Australian Borders Reopening Soon – What I need to do before I travel to Australia?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged the possible reopening of the international border by the end of this year. He said top priority would be given to Australian citizens and permanent residents keen to return home, followed by skilled migrants and international students.


What is changing with Australia’s international border in November?

From a yet-to-be-confirmed date in November, when 80 per cent of the Australian population is vaccinated against COVID-19, Australian citizens and permanent residents will be able to fly in and out of the country under Phase C of the National Plan to reopen Australia.

Those who are fully vaccinated will be subject to seven days of home quarantine when coming into Australia.

Those who are unvaccinated will be required to undertake 14 days of managed quarantine, with caps on the number of arrivals in this group.

Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration.


Pre-departure COVID-19 test

A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.

Masks must be worn on all international flights, including in airports. There are some exemptions to pre-departure testing requirements. More information can be found at the Department of Health website.


Additional requirements to come to Australia

You may also require:

  • a valid visa to enter Australia
  • an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions
  • authority to enter Australian states or territories.

Some of these documents must be presented at the airport when you check-in and when you arrive in Australia.


Quarantine when arriving to Australia

Unless arriving to Australia on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand , travellers to Australia (including Australian citizens) must:

  • quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility in their port of arrival
  • complete all relevant declarations and forms; and
  • undertake contact tracing, in the event of a positive COVID-19 caquarantinese.


Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident Returning to Australia

If you are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who has been trying to return to Australia and have been unable to do so, you can register your details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT):


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