government requirementsOpens external site in a new window.

  • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or hold an approved visa.
  • You must be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.
  • You must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test result, taken no more than 72 hours of your scheduled departure time. Specific test requirements apply and you may be charged a fee.
  • At least 72 hours before departure, complete the online Australian Travel DeclarationOpens external site in a new window.
  • You must have arranged your quarantine stay.

Before you travel, remember to also check for:

Travel within Australia

If you're transiting from another state to connect to these flights, before booking and before departure, check the latest Australian state and territory travel restrictions or you could be denied entry. 

Qantas travel requirements

All passengers aged 12 years and older on Qantas' international flights will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine (some exemptions for medical reasons and children). You may be required to carry and show proof of vaccination (or exemption).

We'll provide further information on travel requirements and exemptions as it becomes available.

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Fly Flexible

Peace of mind means changing your travel dates as often as you need, fee-free. Or simply put into credit for when you are ready to rebook. A fare difference may apply, terms and conditions apply.

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Inflight and airport services

Find out about any changes to your airport and inflight experience.

See inflight and airport services for more information.