Update to new measures for return to Australia
Following the decision by National Cabinet (8 January 2021) and announcement from the Prime Minister, 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.
- This applies to all travellers five years of age or older departing on flights on or after 22 January 2021.
- You must be tested 72 hours or less prior to departure and present a negative result when checking in prior to boarding your flight.
- If you transit through a third country on your return journey to Australia, you should check on any local requirements at your transit destination and follow the advice of local authorities on social distancing and mask wearing while in transit.
- If you or a member of your travelling group tests positive, you won’t be allowed to travel to Australia.
- Exemptions to the COVID-19 (PCR) testing requirements will only be applied in extenuating circumstances such as where there is no access to testing.
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.
Some airlines may already have pre-flight testing in place. You should contact your airline on the requirements for your specific flight. Local authorities may have additional requirements in place for departures.
Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports.
Frequently asked questions on these new measures can be found here:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers (Department of Health)
- Frequently asked questions – international passengers (Department of Health)
- Frequently asked questions – international airlines operating to Australia (Department of Health)
International arrival caps will be reduced from 15 January 2021. This will be reviewed by 15 February 2021. This could affect your flight into Australia. 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 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) health alert (Department of Health)
- Statement on safe air travel – enhancing end-to-end mitigations – international. Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Australia.gov.au
- Coming to Australia Department of Home Affairs