Check your Commonwealth entry requirements
All international arrivals (including those arriving by sea) must observe Commonwealth entry requirements, including declaring vaccination status and completing a digital passenger declaration.
There are additional requirements for travellers arriving by sea. Visit Travellers arriving on a cruise ship below for more information.
When you arrive in Victoria
All international travellers (and international aircrew and maritime workers) arriving in Victoria, regardless of vaccination status:
- are strongly recommended to undertake a rapid antigen test or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia
- you are not required to self-quarantine whilst awaiting a result.
- must undertake a PCR or a rapid antigen test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms within 7 days of arriving in Australia
- must comply with all COVIDSafe settings in place, such as wearing masks when required
- may transit directly to another state or territory following arrival in Victoria
Travellers arriving on a cruise ship
International travellers arriving by sea have additional requirements before they enter Victoria:
- You must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure to Australia.
- You must take a PCR test on the day of departure if you have COVID-19 symptoms. You must isolate and not continue with your travel if positive.
- All cruise ship passengers aged above 12 years and 3 months must have at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or a valid medical exemption to enter Victoria.
- Passengers aged below 12 years and 3 months are not required to be vaccinated, but it is strongly recommended.
- Unvaccinated passengers, including children aged under 12 years and 3 months and people with a medical exemption must not number more than 5 per cent of the ship's passengers.
- You must wear a mask while embarking, disembarking, or indoors where you cannot physically distance (except in your cabin).
- You must take a rapid antigen test and receive a negative result:
- before any shore excursions or final disembarkation
- if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
- if there is an increased number of COVID-19 cases onboard
- during an onshore excursion where you are visiting remote or vulnerable communities.
- If taking a PCR test or a rapid antigen test, symptomatic passengers must quarantine until they receive a negative result.
- If you tested positive to COVID-19, you must:
- report your result to the cruise ship operator. You must also report your positive rapid antigen test result to the Victorian Department of Health and may use this to do so.
- isolate for 7 days from the date you took the test
- leave isolation on day 7 if you don't have any COVID-19 symptoms
- if you still have symptoms, you must continue to isolate until you are symptom-free for 24 hours
- you are not required to get tested to be released from isolation.
- If you are a close contact, you must:
- quarantine for 7 days
- get tested (PCR or rapid antigen test) on day 1 and day 6 of your quarantine
- leave quarantine on day 7 if your day 6 test result is negative. If positive, you must isolate for 7 days.
Note: you are a close contact if you share a cabin with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact by the cruise ship operator.
- You can leave your quarantine or isolation to get medical care, collect medical supplies, in an emergency, or if you are required by law.
- If your stay on the cruise ship ends before you complete isolation, you must travel immediately and directly to your private accommodation or hotel and continue to isolate for 7 days from the date of getting tested.
- After arriving in Victoria, follow the same rules under ‘When you arrive in Victoria’.
- If you have travelled on a cruise ship for more than 5 days, you should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and take a rapid antigen test within 3 to 5 days after disembarking.
Frequently asked questions
You can ask a recognised vaccination provider to add your vaccination record on AIR if:
- Your vaccine is approved for use or recognised in Australia.
- You received it on or after 1 October 2020.
- Your vaccination record is in English or accompanied by a certified translation.
If you choose to travel overseas, it is your responsibility to obtain information from your airline about the screening requirements for COVID-19 in your destination country.
You must obtain the appropriate documentation for entry into that country prior to your departure.
If you require a pre-departure COVID-19 test, arrange it through your GP, travel doctor or the service provider recommended by your airline.
Yes. You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an airport terminal.
A face mask must be worn while on your flight into Australia, unless an exception applies.
Reviewed 04 May 2022