To enter Australia, you must hold a valid passport, a valid visa, and a completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card.
Incoming Passenger Cards are distributed during your flight to Australia by your airline. For more information about visas, see “check your passport and travel documents” section below.
From 18 April 2022, travellers do not require a pre-departure COVID-19 test to enter or transit Australia regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. You should check if COVID-19 testing requirements are different for any transit countries you will pass through on the way to Australia, or if your airline has additional requirements.
All travellers to Australia arriving by air, regardless of their vaccination status, must also complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD). You can complete your DPD via the iOS app, the Android app, or the online form on the Department of Home Affairs website. You can start your DPD seven days before your flight and submit it within 72 hours prior to your departure for Australia. The DPD includes a declaration regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status and other health information. You may be asked to provide evidence you have completed your DPD when checking in for your flight to Australia. For further information, see the Department of Home Affairs website.
All travellers to Australia arriving by sea, for example by cruise ship, must complete a Maritime Travel Declaration (MTD) instead of a DPD. You can complete your MTD via an online form on the Department of Home Affairs website. According to the Department of Home Affairs, you should complete your MTD between three and ten days before you board the vessel.
States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions on travellers arriving from international and domestic locations. You should check requirements for the state or territory in which you will arrive. Border rules can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans.
Each state and territory is responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements. You should check requirements for the state or territory in which you will arrive.
Travellers will need to comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of arrival before travelling on to another state or territory.
If you’re fully vaccinated
All fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia. You can check the Australian Government’s definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ for travel on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
Proof of vaccination status
You must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Australia.
If you were vaccinated in Australia, you should use an International COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (ICVC) generated by Services Australia. If you were vaccinated outside of Australia, you can use a foreign vaccination certificate. See the requirements for foreign vaccination certificates from the Australian Department of Health.
Australia will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 7 days prior to travel. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
Unvaccinated temporary visa holders, or temporary visa holders who do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for travel, will need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia. Exemption applications can be submitted online on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website, which also lists the travel exemption categories. People with Australian citizenship or permanent residency status do not require an exemption to enter Australia.
Unvaccinated travellers must also meet theDPD or MTD completion requirements outlined above.
Unvaccinated travellers may be subject to quarantine requirements in the state or territory of arrival. You should check requirements for the state or territory in which you will arrive.
Children and young people
For entry into Australia, regardless of their actual vaccination status, children are considered fully vaccinated travellers for entry purposes if:
- They are 11 years old or under, or;
- They are aged 12 to 17 years and are travelling with at least one adult who is fully vaccinated
Anyone aged 18 years or older is considered an adult.
You can find more information about arrangements for children travelling to Australia on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Quarantine and self-isolation rules after entry into Australia are managed by state and territory authorities. Some states require partially vaccinated or unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17 years to self-isolate even if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adult travellers.
If children are accompanied by unvaccinated adult travellers, the entire family group may be required to quarantine and will generally be subject to passenger cap limits for unvaccinated travellers. Travellers should always check the requirements of the state or territory they plan to travel to, or transit through, prior to arranging their travel.
If you’re transiting through Australia
British citizens are eligible to transit through Australia for a maximum of 8 hours without a visa. If you wish to transit without a visa, you must remain airside and you will not be able to clear immigration, including to collect baggage which should have been checked through to your final destination. You can check information from the Department of Home Affairs on transiting without a visa. If you are not eligible to transit without a visa, for example if your transit time is longer than 8 hours, you will need to apply for and obtain a visa before travelling to Australia.
If you plan to transit Australia, check the latest entry restrictions for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.
Unvaccinated temporary visa holders, or temporary visa holders who do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for travel, will need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia. Exemption applications can be submitted online on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website. People with Australian citizenship or permanent residency status do not require an exemption to enter Australia.
Applications for exemptions from quarantine requirements must be granted by state or territory health departments. You should contact the health department of the state or territory in which you will arrive for further advice.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
Subject to current restrictions, British citizens can usually get the following types of electronic visitor visa:
- eVisitor visa direct from the Department of Home Affairs. There is no visa application charge or service fee for this
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via your travel agent or airline. There is no visa application charge, but a service fee of A$20 applies
If you hold an ePassport you can use SmartGate to pass through passport control when arriving in Australia. See the Australian Border Force website for more information.
Working holiday visa
If you’re on a working holiday visa you should be aware of your rights as an employee in Australia and how to report any concerns about unfair or unlawful treatment.
Thousands of British working holiday makers travel to Australia each year with the vast majority enjoying their stay without issue. Working conditions, accommodation and medical facilities are generally of a good standard.
In October 2016 the Fair Work Ombudsman published a report following an inquiry into the wages and conditions of people working under the working holiday visa program, which highlighted exploitative workplace cultures where unreasonable and unlawful requirements were being imposed in some isolated and remote workplaces. If you have concerns about your workplace conditions or treatment you can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94. You can also report concerns to them anonymously.
If you feel you’re being treated unfairly or unlawfully by an employer, you can email the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) at the British High Commission in Canberra at: Australia.WHVreferrals@fcdo.gov.uk. The NCA is working with a number of Australian authorities to help identify and address any illegal employer behaviour affecting British nationals.
For further information and advice, see our working holiday makers booklet.
Visas during COVID-19
According to the Australian Department of Home Affairs, there may be disruptions to visa processing arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can review global visa processing times on the Department of Home Affairs website.
If you’re unable to leave Australia and your visa is nearing expiry or has expired already, you should contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible. Australia does not issue visa extensions so you will need to apply for a new visa to remain lawful in Australia, and provide relevant supporting documentation. If your visa is expiring or has expired, you can follow the advice from the Department of Home Affairs.
You can find more information about visas for Australia, including visa options that may suit your needs, on the Department of Home Affairs website.
For entry into Australia, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is needed.
If you’re transiting another country on your way to or from Australia, make sure you check the entry requirements for that country. Many countries will only permit entry if you have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport.
If you’re a British national living in Australia with Australian citizenship, or you’re a dual national, you should leave and enter Australia on your Australian passport, otherwise you may face difficulties and delays. For more information, see the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s website.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Travellers do not require an exemption to leave Australia, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status or visa status. This includes unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents, who do not require an exemption to depart Australia as of 18 April 2022.