There's a ban on overseas travel from Australia. You can’t leave Australia unless you get an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs.
- See Leaving Australia (Home Affairs) for information about the ban and applying for an exemption
- See our general advice page on leaving Australia
If you’re overseas and wish to return to Australia, be prepared for delays and disruptions due to travel restrictions, closed transit hubs and limits on the number of arrivals allowed into Australia.
- See our general advice page for those trying to get home
- Read more about financial assistance for those trying to return from overseas
- Register with DFAT if you're currently overseas and wish to return home but haven't been able to
When you arrive in Australia you must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities in your port of arrival, unless you have an exemption. At this time, vaccination against COVID-19 does not change this quarantine requirement. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine.
- COVID-19 and the border (Department of Home Affairs)
- New Zealand safe travel zone (Department of Home Affairs)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for travellers (Department of Health)
- States and territories COVID-19 information (Australia.gov.au)
- See our general advice page on returning home
If you're staying overseas, make plans to remain for an extended period. Read and subscribe to our news and travel advice, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- See our general advice page for those staying overseas
Need urgent consular help overseas?
If your situation becomes life-threatening, or you have very serious concerns for your welfare, contact the nearest embassy or high commission or call the Consular Emergency Centre in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.
Travel advice level changes
See a list of the changes we made to the travel advice levels for individual destinations and globally as a result of COVID-19. This may help those seeking to make travel insurance claims.
- Urgent consular help
- COVID-19: Overseas financial assistance
- Applying for an exemption to the ban on leaving Australia
- Our embassies, high commissions and consulates overseas
- States and territories COVID-19 information
- Subscribe for Smartraveller updates
- Travel advice explained - includes information on the difference between our travel advice and the travel bans
Australia has strict border measures in place to protect the health of the Australian community.
Advice for Australians overseas who are trying to return home to Australia.