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. Social distancing is slowing the spread of coronavirus and it’s important that this continue at Easter. Australians should stay at home this Easter and not undertake holiday travel.

Seasonal workers planning on travelling between urban and regional areas need to self-isolate for 14 days when moving between areas to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

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:

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:

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.

Learn more about who can enter Australia from the Department of Home Affairs.

Australian Border Force liaison officers at overseas airports will work with airlines to identify anyone who should not board a flight to Australia.

Quarantine for arrivals  

All travellers arriving in Australia by air or sea must be isolated in mandatory quarantine accommodation for 14 days from their arrival, with few exceptions.

These requirements will be managed and enforced by state and territory governments with Australian Government support, including from the Australian Defence Force and Australian Border Force.

You will be quarantined in the city you arrive in for 14 days, even if you don’t normally live there or plan to travel elsewhere in Australia from there.

Most quarantine accommodation is being managed by state and territory governments. They will:

  • handle transport for travellers from their arrival point to their quarantine accommodation
  • manage quarantine arrangements at the accommodation facility

To find out more about how quarantine works in your state or territory, or to ask about someone you know who has been quarantined, contact your state or territory government health department.

While the Chief Medical Officer, in consultation with, AHPPC, can declare a Human Health Response Zone (HHRZ) to support quarantine and isolation procedures, the mandatory quarantine arrangements are mostly being managed under state and territory public health legislation.

Currently only one HHRZ has been declared at the Swissotel in Sydney.

Quarantine processes at the Swissotel in Sydney are being managed by the New South Wales Government. Find out more about quarantine at the Swissotel from the New South Wales Department of Health.


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.

Cruise ships

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.

Stay informed

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.


Visit the Smartraveller website regularly to check for international developments and subscribe to updates.

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Last updated: 
4 April 2020

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