Advice for returning to Australia
From 22 January 2021, if you’re travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline when checking in for your flight at the departure point (exemptions apply).
- You must be tested 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure.
- If you or a primary close contact of your travelling group tests positive, you won’t be allowed to travel to Australia.
- Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports.
Frequently asked questions on these new measures, including further information on exemptions and exempt countries, can be found on the Department of Health website.
Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia must still complete mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in your port of arrival.
If you’re scheduled to fly home to Australia in the coming weeks, confirm your itinerary and travel plans with your airline or travel agent. If you’re transiting through a third country, you should also check on any local requirements at your transit destination and confirm with your airline any specific requirements for onward travel.
For more information on COVID-19 measures before you depart for Australia and on return to Australia, see our COVID-19: Returning to Australia page.
If you require emergency consular assistance contact your nearest Australian embassy, high commission or consulate or contact the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers (Department of Health)
- Frequently asked questions – international airlines operating to Australia (Department of Health)
- Coming to Australia Department of Home Affairs