Travel zones are routes of travel that have eased COVID-19 border restrictions, either in Australia, in the destination, or both. Travel zones may involve:
- exempting a destination from Australia's outwards travel ban
- allowing quarantine-free travel; and/or
- fewer or no COVID-19 testing requirements
Read on to learn more about:
- what to know before deciding to travel
- the Australia - New Zealand travel zone
- the Australia – Singapore travel zone
Before deciding to travel
Travel is still unpredictable, even in a travel zone. A travel zone arrangement may be paused or suspended at short notice if there's a COVID-19 outbreak in either country.
- If there's an outbreak in the place you're departing from, you may not be allowed to board your flights.
- Additional testing requirements can be put in place at short notice, at your own expense.
- If the arrangement changes while your flight is mid-journey, you may need to enter quarantine on arrival.
- You may find it difficult to return to Australia if the arrangement is suspended while you're overseas.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Travel insurance is also important to protect you from events not related to COVID-19.
- Read the CHOICE travel insurance buying guide: COVID-19 edition
- Read our step by step guide for travel during COVID-19
Australia - New Zealand quarantine-free travel
For the current status of the Australia - New Zealand quarantine-free travel zone, including current restrictions and travel requirements, see the New Zealand travel zone status page.
Travel from Australia to New Zealand
Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is currently suspended.
The quarantine-free travel arrangement between Australia and New Zealand came into effect on 18 April 2021.
You can travel to New Zealand quarantine free, as long as you meet certain criteria. When you're in New Zealand you'll need to comply with all COVID-19 restrictions. You should download and install the NZ COVID Tracer app before you arrive in the country.
Standard New Zealand immigration and biosecurity requirements apply to all incoming passengers.
Read and subscribe to our travel advice for New Zealand for information about risks and restrictions before deciding to travel.
- Find more information on Australian border restrictions and travel zones (Department of Home Affairs)
- For more information about quarantine-free travel to New Zealand, see the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website
Exemption to the outward travel ban
You don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel to New Zealand, unless
- You don’t qualify as fully vaccinated AND
- New Zealand is not your final destination.
Transit through New Zealand is not included in the travel zone arrangement.
If you leave New Zealand to travel to a third destination and then want to return to New Zealand, it’s not guaranteed that you'll be given permission to re-enter.
If you leave New Zealand to travel to a third destination and then want to return directly to Australia, you'll need to comply with all COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements when you arrive back in Australia.
- Read about travel to New Zealand (Department of Home Affairs)
Travel from New Zealand to Australia
You can travel quarantine-free from New Zealand to Australia, if:
- You present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of your departing flight
- You provide evidence of full vaccination (exemptions apply), and
- You’ve been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated COVID-19 outbreak location
If you’re not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand, you need a valid Australian visa to enter.
- Read about travel to Australia from New Zealand (Department of Home Affairs)
Australia – Singapore quarantine-free travel
Travel from Australia to Singapore
On 26 October 2021, Singapore’s Minister for Transport announced plans to expand Singapore’s ‘Vaccinated Travel Lane’ scheme to Australia.
From 8 November 2021, if you’re fully vaccinated you can travel to Singapore without having to quarantine on arrival. You must meet certain criteria and apply for entry before you depart Australia.
For full details read our travel advice for Singapore and subscribe for updates.
- Vaccinated travel lane (VTL) overview (Government of Singapore)
Travel from Singapore to Australia
On 1 November 2021, the Prime Minister announced a pilot for eligible Singaporean citizens to enter Australia without seeking an exemption.
From 21 November 2021, if you’re a fully vaccinated Singaporean citizen you can travel to NSW, ACT and Victoria quarantine free. You must meet certain criteria in order to travel under this arrangement.
If you’re planning to travel on domestically to another state or territory after arrival, check their entry and quarantine requirements. You may not be able to enter or may be required to quarantine.
- Read about travel to Australia from Singapore (Department of Home Affairs)
- Read our step by step guide to travel during COVID-19 before planning to travel
- Learn about Australia’s re-entry and quarantine measures
- Always get travel insurance before travelling overseas
- Read the Consular Services Charter to learn how DFAT can and can't help
- See our advice for Australians staying overseas