Travel advice in challenging times
Providing Australians with the latest information and advice to stay safe overseas
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As part of our continuing effort to help Australians overseas return, we've arranged commercial flights from additional locations overseas.
Returning to Australia from overseas is still challenging due to the limits on passenger arrival numbers. We are working hard to get as many Australians home as possible. If you're overseas and trying to return home, you may be eligible for assistance.
Do you need a document legalised, or a Certificate of No Impediment for your upcoming marriage? The Australian Government can provide some notarial services.
The Australian Government provides consular services for Australians overseas. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working hard to provide advice and assistance to Australians in need. In some places our ability to provide consular services may be limited.
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If you’re travelling to Australia you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline, taken 72 hours or less prior to departure. The COVID-19 (PCR) testing measures will apply for all departures on or after 22 January 2021.
If you’re overseas and planning to travel to, from or via the United Kingdom over the holiday period, be prepared for disruptions. Many countries have closed their borders to the United Kingdom, due to the new COVID-19 strain.
From 18 January 2021, you must show a negative COVID-19 test result before departure for the United Kingdom and self-isolate for ten days after arrival. The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure and applies to all travellers to the UK, regardless of nationality or residency status. A national lockdown remains in place across the UK. Non-essential retail, gyms and personal care services are closed. Restaurants, pubs and bars also remain closed. Other restrictions are in place. Check with authorities for details (see 'Travel').
When you arrive in Australia from overseas, you must complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine in designated facilities in the city you arrive in – unless you have an exemption from Home Affairs.
Thinking of travelling interstate? Smartraveller doesn’t provide advice on domestic travel in Australia. Check the state border controls before you leave.
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