Travel from New Zealand to Australia

Travelling has changed, and you may need to do a little more planning and preparation before take-off. Ensure you check and comply with all airline and government travel requirements before arriving at the airport.
 

Last updated: 30 November 2021
 

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New Zealand safe travel zone

One way quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia has recommenced from 1 November 2021. More information is available from the Australian Government websiteOpens external site

Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand remains suspended. 

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Many countries are taking precautionary steps in relation to the new COVID-19 variant of concern (Omicron). See Travel Updates for more information.

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Qantas vaccination requirements

All passengers on international flights operated by Qantas are required to be fully vaccinated, unless they are under 12 years old, between 12 and 17 years old and travelling to Australia with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians, or have a medical exemption. 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 their documentation to Qantas at least 7 days 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. 

Travel requirements

Before booking and before departure, ensure you check the latest New ZealandOpens external site in a new window and AustralianOpens external site 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. This information is subject to change and we recommend you check these websites frequently for any updates.

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From 1 November 2021, one way quarantine-free travel will recommence for eligible passengers travelling from New Zealand to Australian states and territories that are ready. Passengers who do not meet the eligibility requirements must continue to follow the current border processesOpens external site.

Leaving New Zealand

Ensure you check the New Zealand GovernmentOpens external site in a new window requirements for information and restrictions on departing New Zealand.

Coming to Australia

To be eligible to fly to Australia, you must meet the Australian Government RequirementsOpens external site:

  • 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; OR be travelling from New Zealand to Australia, and have only been in either Australia or New Zealand for the 14 days prior to your flight. 
  • Travellers who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Malawi in the prior 14 days are not permitted to enter Australia, unless you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or their immediate family. This includes travellers with a travel exemption or seeking to enter under a Safe Travel Zone arrangement.
  • From 15 December 2021, eligible visa holdersOpens external site in a new window (including students and skilled workers) who are fully vaccinated will also be eligible to enter Australia without first applying for a travel exemption.
  • You need to have been fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine and provided with a vaccination certificate issued by a verified source. In accordance with Australian Government guidelines, a traveller is not fully vaccinated unless at least seven full calendar days have elapsed since the last dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation.
  • Meet all other entry requirements for Australia, including immigration, customs and biosecurity clearance.
  • If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you must continue to follow the current border processesOpens external site when coming to Australia.

Before departure you need to:

  • Have evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test result, taken no more than 3 days ahead of your scheduled departure time (you may consider getting your test 2 days before departure to allow for any potential flight delays, as long as you can ensure your testing provider can deliver the results in time). Specific test requirements apply and you may be charged a fee.
  • Have valid evidence of your vaccination status (or exemption). You will need approved documentation for travel - see more about International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates.
  • Complete the Australian Travel DeclarationOpens external site, either online or through the app, at least 72 hours before departure. You are legally required to provide your travel history for the prior 14 days, contact details while in Australia, your vaccination status, and a declaration that you are aware of the quarantine and testing requirements that apply in the State or Territory you are landing in. Penalties apply for non-compliance and/or for providing false or misleading information.
  • Immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents must obtain a travel exemptionOpens external site to confirm their relationship.

State government requirements:

  • If you have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Malawi in the prior 14 days, you must enter supervised hotel quarantine (at your own expense) for 14 days, irrespective of vaccination status. You should refer to the state or territory you're travelling to for information on managed quarantine.
  • From 28 November 2021, all other international arrivals into New South Wales and Victoria must self-isolate at their place of residence or accommodation for at least 72 hours, pending further health advice; complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival; and take a second COVID-19 test between the fifth and seventh day of arrival as required by the State or Territory you're travelling to.
  • In other states, 14 days of managed quarantine and traveller cap arrangements may be in place. 
  • Ensure you check the latest Australian State and Territory government restrictionsOpens external site before you travel, including states you wish to transit to, or you could be denied entry.

Applying for clearance to travel

If you return a positive pre-departure COVID-19 test result, you may still be able to travel with us in some circumstances.

If you've previously had a COVID-19 infection, you can apply for a medical clearance based on a past positive infection, provided you're no longer infectious and don’t have any symptoms.

We're not able to process any COVID-19 medical clearances at the airport on your day of departure, therefore you'll need to ensure you submit your request at least seven days in advance. Otherwise you may not be able to board your flight.

See more information on COVID-19 past positive medical clearance.

Keep up to date with the latest requirements

It’s important to continue to check the relevant government websites for the latest travel requirements, as these may change closer to your departure date and more information may become available.  

 

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