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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?

As of 19 April 2021, Australians will be 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.

Guidelines for Australians visiting New Zealand

As the international border to our Tasman neighbour finally opens up to Aussie travellers, 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.

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 Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 certificate must be presented for entry to Afghanistan. This certificate must be issued by a government approved labratory. 9/2/21 More info
Åland Islands Closed Non-residents are only allowed under essential and compassionate grounds. If you are eligable to enter, you need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Australia is considered a low-risk country so you do not need to self-isolate for 14-days. 9/2/21 More info
Albania Open with restrictions A health screening is required upon entry. Mask ordinances and curfews are in place. 9/2/21 More info
Algeria Closed 9/2/21 More info
American Samoa Closed 9/2/21 More info
Andorra Closed More info
Angola Closed 9/2/21 More info
Anguilla Open with restrictions All travellers must apply for approval from the Government's Health Team. Then a negative PCR test taken up to three to five days before departure must be presented. You'll be tested again upon arrival and subject to a 14-day quarantine. After quarantine, you'll need a third test showing negative results before you can freely move about the country. 9/2/21 More info
Antigua and Barbuda Open with restrictions Travellers must present a negative test result within seven days of travel. Visitors are subject to health monitoring for 14 days after arrival with a second test, and possible quarantine while awaiting results. 9/2/21 More info
Argentina Closed 10/2/21 More info
Armenia Open with restrictions Travellers are required to self-quarantine for 14-days or provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test. 10/2/21 More info
Aruba Closed 10/2/21 More info
Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha Saint Helena Closed 10/2/21 More info
Austria Open All travellers looking to enter Austria must first register online. 10/2/21 More info
Azerbaijan Open with restrictions Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result upon arrival. 10/2/21 More info
Bahrain Open with restrictions Travellers must complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival at your own expense and remain in quarantine until the results have been recieved. A second COVID-19 test is required post-quarantine. 10/2/21 More info
Bangladesh Open with restrictions All travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of boarding. You also need to self-isolate for 14-days upon arrival. 10/2/21 More info
Barbados Open with restrictions All travellers must complete the online customs form which would include a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 3 days prior to travel. A second COVID-19 test is required once on the island. 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Belgium Closed 10/2/21 More info
Belize Open with restrictions All travellers need to have taken a COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours of travel. 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Bhutan Closed 10/2/21 More info
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Closed 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Bonaire Open with restrictions All travellers are reqired to complete a COVID-19 test up to three days before arriving. 10/2/21 More info
Bosnia and Herzegovina Open with restrictions All international travellers need to present a medical certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 (PCR) result. 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Brazil Open with restrictions Travellers need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. 10/2/21 More info
British Indian Ocean Territory Closed 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Brunei Darussalam Closed 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Burundi Closed 10/2/21 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. 16/2/21 More info
Cameroon Closed 16/2/21 More info
Canada Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result is required upon boarding the airline and you need to quarantine for 14 days. 16/2/21 More info
Cape Verde Closed 16/2/21 More info
Cayman Islands Closed 16/2/21 More info
Central African Republic Open with restrictions Travellers need to quarantine for 14 days. 17/2/21 More info
Chad Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of travel is required upon entry. 17/2/21 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. 17/2/21 More info
China Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result is required upon boarding the airline and you need to quarantine for 14 days. 17/2/21 More info
Christmas Island Open with restrictions All travellers are required to apply for entry via a request form. 17/2/21 More info
Cocos Islands Open with restrictions All travellers are required to apply for entry via a request form. 17/2/21 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. 17/2/21 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. 17/2/21 More info
Cook Islands Closed 17/2/21 More info
Costa Rica Closed 17/2/21 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. 17/2/21 More info
Croatia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 48 hours of travel is required upon entry. 17/2/21 More info
Cuba Closed 17/2/21 More info
Curacao Closed 17/2/21 More info
Cyprus Open with restrictions All travellers must take a COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival and self-isolate for 72 hours. 17/2/21 More info
Czech Republic Closed 17/2/21 More info
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Closed 10/2/21 More info
Democratic Republic of the Congo Open with restrictions COVID-19 testing and quarantine are mandatory apply upon entry and departure. 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Dominica Closed 17/2/21 More info
Dominican Republic Open A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result is needed in the five days prior to your arrival. 17/2/21 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. 16/2/21 More info
Egypt Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before departure. 16/2/21 More info
El Salvador Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 17/2/21 More info
Equatorial Guinea Closed 17/2/21 More info
Eritrea Closed 17/2/21 More info
