Falling sick while travelling is never ideal but when it’s COVID-19 it can seriously disrupt travel plans.
Now that travel is opening up, Australians are once again able to head overseas to visit family during the holiday season. Although it’s not festive to think about, there are some risks that are greater at during the holiday season. We want to make sure you have a safe and successful trip.
On 15 December Australia’s Chief Medical Officer announced that Australia’s border measures introduced temporarily in response to the COVID-19 Omicron variant restricting travellers who have been in the 8 southern African countries have now ceased.
In line with these changes, the travel advisories for all 8 destinations have been reviewed and lowered to ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ due to the impacts of COVID-19 and disruptions to global travel.
We know many of you might be seeking to make travel insurance claims due to COVID-19 related disruptions. You’ve asked us for information about when we raised our travel advice levels for different destinations and globally. We've put together a list of the changes we made to move to level 3 ‘reconsider your need to travel’ or level 4 ‘do not travel’ as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following changes to international travel that came into effect on 1 November 2021, DFAT’s temporary COVID-19 registration portal is no longer open for new registrations. This temporary portal was established in the context of Australia’s COVID-19 border settings. We’ll still be providing consular support to Australians in difficulty overseas. That process of seeking consular assistance has reverted to pre-COVID settings.