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Airlines Updates
Published on 14.01.2022, Qantas:

Qantas cuts flights, travellers dry up as Omicron bites

Published on 13.01.2022, Qantas:

Qantas cuts network capacity because of COVID-19

Published on 13.01.2022, Qantas, Jetstar:

QANTAS and Jetstar adjust their schedules due to surging COVID-19 cases.

Published on 12.01.2022, Qantas:

Qantas A380 returns to passenger service

Published on 10.01.2022, Virgin Australia Airlines:

Virgin Australia reduces its schedule, temporarily suspends 10 routes from 24JAN22, including Sydney-Suva, due to COVID-19-related staff shortages.

Published on 05.01.2022, Qantas:

Leaked memo says rusty Qantas pilots making errors: report.

Published on 04.01.2022, Qantas:

Qantas Australian airlines is set to resume scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Sydney on 06JAN22

Published on 29.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas is to return the A380 to service on the SYD-LAX from 10JAN22

Published on 24.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas sees potential in flying to Seattle.

Published on 24.12.2021, Virgin, Jetstar:

Jetstar and Virgin airlines suddenly cancel several Christmas Eve flights to, from Sydney.

Published on 23.12.2021, Jetstar, Virgin Australia Airlines:

Jetstar and Virgin airlines suddenly cancel several Christmas Eve flights to, from Sydney

Published on 23.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas schedules Airbus A380 Flights to London from JUN22

Published on 17.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas switches domestic fleet to Airbus in blow to Boeing.

Published on 16.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on London flights.

Published on 15.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas to launch direct seasonal Sydney-Perth-Rome service from 22JUN22-06OCT22

Published on 14.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas to operate London flights with sustainable aviation fuel.

Published on 14.12.2021, Virgin Australia Airlines:

Virgin Australia switches US partner to United from Delta

Published on 08.12.2021, Bonza:

Australian budget airline Bonza to lease up to 8 737 MAX jets in first year.

Published on 08.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas gears up for soaring holiday deliveries demand.

Published on 07.12.2021, Qantas:

Qantas launches India service with Sydney-Delhi route.

Published on 03.12.2021, Singapore Airlines, Emirates:

Singapore Airlines and Emirates resume A380 on Sydney routes.

Published on 23.11.2021, Qantas:

Qantas returns its Sydney-Delhi after nine years, from 06DEC21.

Published on 22.11.2021, Qantas, Singapore Airlines:

Travel bubble with Singapore brings international students back to Australia.

Published on 05.11.2021, Qantas:

Qantas reports surge in domestic bookings as state borders open.

Published on 02.11.2021, Qantas:

QANTAS welcomes back international flyers with new amenities.

Published on 25.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas announces vaccine requirements for international travel

Published on 22.10.2021, Qantas:

Breaking: Qantas to fly A380s by April 2022.

Published on 22.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas to step up international flying amid 'massive demand' from Australians.

Published on 21.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas prepares planes for Sydney's international reopening, on 01NOV21.

Published on 21.10.2021, Virgin Australia:

Flights between Australia and Fiji are brought forward Sydney-Nadi route to start on 14DEC21; Melbourne-Nadi on 17DEC21.

Published on 21.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas’ ‘tough’ decision as airline ramps up domestic and international flight schedule.

Published on 20.10.2021, Qantas:

Australia's national carrier entices Aussies to get airborne again.

Published on 20.10.2021, Bonza:

Startup airline Bonza hails 737 MAX before Australian debut.

Published on 19.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas moves up international service restart to 01NOV21.

Published on 18.10.2021, Ryanair:

Ryanair confirms record Vienna Winter schedule.

Published on 18.10.2021, Austrian:

Austrian Airlines expands its premium economy class.

Published on 15.10.2021, Qantas:

Australia's Qantas to sell land for $595 million to cushion pandemic blow.

Published on 14.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas scrambles to retrain pilots as it plots path out of pandemic.

Published on 12.10.2021, Bonza:

New budget airline Bonza aims to fill gap in Australia routes.

Published on 07.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas resumes intercontinental flights on 14NOV21.

Published on 05.10.2021, Austrian:

Austrian Airlines resumes Montreal – Vienna route.

Published on 05.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas closes in on narrow-body replacement; eyes 737 Max, A220s.

Published on 04.10.2021, Qantas, Emirates:

Qantas, Emirates to extend joint venture until 2028.

Published on 01.10.2021, Qantas:

Qantas to bring forward restart of international flights to November, from 14NOV21 three-weekly flights between SYD-LHR, SYD-LAX.

Published on 30.09.2021, Virgin Australia:

Virgin Australia resumes flights to Fiji on 26DEC21.

Published on 30.09.2021, Qantas:

Qantas updated flight schedule shows interstate travel back on.

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Open for travel from Australia
Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

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. If you are a fully vaccinated traveller, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements. Travellers will need to comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of arrival before travelling on to another state or territory.
Australia has established International Safe Travel Zones with select countries, including New Zealand, enabling some quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia. Eligibility and requirements can change quickly. Full details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
*Testing/Screening on arrival: Travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine. The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements. For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.

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COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

A negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required for travelling to, or transiting through, Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline on check in.
You are also required to complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a declaration regarding your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate. If you are not vaccinated, you may require an exemption to enter Australia.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2022-01-14
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 45729166
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 272214
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 177.33
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 10556

Entry to Australia is only available if you are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption. Exempt categories include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents, and (from 15 December) fully vaccinated holders of eligible visas.

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Full Restrictions

  • Australia Latest News: Australian authorities lift travel ban on arrivals from eight southern African countries (SBS, 15.12.2021).

    *International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Australia: For full details on entering Australia, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website .
    Entry to Australia is only available if you are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption. Exempt categories include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents, and (from 15 December) fully vaccinated holders of eligible visas. In some cases an individual exemption may be required. A full explanation of exemptions, including how to apply, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    • As of 1 November 2021, ‘immediate family member’ also includes the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents
    From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated holders of eligible visas will be able to enter Australia without obtaining an individual exemption. Details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website
    • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia need to apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption
    You should check requirements for the state or territory in which you will arrive.
    A negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required for travelling to, or transiting through, Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline on check in.
    You are also required to complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD)< /a> at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a declaration regarding your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate. If you are not vaccinated, you may require an exemption to enter Australia. Border rules, including eligibility criteria, can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans.
    To enter Australia you must hold a valid visa. See ‘Visas during COVID-19’ below for more information.
    *Quarantine requirements: 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. If you are a fully vaccinated traveller, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements. Travellers will need to comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of arrival before travelling on to another state or territory.
    Australia has established International Safe Travel Zones with select countries, including New Zealand, enabling some quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia. Eligibility and requirements can change quickly. Full details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: Travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine. The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements. For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to COVID-19.
    British nationals are exempt from Australia’s travel restrictions (and do not need to request an exemption) if transiting Australia for 72 hours or less. Evidence of an onward ticket is required.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight departs from the same airport.
    State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you will be subject to the quarantine requirements of the state or territory you have arrived in.
    If you have to leave the airport, you may be taken on arrival to a designated quarantine facility. You will need to remain there until returning to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites for details.
    Foreign nationals including British are able to transit through Australia for a maximum of 8 hours 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). If your transit time is longer than 8 hours you will need a visa. See the Department of Home Affairs website for details. 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.
    *Visas during COVID-19: The latest COVID-19 guidance on visa conditions and details on how to apply for a visa is available on the Department of Home Affairs website. The guidance is clear that any visa application will be assessed considering the COVID-19 enhanced border measures and the applicant’s individual circumstances. Applications for new visas should be made before a current visa expires, and if a current visa holder has a “no further stay” condition, a request to waive this condition must be made.
    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. The type of visa you can apply for to remain in Australia usually depends on the type of visa you currently hold. For example, those on Visitor visas would be expected to apply for new Visitor visas.
    You can find more detail for temporary visa holders, including visitors, students and working holiday makers on the Department of Home Affairs webpage.
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption.
    As of 1 November, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents no longer require an exemption to depart Australia.
    If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you will need to present an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). If you were vaccinated outside of Australia and do not have an ICVC, you will need to present a foreign vaccination certificate. For full details please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.
    Australian citizens and permanent residents who are unvaccinated (apart from those under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons) must apply for an exemption to depart Australia. Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to depart Australia, but may need an exemption to re-enter. However, from December 15 fully vaccinated eligible visa holders will be able to enter Australia without obtaining an exemption, depending on visa type and vaccination status. Details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

