Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

COVID-19 and passengers

Travel has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The latest advice from the Australian Government on COVID-19 is available on the Australian Government website.

For many people, exemptions are required to enter/exit Australia. Advice is currently available on the Department of Home Affairs webpage.

Passenger caps currently impact how many travellers can enter Australia due to limiting capacities on the hotel quarantine system. More information about repatriation flights for passengers is currently available on the Smartraveller website.

International travellers are now required to obtain a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to the departure of their flight to Australia. Travellers are requested to complete the Australian Traveller Declaration. Upon arrival into Australia, hotel quarantine is mandatory for all arrivals including prior to onwards domestic travel. Advice has been published on preparing for hotel quarantine.

States and territories have different requirements for entry for both international and domestic travellers. Current information is available on the Australian Government website.

To assist with contact tracing efforts, all passengers are required to give their name, phone number, email and post code for all domestic flights in Australia. This information will be provided by the airline to the relevant health authority (state and/or National Incident Room) upon request for the purposes of contact tracing.

The aviation industry-lead Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol was developed to identify and mitigate risks of COVID-19 transmission related to aviation. Passengers are recommended to familiarise themselves with the protocol prior to aviation travel.

On 8 January 2021 the National Cabinet adopted the recommendations of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to mandate the wearing of masks in Australian airports.