This page has information for Australians and permanent residents in Australia who want to go overseas. Read on to find information about:
- Overseas travel restrictions
- Destinations not requiring an exemption
- Things to consider before planning to travel
For information about travel zones with reduced restrictions, see our page on travel zones.
Overseas travel restrictions
There’s a ban on overseas travel from Australia. If you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you can’t leave Australia unless
- you’re fully vaccinated, or unable to be vaccinated due to age or medical exemption
- you get an exemption to travel or
- you’re travelling to a destination that’s exempt from the ban.
Foreign citizens are able to depart Australia at any time.
Vaccination and leaving Australia
If you’re fully vaccinated, from November 1 you’ll be able to travel overseas without an exemption. You’ll need to provide evidence of your vaccination status when you check-in at the airport.
You’ll be treated the same as a vaccinated person for the purpose of border arrangements if you
- aren’t eligible for vaccination (such as those under 12 years of age), or
- can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons
You’ll need to provide evidence showing you’re unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a medical condition.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you need to apply for an exemption to leave Australia.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. Being allowed to exit Australia won’t guarantee you entry at your destination. It’s your responsibility to check well ahead of time what documentation and requirements are needed for overseas travel, including
- any necessary COVID-19 testing
- a valid passport
- a visa
- any compulsory insurance, and
- proof of vaccination
You may face more difficulty finding flights if you don’t meet vaccination requirements.
- Read about COVID-19 vaccinations and travel
International COVID-19 vaccination certificates
You can now get an Australian-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). This certificate is a free and secure way to prove your COVID-19 vaccination history when you travel overseas.
Your international certificate features a secure QR code. It includes all the information you need to prove to airlines and authorities that you’ve had your COVID-19 vaccinations. To get a certificate, you’ll need to have your valid Australian passport with you. Your COVID-19 vaccinations will need to be registered on the Australian Immunisation Register before you can apply.
- Read more about the international COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
Destinations not requiring an exemption
If you're travelling to a destination which is exempt from the travel ban, you don't need to apply for an exemption to leave Australia from the Department of Home Affairs. You still need to abide by the entry requirements of your destination, including any mandatory quarantine periods, vaccination requirements and COVID-19 testing.
You must have been in Australia for 14 days or more before travelling to an exempt destination. The exemption applies whether you are flying or travelling by sea.
The only destination currently exempt from the travel ban is New Zealand.
- Read more about destinations no longer included in the travel ban on the Department of Home Affairs page on Leaving Australia.
- For information on quarantine-free travel, read our page on travel zones.
Things to consider before planning to travel
Before considering travel, be aware:
- Flights may be difficult to find – both for leaving and returning to Australia. Be prepared for possible delays and disruptions to your travel. Circumstances may change when you’re travelling and affect your plans.
- Read travel insurance policies carefully to know what will and won't be covered.
- Even if you get an exemption, you'll have to comply with entry restrictions when you come back to Australia, including 14 days of mandatory quarantine. You may also have to pay for the cost of quarantine. States and Territories may have different requirements and modified quarantine arrangements.
- We continue to offer consular support around the world, but it may be limited in some places. In some countries, our embassy buildings may be closed to the public or offering limited consultations by appointment only. This is due to tight restrictions on local services and movement, including of our embassy staff.
If you have questions about visas or other entry requirements for your destination, contact the embassy or consulate for that country.
- See our step-by-step guide to travel during COVID-19
- Read about the difference between the travel ban and our travel advice levels on travel advice explained
- Learn about what assistance we can provide when you're trying to get home
- Read about what to do if you're staying overseas long term
- COVID-19 and the border (Department of Home Affairs)
- Preparing to leave Australia (Department of Home Affairs)
- Travel for fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents (Department of Home Affairs)
- Foreign embassies and consulates in Australia (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
- COVID-19 Restriction Checker and links to state and territory governments (Australian Government)