    *Internal Restrictions:
    Lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria extended and curfew imposed. The Victorian government announced on August 16, 2021, that the lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne would be extended for another 14 days, through September 2, 2021. In addition, effective 11:59 pm on August 16, 2021, a curfew will also be imposed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am each day.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
    Event: Lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas. The Northern Territory government announced on August 16, 2021, that a 72-hour lockdown for the cities of Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas would begin from 12:01 pm on August 16, 2021, and extend through August 19, 2021.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For a complete list of the affected areas and additional information, please see https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/.
    Event: Many parts of Australia are experiencing varying levels of COVID-19 outbreaks, and government countermeasures are constantly changing. Restrictions on travel, leaving the home, mask wearing, as well as social distancing measures, are determined and enforced by the state governments. Such restrictions may be enhanced, extended, eased, or lifted at any time. We [U.S. Consulate] strongly recommend consulting the relevant state government page for COVID-related restrictions in your area or any area you plan to travel to.
    • For Victoria (VIC) visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
    • For the Northern Territory (NT) visit: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
    • For South Australia (SA) visit: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
    • For Tasmania (TAS) visit: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

    The New South Wales government has today announced the lockdown of eight local government areas (LGAs) in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook from 5:00 p.m. today, August 5, until at least 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021. Residents in these areas are subject to the same enhanced restrictions as the eight LGA’s of concern in Greater Sydney. You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse.
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websitesfor the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

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    17.12.2021
  • Australia Latest News: Australian authorities lift travel ban on arrivals from eight southern African countries (SBS, 15.12.2021). Government reopens border to some to non-citizens (Reuters, 14.12.2021)

    *International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Australia: For full details on entering Australia, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
    Entry to Australia is only available if you are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption. Exempt categories include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents, and (from 15 December) fully vaccinated holders of eligible visas. In some cases an individual exemption may be required. A full explanation of exemptions, including how to apply, can be found on theDepartment of Home Affairs website.
    • As of 1 November 2021, ‘immediate family member’ also includes the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents
    • From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated holders of eligible visas will be able to enter Australia without obtaining an individual exemption. Details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website
    • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia need to apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption
    Travellers who have been in African countries where the Omicron variant has been detected and spread within the past 14 days (South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi or Mozambique):
    • who are not citizens or permanent residents of Australia, or their immediate family (including parents), will not be able to enter Australia.
    • who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their immediate family members (including parents), will be required to enter supervised quarantine for 14 days.
    Some states have introduced their own, additional restrictions. You should check requirements for the state or territory in which you will arrive.
    A negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required for travelling to, or transiting through, Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline on check in.
    You are also required to complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a declaration regarding your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate. If you are not vaccinated, you may require an exemption to enter Australia. Border rules, including eligibility criteria, can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans. To enter Australia you must hold a valid visa. See ‘Visas during COVID-19’ below for more information.
    *Quarantine requirements: 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. If you are a fully vaccinated traveller, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements. Travellers will need to comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of arrival before travelling on to another state or territory.
    Australia has established International Safe Travel Zones with select countries, including New Zealand, enabling some quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia. Eligibility and requirements can change quickly. Full details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: Travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine. The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements. For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to COVID-19.
    British nationals are exempt from Australia’s travel restrictions (and do not need to request an exemption) if transiting Australia for 72 hours or less. Evidence of an onward ticket is required.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight departs from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you will be subject to the quarantine requirements of the state or territory you have arrived in.
    If you have to leave the airport, you may be taken on arrival to a designated quarantine facility. You will need to remain there until returning to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites for details.
    British nationals are able to transit through Australia for a maximum of 8 hours 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). If your transit time is longer than 8 hours you will need a visa. See the Department of Home Affairs website for details.
    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.
    *Visas during COVID-19: The latest COVID-19 guidance on visa conditions and details on how to apply for a visa is available on the Department of Home Affairs website. The guidance is clear that any visa application will be assessed considering the COVID-19 enhanced border measures and the applicant’s individual circumstances. Applications for new visas should be made before a current visa expires, and if a current visa holder has a “no further stay” condition, a request to waive this condition must be made.
    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. The type of visa you can apply for to remain in Australia usually depends on the type of visa you currently hold. For example, those on Visitor visas would be expected to apply for new Visitor visas.
    You can find more detail for temporary visa holders, including visitors, students and working holiday makers on the Department of Home Affairs webpage.
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption. As of 1 November, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents no longer require an exemption to depart Australia. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you will need to present an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). If you were vaccinated outside of Australia and do not have an ICVC, you will need to present a foreign vaccination certificate. For full details please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.
    Australian citizens and permanent residents who are unvaccinated (apart from those under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons) must apply for an exemption to depart Australia. Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to depart Australia, but may need an exemption to re-enter. However, from December 15 fully vaccinated eligible visa holders will be able to enter Australia without obtaining an exemption. Details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.


    *Internal Restrictions:
    Lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria extended and curfew imposed. The Victorian government announced on August 16, 2021, that the lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne would be extended for another 14 days, through September 2, 2021. In addition, effective 11:59 pm on August 16, 2021, a curfew will also be imposed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am each day.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
    Event: Lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas. The Northern Territory government announced on August 16, 2021, that a 72-hour lockdown for the cities of Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas would begin from 12:01 pm on August 16, 2021, and extend through August 19, 2021.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For a complete list of the affected areas and additional information, please see https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/.
    Event: Many parts of Australia are experiencing varying levels of COVID-19 outbreaks, and government countermeasures are constantly changing. Restrictions on travel, leaving the home, mask wearing, as well as social distancing measures, are determined and enforced by the state governments. Such restrictions may be enhanced, extended, eased, or lifted at any time. We [U.S. Consulate] strongly recommend consulting the relevant state government page for COVID-related restrictions in your area or any area you plan to travel to.
    • For Victoria (VIC) visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
    • For the Northern Territory (NT) visit: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
    • For South Australia (SA) visit: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
    • For Tasmania (TAS) visit: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

    The New South Wales government has today announced the lockdown of eight local government areas (LGAs) in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook from 5:00 p.m. today, August 5, until at least 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021. Residents in these areas are subject to the same enhanced restrictions as the eight LGA’s of concern in Greater Sydney. You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse.
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websitesfor the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

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    15.12.2021
  • Australia Latest News: Authorities suspend flights, ban entry to non-citizens from nine African countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, the Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique. (Reuters, 27.11.2021)

    *International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Australia: Entry to Australia is only available if you are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption. Exempt categories include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents. A full list of exemptions, including how to apply, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website .
    • As of 1 November 2021, ‘immediate family member’ also includes the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents
    • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia need to apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption.
    Travellers who have been in African countries where the Omicron variant has been detected and spread within the past 14 days (South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi or Mozambique):
    • who are not citizens or permanent residents of Australia, or their immediate family (including parents), will not be able to enter Australia.
    • who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their immediate family members (including parents), will be required to enter supervised quarantine for 14 days.
    Some states have introduced their own, additional restrictions. You should check requirements for the state or territory in which you will arrive.
    To enter Australia you must hold a valid visa. A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.
    Border rules including eligibility criteria can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans. Check the Australian Governments COVID-19 website for the latest information including changes to quarantine-free travel.
    *Quarantine requirements: 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 at their port of arrival, before travelling to another state or territory.
    Australia has established a safe travel zone with New Zealand, enabling some quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia. Eligibility and requirements can change quickly. Full details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: Travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.
    The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements
    For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to coronavirus.
    You’re able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you’re not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport.
    State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites for the latest details and how to apply.
    All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination.
    If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will need to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites for details on quarantine.
    Foreign nationals are able to transit through Australia for a maximum of 8 hours without a visa. If your transit time is longer than 8 hours you will need a valid visa. See the Department of Home Affairs website for details including how to apply.
    If you plan to travel or transit on from Australia, check the latest entry restrictions for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.
    *Visas during COVID-19: The latest COVID-19 guidance on visa conditions and details how to apply for a visa is available on the Department of Home Affairs website. The guidance is clear that any visa application will be assessed considering the COVID-19 enhanced border measures and the applicant’s individual circumstances. Applications for new visas should be made before a current visa expires, and if a current visa holder has a “no further stay” condition, a request to waive this condition must be made.
    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 one to remain lawful in Australia, and provide relevant supporting documentation. The type of visa you can apply for to remain in Australia usually depends on the type of visa you currently hold. For example, those on Visitor visas would be expected to apply for new Visitor visas.
    You can find more detail for temporary visa holders, including visitors, students and working holiday makers on the Department of Home Affairs webpage.
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption.
    From 1 November, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will not require an exemption.
    Dual Australian/British nationals and permanent residents who are unvaccinated (apart from those under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons) are required to apply for an exemption to leave Australia. Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to leave the country, but will need an exemption if they want to re-enter.
    Temporary visa holders seeking to leave Australia for a short trip and then return will need to apply for an inwards exemption before they leave – see the Department of Home Affairs‘Leaving Australia’ web pages for more information.

