COVID-19 – International Travel Restrictions

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Alex Graham

March 20, 2020

Thank you to all dedicated doctors for your continued commitment to supporting Australia’s communities with quality healthcare services during this challenging time.

The current advice relating to travelling to and from Australia is complex and ever-changing, and our in-house Regulatory and Migration team are working with the Australian Immigration department to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

The below advice is accurate at the date of publication.


Temporary Residents – Inbound Travel to Australia

From 21 February 2022, all fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia.

What I need to do before I travel:

  • Proof of vaccination: You will need to prove your vaccination status when you check in for your flight.
  • Digital passenger declaration: All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) unless they are flight crew. You can start your DPD seven days before your flight and submit it within 72 hours prior to your departure for Australia. This is because you must provide your health information and declaration (vaccination status and COVID-19 test result) within 72 hours before your flight. The DPD requests details that are considered critical health information.
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test: A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days before your flight’s scheduled departure, or a medical certificate as proof of a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken under medical supervision within 24 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure, must be provided to your airline when you check-in.

For more information, visit the Government website here.


Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents – Outbound Travel from Australia

Australia's border is reopening. Vaccinated travellers no longer need an exemption to travel out of the country.

What I need to do before I travel:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Pre-departure test: outbound passengers are not required to submit a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at check-in to meet Australian outbound travel requirements. Some countries and airlines require a pre-departure test result at check-in before you will be allowed to board your flight. Travellers should check the entry requirements of the country they are travelling to, and their airline's requirements.
  • Masks: mask requirements for outbound passengers are the same as for inbound passengers.
  • Isolating or quarantining on arrival: some countries may require you to isolate or quarantine upon arrival. 


Interstate Travel within Australia

You need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of your arrival, and any other state or territories that you plan to travel to. This includes quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. Restrictions may change at short notice.

Please seek confirmation on applicable travel restrictions, exemption processes and self-isolation requirements before travelling interstate. We recommend carrying your AHPRA card as you travel.

We are posting updates about Interstate travel within Australia here.


Travel restrictions are subject to change. For more up to date information, please refer to the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.

Our in-house Regulatory and Migration team is also here to help. You can reach out for advice about your specific circumstances on our contact us page.

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