Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers

Biosecurity measures and travel restrictions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read about what measures are in place when travelling in or out of Australia.

Travel into 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 will work with airlines at overseas airports to identify those who should not board flights to Australia.

Since 27 March 2020, no foreign-flagged cruise ships may enter Australian waters (with limited exceptions). The cruise ship ban is in place until 17 September 2020, but this does not mean the ban will be lifted at that time. The Australian Health Principal Protection Committee reviews the ban regularly.

Everyone who arrives in Australia will be quarantined for 14 days and might have to comply with other state and territory travel restrictions.

Quarantine for incoming travellers

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all travellers arriving in Australia by air or sea must go into government approved mandatory quarantine for 14 days from arrival, with limited exceptions.

State and territory governments, with support from the Australian Government, manage quarantine arrangements including:

  • transport for travellers from their arrival point to their quarantine accommodation
  • quarantine arrangements at the accommodation facility
  • You must quarantine in the city you arrive in for 14 days, even if you plan to travel elsewhere in Australia.

Once you have completed quarantine, you can travel within Australia in line with state and territory domestic travel restrictions. This may include further quarantine requirements.

You may be tested for COVID-19 in the first 48 hours and then between days 10 to 12 of quarantine. If you refuse to test, you may have to quarantine for a longer period. Exact testing arrangements depend on states and territories.

In some states and territories, you may also have to pay a contribution to the cost of quarantine.On an average this can cost up to AUD 5,000 per person

States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions, including:

  • closing state borders and restricting travel into and out of their state
  • restricting travel into and out of areas within their state
  • requiring people who have travelled to and from some areas to quarantine for 14 days

To learn more or to ask about someone you know who is quarantined, contact your state or territory government health department.


As at 3pm on 23 August 2020, a total of 24,812 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia, including 502 deaths, and 19,228 have been reported as recovered from COVID-19. 

Not sure which city you should settle in when you arrive in Australia? Download our free guide “Selecting a city when you first arrive in Australia”

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Australian Government WhatsApp channel for COVID-19

Join our COVID-19 WhatsApp channel to learn the latest on Australia’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re already a WhatsApp user you can send a message to the channel to connect. If you don’t have WhatsApp, download the app to join the channel.

Coronavirus Australia app

Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.

COVIDSafe app

The COVIDSafe app is a tool that helps identify people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Please read the content on this page before downloading.

Protect others and stop the spread. We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

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