    *Internal Restrictions:
    Lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria extended and curfew imposed. The Victorian government announced on August 16, 2021, that the lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne would be extended for another 14 days, through September 2, 2021. In addition, effective 11:59 pm on August 16, 2021, a curfew will also be imposed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am each day.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
    Event: Lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas. The Northern Territory government announced on August 16, 2021, that a 72-hour lockdown for the cities of Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas would begin from 12:01 pm on August 16, 2021, and extend through August 19, 2021.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For a complete list of the affected areas and additional information, please see https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/.
    Event: Many parts of Australia are experiencing varying levels of COVID-19 outbreaks, and government countermeasures are constantly changing. Restrictions on travel, leaving the home, mask wearing, as well as social distancing measures, are determined and enforced by the state governments. Such restrictions may be enhanced, extended, eased, or lifted at any time. We [U.S. Consulate] strongly recommend consulting the relevant state government page for COVID-related restrictions in your area or any area you plan to travel to.
    • For Victoria (VIC) visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
    • For the Northern Territory (NT) visit: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
    • For South Australia (SA) visit: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
    • For Tasmania (TAS) visit: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

    The New South Wales government has today announced the lockdown of eight local government areas (LGAs) in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook from 5:00 p.m. today, August 5, until at least 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021. Residents in these areas are subject to the same enhanced restrictions as the eight LGA’s of concern in Greater Sydney. You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse.
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websitesfor the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

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    29.11.2021
  • Australia Australia will welcome back fully vaccinated Singaporean travellers in November as part of our step by step and safe reopening to the world.

    The quarantine-free travel arrangements will commence on November 21 for Australian states and territories that are ready, and will be available for fully vaccinated Singaporeans travelling from Singapore who present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the agreement at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome, following a meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

    “Australia is slinging its doors open to fully vaccinated Singaporean travellers in November,” the Prime Minister said.

    “This is another significant milestone in our step by step approach to safely reopening to the world that we outlined in the National Plan.

    “It follows the announcement this week that fully vaccinated travellers from New Zealand will be welcomed back in October.

    “This means within weeks Australia will be welcoming tourists from two of our top ten travel destinations. This is the billion dollar boost that Australia’s tourism industry has been waiting for.

    “Step by step, everything that we know and love about Australia is inching back to normal.”

    Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Senator Marise Payne said this arrangement followed Singapore’s recent announcement to welcome fully vaccinated Australians.

    “Many Australians live and work in Singapore and vice versa. The strong exchanges over many decades have been to the benefit of both our nations,” Minister Payne said.

    “It attests to the strength of our friendship and the effective management of COVID in each of our countries that we have been able to agree this early step in the reopening of normal travel.

    “As we continue with our shared regional recovery from the pandemic, the resumption of travel between Singapore and Australia will provide great opportunities to move forward.”

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said this was the next logical step in reopening to the world.

    “Australia remains a popular, world-leading destination and this is just the start of our international tourism comeback,” Minister Tehan said.

    “Australia’s tourism operators and the sector’s 660,000 workers will welcome back with open arms visitors from Singapore.

    “Quarantine-free arrivals demonstrate the success of our National Plan and the strength of our recovery.”

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    03.11.2021
  • Australia Latest News: Citizens, permanent residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 able to leave country without exemption starting 1 November (Reuters, 26.10.2021). Authorities in Sydney will end COVID-19 quarantine for fully vaccinated international travelers from 1 November (Reuters, 14.10.2021). Australia to ease international border restrictions from November (Reuters, 01.10.2021).

    *International Restrictions:
    Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption. You are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members, a person who has been in New Zealand or Australia for 14 days or more immediately prior to arrival by air in Australia, a diplomat accredited to Australia, including their immediate family members (each member of the family unit must hold a valid subclass 995 visa), a person transiting Australia for 72 hours or less, airline crew, maritime crew including marine pilots, a person recruited under the Government approved Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Scheme, a person who holds a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa.
    *Entry to Australia: is only available if you are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption. Exempt categories include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents. A full list of exemptions, including how to apply, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    • From 1 November 2021, ‘immediate family member’ will also include the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents
    • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia need to apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption.
    To enter Australia you must hold a valid visa. See Visas during COVID-19 below for more information.
    A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.
    Border rules including eligibility criteria can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans.
    Check the Australian Governments COVID-19 website for the latest information including changes to quarantine-free travel.
    *Quarantine requirements: From 1 November 2021, modified quarantine arrangements including no quarantine on arrival may be available for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Australia.
    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 at their port of arrival, before travelling to another state or territory.
    Australia has established a safe travel zone with New Zealand, enabling some quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia. Eligibility and requirements can change quickly. Full details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: Travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.
    The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements.
    For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to coronavirus.
    You’re able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you’re not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport.
    State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites for the latest details and how to apply.
    All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination.
    If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will need to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites for details on quarantine.
    British nationals are able to transit through Australia for a maximum of 8 hours without a visa. If your transit time is longer than 8 hours you will need a valid visa. See the Department of Home Affairs website for details including how to apply.
    If you plan to travel or transit on from Australia, check the latest entry restrictions for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.
    *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 one to remain lawful in Australia, and provide relevant supporting documentation. The type of visa you can apply for to remain in Australia usually depends on the type of visa you currently hold. For example, those on Visitor visas would be expected to apply for new Visitor visas.
    You can find more detail for temporary visa holders, including visitors, students and working holiday makers on the Department of Home Affairs webpage .
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption.
    From 1 November, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will not require an exemption.
    Dual Australian/ foreign nationals and permanent residents who are unvaccinated (apart from those under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons) are required to apply for an exemption to leave Australia. Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to leave the country, but will need an exemption if they want to re-enter.
    Temporary visa holders seeking to leave Australia for a short trip and then return will need to apply for an inwards exemption before they leave – see the Department of Home Affairs ‘Leaving Australia’ web pages for more information.

    *Internal Restrictions:
    Lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria extended and curfew imposed. The Victorian government announced on August 16, 2021, that the lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne would be extended for another 14 days, through September 2, 2021. In addition, effective 11:59 pm on August 16, 2021, a curfew will also be imposed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am each day.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
    Event: Lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas. The Northern Territory government announced on August 16, 2021, that a 72-hour lockdown for the cities of Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas would begin from 12:01 pm on August 16, 2021, and extend through August 19, 2021.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For a complete list of the affected areas and additional information, please see https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/.
    Event: Many parts of Australia are experiencing varying levels of COVID-19 outbreaks, and government countermeasures are constantly changing. Restrictions on travel, leaving the home, mask wearing, as well as social distancing measures, are determined and enforced by the state governments. Such restrictions may be enhanced, extended, eased, or lifted at any time. We [U.S. Consulate] strongly recommend consulting the relevant state government page for COVID-related restrictions in your area or any area you plan to travel to.
    • For Victoria (VIC) visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
    • For the Northern Territory (NT) visit: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
    • For South Australia (SA) visit: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
    • For Tasmania (TAS) visit: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

    The New South Wales government has today announced the lockdown of eight local government areas (LGAs) in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook from 5:00 p.m. today, August 5, until at least 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021. Residents in these areas are subject to the same enhanced restrictions as the eight LGA’s of concern in Greater Sydney. You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse.
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websitesfor the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

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    29.10.2021
  • Australia Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced an 18-month ban on Australians travelling abroad will be lifted from next month, easing one of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions imposed globally.

    Reopening the international border for citizens and permanent residents will be linked to the establishment of home quarantine in Australia’s eight states and territories, Morrison said, meaning that some parts of the country will reopen sooner than others.

    The first phase of the plan will focus on citizens and permanent residents being allowed to leave Australia, with further changes expected to permit foreign travellers to enter the country.

    “It’s time to give Australians their lives back. We’ve saved lives,” Morrison said during a televised media conference. “We’ve saved livelihoods, but we must work together to ensure that Australians can reclaim the lives that they once had in this country.”

    Under the plan announced on Friday, Australians who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel abroad and complete a 7-day quarantine at home on their return. People who are not vaccinated will be required to undertake 14 days of quarantine at a hotel when they return.

    Morrison said his government was working towards quarantine free travel with countries such as New Zealand when “safe to do so”.

    An Australian government source said plans were being discussed to allow foreign visitors to enter the country, but it was not possible to yet state a timetable. …

    Australia will also expand its list of authorised COVID-19 vaccines, allowing thousands of citizens and permanent residents still abroad to return via the home quarantine system, Morrison said.

    Australia currently only recognises vaccines produced by Pfizer (PFE.N), Moderna (MRNA.O) and AstraZeneca (AZN.L). The source said China’s Sinovac and Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca’s vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, would be added to the list.

