Advice for the air and maritime sectors

The air and maritime sectors are responsible for protecting their passengers, crew, and destinations from COVID-19. Learn what you and your crew need to know for travelling during COVID-19.

International flight and voyage requirements

Flight captains, vessel operators and crew should review and help fulfil the inbound and outbound requirements for all crew and passengers. This includes passengers transiting through an Australian airport.

Testing for crew

International crew testing and health screening requirements for COVID-19 differs across Australian states and territories.

Consult the relevant state and territory health website for more information.

Infection prevention and control measures

Airlines and vessel operators must ensure appropriate infection prevention and control measures on aircraft and vessels follow their COVIDSafe plans and national and industry guidelines.

Read the guidance on:

International maritime vessel requirements

Cruise vessels

Australia’s national cruise ship ban was lifted on 18 April 2022.

Cruise vessels intending to arrive in Australian territory must comply with pre-arrival reporting and pratique requirements.

Cruise lines and operators must comply with state and territory requirements and restrictions.

Commercial vessels

Commercial vessels may have biosecurity requirements if they have:

  • crew who have left or transited through any country other than Australia (even if the crew have been at sea for more than 14 days)
  • ill crew or passengers on board
  • suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board.

Commercial vessels intending to arrive in Australian territory must comply with pre-arrival reporting and pratique requirements.

Crew must also comply with any international travel restrictions and state or territory requirements, including quarantine requirements.

Non-commercial vessels

Non-commercial vessels, including leisure boats, yachts and private super yachts, are subject to biosecurity requirements, at the first port of arrival in Australian territory.

This also applies to non-commercial vessels that have been in contact with another international vessel.

Visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's website for more information about COVID-19 and non-commercial vessels.

Crew requiring urgent medical attention

Reporting a sick crew member on a pre-arrival report or to a biosecurity officer on arrival will not stop urgent medical or ambulance services meeting the vessel. The operator of the vessel is responsible for requesting medical or ambulance services. The operator should tell government, medical or ambulance services if they suspect someone has COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19.

More information

The Australian Border Force website includes additional information for aircraft and vessels entering and departing Australia.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) frequently asked questions – International airlines operating to Australia

Find answers to frequently asked questions about arrangements and responsibilities for international airlines including vaccination, Digital Passenger Declarations, transits and quarantine.

Last updated: 
12 May 2022

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