What you need to do before traveling to Australia

Travel to Australia

You must be a fully vaccinated traveller to be exempt from travel restrictions. 

Follow the steps below when you are preparing to travel to Australia.

Check if you are exempt from travel restrictions.

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible visa holders across several categories can now travel to and from Australia without applying for a travel exemption.

If you need confirmation whether or not you require an exemption, please contact our office.

Check if you can access reduced quarantine requirements.

Before you book your flight, check the quarantine arrangements for the state or territory you are travelling. Ensure that you are prepared to comply with any requirements, including providing any required information to the relevant state or territory. 

If you plan on travelling onwards to or through a different state or territory when you arrive in Australia, you need to check domestic travel restrictions

Obtain your foreign vaccination certificate

 If you were vaccinated overseas and did not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, you must obtain a certificate from the country where you received your vaccination.

For more information, see Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates.

Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate. Airlines will check this when you check in to your flight.

If you cannot meet the proof of vaccination requirements, you will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. You will need to follow the current border processes when leaving or coming to Australia.

Complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your flight

Travellers to Australia should complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. 

This is an enforceable requirement. A person who fails to comply with the requirement may be liable to a civil penalty (fine) of 30 penalty units (currently $6,660 AUD). 

When filling out the ATD you will need to upload your vaccination certificate. You will also need to:

  • make a legally binding declaration concerning your vaccination status
  • acknowledge that when you check-in for your flight, you must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 3 days of your flight’s scheduled departure to Australia (unless you are exempt)
  • make a declaration that you:
    • will comply with the quarantine requirements of the state/territory of first arrival and any other state/territory to which you intend to travel; and
    • have made quarantine arrangements prior to travel where required.

Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information. 

Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 test

A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travelling to Australia. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days before your flight’s scheduled departure must be provided to your airline when you check-in.

If your flight is delayed, you will not need to re-test. However, if your flight is re-scheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 3 days before the re-scheduled flight.

At the airport

 Present your foreign vaccination certificate or International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, negative COVID-19 test result and completed ATD to airline staff when you check-in for your flight.

Bon Voyage!