Where can I travel from Australia in 2021?

Find out exactly what restrictions are in place for international travel from Australia. 

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Outside visiting New Zealand, international travel from Australia is banned with only a handful of exemptions. This guide covers the global border restrictions in place, what you need to make a claim for leaving, the exemptions considerations for your return and transportation options.

Can I travel for leisure outside of Australia?

Australians are able to travel to New Zealand for tourism purposes via the two-way bubble. Outside of New Zealand, all leisure travel outside of Australia is still banned for the time being. If you need to travel overseas, these are the current requirements for Australian citizens, permanent residents, non-citizens and temporary visa holders.

Countries open to Australian residents or citizens

Not a resident or citizen? Find out which countries will let you enter from Australia. Just remember, returning to Australia may be difficult if you hope to do so

Country Status Restrictions Date updated More info
Afghanistan Closed 9/14/2021 More info
Åland Islands Open with restrictions Travellers who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 may enter Finland without taking a COVID-19 test or having to self-isolate. 9/14/2021 More info
Albania Open with restrictions To be allowed entry, travellers who are six years old and above must have a proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or documentation showing recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months. 9/14/2021 More info
Algeria Closed 9/14/2021 More info
American Samoa Closed 9/14/2021 More info
Andorra Closed More info
Angola Closed 9/14/2021 More info
Anguilla Open with restrictions Travellers need prior approval from the Government’s Health Team before entering the borders. To get approved, they must complete the online form on the Government’s COVID-19 website and provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken 3 to 5 days before the date of arrival. Adult travellers must be fully vaccinated and have received their last vaccination at least 21 days before arrival. Pregnant women are exempt from this requirement. 9/14/2021 More info
Antigua and Barbuda Open with restrictions All travellers 5 years old and above must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 7 days of their flight. From 1 October all COVID-19 RT-PCR tests must be taken within 4 days of the flight. Only tests administered by health care professionals are valid. On arrival, they must complete a Health Declaration Form. Those who are allowed to stay in their private homes or at a government facilities will be required to wear a monitoring bracelet. 9/14/2021 More info
Argentina Closed 9/14/2021 More info
Armenia Open with restrictions Travellers may enter Armenia with a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within three days before their arrival. Those without a test result will be required to take a test at the airport and isolate until the results are available. 9/14/2021 More info
Aruba Open with restrictions All travellers must complete the online ED Card process. They must take a molecular COVID-19 test within 3 days to 4 hours prior to travel. Alternatively, they can take a test upon arrival. They are also required to purchase the Aruba Visitors insurance as part of the online ED Card process regardless of whether they already have travel insurance or not. 9/14/2021 More info
Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha Saint Helena Open with restrictions All travellers who arrive by air are required to have a result of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before travelling. They will also be subject to a mandatory quarantine for 10 days and will be tested on arrival and at the end of the quarantine. 9/14/2021 More info
Austria Open All travellers must register online before going to Austria. They are required to show a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 48 hours, a vaccine certificate, or a proof of past infection stating recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. An antibody test is also considered proof of recovery, but must not be older than 90 days at the time of entry. Those who cannot present one of these documents must take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arriving in Austria. 9/14/2021 More info
Azerbaijan Open with restrictions Only Australian citizens with legal residency in Azerbaijan or a permitted country are allowed entry. All travellers are required to submit evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours prior to travel. Those who are over 18 years of age must submit an official document confirming full vaccination against COVID-19 or immunity to COVID-19 (a ‘COVID-19 Passport’). 9/14/2021 More info
Bahrain Open with restrictions Travellers who can show evidence of being vaccinated are not required to quarantine. However, this will depend on the country in which the traveller was vaccinated. Those vaccinated in Australia may be exempt from quarantine. 9/14/2021 More info
Bangladesh Open with restrictions Regardless of their vaccination status, all travellers are required to present a negative COVID-19 result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of arrival. They must also undergo a 14-day quarantine in a hotel or private residence. 9/14/2021 More info
Barbados Open with restrictions Those who wish to travel to Barbados are required to fill out the immigration/customs arrival form. They must travel with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab (or both) administered by a healthcare provider at an accredited facility. 9/14/2021 More info
Belarus Open All travellers must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within days of arrival. A 14-day self-quarantine is mandatory for all travellers. 2/10/2021 More info
Belgium Closed 2/10/2021 More info
Belize Open with restrictions All travellers need to have taken a COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours of travel. 2/10/2021 More info
Benin Closed The only travel exemption includes extreme necessity. In this case, you'll need a COVID-19 test on arrival and a 14-day quarantine if you are sick. Another test will be done before you leave. 2/10/2021 More info
Bermuda Open with restrictions You must first apply for a travel authorisation 1-3 days before departure - this requires a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken less than 5 days prior to travel. 2/10/2021 More info
Bhutan Closed 2/10/2021 More info
