The Minister for Health and Aged Care has announced that from 11 March 2023, you'll no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test when returning to Australia from China, Hong Kong or Macau.
The Australian Government has been monitoring the situation in China and reviewing data as it becomes available. Reports show that COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths peaked in late December 2022/early January 2023.
COVID-19 is still a global health risk. There are a few simple steps you can take to protect the health of you and your loved ones:
- Read our COVID-19 global health advisory.
- Check your vaccinations are current, including for COVID-19 and the flu.
- Get travel insurance and read the fine print. Make sure it provides cover for COVID-19.
- Research the health care available in your destinations. Be prepared for health facilities to be under strain.
- Practice physical distancing where possible. Be mindful that crowded indoor spaces have poor ventilation; wear a mask if possible.
Rules and restrictions to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks can change at short notice. Read the travel advice for your destination and subscribe to receive the latest updates.
Understand what the Australian Government can and can't do if you get sick overseas. Read the Consular Services Charter to understand how we can and can't help.