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    01.10.2021
  • Australia The Qantas schedule now lists flights to Bali, Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila and Johannesburg lining up on the runway from Sunday March 27 – and for several of those cities it will be the first red-tailed Qantas jet that’s visited since the airline stopped all international flights in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

    Sydney-Bali/Denpasar QF43 is slated to run daily from March 27, with Melbourne-Bali/Denpasar QF45 daily from March 28; both flights will be handled by a Boeing 737
    Sydney-Jakarta QF41 resumes March 27 with an Airbus A330 showing six days a week
    Sydney-Bangkok QF23 is listed from March 27 as a daily Airbus A330
    Sydney-Manila QF19 is another daily Airbus A330 flying from March 27
    Sydney-Johannesburg QF63 makes a daily return from March 27, with a Boeing 787 tackling the 14 hour flight

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    30.09.2021
  • Australia Qanats

    27.09.2021
  • Australia Latest News: Australia, New Zealand: Pause of ‘green zone’ flights between countries extended until 7 September (Australian Government Department of Health, 31.08.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown in Canberra until 17 September (Reuters, 30.08.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown in Australian Capital Territory until 2 September (NKN, 16.08.2021).

    *International Restrictions:
    Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption. You are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members, a person who has been in New Zealand or Australia for 14 days or more immediately prior to arrival by air in Australia, a diplomat accredited to Australia, including their immediate family members (each member of the family unit must hold a valid subclass 995 visa), a person transiting Australia for 72 hours or less, airline crew, maritime crew including marine pilots, a person recruited under the Government approved Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Scheme, a person who holds a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa.
    *Entry to Australia: Entry to Australia is currently closed to most arrivals. Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia and will not require an exemption. More information is available on theDepartment of Home Affairs website. To enter Australia, you must hold a valid visa. See Visas during COVID-19 below for more information. Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption.
    • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption,
    • For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation needed, see the Department of Home Affairs website,
    • The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.
    A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.
    Border rules including eligibility criteria can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans.
    Please check theAustralian Governments COVID-19 website for the latest information including changes to quarantine-free travel.
    *Quarantine requirements: All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.
    Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia without having to undertake mandatory quarantine. More information is available on the Australian Governments COVID-19 website.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: All travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.
    The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements. For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: TheDepartment of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to coronavirus.
    You’re able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you’re not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport.
    State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as onState and Territory websites for the latest details and how to apply.
    All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination.
    If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will need to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites for details on quarantine.
    British nationals are able to transit through Australia for a maximum of 8 hours without a visa. If your transit time is longer than 8 hours you will need a valid visa. See the Department of Home Affairs website for details including how to apply.
    If you plan to travel or transit on from Australia, check the latest entry restrictions for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption.
    The Australian authorities continue to advise international visitors to leave Australia where possible due to the COVID-19 situation.
    Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to leave the country, but will need an exemption if they want to re-enter – see the Department of Home Affairs ‘Coming to Australia’ web pages for more information.
    Dual Australian/British nationals and permanent residents in Australia are not generally permitted to leave Australia unless they qualify for an exemption. If you meet an exemption category or have a have a compelling or compassionate reason to travel overseas, you need to apply for an exemption in advance from the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force. You should do this as early as possible – at least 48 hours before your intended departure time.
    Details on categories for exemptions, the exemption application form, and the evidence you must provide to support your exemption application, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    If you’re a dual national or permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in a country outside Australia and have spent more time in the last 12 to 24 months outside Australia than within it, you do not need an exemption to leave Australia. You should be ready to show evidence that you normally reside outside Australia if requested by authorities on departure at the airport.
    If you have not spent more time outside Australia than within it for the last 12 to 24 months, but still consider yourself to be ordinarily resident in another country, you can submit a request for a travel exemption.

    *Internal Restrictions:
    Lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria extended and curfew imposed. The Victorian government announced on August 16, 2021, that the lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne would be extended for another 14 days, through September 2, 2021. In addition, effective 11:59 pm on August 16, 2021, a curfew will also be imposed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am each day.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
    Event: Lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas. The Northern Territory government announced on August 16, 2021, that a 72-hour lockdown for the cities of Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and seven other areas would begin from 12:01 pm on August 16, 2021, and extend through August 19, 2021.
    The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For a complete list of the affected areas and additional information, please see https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/.
    Event: Many parts of Australia are experiencing varying levels of COVID-19 outbreaks, and government countermeasures are constantly changing. Restrictions on travel, leaving the home, mask wearing, as well as social distancing measures, are determined and enforced by the state governments. Such restrictions may be enhanced, extended, eased, or lifted at any time. We [U.S. Consulate] strongly recommend consulting the relevant state government page for COVID-related restrictions in your area or any area you plan to travel to.
    • For Victoria (VIC) visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
    • For the Northern Territory (NT) visit: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
    • For South Australia (SA) visit: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
    • For Tasmania (TAS) visit: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

    The New South Wales government has today announced the lockdown of eight local government areas (LGAs) in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook from 5:00 p.m. today, August 5, until at least 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021. Residents in these areas are subject to the same enhanced restrictions as the eight LGA’s of concern in Greater Sydney. You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse.
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websitesfor the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

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    23.09.2021
  • Australia COVID-19 emergency measures extended for a further three months
    The human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 will be extended for a further three months.

    The human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 will be extended for a further three months.

    The emergency period, which has been in place since 18 March 2020 to protect Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue until 17 December 2021.

    The extension, declared by the Governor General today, was informed by specialist medical and epidemiological advice provided by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer.

    The AHPPC has advised that the international COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable risk to public health.

    The extension of the emergency period is an appropriate response to that risk.

    The human biosecurity emergency declaration ensures the Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19.

    This extends the four existing emergency determinations including:

    mandatory pre-departure testing and mask wearing for international flights
    restrictions on the entry of cruise vessels within Australian territory
    restrictions on outbound international travel for Australians
    restrictions on trade of retail outlets at international airports.
    To date, these and other measures have greatly assisted in protecting Australia by preventing and controlling the entry, emergence, establishment and spread of COVID-19.

    Australia continues to suppress the virus to minimise community transmission, as part of our four-phase National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID Response. It is important the emergency determinations remain in place to continue to help combat COVID-19.

    We will continue to review these determinations regularly to take into account the latest medical advice

    The Government also continues to consult with the States and Territories and the maritime industry on options for the staged resumption of cruising when the medical advice is that it is safe to do so.

    These measures in place under the Biosecurity Act 2015 the can be amended or repealed at any time.

    Read more
    03.09.2021
  • Australia Latest News: COVID-19 hotel quarantine program restarts in Melbourne as international flights resume (ABC, 08.04.2021). Prime minister of New Zealand announces quarantine-free travel between the two countries from 19 April (Reuters, 06.05.2021). PM of New Zealand announces quarantine-free travel between NZ and Australia from 19 April (Reuters, 05.04.2021). COVID-19 lockdown in Brisbane to end 1 April (ABC, 31.03.2021). Three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane area beginning evening 29MAR21 (OSAC, 29.03.2021). March Victoria state government lifts ban on international arrivals from 8 April, adjustments to hotel quarantine (Xinhua, 25.03.2021). Flights from PNG and Australia suspended (ABC, 17.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Australia: Entry to Australia is currently closed to most arrivals. Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia and will not require an exemption. More information is available on theDepartment of Home Affairs website. To enter Australia, you must hold a valid visa. See Visas during COVID-19 below for more information. Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption.
    • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption,
    • For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation needed, see the Department of Home Affairs website,
    • The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.
    A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.
    Border rules including eligibility criteria can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans.
    Please check theAustralian Governments COVID-19 website for the latest information including changes to quarantine-free travel.
    *Quarantine requirements: All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.
    Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia without having to undertake mandatory quarantine. More information is available on the Australian Governments COVID-19 website.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: All travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.
    The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements. For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: TheDepartment of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to coronavirus.
    You’re able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you’re not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport.
    State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as onState and Territory websites for the latest details and how to apply.
    All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination.
    If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will need to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites for details on quarantine.
    British nationals are able to transit through Australia for a maximum of 8 hours without a visa. If your transit time is longer than 8 hours you will need a valid visa. See the Department of Home Affairs website for details including how to apply.
    If you plan to travel or transit on from Australia, check the latest entry restrictions for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption.
    The Australian authorities continue to advise international visitors to leave Australia where possible due to the COVID-19 situation.
    Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to leave the country, but will need an exemption if they want to re-enter – see the Department of Home Affairs ‘Coming to Australia’ web pages for more information.
    Dual Australian/British nationals and permanent residents in Australia are not generally permitted to leave Australia unless they qualify for an exemption. If you meet an exemption category or have a have a compelling or compassionate reason to travel overseas, you need to apply for an exemption in advance from the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force. You should do this as early as possible – at least 48 hours before your intended departure time.
    Details on categories for exemptions, the exemption application form, and the evidence you must provide to support your exemption application, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    If you’re a dual national or permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in a country outside Australia and have spent more time in the last 12 to 24 months outside Australia than within it, you do not need an exemption to leave Australia. You should be ready to show evidence that you normally reside outside Australia if requested by authorities on departure at the airport.
    If you have not spent more time outside Australia than within it for the last 12 to 24 months, but still consider yourself to be ordinarily resident in another country, you can submit a request for a travel exemption.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websitesfor the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

