When Can We Travel Again?
For more information on domestic travel restrictions and border openings head here.
What to expect when travelling
- Australian Capital Territory: ACT Government travel advice
- New South Wales: NSW Government travel advice
- Northern Territory: NT Government travel advice
- Queensland: QLD Government travel advice
- South Australia: SA Government travel advice
- Tasmania: TAS Government travel advice
- Victoria: VIC Government travel advice
- Western Australia: WA Government travel advice
- your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
- your travel is essential for your business/employer
- you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
- you are travelling outside Australia for three months or longer
- you are travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds
- your travel is in the national interest.
- regularly wash your hands with soap and water
- covering coughs and sneezes
- avoid touching your face
- maintain social distance
- avoid contact with people who are unwell
Wearing a face mask is not mandatory within airport terminals (except for in Victoria where everyone must wear a mask when they leave home, unless an exception applies. This is enforceable across regional Victoria from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August), but you are encouraged to do so. Airlines maintain various requirements around the use of face masks and provision of evidence of negative COVID test results while travellers are in transit and when arriving at the final destination aligning with border controls. Some airlines are providing complimentary face masks which they encourage passengers to wear, while others are not.
This information is subject to change without notice, we recommend you familiarise yourself with the relevant airline and government policies at the time of booking and again immediately before travel.
Yes, although there are still restrictions on the amount of liquid you can carry on international* flights which is a maximum of 150ml.
*Australia has strict border measures in place. As a result very limited flights are currently available to and from Australia to those with travel exemptions.
Airline & Airport Safety
- How are airlines protecting passengers?
- Airport safety information for travellers
- Why are some airport and airline staff not wearing masks or other PPE?
- Are there any changes to screening processes given the rules of social distancing?
- Why is the temperature checking at some airports and not others?
- For the latest domestic airline travel information
- Encouraging the use of the COVIDSafe app.
- Enhanced ‘gate-screening’ processes to identify symptoms of concern displayed by any boarding passenger.
- Staggering the boarding process.
- Spacing of passengers where possible.
- Enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.
- Providing onboard PPE kits and encouraging the use of face masks inflight.
- Reducing cabin service, minimising interactions.
- Providing onboard sanitation stations and the provision of anti-bacterial wipes for passenger use.
- Implementing new procedures to isolate any passenger who becomes sick during the flight.
- Encouraging the use of the COVIDSafe app
- Encouraging social distancing where possible, in terminal, kerbside, in car parks and on transfer buses, including installing floor markings and bollards where practical
- Free sanitation stations at terminal entry points, screening locations, on transfer buses and at boarding gates
- Increasing cleaning schedules and touch point sanitation with hospital grade disinfectant in terminal, on transfer buses and in car parks
- Trolley wipe stations installed in car parks and trolley stations
- Sharing hygiene and social distancing reminders via static and digital signage and PAs in terminals, car parks and buses
- Encouraging meeters and greeters and non-travellers to not enter the terminals, where practical
- Providing protective sneeze screens and PPE for front line staff where practical
- Providing additional hygiene training for staff and contractors.
Health advice continues to recommend that healthy people in the community do not need to wear masks, while the rate of community transmission of COVID-19 is low. For instance Brisbane Airport continues to follow the advice of Queensland Health and as such, while staff are welcome to wear face masks and PPE at BNE, this is not currently a mandatory requirement.
While some domestic airports have chosen to implement temperature checks, there has been no recommendations or directives by health authorities to do so, as temperature checking does not guarantee the absence of someone carrying the virus. While temperature checking will not be mandatory for domestic passengers at all airports, you may notice some temperature check stations around the terminals. These have been implemented by individual organisations, separate to the airport, as part of their COVID Safe plan.
- Virgin Australia: https://travel.virginaustralia.com/au/coronavirus-update/flying
- Qantas: https://www.qantas.com/au/en/travel-info/travel-updates/coronavirus.html
- Jetstar: https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/fly-well
Important Travel Advisory: When travelling you need to ensure you meet the current COVID-19 travel regulations and advisories for your departure point, destination, and any transit points prior to booking. All information on this page has been sourced from the following government and industry bodies, which you can also visit: IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map, Smart Traveller and Australian Home Affairs.
Travel Restrictions and Rules
Interstate Travel Restrictions
Last updated - November 24 2020
If travelling interstate, check the below quarantine and self-isolation government requirements for each individual state in the drop downs below.
