State border closures and the impact on international travellers

Covid-19 Australian Travel Update

While all fully vaccinated Australians may leave Australia without an exemption, arrangements for returning to Australia will depend on the state or territory you are travelling to. The Australian Government has announced additional border measures as a precaution to protect Australians from the new Omicron Variant of Concern.

If you need to transit through a state or territory on your way to your destination state or territory, you may also need to take into account domestic travel restrictions.

Some states in Australia are experiencing small (by international standards) Covid-19 outbreaks. The state governments in Australia have primary control over the health system, so some states have closed their borders to people entering from other states.

More information about the border closures can be found using the links below:

These international travel rules that apply to Australians and permanent residents also apply to people who hold a temporary visa and were vaccinated overseas including:

  • international students
  • Australian residents
  • tourists

You must show evidence that you have been vaccinated, at least 7 days prior to international travel into or out of Australia, with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

You must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of your flight’s scheduled departure to your airline when you check-in for a flight to travel into Australia.

Children under 12 years of age can travel overseas without an exemption.

Hammond Taylor will continue to provide updates as the state border restrictions ease.


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