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Closed 2/10/2021 More info
Bolivia Open with restrictions All travellers must submit an online statutory declaration, a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within ten days prior to arriving. 2/10/2021 More info
Bonaire Open with restrictions All travellers are reqired to complete a COVID-19 test up to three days before arriving. 2/10/2021 More info
Bosnia and Herzegovina Open with restrictions All international travellers need to present a medical certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 (PCR) result. 2/10/2021 More info
Botswana Open with restrictions Botswana nationals and residents are the only exception for entry. They require a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arriving. 2/10/2021 More info
Brazil Open with restrictions Travellers need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. 2/10/2021 More info
British Indian Ocean Territory Closed 2/10/2021 More info
British Virgin Islands Open with restrictions All travellers must first register with the official government body, provide a negative result on a RT-PCR-SARS-CoV-2 test five days prior to arrival. You will be retested upon arrival. 2/10/2021 More info
Brunei Darussalam Closed 2/10/2021 More info
Bulgaria Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel is required upon entry and you may need to quarantine. 2/10/2021 More info
Burkina Faso Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel is required upon entry and you need to quarantine for 14 days. 2/10/2021 More info
Burundi Closed 2/10/2021 More info
Cambodia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel is required upon entry and you need to quarantine for 14 days. 2/16/2021 More info
Cameroon Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Canada Open with restrictions To enter Canada, travellers must complete a federal ArriveCAN application. They need to present a negative result of a molecular COVID-19 test, which must be taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight. When they arrive, they will be retested for COVID-19 and must go into quarantine until they receive a negative result. Those who show proof of being fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine upon arrival. 9/15/2021 More info
Cape Verde Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Cayman Islands Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Central African Republic Open with restrictions Travellers need to quarantine for 14 days. 2/17/2021 More info
Chad Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel is required upon entry. 2/17/2021 More info
Chile Open with restrictions An affidavit completed 48 hours before boarding and negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel are required. 2/17/2021 More info
China Open with restrictions Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 48 hours before they depart for China. Both a negative nucleic acid and IgM antibody test are required and must be from the same provider. They will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules. 4/29/2021 More info
Christmas Island Open with restrictions All travellers are required to apply for entry via a request form. 2/17/2021 More info
Cocos Islands Open with restrictions All travellers are required to apply for entry via a request form. 2/17/2021 More info
Colombia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 96 hours of travel and an online form are required upon entry. 2/17/2021 More info
Comoros Closed A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel is required upon entry. More info
Congo Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel is required upon entry. 2/17/2021 More info
Cook Islands Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Costa Rica Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Côte d'Ivoire Open with restrictions All travellers must complete an online air declaration form and a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result no more than five days before travel are required upon entry. 2/17/2021 More info
Croatia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 48 hours of travel is required upon entry. 2/17/2021 More info
Cuba Open with restrictions Travellers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before their departure. They will have to enter quarantine at their own expense and take two PCR tests: one on arrival, the other on their fifth day. These must both return negative before they are released and able to continue on their journey. 4/29/2021 More info
Curacao Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Cyprus Open with restrictions All travellers must take a COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival and self-isolate for 72 hours. 2/17/2021 More info
Czech Republic Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Closed 2/10/2021 More info
Democratic Republic of the Congo Open with restrictions COVID-19 testing and quarantine are mandatory apply upon entry and departure. 2/10/2021 More info
Denmark Closed Exceptions only apply to those with specual considerations. A cause for travel and a COVID-19 (PCR) negative test result are requried upon entry. 2/10/2021 More info
Djibouti Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within three days before departure and within 120 hours of your arrival in the country apply. A saliva test will be done at the airport. 2/10/2021 More info
Dominica Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Dominican Republic Open Travllers will have to fill in an electronic entry and exit form. This must be completed when they arrive and when they depart the Dominican Republic. They also need proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before departure. 4/29/2021 More info
Ecuador Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result within seven days before departure, or take a COVID-19 test on arrival. Rapid-result tests will not be accepted. 2/16/2021 More info
Egypt Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before departure. 2/16/2021 More info
El Salvador Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/17/2021 More info
Equatorial Guinea Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Eritrea Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Estonia Open with restrictions All travellers must undertake a COVID-19 test and isolate for 10 days upon entry. 2/17/2021 More info
Ethiopia Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Falkland Islands Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Faroe Islands Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Federated States of Micronesia Closed 2/17/2021 More info
