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Travel and other restrictions

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If you develop symptoms such as severe shortness of breath or chest pain, call triple zero (000) immediately. Tell the call handler and the paramedics on arrival if you have COVID-19.

Can I travel to other states and territories in Australia?

Yes, but some states and territories may close their borders, allowing exceptions only for emergency services, freight delivery, medical appointments, employment and for compassionate reasons.

Use the healthdirect Restriction Checker for more information on state or territory travel restrictions.

RESTRICTIONS — Use the COVID-19 Restriction Checker to find out what you can and can't do in your state or territory.

Can I travel overseas?

Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. This includes Australian citizens and permanent residents who are unvaccinated.

For more information on leaving Australia, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

I have just come back from overseas. What do I need to do?

The steps you need to take after arriving in Australia will depend on the state or territory you arrive in. To learn which rules apply to you, visit the government website of the state or territory you wish to enter.

You should continue to monitor your health once you’re home. Use the healthdirect Symptom Checker below if you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS — Use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker to find out if you need medical help.

If the Symptom Checker show that you should contact your GP, please make sure you call your doctor to describe your symptoms. You can also attend a COVID-19 clinic in your area.

Can foreign travellers still visit Australia?

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

This includes all visa categories that allow travel to Australia. Children under 12 and those with a medical exemption will be treated as ‘fully vaccinated’ for the purposes of travel.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia, and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.

For more information on vaccination requirements and travelling to Australia, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

What are the requirements to enter Australia?

Before you travel to Australia, you must complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), unless you are a flight crew member. You can start a DPD 7 days before your flight to Australia, but you can only submit a DPD within 72 hours before your departure. This is because you must provide your health information and declaration within 72 hours before your flight.

If you were vaccinated in Australia, you'll need to show airline staff your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). If you do not have an ICVC but were vaccinated overseas, you will need to show a foreign vaccination certificate. If you can't be vaccinated for medical reasons, you'll need to show evidence of a medical exemption.

You no longer have to get a COVID-19 test before you travel to Australia — regardless of your vaccination status.

For more information about Australia's travel requirements, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Can I contact the National Coronavirus Helpline from overseas?

If you're overseas, you can contact the National Coronavirus Helpline by calling these numbers:

+61 2 4058 2975

+61 3 6145 0026

+61 2 4018 3442

Don’t forget to include the ‘six one’, which is the country code for Australia.

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