International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Restricted

Entry into Australia From Japan is Restricted

Description

Most travelers are not allowed to enter Australia. Individuals may request exceptions to the entry restrictions online.

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The travel restrictions do not apply to:

  • Australian citizens;
  • Permanent residents;
  • Immediate family members of an Australian citizen or permanent resident (with proof);
  • New Zealand citizens who are usually a resident in Australia;
  • Essential travel approved by the Australian Border Force.

For more detailed information about exemptions, please check the source.

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Australian Home Affairs
Start Date
4/19/2021
Updated
6/10/2021

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory travel authorization form before arrival

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Description

Travelers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia can apply for an exemption. Travelers need to apply for an exemption at least 2 weeks, but not more than 2 months, before planned travel.

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The Australian Border Force (ABF) may consider an exemption to the travel restrictions for the following cases:

  • People that have been in only New Zealand or Australia in the past 14 days do not need an exemption;
  • People with invitations from the Government to assist in the COVID-19 response or whose entry would be in the national interest;
  • Critical medical services, including air ambulance and delivery of supplies, that regularly arrive into Australia from international ports;
  • People with critical skills (for example, medical specialists, engineers, marine pilots, and crews) by exception;
  • Diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia and their immediate family; ​-Case-by-case exceptions for humanitarian or compassionate reasons.
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Australian Home Affairs
Start Date
3/20/2020
Updated
6/10/2021
Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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Description

Travelers arriving or transiting through Australia must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours before the first point of departure.

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These testing requirements do not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 5;
  • Travelers with extenuating circumstances, such as where there is no access to testing;
  • Travelers who recently recovered from COVID-19 as long they provide a medical certificate confirming recovery. For more details about medical certificate requirements, please check the source.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
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Australian Government
Start Date
1/22/2021
Updated
6/10/2021
Mandatory

Electronic Travel Authorization

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Sherpa
Start Date
4/27/2021
Updated
5/6/2021

On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine

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Description

Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities at their port of arrival at their own expense. Travelers may be tested between days 10 and 12 of quarantine. Quarantine rules differ across Australian states and territories, please check the sources for detailed information.

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Travelers looking for a quarantine exemption based on compassionate or medical grounds, must apply to the state or territory they will arrive in before traveling to Australia.

Minimum Number of Days
14 days
Relevant Documents and Resources
Start Date
10/16/2020
Updated
6/10/2021

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in the airports and in-flight

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UK Embassy for Australia
Start Date
1/8/2021
Updated
6/10/2021

COVID-19 Risk Information

Low Risk
COVID-19 transmission is low in Australia.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
0.43
Decreased by0.02
at 6/11/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
0.00%
Increased by0.00%
at 6/10/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
19.50%
Increased by2.92%
at 6/11/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
4,972,011
Increased by743,124
at 6/11/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.06
Increased by-0.03
at 6/9/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Large gatherings remain prohibited and social distancing rules are enforced nationwide. Localized restrictions vary depending on the state territory you are visiting. Further details regarding state regulations can be found at https://www.australia.gov...

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
Status
Recommended
Severity
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Face masks are recommended nationwide and required in some states.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating with limits to capacity and social distancing rules in place. Some states require passengers to use face masks while on public transport. Travel between and within some states and territories within Australia is currently restricted.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Pre-entry health checks may be administered. Customers may be required to provide their personal information for contact tracing purposes. Restaurants are only offering takeaway services in high-risk areas.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Restrictions in place
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Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Pre-entry health checks may be administered. Customers may be required to provide their personal information for contact tracing purposes. Bars are closed in high-risk areas.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
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Restrictions in place
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Nightclubs are permitted to open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Customers may be asked to use face masks and to refrain from drinking while dancing. Pre-entry health checks may be administered and customers may be required to provide their personal information for contact tracing purposes. Nightclubs are closed in high-risk areas.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing. Only essential services are operating in high-risk areas.

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