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.
News and updates
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.
Germany has lifted entry restrictions from a small number of third countries with low rates of COVID-19. If you're arriving from a high risk country you'll be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and may be required to quarantine for 14 days. If you’re transiting Germany, make sure the country you're travelling from is in the list of countries without travel restrictions (see ‘Travel’). If you’re staying in Germany, make sure you wear a face mask in public areas, including in shops, public transport and maintain social distance. Follow the advice of local authorities and the Australian Embassy in Germany's social media for major updates.
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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