Travel restrictions and exemptions

Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.

Travel restrictions are subject to change in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. You can stay informed with the latest updates by checking this page regularly:

What do I need to do before travel to Australia?

Before you travel to Australia, you must complete the Australia Travel Declaration.

Pre-departure COVID-19 test

A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.

Masks must be worn on all international flights, including in airports. There are some exemptions to pre-departure testing requirements. More information can be found at the Department of Health website.

Additional requirements

You may also require:

  • a valid visa to enter Australia
  • an  exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions
  • authority to enter Australian states and territories

Some of these documents must be presented at the airport when you check-in and when you arrive in Australia.


Unless arriving to Australia on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand , travellers to Australia (including Australian citizens) must:

  • quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility in their port of arrival
  • complete all relevant declarations and forms so we can arrange quarantine; and
  • undertake contact tracing, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.

For more information, see Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. To find out more about quarantine requirements, contact the relevant state or territory government health department.

Returning Australians

If you are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who has been trying to return to Australia and have been unable to do so, you can register your details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT):

DFAT cannot guarantee you a flight home, but they will assess your personal circumstances and eligibility for a government-facilitated commercial flight.

Leaving Australia

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption.

Temporary visa holders in Australia can depart Australia at any time, however, they will generally not be permitted to return to Australia.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Australia, including state and territory border restrictions, business closures and social distancing requirements, international visitors are encouraged to return home when it is possible to do so.

Please check latest updates here:

If you need assistance with travel exemption application, please book your appointment with AUS VISA SOLUTIONS.