Estonia Open with restrictions All travellers must undertake a COVID-19 test and isolate for 10 days upon entry. 17/2/21 More info
Ethiopia Closed 17/2/21 More info
Falkland Islands Closed 17/2/21 More info
Faroe Islands Closed 17/2/21 More info
Federated States of Micronesia Closed 17/2/21 More info
Fiji Closed 17/2/21 More info
Finland Closed 17/2/21 More info
France Closed 17/2/21 More info
French Guiana Closed 17/2/21 More info
French Polynesia Closed 17/2/21 More info
Gabon Closed 18/2/21 More info
Gambia Closed 18/2/21 More info
Georgia Closed 18/2/21 More info
Germany Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours is required upon entry. 18/2/21 More info
Ghana Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours and a health declaration form are required upon entry. 18/2/21 More info
Gibraltar Closed 18/2/21 More info
Greece Closed 18/2/21 More info
Greenland Closed 18/2/21 More info
Grenada Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 18/2/21 More info
Guadeloupe Closed 18/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Guatemala Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 18/2/21 More info
Guernsey Closed 18/2/21 More info
Guinea-bissau Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 18/2/21 More info
Guinea Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 18/2/21 More info
Guyana Closed 18/2/21 More info
Haiti Open no restrictions 18/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Hong Kong Closed 18/2/21 More info
Hungary Closed 19/2/21 More info
Iceland Closed 19/2/21 More info
India Closed 19/2/21 More info
Indonesia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 19/2/21 More info
Iran Closed 19/2/21 More info
Iraq Closed 19/2/21 More info
Ireland Open no restrictions Ireland requires visitors to quarantine upon arrival until they can take a COVID-19 test, which can be administered a minimum of five days after arrival. Visitors with negative results are free to move about. 10/2/21 More info
Isle of Man Closed 19/2/21 More info
Israel Closed 19/2/21 More info
Italy Open with restrictions All travellers must undergo a 14-day isolation and health surveillance. 19/2/21 More info
Jamaica Open with restrictions All travellers must have a negative PCR test prior to arrival or get tested on arrival. 19/2/21 More info
Japan Closed 19/2/21 More info
Jersey Closed 19/2/21 More info
Jordan Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 19/2/21 More info
Kazakhstan Closed 19/2/21 More info
Kenya Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 98 hours is required upon entry. 19/2/21 More info
Kiribati Closed 19/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Kuwait Closed 10/2/21 More info
Kyrgyzstan Closed 19/2/21 More info
Laos Closed 19/2/21 More info
Latvia Open with restrictions All travellers must present a COVID-19 test result within 72 hours and self isolate for 10 days. 19/2/21 More info
Lebanon Open with restrictions Lebanon requires negative COVID-19 test results dated within 96 hours of travel. Visitors should expect widespread curfews. 10/2/21 More info
Lesotho Closed 19/2/21 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. 19/2/21 More info
Libya Closed 19/2/21 More info
Liechtenstein Closed 19/2/21 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. 19/2/21 More info
Luxembourg Closed 19/2/21 More info
Macao Closed 19/2/21 More info
Madagascar Closed 19/2/21 More info
Malawi Closed 19/2/21 More info
Malaysia Closed 19/2/21 More info
Maldives Open with restrictions Passengers aged one year and older need a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, plus proof of paid accommodation in a tourist establishment can enter the Maldives. 10/2/21 More info
Mali Closed 19/2/21 More info
Malta Closed 22/2/21 More info
Marshall Islands Closed 22/2/21 More info
Martinique Closed 22/2/21 More info
Mauritania Closed 22/2/21 More info
Mauritius Closed 22/2/21 More info
Mayotte Closed 22/2/21 More info
Mexico Open no restrictions No testing or quarantine requirements are in place, but travellers can expect health screenings with any positive results leading to 14-day quarantine. Interstate travel may also be limited, and expect widespread curfews. 10/2/21 More info
Monaco Closed 22/2/21 More info
Mongolia Closed 22/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Montserrat Closed More info
Morocco Closed 16/2/21 More info
Mozambique Closed 16/2/21 More info
Myanmar Closed 22/2/21 More info
Nambia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 22/2/21 More info
Nauru Closed 22/2/21 More info
Nepal Open with restrictions 15/2/21 More info
Netherlands Closed 16/2/21 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. 16/2/21 More info
New Zealand Closed Currently, the one-way travel bubble is only for New Zealanders to travel to Australia. However, New Zealand will be opening to Australian travellers without the need to quarantine beginning on 19 April 2021. 7/4/21 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. 16/2/21 More info
Niger Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 22/2/21 More info
Nigeria Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 22/2/21 More info
Niue Closed 22/2/21 More info
Norfolk Island Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 22/2/21 More info
North Macedonia Open No restrictions, but medical screening at the airport is possible. 22/2/21 More info
Northern Mariana Islands Closed 22/2/21 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. 16/2/21 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. 22/2/21 More info
Pakistan Closed 22/2/21 More info
Palau Closed 22/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Papua New Guinea Closed 22/2/21 More info
Paraguay Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours and a completed online statutory declaration are required upon entry. 22/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Philippines Closed 16/2/21 More info
Poland Closed 16/2/21 More info
Portugal Open with restrictions Must provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test before boarding a flight to Portugal. 16/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Qatar Closed 22/2/21 More info
Republic of Korea Open with restrictions Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours upon entry. 23/2/21 More info
Republic of Moldova Closed 23/2/21 More info
Réunion Closed 23/2/21 More info
Romania Closed 23/2/21 More info
Russian Federation Closed 23/2/21 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. 10/2/21 More info
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Closed 23/2/21 More info
Samoa Closed 23/2/21 More info
San Marino Closed 23/2/21 More info
Sao Tome and Principe Closed 23/2/21 More info
