Travel Exemption to enter Australia during COVID-19
If you meet the following conditions, you are automatically eligible for a travel exemption to enter Australia and may do so at any time.
- You must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
- You are a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia
- You are an individual hired via the government’s Seasonal Worker Program or the Pacific Labour Scheme
- You are a diplomat who has been accredited to Australia
- The person holding a Subclass 188 – Business Innovation and Investment visa
- If you are an airline crew, a maritime crew including marine pilots
If you meet the following criteria, the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force and decision-makers can grant you an individual exemption to enter Australia:
- You are invited by the Australian government or a state or territory government authority to assist in the COVID-19 response.
- You are capable of providing critical and specialist medical services
- You have critical skills or you are being sponsored by your employer to work in priority migration skill occupations
- You are a student of medical, dental or allied health professionals during your final two years with confirmed placement at Australian Hospital or medical practice starting in two months
Requirements for Entering Australia
To protect the welfare of the Australian people, Australia has implemented strict border controls and requires an exemption to travel to Australia. There are currently very few flights to and from Australia, so you might not be able to fly at this time. Travel restrictions can alter at any time. If you are not in an exempt category or have been given an individual exemption, you are not permitted to enter Australia. If you are not excluded from Australia’s exemption to travel, you may apply for an individual exemption to enter Australia.
There are additional requirements that need to be followed, some of them are
For all individual travelling to or transiting Australia, it is mandatory to have a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Except for a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, you must provide your airline with proof of a negativity test COVID-19 PCR, which is taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure.
Masks are mandatory in all international flights including airports. For more information, you can visit the Department of Health Website. For children under the age of 12 years, masks are not required and people with an official medical certificate indicating that the passenger cannot wear a mask.
Unless you arrived in Australia on a Quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, all individuals including Australian citizen and residents must:
- You may have to pay for the quarantine cost
- Agree to contact tracing, if there is a possible COVID-19 test
- Quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival at a designated facility
- For the smooth arrangement of quarantine procedure, it is required to feel up all relevant forms and declarations
More information can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international Travellers.
An Australian travel declaration form must be completed 72 hours before your departure for Australia. The form contains information’s related to your contact details, quarantine requirements and your health status. You may not be able to board your flight if the travel declaration form is not completed. The travel declaration form is mandatory for the following travellers:
- Transiting passengers
- Travellers with individual exemptions
- Travellers exempt from travel restrictions
- Permanent residents and Australian Citizens
The following travellers do not need to complete the travel declaration form:
- Flight crews
- Foreign Diplomats
- People who are arriving in Australia by sea
- People who are travelling on a military flight
Returning Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
You can register your details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) if you are an Australian or Australian permanent resident who has tried and has not been able to return home. While DFAT cannot guarantee you flight home, they will assess your personal situation and eligibility for a commercial flight that will be facilitated by the Government.
Arrival in Australia
Green and red zones are established at Australian airports to ensure the separation of passengers who need quarantine upon arrival.
If you fly on a quarantine-free flight, you will be led through the green zone in the airport of arrival in Australia to complete all border clearance procedures.
The Department of Health has more guidelines for travellers arriving in the green and red travel zones.