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10 July 2020: The number of incoming international passengers will be restricted to ease pressure on state and territory quarantine facilities. Your flight into Australia may be affected. Contact your airline or travel agent for the latest updates.
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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The number of incoming international passengers will be restricted to ease pressure on state and territory quarantine facilities. Your flight into Australia may be affected. Contact your airline or travel agent for the latest updates.
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.
COVID-19 is present in the UK. 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. You should confirm which countries are exempt for your UK destination: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales (see 'Travel'). If you transit through a country which is not exempt, you may be required to self-isolate – check the UK guidance on transits before travelling. While restrictions across the UK are easing, you should stay up to date with the public health guidance. You must wear face coverings when using public transport in England and police have powers to enforce social distancing rules.
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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