Travel advice in challenging times
Providing Australians with the latest information and advice to stay safe overseas
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Read our advice on COVID-19, including for Australians trying to get home, arriving in Australia, leaving Australia and staying overseas.
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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There are limits on the number of incoming international passengers into Australia. Contact your airline or travel agent for the latest updates.
If you’re already overseas and travelling to a European country that is part of the Schengen Area, make sure you check the entry conditions before you go. Each country has its own entry requirements.
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 movements.
If you’re in the UK and your visa expired between 24 January and 31 July 2020, you’ll now be given an extra month's grace (until 31 August) to leave the UK. The grace period also applies if your visa is expiring in August. Don’t assume any further extensions or grace periods will be granted. If you travel to the UK you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days, unless you've spent the past 14 days in countries listed as exempt from self-isolation. Transit restrictions may also apply (see 'Travel'). Stay up to date with public health guidance. Police have powers to enforce social distancing rules. Follow the advice of local authorities.
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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