Outbound international travel

Australia's border is open. Find out what you need to be able to travel internationally.

Vaccination

All outbound passengers must provide proof of vaccination when exiting Australia if requested by a relevant official.

If you are leaving Australia you should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and travel with proof of vaccination documentation.

If you are unvaccinated you are should not travel internationally. If you decide to travel when unvaccinated, you may have to quarantine on return at your own expense and be subject to passenger caps.

It is your responsibility to meet any vaccination requirements of the airline or vessel operator you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.

Pre-departure testing

Australian outbound travel requirements do not require you to submit a negative COVID-19 test at check-in. 

Some countries, airlines and vessel operators may require a pre-departure test result at check-in before you are allowed to board your flight or ship. Check the entry requirements of the country you are travelling or transiting through, and your airline or vessel operator’s requirements.

Visit the SmartTraveller website for more information. 

Masks

You do not need to wear a mask to meet Australian outbound travel requirements, but you must meet the mask requirements of the airline or cruise vessel you travel with. 

Check your destination country's local public health orders for mask requirements during transit and on arrival. It is also important to be aware of your airline or vessel operator’s policies, including any mask wearing requirements.

Isolating or quarantining on arrival

Some countries may require you to isolate or quarantine upon arrival. 

Check your destination country's local public health orders for isolation and quarantine requirements on arrival.

Staying safe while overseas

COVID-19 continues to pose a health risk overseas. It is important that you consider how you can best protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 infection. People who are unwell or close contacts of people who have been unwell with COVID-19 should delay travel.

Wearing masks whilst travelling is strongly recommended. You should also undertake appropriate hand and respiratory hygiene, and physically distance from others where possible.

Unvaccinated Australians are strongly discouraged from travelling internationally due to the health risks.

It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline or vessel operator you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.

If you're thinking of travelling overseas, it's important you understand the risk of contracting COVID-19 in your destination. This includes any financial implications this may have for you and those travelling with you. Some travel insurers now offer limited cover for COVID-19.

You can minimise your risk of becoming unwell by making sure your travel vaccinations are up to date, including for COVID-19. When travelling:

  • follow local public health orders and health advice
  • monitor for symptoms
  • wear masks as advised and in appropriate settings
  • practise good hand hygiene
  • get tested if you have symptoms.

It's important to know what to do if you test positive while travelling. More information about travelling overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic is available on the Smartraveller and Home Affairs COVID-19 and the border websites.

More information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) frequently asked questions – International travellers

Find answers to frequently asked questions about travelling to and from Australia including pre-departure tests, vaccination status declarations and quarantine arrangements.

Last updated: 
12 May 2022

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