Travel between Australia and the United States

Exciting news, we’ve recently announced that flights between the United States and Australia will resume for eligible passengers from 30 October 2021, to arrive in Sydney on 1 November.

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: 25 October 2021

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Flight schedule

Our first flight (QF12) will be departing Los Angeles on 30 October 2021 to arrive in Sydney on 1 November, and we'll be operating flights between Sydney and Los Angeles up to four times per week.

Flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles will restart from 18 December 2021.

These flights are subject to Government and regulatory approvals.

Qantas travel requirements

All passengers on international flights operated by Qantas (aged 12 years and older) will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine and be provided a vaccination certificate issued by a verified source (some exemptions for medical reasons and children).  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. However you should always check the requirements of the country you're travelling to, as you'll need to comply with the most stringent requirements that may apply to your trip. In some circumstances, you may be asked to present proof of vaccination (or exemption).

Learn more about Qantas travel requirements.

Travel restrictions

Before booking and before departure, ensure you check the latest United StatesOpens 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 States

Leaving Australia

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

Arriving in the United States

Visit the Centers for Disease ControlOpens external site in a new window website for more information on travel requirements, including entry eligibility and completing the Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of AmericaOpens external site in a new window, vaccination requirements, COVID-19 testingOpens external site in a new window, wearing of face masksOpens external site in a new window, and quarantining on arrival.

Travelling to Australia

Leaving the United States

Visit the Centers for Disease ControlOpens external site website for information and restrictions on departing the United States.

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.
  • All passengers on international flights operated by Qantas (aged 12 years and older) will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine (unless they have an exemption).
  • 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.
  • Customers 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.

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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. 

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