Travel advice in challenging times
Providing Australians with the latest information and advice to stay safe overseas
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5 June 2020: All overseas travel is currently banned, with few exceptions. If you’re overseas and want to return, we continue to urge you to do so as soon as possible while flights are available. If you can't leave or prefer to stay where you are, make plans for an extended stay.
When you arrive in Australia from overseas, you must complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine in designated facilities in the city you arrive in. You won’t be allowed to travel domestically (including to your home) until you’ve completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine. If you’re not an Australia citizen or resident, you cannot enter Australia at this time. Find out more about these entry restrictions from the Department of Home Affairs.
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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Advice for Australians overseas on returning home, staying in country, and travel between other countries.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Australia’s embassies, high commissions and consulates have had to adjust to local regulations on social distancing and self-isolation. Our ability to provide consular services may be limited due to restrictions on our movement.
The Pacific cyclone season is usually between October and May. During this period, even small tropical storms can develop into major cyclones. Their direction and strength can change with little warning. Cyclones lead to landslides, mudslides and flash flooding causing extreme damage to infrastructure. This can cut off communications and access to transportation, emergency assistance, medical care, and food and water.
If you're an Australian citizen or long-term resident, you can now enter the Netherlands. Australia is included on a list of countries the Netherlands defines as 'low risk' for COVID-19. This could change at short notice. See Travel for more information. If you're coming from Sweden or the UK, the Dutch Government is advising that you self-isolate for 14 days. Check with local authorities and your airline for the latest details.
Thinking of travelling interstate? Smartraveller doesn’t provide advice on domestic travel in Australia. Check the state border controls before you leave.
If you're overseas and need medical care, you may face unexpected challenges. Read our advice on what to do if you get unwell while overseas.
You may need to get a visa to enter a foreign country. For some countries you must apply in advance. In other countries you can apply on arrival.
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