Fiji Closed with limited exceptions 2/17/2021 More info
Finland Closed 2/17/2021 More info
France Open with restrictions All travellers must complete a health declaration form before travelling to France. They are required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. Those who cannot submit a negative test result may ask the embassy or consulate of France for an exemption. They will be tested upon arrival and required to undergo a 7-day quarantine at their own expense. After this period, they will be retested before they are allowed to continue their journey. 9/15/2021 More info
French Guiana Closed 2/17/2021 More info
French Polynesia Closed Only those with "compelling reasons" in the categories of health, professional, family, and return trips home to travel are allowed to travel. However, the borders will reopen to tourists starting May 1. Specific regulations and restrictions are still being worked out. 4/28/2021 More info
Gabon Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Gambia Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Georgia Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Germany Open with restrictions Proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test taken no less than 48 hours prior to entry is required. Travellers from a high-risk, high incident or virus variant area must complete Digital Registration on entry and agree to stay in quarantine for 10 days. 4/29/2021 More info
Ghana Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours and a health declaration form are required upon entry. 2/18/2021 More info
Gibraltar Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Greece Open with restrictions Travellers must complete a passenger locator form prior to travel. After completing the form, they will receive a QR code via email. They need to have either a negative result for a PCR test taken not later than 72 hours before arrival or a negative rapid antigen certificate taken within 48 hours before arrival. Those who present proof of being fully vaccinated are not required to submit a negative test result. 9/15/2021 More info
Greenland Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Grenada Open with restrictions Effective 1 May 2021, persons providing proof of full vaccination will only be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test, administered on entry. Travellers will still be required to provide a negative PCR test result, valid up to 72-hours prior to the start of travel. 4/28/2021 More info
Guadeloupe Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Guam Open with restrictions All visitors must quarantine at a government facility at no charge for 14 days. Alternatively, they may quarantine at the government facility for 6 days, and then take a COVID-19 test. If it’s negative, the visitor can transfer to a hotel or home to complete the remainder of their quarantine. A traveller health form must also be completed. 2/10/2021 More info
Guatemala Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/18/2021 More info
Guernsey Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Guinea-bissau Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/18/2021 More info
Guinea Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/18/2021 More info
Guyana Closed 2/18/2021 More info
Haiti Open no restrictions 2/18/2021 More info
Honduras Open with restrictions Travel to Honduras is permitted with a negative result from a COVID-19 test. You must also fill out an online health form. Travellers from the UK or South Africa are restricted. 2/10/2021 More info
Hong Kong Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Hungary Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Iceland Closed 2/19/2021 More info
India Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Indonesia Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Iran Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Iraq Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Ireland Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Isle of Man Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Israel Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Italy Open with restrictions Travellers need to submit a Self-Declaration Form as well as alert local Italian health authorities once they've entered a territory. They must also provide proof that they’ve tested negative to a COVID-19 swab test within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors also have to retest once they’ve entered Italy at the airport or within 48 hours of entering the country. 4/29/2021 More info
Jamaica Open with restrictions All travellers must have a negative PCR test prior to arrival or get tested on arrival. 2/19/2021 More info
Japan Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Jersey Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Jordan Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/19/2021 More info
Kazakhstan Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Kenya Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 98 hours is required upon entry. 2/19/2021 More info
Kiribati Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Kosovo Open no restrictions Kosovo requires negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who fail to provide tests must quarantine for seven days. Travellers should expect health screenings at the airport and nationwide curfews. 2/10/2021 More info
Kuwait Closed 2/10/2021 More info
Kyrgyzstan Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Laos Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Latvia Open with restrictions All travellers must present a COVID-19 test result within 72 hours and self isolate for 10 days. 2/19/2021 More info
Lebanon Open with restrictions Lebanon requires negative COVID-19 test results dated within 96 hours of travel. Visitors should expect widespread curfews. 2/10/2021 More info
Lesotho Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Liberia Open with restrictions All travellers must complete a Health Screening Arrival Form and present a COVID-19 test result within 96 hours upon entry. 2/19/2021 More info
Libya Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Liechtenstein Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Lithuania Open with restrictions All travellers must self-isolate for 10 days and provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours before entry. 2/19/2021 More info
Luxembourg Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Macao Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Madagascar Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Malawi Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Malaysia Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Maldives Open with restrictions Travellers need to fill out and submit a Travel Health Declaration prior to arriving. They must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 96 hours of arrival. 4/29/2021 More info