    Read more
    13.04.2021
  • Australia Latest News: Australian government imposes temporary restrictions on flights from New Zealand as Auckland enters three-day COVID-19 lockdown(9News Australia, 14.02.2021). Authorities announce five-day lockdown in Melbourne because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Flights to Tonga postponed until March after managed quarantine period changes (RNZ, 11.02.2021). Residents along northern coast of New Zealand urged to avoid beaches,shore areas; tsunami threat for offshore Australian islands and territories Northern Territory (Reuters, 10.02.2021). Several states and territories impose border restrictions on travelers from Western Australia (Xinhua, 01.02.2021). Border closure information updated; some states, territories remain closed to Greater Sydney (Australian Aviation, 21.01.2021). Government to halve inbound passenger numbers, from 15 January to mid February (Simple Flying, 10.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Australia*: On 8 January 2021 the Australian National Cabinet agreed to additional domestic and international aviation measures:
    Returning Australians and other travellers to Australia must return a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure. Exemptions will only be applied in extenuating circumstances, such as seasonal workers where there is limited access to testing. All passengers and air crew must wear masks on flights and in airports. Further details are available here.
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption,
    For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation needed, see the Department of Home Affairs website.
    The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.
    *Quarantine requirements: All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.
    States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. For further details on quarantine including fees, see these websites:
    New South Wales – if you made your flight booking before 11:59pm AEST on 12 July, you will not have to pay
    The Northern Territory – for further details including fees.
    Queensland – if you made your flight booking before midnight on 17 June 2020, you will not have to pay.
    Western Australia – you may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: All travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine. The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to coronavirus.
    You’re able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you’re not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport.
    State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websitesfor the latest details and how to apply.
    All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination.
    If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will need to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.
    If you plan to travel or transit on from Australia, check the latest entry restrictions for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption.
    The Australian authorities continue to advise international visitors to leave Australia where possible due to the COVID-19 situation.
    Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to leave the country, but will need an exemption if they want to re-enter – see the Department of Home Affairs ‘Coming to Australia’ web pages for more information.
    Dual Australian/British nationals and permanent residents in Australia are not generally permitted to leave Australia unless they qualify for an exemption. If you meet an exemption category or have a have a compelling or compassionate reason to travel overseas, you need to apply for an exemption in advance from the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force. You should do this as early as possible – at least 48 hours before your intended departure time.
    Details on categories for exemptions, the exemption application form, and the evidence you must provide to support your exemption application, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    If you’re a British/Australian dual national or permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in a country outside Australia and have spent more time in the last 12 to 24 months outside Australia than within it, you do not need an exemption to leave Australia. You should be ready to show evidence that you normally reside outside Australia if requested by authorities on departure at the airport.
    If you have not spent more time outside Australia than within it for the last 12 to 24 months, but still consider yourself to be ordinarily resident in another country, you can submit a request for a travel exemption.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websitesfor the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

    Read more
    16.02.2021
  • Australia Latest News: Brisbane enters three-day lockdown (Reuters, 07.01.2021). Travelers from Sydney banned from Queensland until end of January because of COVID-19 (9News Australia, 07.01.2021). Border and travel restrictions imposed in several states after fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 in Melbourne, Sydney (9News Australia, 31.12.2020). Northern Territory imposes two-week COVID-19 quarantine for travelers from Greater Sydney (7News Australia, 31.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to Australia*: On 8 January 2021 the Australian National Cabinet agreed to additional domestic and international aviation measures:
    Returning Australians and other travellers to Australia must return a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure. Exemptions will only be applied in extenuating circumstances, such as seasonal workers where there is limited access to testing. All passengers and air crew must wear masks on flights and in airports. Further details are available here.
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption,
    For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation needed, see the Department of Home Affairs website.
    The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.
    *Quarantine requirements: All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.
    States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. For further details on quarantine including fees, see these websites:
    New South Wales – if you made your flight booking before 11:59pm AEST on 12 July, you will not have to pay
    The Northern Territory – for further details including fees.
    Queensland – if you made your flight booking before midnight on 17 June 2020, you will not have to pay.
    Western Australia – you may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.
    *Testing/Screening on arrival: All travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine. The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements For advice and measures at individual airports, see their websites.
    *Transiting Australia: The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to coronavirus.
    You’re able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you’re not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
    Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport.
    State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websitesfor the latest details and how to apply.
    All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination.
    If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will need to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may need to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.
    If you plan to travel or transit on from Australia, check the latest entry restrictions for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.
    *Leaving Australia: You should check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on leaving Australia, including whether you need an exemption.
    The Australian authorities continue to advise international visitors to leave Australia where possible due to the COVID-19 situation.
    Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to leave the country, but will need an exemption if they want to re-enter – see the Department of Home Affairs ‘Coming to Australia’ web pages for more information.
    Dual Australian/British nationals and permanent residents in Australia are not generally permitted to leave Australia unless they qualify for an exemption. If you meet an exemption category or have a have a compelling or compassionate reason to travel overseas, you need to apply for an exemption in advance from the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force. You should do this as early as possible – at least 48 hours before your intended departure time.
    Details on categories for exemptions, the exemption application form, and the evidence you must provide to support your exemption application, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
    If you’re a British/Australian dual national or permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in a country outside Australia and have spent more time in the last 12 to 24 months outside Australia than within it, you do not need an exemption to leave Australia. You should be ready to show evidence that you normally reside outside Australia if requested by authorities on departure at the airport.
    If you have not spent more time outside Australia than within it for the last 12 to 24 months, but still consider yourself to be ordinarily resident in another country, you can submit a request for a travel exemption.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include:
    • restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

    Read more
    08.01.2021
  • Australia Latest News: Border and travel restrictions imposed in several states after fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 in Melbourne, Sydney (9News Australia, 31.12.2020). Northern Territory imposes two-week COVID-19 quarantine for travelers from Greater Sydney (7News Australia, 31.12.2020). Australia, New Zealand: Quarantine-free travel between countries will be allowed in first quarter of 2021 (New York Post, 14.12.2020). Queensland to allow flights from New Zealand, eases some COVID-19 restrictions (ABC, 10.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include:
    • restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

    Read more
    24.12.2020
  • Australia Latest News: Australia, New Zealand: Quarantine-free travel between countries will be allowed in first quarter of 2021 (New York Post, 14.12.2020). Queensland to allow flights from New Zealand, eases some COVID-19 restrictions (ABC, 10.12.2020). International flights for Australian nationals set to resume in Adelaide (Yahoo! 7 News: Australia, 07.12.2020). International borders to remain closed for ‘some time’ (Reuters, 02.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. Restrictions can change at short notice and could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include:
    • restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
    • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces
    • restrictions on entering aged care homes
    • limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    • face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

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    21.12.2020
  • Australia Sydney’s Northern Beaches have entered their first day of a crucial five-day lockdown, which an expert says will be a “tipping point” for containing COVID-19 within NSW.

    On Saturday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a stay home order for residents in the affluent region after a cluster linked to the Avalon RSL and Avalon Bowlo grew to 38.

    From 5pm yesterday and until 11:59pm on Wednesday, residents must remain home and only leave for essential reasons such as work, shopping, medical care, compassionate grounds and exercise.

    People are also not permitted to enter the Northern Beaches LGA unless it is for the reasons stated above — anyone breaching public health orders could be slapped with a $1,000 fine.

    Ms Berejiklian also flagged that restrictions could be extended across Greater Sydney if it was warranted.

    “We are hoping that will give us sufficient time to get on top of the virus so we can then ease up for Christmas and the New Year moving forward,” she said.

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    19.12.2020
  • Australia Latest News: Australia, New Zealand: Quarantine-free travel between countries will be allowed in first quarter of 2021 (New York Post, 14.12.2020). Queensland to allow flights from New Zealand, eases some COVID-19 restrictions (ABC, 10.12.2020). International flights for Australian nationals set to resume in Adelaide (Yahoo! 7 News: Australia, 07.12.2020). International borders to remain closed for ‘some time’ (Reuters, 02.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences, keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours; face masks on public transport and in crowded areas where it is difficult to maintain a 1.5 metres physical distance from others.

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    16.12.2020
  • Australia Latest News: Queensland state border to open to visitors from New South Wales and Victoria states, South Australia-Victoria border to fully open from week of 30 November (Reuters, 24.11.2020). Sydney-Melbourne flights resume as New South Wales opens border to Victoria; Australian Capital Territory does the same (The Canberra Times, 23.11.2020). COVID-19 stay-at-home order lifted in South Australia after false report (Media reports, 21.11.2020). Border closure between Victoria and New South Wales lifts after COVID-19 spread halted (The Guardian, 21.11.2020). International flights to Melbourne to resume on 7 December with limited arrivals, quarantine requirement (Executive Traveller, 20.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Australia: There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. If you need to travel, book in advance. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are needed to self-isolate on arrival.
    *Travelling to your international airport: Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.
    *Public spaces and services: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.. Measures currently include: • restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; • keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; • restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours
    *Restrictions in Victoria and South Australia: *Victoria- Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage ongoing outbreaks of coronavirus cases in Victoria. These are subject to change at short notice. You should check the Victorian government website for the latest details on restrictions and follow their guidance. The Victorian government has released a roadmap out of lockdown. For details, including the latest information on restrictions in regional Victoria, please visit the Victorian government website.
    Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. You should check State and Territory websites for further information.
    *South Australia- Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage the recent outbreak of coronavirus cases in South Australia. These are subject to change at short notice. You should check the South Australian government website
    for the latest details on restrictions and follow their guidance. On 17 November, Adelaide Airport closed to incoming international passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between South Australia and other States and Territories. You should check State and Territory websites for further information.

