Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for travellers
Biosecurity measures and travel restrictions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Travel within Australia
Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel.
State and territory restrictions
States and territories can apply their own restrictions, including closing their state borders. Find out more about restrictions in your state or territory:
- Australian Capital Territory: ACT Government Health
- New South Wales: NSW Government Health
- Northern Territory: Northern Territory Government
- Queensland: Queensland government health and wellbeing
- South Australia: Government of South Australia SA Health
- Tasmania: Tasmanian Government Department of Health
- Victoria: Victoria State Government Health and Human Services
- Western Australia: Government of Western Australia Department of Health
Remote area restrictions
The Australian Government is restricting travel to certain remote communities (designated areas). These restrictions aim to protect Community Elders and those already sick.
Before you can enter a designated area, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
If you are already in a designated area, stay there unless it is essential to leave for medical treatment.
To view the maps of designated areas and to find out more, see:
- keeping remote communities safe
- stay in your community and if you can, stay home
- Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Remote Communities) Determination 2020
Flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19
States and territories are publishing details of flights where we know someone who was on board has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
You can check these lists to see whether you may have been in contact with a confirmed case.
Travel to Australia
Australia’s borders are closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
Read more in the Prime Minister's statement.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for:
- exemptions to travel restrictions
- visa holders
- visa conditions
Citizens and permanent residents returning to Australia
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you and your immediate family members can return to Australia.
You must self-isolate for 14 days from the day you return.
Changes from 11.59pm Saturday 28 March
From 11:59pm on Saturday 28 March 2020, all travellers arriving in Australia via air or seaports must undergo 14 days of isolation in the city of their arrival.
At overseas airports, Australian Border Force liaison officers will work with airlines to identify travellers who should not board flights.
The Australian Government will provide accommodation for the quarantine period.
If your final destination is in a different state or territory, you must still complete your quarantine in the state or territory you arrived in, before returning home.
States and territories will enforce these requirements with support from the Australian Government. This includes the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Border Force, if needed.
If you are on an international flight and show signs of an infectious disease:
- the airline must report you to biosecurity officers
- biosecurity officers will assess you before you get off the plane
- you may be isolated or referred to a hospital
If you are unwell on a flight, you will be identified and referred for assessment when you arrive at your destination.
Air and maritime crews
Air and maritime crews must continue to undertake the existing precautions. This means self-isolating in your accommodation when you enter Australia.
On 15 March, the Government announced a temporary ban on the entry of cruise ships that have left a foreign port. Australian cruise ships that are currently in progress are permitted to dock in Australia.
For more information about cruise ships, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Travel from Australia
There is a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.
To find out more, go to Smartraveller’s coronavirus (COVID-10) information.
Whether you’re travelling in Australia or overseas, make sure you know the facts about COVID-19.
Keep informed through our COVID-19 news and media.