Travelling to Australia

Eligibility and requirements when coming to Australia.

Last updated: 23 January 2022 
This information is subject to change. Check government websites frequently for the latest travel updates.

Australia's borders are strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are in an exempt category, or you have been granted an individual exemption.

In addition to meeting Australian Government requirements, 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.

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

To be eligible to travel to Australia without seeking a travel exemption, you must meet the Australian Government RequirementsOpens external site below.

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.

1. Check if you're exempt from travel restrictions

Fully vaccinated travellers are permitted to enter Australia if you are:

You must meet all other entry requirements for Australia, including immigration, customs and biosecurity clearance.

2. Have proof of vaccination

Australia requires all travellers aged 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated to enter Australia (some exceptions for children and medical reasons apply). You're considered to be fully vaccinated if you've completed a course of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine. 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. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test

When travelling to Australia, you must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 testOpens external site. Your test may be:

  • A nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), such as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test, taken no more than 3 days prior to your flight's departure (extensions and exemptions for some countries apply); or
  • A rapid antigen test (RAT) administered by or under the supervision of a medical professional (such as a pharmacist, general practitioner, nurse, pathology collector or trained personnel at a COVID-19 testing clinic), taken within the 24 hours before your flight's scheduled departure time.

You must provide approved test result documentationOpens external site in a new window which meets the mandatory requirements when you check in for your flight.

If your flight is delayed, you'll still be considered to have met the pre-departure testing requirements and will not need a new test. However, if your flight is re-scheduled or cancelled, you'll need to take a new COVID-19 test within the appropriate time frame before the rescheduled or newly booked flight.

If you previously have had COVID-19 and recovered, your test may continue to show a positive result (otherwise known as persistent shedding). You will still be eligible to travel to Australia if you have a medical certificate that meets the government's exemption requirementsOpens external site, and you'll need to apply for medical clearance with us.

Extensions and exemptions: In some countries, PCR testing is difficult to access and can take a couple of days to be returned. If you're travelling from one of the approved list of countriesOpens external site (such as Fiji), the timeframe for your PCR test is extended to 96 hours. Some countries are also exempt from pre-departure testing.

See the Department of HealthOpens external site for more information on testing requirements and exemptions.

4. Complete an Australia Travel Declaration

Everyone must complete the Australia Travel Declaration (ATD)Opens external site at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. The ATD collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status.

You'll also be required to upload your vaccination certificate and provide you last 14 days travel history. Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information.

5. 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. This may include entry permits, mandatory quarantine and post-arrival testing. 

If you wish to travel to another state or territory and you have been in any other country for the prior 14 days, you may not be allowed to enter, or may be subject to a mandatory quarantine period.

If you have only been in Australia for the last 14 days, and travelling on a domestic flight, see information on Australian Domestic travel requirements.

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.

State Entry requirements for international passengers (fully vaccinated) More information
ACT ACT GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
  • 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.
  • Take a second COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test on or after day 6.
  • Don't visit any high-risk places for 7 days.
NSW GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
NT NT GovernmentOpens external site in a new window

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.

QLD GovernmentOpens external site in a new window

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:

  • Have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test received in the 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival, and quarantine until a negative result.
  • Not enter high-risk settings for 7 days after arrival.

Note: If you arrived from overseas in NSW or VIC and stayed for 3 days before travelling to SA, you'll not be required to quarantine in SA if you're fully vaccinated.

SA GovernmentOpens external site in a new window
  • Check the list of extreme-risk areasOpens external site in a new window to understand the requirements that apply to you, based on your travel history in the 14 days prior to your arrival.
    • If you've been in an extreme-risk area, you must apply for approval to enter. If approved, you must return a negative COVID-19 before departing for Tasmania, quarantine for up to 7 days, have a COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test on days 1 and 5 after arrival in Tasmania, and comply with any other conditionsOpens external site in a new window that may apply.
TAS GovernmentOpens external site in a new window

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

If you are entering VIC from another Australian state or territory, you must comply with all the remaining requirements that are applicable relative to the time you arrived in Australia.

VIC GovernmentOpens external site in a new window

Arrivals on/before 4 February 2022:

  • You will not be permitted to enter WA within 14 days of arriving in Australia unless you are an approved travellerOpens external site who meets the relevant conditions of entry.
  • You will also require a G2G PASSOpens external site declaration to enter WA.
  • If you are approved to enter WA, you will be required to complete 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine at a government-approved facility at your own expense.

Arrivals from 5 February 2022:

WA's Safe Transition Plan has been updated, with a new hard border being introduced from 5 February 2022. International travel into WA will be permitted for approved travellers onlyOpens external site in a new window, with the following requirements:

  • Meet the Commonwealth requirements to enter Australia under the arrivals cap
  • Undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine including, seven days in hotel quarantine and seven days of self-quarantine at suitable premises, if eligible
  • PCR testing on days one, six, nine and 12, and household members will also be required to do a PCR test on the traveller’s day 12;
  • Subject to mandatory use of G2G Now and in-person checks by WA Police as required
  • International travel indirectly into WA via another state or territory will be subject to the same entry and quarantine requirements as domestic travellers.
WA GovernmentOpens external site in a new window