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    24.11.2020
  • Australia Latest News: South Australia authorities impose 6-day lockdown following outbreak of virulent strain of COVID-19 (Reuters, 18.11.2020). Inbound international flights suspended in South Australia as COVID-19 restrictions return (Stuff New Zealand, 17.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory website for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival.
    Travelling to your international airport – Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.


    Public spaces and services – Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. hese are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websitesfor the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.


    **Restrictions in Victoria: Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage ongoing outbreaks of coronavirus cases in Victoria. These are subject to change at short notice. You should check the Victorian Government website for the latest details on restrictions and follow their guidance. The Victorian government has released a roadmap out of lockdown. For details, including the latest information on restrictions in regional Victoria, please visit the Victorian government website.
    Throughout Victoria you must wear a face mask when outside of your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to do so. For further details, see the Victorian Department of Health webpages on face coverings. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. You should check State and Territory websites for further information.


    **Restrictions in South Australia: South Australia experienced its first cases since April, over the weekend of 14/15 November. Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage the recent outbreak of coronavirus cases in South Australia. These are subject to change at short notice. You should check the South Australian government website for further information.
    On 18 November, the Premier of South Australia announced a 6-day “circuit breaker” lockdown. The lockdown has stringent restrictions on movement including stay at home orders, closure of all businesses except for critical infrastructure, supermarkets, medical services and public transport, and a regional travel ban.

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    18.11.2020
  • Australia Latest News: Flights from New Zealand to Melbourne resume (9News Australia, 16.11.2020). Avalon Airport will resume flights from 18 December (09.11.2020). Prime Minister orders month-long lockdown to combat COVID-19 (ABC, 31.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory website for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival.
    Travelling to your international airport – Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.


    Public spaces and services – Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. hese are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websitesfor the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.
    Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.


    **Restrictions in Victoria: Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage ongoing outbreaks of coronavirus cases in Victoria. These are subject to change at short notice. You should check the Victorian Government website for the latest details on restrictions and follow their guidance. The Victorian government has released a roadmap out of lockdown. For details, including the latest information on restrictions in regional Victoria, please visit the Victorian government website.
    Throughout Victoria you must wear a face mask when outside of your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to do so. For further details, see the Victorian Department of Health webpages on face coverings. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. You should check State and Territory websites for further information.


    **Restrictions in South Australia: South Australia experienced its first cases since April, over the weekend of 14/15 November. Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage the recent outbreak of coronavirus cases in South Australia. These are subject to change at short notice. You should check the South Australian government website for the latest details on restrictions and follow their guidance.
    On 17 November, Adelaide Airport closed to incoming international passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between South Australia and other States and Territories. You should check State and Territory websites for further information.

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    17.11.2020
  • Australia Latest News: Melbourne’s ban on inbound international flights will continue until at least early November(Executive Traveller, 28.09.2020). Officials to relax border restrictions in Queensland, South Australia as number of COVID-19 cases decreases (Reuters, 22.09.2020). Government will extend its restrictions on cruise ships entering country, ban on overseas travel for another three months (9News Australia, 03.09.3030).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory website for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage ongoing outbreaks of coronavirus cases in Victoria. These are subject to change at short notice. You should check the Victorian Government website for the latest details on restrictions and follow their guidance. From 27 September metropolitan Melbourne moved to the Second Step toward COVID Normal. Meaning from 5am on Monday 28 September there is no longer a curfew in metropolitan Melbourne. You can leave home at any time for one of the four reasons. •The four reasons that you can leave home remain, however some changes have been made to restrictions: shopping for food or other essential items, exercise and outdoor social activity with members of your household; or up to five people including you (and from a maximum of two households) – as long as you do not travel more than 5km from home. This needs to be in a public outdoor place (for example a local park). permitted work, and for the purposes of education for some school aged children. This includes taking children to a school, childcare or an outside school hours care service in which they are enrolled. caregiving, for compassionate reasons, or to seek medical treatment. For many secondary students, remote and flexible learning continues in the Second Step. In Term 4, from 12 October, there will be a phased return for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 6, VCE (years 11 and 12 or those doing VCE, VCAL subjects, International Baccalaureate, or VETiS) and special schools. For details, including the latest information on restrictions, please visit the Victorian Government website.
    Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in Metropolitan Melbourne. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise; or to work or study if you cannot do so at home. The Victorian Government has released a roadmap out of lockdown. For details, including the latest information on restrictions in regional Victoria, please visit the Victorian Government website. Throughout Victoria you must wear a face mask when outside of your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to do so. For further details, see the Victorian Department of Health webpages on face coverings.
    Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.
    **Restrictions in Tasmania: Borders will remain closed in Tasmania until at least 1 December (ABC, 18.08.2020).

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    29.09.2020
  • Australia Latest News: Melbourne’s ban on inbound international flights will continue until at least early November(Executive Traveller, 28.09.2020). Officials to relax border restrictions in Queensland, South Australia as number of COVID-19 cases decreases (Reuters, 22.09.2020). Government will extend its restrictions on cruise ships entering country, ban on overseas travel for another three months (9News Australia, 03.09.3030).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory website for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: On 2 September Victoria state authorities extended state of emergency for 6 months. Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage ongoing outbreaks of coronavirus cases in Victoria. These are subject to change at short notice. The Victorian Government has released a roadmap out of lockdown. For details, including the latest information on restrictions, please visit the Victorian Government website.
    Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. TIf you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 9pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving.
    Throughout Victoria you must wear a face mask when outside of your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to do so. For further details, see the Victorian Department of Health webpages on face coverings.
    Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.
    **Restrictions in Tasmania: Borders will remain closed in Tasmania until at least 1 December (ABC, 18.08.2020).

    Read more
    28.09.2020
  • Australia Latest News: Government will extend its restrictions on cruise ships entering country, ban on overseas travel for another three months (9News Australia, 03.09.3030). New South Wales will extend border region with Victoria on 4 September to prevent spread of COVID-19 (OSAC, 02.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory website for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: On 2 September Victoria state authorities extended state of emergency for 6 months. Local authorities have taken a number of measures to manage ongoing outbreaks of coronavirus cases in Victoria. These are subject to change at short notice. The Victorian Government has released a roadmap out of lockdown. For details, including the latest information on restrictions, please visit the Victorian Government website.
    Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. TIf you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 9pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving.
    Throughout Victoria you must wear a face mask when outside of your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to do so. For further details, see the Victorian Department of Health webpages on face coverings.
    Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.
    **Restrictions in Tasmania: Borders will remain closed in Tasmania until at least 1 December (ABC, 18.08.2020).

    Read more
    18.09.2020
  • Australia Government will extend its restrictions on cruise ships entering country, ban on overseas travel for another three months (9News Australia, 03.09.3030). New South Wales will extend border region with Victoria on 4 September to prevent spread of COVID-19 (OSAC, 02.09.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption see here . For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website . All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory website for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory website for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory website for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: On 2 September Victoria state authorities extended state of emergency for 6 months. Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. If you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 9pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving. You may exercise within 5km of your home for up to an hour once a day. Only one member of the household can go shopping once a day and only within 5km of your home. The Victorian Government has released a roadmap out of lockdown. For details, including the latest information on restrictions, please visit the Victorian Government website.
    Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. You should check State and Territory websites for further information.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.
    **Restrictions in Tasmania: Borders will remain closed in Tasmania until at least 1 December (ABC, 18.08.2020).

    Read more
    14.09.2020
  • Australia Government will extend its restrictions on cruise ships entering country, ban on overseas travel for another three months (9News Australia, 03.09.3030). New South Wales will extend border region with Victoria on 4 September to prevent spread of COVID-19 (OSAC, 02.09.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: On 2 September Victoria state authorities extended state of emergency for 6 months. Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. If you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 8pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving. You may exercise within 5km of your home for up to an hour once a day. Only one member of the household can go shopping once a day and only within 5km of your home.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.
    **Restrictions in Tasmania: Borders will remain closed in Tasmania until at least 1 December (ABC, 18.08.2020).

    Read more
    03.09.2020
  • Australia Borders will remain closed in Tasmania until at least 1 December (ABC, 18.08.2020). Melbourne’s government extends ban on international flights; Tullamarine Airport suspends international operations until 24 October. (Sky News, 08.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: On 2 September Victoria state authorities extended state of emergency for 6 months. Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. If you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 8pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving. You may exercise within 5km of your home for up to an hour once a day. Only one member of the household can go shopping once a day and only within 5km of your home.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.