Mali Closed 2/19/2021 More info
Malta Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Marshall Islands Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Martinique Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Mauritania Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Mauritius Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Mayotte Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Mexico Open no restrictions Travallers must fill out a Health Declaration Form, which is then scanned upon arrival in Mexico. No testing or quarantine requirements are in place, but they can expect health screenings with any positive results leading to 14-day quarantine. Interstate travel may also be limited, and expect widespread curfews. 4/29/2021 More info
Monaco Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Mongolia Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Montenegro Open with restrictions A COVID-19 PCR test result OR a positive coronavirus antibody test result is required for Montenegro, neither older than 72 hours, for travellers five years of age and older. No quarantine is necessary with a negative result. Expect widespread curfews. 2/10/2021 More info
Montserrat Closed More info
Morocco Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Mozambique Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Myanmar Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Nambia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/22/2021 More info
Nauru Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Nepal Open with restrictions 2/15/2021 More info
Netherlands Closed 4/29/2021 More info
New Caledonia Open with restrictions You can enter New Caledonia if you are a resident or a pre-approved visitor, including for a short-term business visit, with an exemption from local authorities. 2/16/2021 More info
New Zealand Open with restrictions Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is suspended. Australian travellers need to fill out a Travel Health Declaration before boarding their flight. They are also required to show a negative test result returned within 72 hours of their scheduled departure time and go through managed isolation and quarantine. 8/2/2021 More info
Nicaragua Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test (PCR) must be taken within 72 hours of entry or 96 hours before departure. If you're granted entry, you'll be monitored by phone by health officials for 14 days. 2/16/2021 More info
Niger Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/22/2021 More info
Nigeria Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/22/2021 More info
Niue Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Norfolk Island Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/22/2021 More info
North Macedonia Open No restrictions, but medical screening at the airport is possible. 2/22/2021 More info
Northern Mariana Islands Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Norway Open with restrictions Travellers from a high-risk country, must present proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 24 hours before arrival. 2/16/2021 More info
Oman Open with restrictions Travellers are required to have a mandatory COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival and must self-isolate until the result is recieved. 2/22/2021 More info
Pakistan Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Palau Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Panama Open with restrictions Panama welcomes visitors who show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of departure OR for $50 you can get a rapid test at the airport, with additonal health screenings in place. If the rapid test yields positive results, Panama arranges and pays for quarantine at a hotel for seven days, when you'll be tested again. 2/10/2021 More info
Papua New Guinea Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Paraguay Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours and a completed online statutory declaration are required upon entry. 2/22/2021 More info
Peru Open with restrictions Travellers may enter Peru (from flights less than eight hours in duration) with a negative COVID-19 test result dated less than 72 hours before departure. Expect an established curfew and bans on all public gatherings. 2/10/2021 More info
Philippines Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Poland Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Portugal Open with restrictions Must provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test before boarding a flight to Portugal. 2/16/2021 More info
Puerto Rico Open with restrictions Puerto Rico allows travellers to enter if they fill out a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department's online portal and get a molecular COVID-19 test with negative results less than 72 hours prior to arrival, or they must quarantine. 2/10/2021 More info
Qatar Closed 2/22/2021 More info
Republic of Korea Open with restrictions Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours upon entry. 2/23/2021 More info
Republic of Moldova Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Réunion Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Romania Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Russian Federation Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Rwanda Open with restrictions All visitors to Rwanda must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival. They also must take a second test upon arrival, self-isolate in a hotel until they receive a negative result (within 24 hours). To enter a national park, you must have a COVID-19 test less than 72 hours old with negaive results. Departing travellers need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 120 hours of travel. 2/10/2021 More info
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Samoa Closed 2/23/2021 More info
San Marino Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Sao Tome and Principe Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Saudi Arabia Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Senegal Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/23/2021 More info
Serbia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours is required upon entry. 2/23/2021 More info
Seychelles Closed A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/23/2021 More info
Sierra Leone Closed A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 2/23/2021 More info