Saudi Arabia Closed 16/2/21 More info
Senegal Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 23/2/21 More info
Serbia Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours is required upon entry. 23/2/21 More info
Seychelles Closed A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 23/2/21 More info
Sierra Leone Closed A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours is required upon entry. 23/2/21 More info
Singapore Open with restrictions All travellers entering Singapore must take a COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival. 16/2/21 More info
Sint Eustatius and Saba Bonaire Closed 23/2/21 More info
Slovakia Closed 23/2/21 More info
Slovenia Closed 23/2/21 More info
Solomon Islands Closed 23/2/21 More info
Somalia Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours is required upon entry. 23/2/21 More info
South Africa Open with restrictions South Africa requires all visitors to present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel. Expect a nationwide curfew. 23/2/21 More info
South Korea Open with restrictions Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours upon entry. 23/2/21 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. 23/2/21 More info
Spain Open Travellers must complete an online Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel. 23/2/21 More info
Sri Lanka Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours is required upon entry. 23/2/21 More info
St. Bart's Closed 23/2/21 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. 23/2/21 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. 23/2/21 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. 23/2/21 More info
St. Vincent and Grenadines Open A negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours or less before arrival is required. 23/2/21 More info
State of Palestine Closed 23/2/21 More info
Sudan Closed 23/2/21 More info
Suriname Closed 23/2/21 More info
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands Closed 23/2/21 More info
Swaziland Closed A negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours or less before arrival is required. 23/2/21 More info
Sweden Closed 16/2/21 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. 16/2/21 More info
Syrian Arab Republic Closed 23/2/21 More info
Taiwan Closed 23/2/21 More info
Tajikistan Closed 23/2/21 More info
Tanzania Open no restrictions All travellers are subject to enhanced COVID-19 screening upon entry. 24/2/21 More info
Thailand Open with restrictions Travellers from Australia need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. This must be taken no later than 72 hours prior to their departure. Visitors, unless exempt, must undergo 14 days of quarantine. 24/2/21 More info
The Bahamas Closed 24/2/21 More info
The Democratic Republic of The Congo Open A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours or less is required upon entry. 24/2/21 More info
Timor-leste Closed 24/2/21 More info
Togo Closed 24/2/21 More info
Tonga Closed 24/2/21 More info
Trinidad and Tobago Closed 24/2/21 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. 24/2/21 More info
Turkey Open with restrictions All international travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours or less prior to boarding their flight, must complete an information form and prepare for a health screening upon arrival. 24/2/21 More info
Turkmenistan Closed 24/2/21 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. 24/2/21 More info
Tuvalu Closed 24/2/21 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. 24/2/21 More info
Ukraine Open All travellers must have COVID-19 treatment insurance. 24/2/21 More info
United Arab Emirates Open with restrictions Travellers must take a PCR test on arrival. 24/2/21 More info
United Kingdom Open with restrictions A negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours or less is required upon entry. 24/2/21 More info
United Republic of Tanzania Open Travellers must undergo enhanced health screening that could include COVID-19 testing. 24/2/21 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. 31/3/21 More info
Uruguay Closed 24/2/21 More info
US Virgin Islands Clsoed 24/2/21 More info
Uzbekistan Closed 24/2/21 More info
Vanuatu Closed 24/2/21 More info
Vietnam Closed 24/2/21 More info
Wallis and Futuna Islands Closed 24/2/21 More info
Western Sahara Closed 24/2/21 More info
Yemen Closed 24/2/21 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. 24/2/21 More info
Zimbabwe Open with restrictions Travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken 48 hours before arrival. 24/2/21 More info

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 scheduled to become more frequent 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. But as the NZ travel bubble opens up on 18 April, 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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Campervans from $99/day or less

Pick up a campervan in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown before until 20 September 2021.

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Cheap Flights Cheap Flights

New Zealand flights from $353 return

Available until December 2021 to Queenstown, Wellington, Christchurch and more with Jetstar, Air New Zealand and Qantas. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland. T&Cs apply.

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Skyscanner Skyscanner

Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way

Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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Kayak Kayak

Up to 50% off Australia flights

Available on Qantas flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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Wotif Wotif

Up to 53% off Australia-wide getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. Destinations include Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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DiDi DiDi
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Get $20 credit

Get $5 off each of your first four rides in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Perth and Newcastle. Valid on all dates for new users. T&Cs apply.

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RedBalloon RedBalloon
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Get $5 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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RedBalloon RedBalloon
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Get $10 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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