    Read more
    02.09.2020
  • Australia Melbourne’s government extends ban on international flights; Tullamarine Airport suspends international operations until 24 October. (Sky News, 08.08.2020) Queensland to close borders to NSW and ACT as state records another coronavirus case (ABC, News 05.08.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. These were extended until 24 October. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. If you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 8pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving. You may exercise within 5km of your home for up to an hour once a day. Only one member of the household can go shopping once a day and only within 5km of your home.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.

    Read more
    08.08.2020
  • Australia Queensland to close borders to NSW and ACT as state records another coronavirus case (ABC, News 05.08.2020). Melbourne is shutting down shops, factories and other non-essential businesses as authorities fight a second wave of coronavirus. Other measures include a night-time curfew. (BBC, 03.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. These will be extended across all of Victoria from 11:59pm on 5 August. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. If you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 8pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving. You may exercise within 5km of your home for up to an hour once a day. Only one member of the household can go shopping once a day and only within 5km of your home.
    **Restrictions in Vitoria: The Victorian government has announced in Melborne and Victoria State, that include a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. every evening for Melbourne and mandatory face coverings for all of Victoria. Please read about Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria [https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria]. All states and territories have various entry restrictions concerning travel from the state of Victoria.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: Authorities will close its border to all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Travelers granted entry who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodation. Travellers are encouraged to visit the website of each state and territory for the latest on border closures and restrictions.

    Read more
    05.08.2020
  • Australia Melbourne is shutting down shops, factories and other non-essential businesses as authorities fight a second wave of coronavirus. Other measures include a night-time curfew. (BBC, 03.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    **Restrictions in Victoria: Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. These will be extended across all of Victoria from 11:59pm on 5 August. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. If you live in Melbourne, you must not leave your home between 8pm and 5am unless for work, medical care or care giving. You may exercise within 5km of your home for up to an hour once a day. Only one member of the household can go shopping once a day and only within 5km of your home.
    **Restrictions in Queensland: the state has declared Greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot; starting August 1, travelers granted entry who have been in Sydney in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodations (OSAC, 29.07.2020).

    Read more
    03.08.2020
  • Australia Queensland has declared Greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot; starting August 1, travelers granted entry who have been in Sydney in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodations (OSAC, 29.07.2020). South Australia authorities shut borders to anyone traveling from Victoria because of COVID-19 (9News Australia, 29.07.2020). Queensland has declared Greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot; starting August 1, travelers granted entry who have been in Sydney in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodations. (OSAC, 29.07.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other States soon. All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Restrictions in Victoria: Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories.

    Read more
    30.07.2020
  • Australia Queensland has declared Greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot; starting August 1, travelers granted entry who have been in Sydney in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodations (OSAC, 29.07.2020). South Australia authorities shut borders to anyone traveling from Victoria because of COVID-19 (9News Australia, 29.07.2020). Queensland has declared Greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot; starting August 1, travelers granted entry who have been in Sydney in the last 14 days must quarantine upon arrival in Queensland, and pay fees for their quarantine accommodations. (OSAC, 29.07.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/state-quarantine-requirements-for-interstate-travel] for the latest information.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites [https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-and-territory-government-information] for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker [https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker]. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences, keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces, restrictions on entering aged care homes, limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is currently closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. You should follow local guidance for Victoria and check websites for further information. Queensland and New South Wales to close border to non-residents from Victoria starting 10 July (ABC/OASC, 09.07.2020)

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Tasmania’s government to reopen state to visitors from other regions of the country without recent COVID-19 cases on 7 August (Reuters, 24.07.2020).

    Read more
    29.07.2020
  • Australia Tasmania’s government to reopen state to visitors from other regions of the country without recent COVID-19 cases on 7 August (Reuters, 24.07.2020). Qantas suspends international flight bookings until 28 March 2021 (News.com.au, 12.07.2020). The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/state-quarantine-requirements-for-interstate-travel] for the latest information.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites [https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-and-territory-government-information] for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker [https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker]. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences, keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces, restrictions on entering aged care homes, limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is currently closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. You should follow local guidance for Victoria and check websites for further information. Queensland and New South Wales to close border to non-residents from Victoria starting 10 July (ABC/OASC, 09.07.2020)

    Read more
    24.07.2020
  • Australia Qantas suspends international flight bookings until 28 March 2021 (News.com.au, 12.07.2020). Queensland and New South Wales to close border to non-residents from Victoria starting 10 July (ABC/OASC, 09.07.2020) The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020). All international flights to Melbourne Airport are suspended until the mid July. International flights to Melbourne are being diverted to other Australian airports through July 14. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0]. The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted. You should check individual States and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for the latest information, including on whether you need to apply for an exemption to cross borders or are required to self-isolate on arrival. Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one to another Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Where state borders are closed, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/state-quarantine-requirements-for-interstate-travel] for the latest information.

    *****Transit instructions:
    You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. If you intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for your connecting flight, you are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, you can usually only travel to Australia to transit to another country if your connecting flight leaves from the same airport. State quarantine requirements remain in place, and airport operating hours vary. This may limit how long you can stay in the airport, and whether you need to apply for exemption from Australia’s 14-day quarantine arrangements issued by the relevant State health authority. You should check with your airline, as well as on State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments] for the latest details and how to apply. All airports should allow passengers to remain in the airport if your transit is less than 8 hours and on the same day. You must remain airside and you will not be able to pass customs (even to collect your baggage). You will need to maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene. At your first point of departure, you will need to have checked your baggage through to your final destination. If you have to leave the airport you will be taken on arrival in Australia to a designated quarantine facility by Australian authorities. You will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for your departing flight. You may be required to pay for quarantine – you should check State and Territory websites [https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers] for details on quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites [https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-and-territory-government-information] for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker [https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker]. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences, keeping at least 1.5 meters from others in public spaces, restrictions on entering aged care homes, limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is currently closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. There are also border and travel restrictions between Victoria and other States and Territories. You should follow local guidance for Victoria and check websites for further information.

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    20.07.2020
  • Australia Qantas suspends international flight bookings until 28 March 2021 (News.com.au, 12.07.2020). Queensland and New South Wales to close border to non-residents from Victoria starting 10 July (ABC/OASC, 09.07.2020) The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020). All international flights to Melbourne Airport are suspended until the mid July. International flights to Melbourne are being diverted to other Australian airports through July 14. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption. You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.
    Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. Where state borders are closed, you will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information [https://www.australia.gov.au/news-and-updates#state-and-territory-government-information]

    *****Transit instructions:
    There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020. Stay at home restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to an increase in community transmission of coronavirus. Under these restrictions, you can only leave home for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items; to provide care to others or to seek medical treatment; for exercise and to work or study if you cannot do so at home. Melbourne Airport is currently closed to incoming passenger flights until further notice. Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Melbourne: Government imposes six-week lockdown in Melbourne from 8 July (9News, 07.07.2020).
    New South Wales: government announces Victorian border closure on 8 July amid COVID-19 case increase. Anyone entering NSW from Victoria will be required to go into 14 days of self-isolation.
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT): also closed its border to travelers from Victoria, effective July 8. Any non-ACT residents traveling from Victoria must be granted an exemption to enter the ACT. ACT residents returning from Victoria must notify ACT Health and enter a 14-day quarantine.

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    12.07.2020
  • Australia Queensland to close border to non-residents from Victoria starting 10 July (ABC, 09.07.2020) New South Wales-Victoria border closure; COVID-19 restrictions in country are evolving (OSAC, 08.07.2020) The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020). All international flights to Melbourne Airport are suspended until the mid July. International flights to Melbourne are being diverted to other Australian airports through July 14. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Melbourne: Government imposes six-week lockdown in Melbourne from 8 July (9News, 07.07.2020).
    New South Wales: government announces Victorian border closure on 8 July amid COVID-19 case increase. Anyone entering NSW from Victoria will be required to go into 14 days of self-isolation.
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT): also closed its border to travelers from Victoria, effective July 8. Any non-ACT residents traveling from Victoria must be granted an exemption to enter the ACT. ACT residents returning from Victoria must notify ACT Health and enter a 14-day quarantine.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

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    09.07.2020
  • Australia The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020). All international flights to Melbourne Airport are suspended until the mid July. International flights to Melbourne are being diverted to other Australian airports through July 14. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.
    Melbourne: Government imposes six-week lockdown in Melbourne from 8 July (9News, 07.07.2020).
    New South Wales: government announces Victorian border closure on 8 July amid COVID-19 case increase. Anyone entering NSW from Victoria will be required to go into 14 days of self-isolation.
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT): also closed its border to travelers from Victoria, effective July 8. Any non-ACT residents traveling from Victoria must be granted an exemption to enter the ACT. ACT residents returning from Victoria must notify ACT Health and enter a 14-day quarantine.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

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    08.07.2020
  • Australia The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned that international flights to Sydney over the coming weeks will be subject to a cap on arrivals and flights could be cancelled.(ABC,04.07.2020).