- Residents free to travel around state
- Travellers from Victoria & South Australia are required to quarantine on arrival
- Victorian travellers no longer required to quarantine from November 27
- Travellers from the ACT, NSW, QLD, WA, NT & NZ may enter the state without quarantining.
- Mandatory health check for all arrivals & Good to Go App must be used for entry
Residents free to travel around state
Border to Victoria opening on 1 December
WA, QLD, TAS, NT, NSW, ACT can enter SA with a Cross Border Travel Registration
Residents free to travel around state
Border to South Australia remains closed
Border opening to Sydney and Victoria from December 1
Travellers from all other states can enter QLD
Border declaration required for all travellers
- Residents free to travel around state, however number restrictions in homes & public venues apply
- Borders open to travellers from all other states
- Face masks strongly encouraged
- Residents free to travel around state and into NSW
- Residents strongly urged not to travel to hotspot areas in NSW
- Face masks strongly encouraged
Melbourne and regional Victoria have moved to Third Step in the pathway to COVID Normal with easing of restrictions.
Face masks are mandatory indoors in public, but no longer outside
No permit or approval is required to enter Victoria from another state, but SA is now a declared hot spot with extra measures in place for arrivals, but not a blanket quarantine
Residents free to travel around state, except to remote Aboriginal communities
Borders open to QLD, NT, TAS, ACT
Travellers from SA, NSW & VIC required to quarantine for 14 days
All travellers must apply for a G2G Pass declaration
Residents free to travel around state
Mandatory 14-day quarantine at own cost for travellers arriving from declared hotspots (currently Melbourne only)
All travellers must complete a border entry form
International Travel Restrictions
Last updated - October 29 2020
Australia’s borders are currently closed
International travel is currently banned for Australian citizens & permanent residents without an exemption
Temporary visa holders & visitors do not require exemption to leave Australia, but will need one to return
All arrivals into Australia are required to pay for their own government-directed quarantine, except for those arriving from New Zealand who don’t need to quarantine as part of the ‘Trans Tasman travel bubble’ agreement.
Cap On Returning Australian Travellers Eased
PM Scott Morrison has announced an easing of the cap on international arrivals to help Australians stuck overseas. From this Friday, September 25, the cap will be raised from 4,000 to almost 6,000 to support Australians returning home.
The Government wants to see WA, Queensland and NSW each accept an additional 500 travellers a week, while South Australia has already agreed to lift its weekly capacity for international travellers by 360. The ACT, NT and Tasmania have all been asked to assess their capacity for hosting returned travellers.
“Another way we’ll be able to help more Australians get home is that we’re working to ensure that New Zealanders can come to Australia, and Australians can return from New Zealand without the need to go through quarantine if they’re not coming from an area where there is an outbreak of COVID-19,” Morrison said.
United Arab Emirates travel update
From 1 August 2020, all travellers wishing to transit or enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within four days of the traveller’s scheduled travel date. The safety measure was announced on 24 July by the UAE Government to keep all passengers and citizens safe and healthy.
Both Emirates and Etihad Airlines have informed Flight Centre that they will only accept COVID 19 tests from Pure Health testing clinics (or their representatives) in Australia. Each test costs $153 per person and is mandatory for all passengers.
Pure Health clinics will provide the test results in a format that the UAE Government will accept, and will guarantee a test result within 48 -72 hours. Please click the link below and follow the prompts to locate your nearest approved clinic: COVID 19 Screening Registration.
Passengers who do not have an approved negative test result from a Pure Health Test Clinic, and who attempt to board a flight to the UAE, will be denied boarding.
For more information click here.
NSW Releases Details of Quarantine Charges for International Arrivals
The NSW Government has released the details of it's plan to charge arriving international travellers for their own quarantine accommodation costs from 12:01am Saturday, 18 July.
Customers who purchased their flights before 11:59pm 12 July AEST will be excluded from quarantine fees, however these travellers will still be required to quarantine in government arranged accommodation for 14 days.
Federal Government Places Limit on International Arrivals
To limit the risk of further Coronavirus outbreaks, to protect the community and reduce strain on the hotel quarantine process in Australia, the Federal Government will limit the number of international arrivals into Australia to 4,000 per day from Monday 13 July 2020.
The Government has also indicated that passengers arriving into Australia will be responsible for the cost of their own hotel quarantine, however this is the decision of the individual State Government and will be communicated once plans are confirmed.
This is already in place in Queensland, and just announced for NSW to come into effect from 12.01am Saturday 18 July 2020.
We recommend that customers check their State Govt. websites for more details before travelling or returning to Australia.