Last update: 15 January 2021
Travel restrictions in Australia
Travelling from Australia:
Since 25 March, there is a ban on Australian citizens and permanent residents travelling overseas as part of the Australian Biosecurity Act. This is managed by the Australian Border Force. For more information, visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
Returning to Australia:
You can travel to Australia if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia. Please note that there are limited flights options from Spain due to flight cancellations and travel restrictions.
In order to manage quarantine arrangements, the Australian Government announced a limit on passengers on international arrivals. This will apply subject to further advice on quarantine capacity from each state and territory. These arrangements will be reviewed regularly. You can read more about returning to Australia on the Smartraveller website.
When you arrive in Australia, you must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities in your port of arrival. You will be transported directly to the designated facilities after appropriate immigration, customs and enhanced health checks. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. To find out more on how quarantine works in your state or territory, contact your state or territory government health department.
Following the decision by National Cabinet on 8 January 2021, all travellers five years of age or older departing on flights on or after 22 January 2021 must show a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to their airline when checking in for their flight at the departure point. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Travellers must wear masks on all international flights, including at airports. More information on new measures for return to Australia here.
More information about border control measures here.
If you have been unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions and are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible to access financial support from the Australian Government. Read more here.