Travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau

If you are arriving in Australia after 12:01 am Thursday 5 January from China, Hong Kong or Macau, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 48 hours before your scheduled departure date.

The Australian Government has introduced additional COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

If you are travelling from these ports you must be able to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 48 hours before your scheduled departure.

You must be ready to show this evidence when checking in for your flight. You may need to show it again once you arrive in Australia.

Read or download our passenger information sheet.

Exemptions

You are exempt from this pre-departure testing requirement if you:

  • are airline crew
  • are a child under 12 years old on the day of your scheduled departure 
  • have evidence from a medical practitioner that you have had and recovered from COVID-19 in the 30 days prior to your scheduled flight. This evidence needs to include:
    • the date you were assessed by the medical practitioner
    • a statement you had COVID-19 but are now considered recovered and not infectious
    • the date of your first positive COVID-19 test and a statement this is at least 7 days before your assessment
    • a statement you have not had a fever or respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours
  • have recent evidence from a medical practitioner (from the last 30 days) that you have a medical condition that prevents you from taking a COVID-19 test
  • are on an emergency medical evacuation flight.

Accepted tests

Rapid antigen test (RAT) and nucleic acid amplification technology (NAA) tests, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), are accepted tests.

RAT tests must be administered or supervised by a medical practitioner.

Serology and antibody tests are not accepted.

Required evidence

A result from your testing provider can be used as evidence of a negative test if a NAA test is used.

If a RAT is used, a certificate from the medical practitioner administering, or supervising, the test will be required. This certificate must include:

  • date and time of the test
  • name of the individual tested
  • type of test conducted
  • brand and make of the test
  • certification that the specimen for the test was collected, and the test was carried out, by or under the supervision of a medical practitioner
  • result of the test
  • signature of the medical practitioner providing the certificate.

There is no requirement to produce evidence in English.

If you are arriving on a flight from China, Hong Kong and Macau without the relevant COVID-19 test having been obtained, read our entry requirements fact sheet.

If your flight is delayed

The test requirements apply to your scheduled departure date. If your flight is delayed you do not need a new test.

If your flight is rescheduled or cancelled you will need to be able to provide evidence of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before the new scheduled departure date.

Transiting through other countries

Anyone who boards a flight originating in China, including Hong Kong or Macau and ending in Australia must be able to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. This includes indirect flights that transit through a third country before arriving in Australia.

Australia’s testing requirement does not apply if you travel from China, including Hong Kong or Macau, to another country and spend more than 24 hours there before travelling to Australia.

Transiting through China, Hong Kong or Macau

If you are transiting through China, including Hong Kong or Macau, and your flight originated in another country you do not need to undertake a pre-departure test.

The testing requirement does apply to those who travel to China, including Hong Kong or Macau, from another country and spend more than 24 hours there before travelling to Australia.

Transiting through Australia

If you are travelling directly through Australia, a negative test result is not required.

If you intend to spend more than 24 hours in Australia before travelling to a third country, a negative pre-departure test is required.

Protecting Australia from new variants

Australia’s priority is keeping our community safe. This measure is part of the Australian Government’s response to the wave of COVID-19 infections in China and is being implemented to protect Australia from the risk of potential new variants. 

If you are unable to present evidence of a negative test result on request, you may be subject to a civil penalty, including a fine of up to approximately AU$8,250.

These arrangements are precautionary and temporary and will remain under regular review.

For more information

Read or download our passenger information sheet.

Detail of the Minister for Health and Aged Care's decision to implement the requirement is provided in the Biosecurity (Entry Requirements—Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Determination 2023.

Information for citizens, residents and visitors to Australia is also provided on smartraveller.gov.au 

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