Singapore Open with restrictions Travellers must get an Air Travel Pass from the ICA website. They are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Then they must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Singapore. In addition, they must quarantine for 14 days in a government facility or at home. 9/15/2021 More info
Sint Eustatius and Saba Bonaire Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Slovakia Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Slovenia Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Solomon Islands Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Somalia Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours is required upon entry. 2/23/2021 More info
South Africa Open with restrictions Travellers need to fill out and submit a Health Travel Questionnaire within two days of arriving. They must also provide a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Those who don’t provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result must complete 10 days of quarantine at a government facility at their own cost. 4/29/2021 More info
South Korea Closed 4/29/2021 More info
South Sudan Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours is required upon entry and self-quarantine for 14 days. 2/23/2021 More info
Spain Open All travellers need to complete the Spain Travel Health Form. Only those who arrive from certain countries are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain. 2/23/2021 More info
Sri Lanka Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours is required upon entry. 2/23/2021 More info
St. Bart's Closed 2/23/2021 More info
St. Kitts and Nevis Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours or less prior to departure is required. 2/23/2021 More info
St. Lucia Open Visitors must also have a copy of a completed travel registration form and confirmed reservations at a COVID-certified property for the duration of their stay. 2/23/2021 More info
St. Maarten / St. Martin Open with restrictions All travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test. It must be 120 hours old or less. COVID-19 health insurance is also mandatory. 2/23/2021 More info
St. Vincent and Grenadines Open A negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours or less before arrival is required. 2/23/2021 More info
State of Palestine Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Sudan Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Suriname Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Swaziland Closed A negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours or less before arrival is required. 2/23/2021 More info
Sweden Closed 2/16/2021 More info
Switzerland Open with restrictions A negative PCR test result must be presented to airline staff prior to boarding. Must also complete an online contact tracing form. 2/16/2021 More info
Syrian Arab Republic Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Taiwan Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Tajikistan Closed 2/23/2021 More info
Tanzania Open no restrictions All travellers are subject to enhanced COVID-19 screening upon entry. 2/24/2021 More info
Thailand Open with restrictions To enter Thailand, travellers need a Certificate of Entry. They must also present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no later than 72 hours prior to your departure from Australia. Unless exempt, they must complete 10 days of quarantine (or 7 days if they have been vaccinated). 4/29/2021 More info
The Bahamas Closed 4/29/2021 More info
The Democratic Republic of The Congo Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours or less is required upon entry. 2/24/2021 More info
Timor-leste Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Togo Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Tonga Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Trinidad and Tobago Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Tunisia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and a 14-day self-quarantine is mandatory for all visitors. 2/24/2021 More info
Turkey Open with restrictions Travellers must fill out the Turkey Entrance Form within 72 hours of travel. They are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR (nucleic acid) test result within 72 hours before arriving. 4/29/2021 More info
Turkmenistan Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Turks and Caicos Open with restrictions The Turks and Caicos asks visitors 10 and older to fill out a mandatory travel authorisation form and provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within five days of arrival. 2/24/2021 More info
Tuvalu Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Uganda Open with restrictions All travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 120 hours prior to leaving the country. 2/24/2021 More info
Ukraine Open All travellers must have COVID-19 treatment insurance. 2/24/2021 More info
United Arab Emirates Open with restrictions Travellers must take a PCR test on arrival. 2/24/2021 More info
United Kingdom Open with restrictions Travellers are allowed entry as long as they have not been to a country on the red list in the past 10 days. They must complete a passenger locator form at least 48 hours before arrival. They must also present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before travelling. 9/15/2021 More info
United Republic of Tanzania Open Travellers must undergo enhanced health screening that could include COVID-19 testing. 2/24/2021 More info
United States of America Open with restrictions All travellers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within three days of arrival, or proof that they overcame the virus within the last 90 days. 4/29/2021 More info
Uruguay Closed 2/24/2021 More info
US Virgin Islands Clsoed 2/24/2021 More info
Uzbekistan Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Vanuatu Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Vietnam Closed 4/29/2021 More info
Wallis and Futuna Islands Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Western Sahara Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Yemen Closed 2/24/2021 More info
Zambia Open with restrictions All travellers may enter Zambia provided they show a negative COVID-19 test result taken at least 14 days before arrival. If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, you'll be subject to a 14-day quarantine period in a government-appointed isolation area. 2/24/2021 More info
Zimbabwe Open with restrictions Travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken 48 hours before arrival. 2/24/2021 More info

