Are you planning a trip to Australia? With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to stay up to date on the latest travel restrictions and guidelines. In this article, we'll provide an expert's guide to traveling to Australia during the pandemic. Australian citizens and unvaccinated permanent residents can leave and enter Australia without an individual travel exemption. However, travelers entering or leaving Australia must comply with the testing and quarantine requirements of the state or territory of their arrival and of any other state or territory to which they plan to travel.
Travellers do not need a negative pre-departure test and cruise ships can enter Australian territory. But if you're flying from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, the Australian Government requires that you be tested for COVID-19 48 hours before your scheduled departure date. It's important to research the type of visa you're planning to travel on if you're thinking of moving to Australia for an extended period as a family unit. The system is structured differently in Australia, so you may not be entitled to any child benefit payments, and even if you were entitled to a medical card in your country, you will have to pay for medical appointments and related services in Australia.
Cases of Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE), a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease, have been reported in the Northern Territory and northwestern Western Australia, with occasional cases in Queensland, Central Australia and the central regions of Western Australia. Citizens planning to travel abroad should consider the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 abroad and are recommended to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes coverage for COVID-19. For additional information on traveling to Australia, read the country information page. Use the search tool below to learn more about recommendations for traveling to Australia during COVID-19, including safety and health rules and guidelines.