Who can enter Australia from overseas?
You cannot enter Australia unless you are:
- an Australian citizen
- a permanent resident of Australia
- a New Zealand citizen usually residing in Australia
- an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
If you are currently overseas, in one of these categories and wish to return to Australia, you should do so as soon as possible.
New Zealand travel update
If you have arrived in Victoria from New Zealand between 14 January 2021 and 25 January 2021, you should get tested within 72 hours of your arrival into Victoria (or as soon as possible if you arrived more than 3 days ago) and isolate until you get a negative result.
This is a precautionary approach in response to the discovery of community exposure in New Zealand.
The Australian Government has also suspended the current ‘travel bubble’ arrangements between New Zealand and Australia for 72 hours, commencing 4:30pm Monday 25 January 2021.
This means that travellers coming from New Zealand into Victoria in the next 72 hours will enter mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days. If you plan to travel to Victoria from New Zealand over the coming days, you are strongly encouraged to reconsider.
The Department of Health and Human Services will contact individuals who have entered Victoria from New Zealand since January 14 to inform them about isolating, getting tested, and staying isolated until they receive a negative test result.
The Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the situation in New Zealand over the next 72 hours and will provide further updates.
Cap on international arrivals
On 10 July 2020, National Cabinet agreed that all international passenger flight arrivals will be coordinated by the Commonwealth Government. This means, the number of arrivals at each international airport will be subject to caps agreed upon between federal and all state and territory governments.
As part of this national coordinated approach, all international passenger flights into Victoria have been cancelled until 7 December 2020.
Please contact your airline or travel agent with whom you made your booking for advice on the best option for re-booking your flight back to Australia and booking travel within Australia.
I'm planning an overseas trip. Should I cancel?
Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are restricted from travelling overseas at the moment.
I need to travel overseas. Do I need a pre-departure coronavirus (COVID-19) test?
If you choose to travel overseas, it is your responsibility to obtain information from your airline about the screening requirements for coronavirus (COVID-19) in your destination country.
You must obtain the appropriate documentation for entry into that country prior to your departure.
Please arrange a pre-departure coronavirus (COVID-19) test and proof of the results through your GP, travel doctor or the service provider recommended by your airline.
Advice to travellers:
- Check in advance with the airline about the coronavirus (COVID-19) screening requirements for your destination.
- Check with the consulate of your destination country to understand any coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues and the documentation you need for entry.
- The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will not provide you with the documentation for international travel in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.
What arrangements apply to cruise ships?
If I can’t find a flight back to Australia, who should I speak to?
If you’re trying to get home, and can still book commercial flights, do so as soon as possible.
If you can't leave or prefer to stay where you are, make plans to remain for an extended period. Ensure you have a safe place to stay, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe.
Our network of embassies and consular posts around the world will provide you with up to date local advice and support throughout this difficult period.
Do I need to wear a face mask at the airport?
Yes. From 11:59pm 18 December 2020 you must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an airport terminal. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask while on your flight.
What if I’m from overseas and I’m not eligible for Medicare?
Overseas travellers who fall ill in Australia (and are not eligible for Medicare) often have health or travel insurance.
For those who do not have adequate insurance coverage, Victorian hospitals will waive the costs of treatment. This includes waiving payment and debt recovery procedures for ambulance transfers of people in mandatory quarantine accommodation who are suspected to have coronavirus (COVID-19), who are taken to Victorian hospitals for assessment.
These arrangements have been put in place to ensure payment issues are not a barrier for people from overseas with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms seeking early medical advice.
Reviewed 25 January 2021