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Guidelines for Australians visiting New Zealand

The international border to our Tasman neighbour is finally open, these are the conditions that go hand-in-hand.

  • Travellers have to have been in Australia for at least 14 days
  • Comprehensive contact information must be submitted
  • You won't be allowed to board if you're showing cold or flu symptoms
  • A mask must be worn when onboard the flight
  • The NZ COVID Tracer app must be downloaded by all travellers
  • There may be random temperature checks upon arrival in New Zealand
  • Green zone flight passengers will be separate from other international arrivals at the New Zealand airports
  • Pre-flight testing may be introduced

International restrictions for Australian citizens and permanent residents

Australians are currently banned from travelling anywhere outside of New Zealand due to COVID-19. Australian citizens and permanent residents are only exempt from this rule if:

  • You are a part of a response team for COVID-19, provision of aid included
  • You are travelling for business or for an employer
  • You are travelling for an urgent medical procedure/treatment that is not available in Australia
  • You have a compelling reason for travel longer than three months
  • You are travelling on humanitarian or compassionate grounds
  • You are travelling in the nation's interests

International restrictions for non-citizens and temporary visa holders

Non-citizens and temporary visa holders who wish to return home are encouraged to do so, as long as the borders of their home country are open. Temporary visa holders will need a travel exemption should they want to return to Australia while COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

Temporary visa holders who are leaving Australia for a short trip overseas are allowed to leave the country at any time. But, keep in mind that it is unlikely you will be able to return to Australia. You will need an inwards exemption prior to your departure and a compelling reason for your travels if you wish to return to Australia.

What transportation options are available from Australia?

If you're looking to leave Australia, your options are limited to flying and cruises.

Flying from Australia

Flights between Australia and New Zealand are more frequent now with the introduction of more services via Qantas, Jetstar and Air New Zealand.

Due to tight restrictions, flying to any other international destination - even if you do qualify to leave the country - offers limited options in terms of finding flights. Commercial return flights are consistently being cancelled so bear this in mind when you're booking.

Bookings to New Zealand can be made via any of the following sites:

Leaving Australia by ship, cruise or ferry

At the moment we are only seeing domestic departures. As the NZ travel bubble is now open, we expect to see those international cruises heading across the Tasman again.

Cruise bookings can be made through any of the following sites:


What do I need to know about returning to Australia?

Do I need to quarantine upon arrival back in Australia?

Yes, everyone returning to Australia from overseas must hotel quarantine for 14 days unless you're travelling to New Zealand.

Do I need a permit to travel back to Australia?

Citizens and permanent residents do not need a permit to return to Australia. However temporary visa holders who are coming back to Australia do need to get a travel exemption prior to leaving - this does not apply to New Zealand travel.

Do I need proof of having had a vaccine to travel back into Australia?

At this point in time, you do not require proof of having had a vaccine to return back to Australia.

Do I need to show proof of a negative test to travel back into Australia?

Unless you are arriving from New Zealand, all travellers who are coming into Australia must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours to the airline. Your airline will not allow you onto the plane if you do not have this evidence. This requirement applies to those travelling to Australia and those transiting through the country.

Latest domestic travel restrictions in Australia

Frequently asked questions about travelling from Australia

Do the rules change whether I'm a resident/citizen of Australia or am on a visa?

Yes. Different rules apply for Australian citizens/permanent residents and temporary visa holders. For an in-depth explanation, click here.

What happens if I get sick while travelling?

If you become unwell with COVID-19 during your travels, there is a high likelihood you'll have to adhere to that country's policy.

In the event you are in a medical emergency and need hospitalisation, you have the option to contact the Australian Embassy where they will assist you in where to go.

For the arrangement of treatment and payments, you'll need to get in touch with your travel insurance provider.

Can I get COVID-19 travel insurance?

Most travel insurance policies do not cover COVID-19 related claims so read the fine print of your policy to know exactly what you're covered for.

We also suggest reaching out to your insurance provider to confirm any unclear questions you may have.

What happens if borders to Australia close before or while I'm travelling?

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you are required to hotel quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Temporary visa holders require a travel exemption in order to return to Australia if the borders are shut.

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