    All international flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July to help combat a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

    Read more
    04.07.2020
  • Australia All international flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July to help combat a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/]. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia.
    you may travel by air to another Australian State to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. You do not need to seek an exemption. You will be required to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you will need to self-isolate in a hotel. In Western Australia, your transit time must be no more than 24 hours.
    Some States require you to apply for an exemption to cross their borders. Given the fast changing situation, you should check State and Territory websites for the latest information. Links can be found on the Australian Government Coronavirus website [https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/].
    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. Measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5 meters distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)

    Read more
    02.07.2020
  • Australia All international flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July to help combat a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. (Executive Traveller, 01.07.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    South Australia cancels reopening of state borders planned for 20 July because of increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. (News.com.au, 30.06.2020)
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information. The only States and Territories without current border restrictions are the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. Others have either closed their borders or require anybody moving across internal borders to self-isolate for 14 days. Individual States and Territories websites provide information on current interstate travel restrictions.
    Western Australia and Queensland borders are currently temporarily closed – you will need to apply for an exemption to cross into them from elsewhere in Australia. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia (for example flying from one State to another domestically to connect to an international flight back to the UK). All arrivals into the Northern Territory (domestic and international) are expected to pay for designated accommodation during their 14 day mandatory quarantine at an estimated cost of $2,500 – $5000.
    Some States and Territories still have restrictions on intrastate travel to areas within their jurisdiction. You should check the individual States and Territories websites for further information.

    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. Some states are revising restrictions on public gatherings. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. These measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5m distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services. Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. (View News, 01.07.2020)
    Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)

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    01.07.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.

    Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption. There are a limited number of categories for exemption.
    You should provide as much documentary evidence as you can to support your application for an exemption. For further information on the exemption categories and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website [https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form]. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by State governments and is free of charge, except in: The Northern Territory. Queensland: You may face a range of penalties for non-compliance with quarantine measures.

    *****Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    Travel between most States and Territories within Australia is currently restricted, though some restrictions are easing. You should check individual States and Territories websites for the latest information. The only States and Territories without current border restrictions are the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. Others have either closed their borders or require anybody moving across internal borders to self-isolate for 14 days. Individual States and Territories websites provide information on current interstate travel restrictions.
    Western Australia and Queensland borders are currently temporarily closed – you will need to apply for an exemption to cross into them from elsewhere in Australia. Exemptions are not needed for air transit if the flight originated elsewhere in Australia (for example flying from one State to another domestically to connect to an international flight back to the UK). All arrivals into the Northern Territory (domestic and international) are expected to pay for designated accommodation during their 14 day mandatory quarantine at an estimated cost of $2,500 – $5000.
    Some States and Territories still have restrictions on intrastate travel to areas within their jurisdiction. You should check the individual States and Territories websites for further information.

    Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. Some states are revising restrictions on public gatherings. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. These measures currently include: restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences; all members of the public are to keep at least 1.5m distance from others; restrictions on entering aged care homes; limits on local travel and advice to avoid public transport at peak hours.

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    25.06.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.
    2. Passengers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry.
    3. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.
    4. Passengers transiting through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, are subject to quarantine until their departing flight.

    Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight.
    The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.
    All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited.
    The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed.
    At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed.
    Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July.
    Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days.
    While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival.
    New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week.
    Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened.
    Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May.
    South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place.
    Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania.
    Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed.
    Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    24.06.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020)
    Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.
    – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members.
    2. Passengers and airline crew are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay.
    – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment.
    3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter.
    Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight.
    4. When passengers transit through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, they must go to mandatory quarantine at the state designated facility until the time of the departing flight.
    5. For repatriation charter flights, airlines are advised to contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) as early as possible in the planning process. Airlines should not confirm or schedule flights before discussing arrangements with the ABF repatriation team.

    Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight.
    The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.
    All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia.

    Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020).
    A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited.
    The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed.
    At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed.
    Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July.
    Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days.
    While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival.
    New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week.
    Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened.
    Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May.
    South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place.
    Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania.
    Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed.
    Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    01.06.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020) Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia. – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members. 2. Passengers and airline crew are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay. – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment. 3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. 4. When passengers transit through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, they must go to mandatory quarantine at the state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. 5. For repatriation charter flights, airlines are advised to contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) as early as possible in the planning process. Airlines should not confirm or schedule flights before discussing arrangements with the ABF repatriation team. Transit instructions: New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions. All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia. Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited. The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed. At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed. Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July. Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days. While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival. New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week. Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened. Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May. South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place. Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania. Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May. Relaxation to restrictions: Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    30.05.2020
  • Australia Australians could be permitted to travel freely to New Zealand and vice-versa as soon as September. Under the proposal, Australian and New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel between the two countries; without having to enter a mandatory quarantine.(Sam Chui, 28.05.2020) Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Australia. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia. – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members. 2. Passengers and airline crew are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay. – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment. 3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. 4. When passengers transit through Australia for 8 to 72 hours, they must go to mandatory quarantine at the state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. 5. For repatriation charter flights, airlines are advised to contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) as early as possible in the planning process. Airlines should not confirm or schedule flights before discussing arrangements with the ABF repatriation team. Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited. The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed. At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed. Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July. Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days. While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival. New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week. Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened. Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May. South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place. Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania. Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people.

    People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May. Relaxation to restrictions: Victoria is easing some stay at home restrictions effective 11:59 p.m. on May 12. New South Wales is easing some restrictions effective Friday, May 15. (OSAC, 12.05.2020)

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    28.05.2020
  • Australia Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to transit or enter Australia. – This does not apply to nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia. – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia. – This does not apply to airline crew. – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members. – This does not apply to nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Isl., Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (American), Solomon Isl., Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu when they are transiting through Australia to their home country. – This does not apply to passengers who reside in Cook Isl., French Polynesia or New Caledonia when they are transiting through Australia to their home country. 2. All passengers are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay. – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment. 3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. 4. All passengers will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and an Isolation Declaration Card. They are subject to health screening on arrival. Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal. New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    A three-step plan has been announced to gradually ease restrictions. In the first stage, schools restaurants and cafes will be allowed to re-open; as well as libraries, playgrounds and community centers. Gatherings will be limited to ten people. Local and regional travel is allowed, whilst inter-state travel will remain prohibited. The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people, with gyms, cinemas and amusement parks to reopen. Some inter-state travel will be allowed. At stage three, there will be a full resumption of businesses and interstate travel. Gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed. Further details for stages two and three will be announced once the country moves through stage one. Although each state and territories will continue to exercise full autonomy of its own timeline for easing restrictions and moving through the stages, the government aims to reach stage three by July. Currently, interstate travel options remain limited. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned. Those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents with travel history to COVID-19 hot spots declared by the Chief Health Officer must self-quarantine for 14 days. While several states, including South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, maintain a mandatory 14-day quarantine for domestic arrivals, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales have not imposed such stringent restrictions for interstate travellers. In Western Australia, only exempt travellers are allowed to enter the state, and may be subject to quarantine orders upon arrival. New South Wales: A two-people visitation rule has been implemented to allow two adults to visit another person’s home for ‘care and support’. All non-essential gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of two people, with some exceptions. Non-essential businesses remain closed or restricted; establishments that are open should allow at least 43 square feet (4 sq metres) of space for each patron. Public transport remains operational, with limited services on some routes. Schools will reopen on 11 May, with students attending one day a week. Northern Territory: A three-stage roadmap has been devised to ease internal restrictions. Individuals may participate in outdoor sporting activities and religious and other public gatherings but should observe social distancing. They may also visit people who are not part of their household. Businesses will resume according to these stages. Schools have reopened. Queensland: From 16 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Restaurants and pubs will reopen. Travel within 150 kilometres (93 miles) of your region is allowed, or up to 500km (310 miles) for those residing in outback Queensland. Schools are closed until at least 22 May. South Australia: From 11 May, restaurants, cafes, schools and universities will be allowed to reopen. However, a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people will be in place. Tasmania: Individuals are advised to stay at home and go out only for essential purposes. From 18 May, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed. Some schools will reopen on 25 May. Metro Tasmania is offering free travel until 31 May. Non-essential businesses are now allowed to reopen, as are schools in north-western Tasmania. Victoria: A state of emergency has been extended until 31 May, however some restrictions have been eased. From 12 May, a maximum of five visitors are allowed in one’s household. Gatherings of up to ten people are allowed, on the condition that social distancing measures are maintained. Parks and other recreation facilities have opened, while restaurants remain open for takeaway only. Public transport is operational, though schools remain closed. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May.

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    12.05.2020
  • Australia Government plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions by July (Fox News, 08.05.2020). Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. (Bloomberg, 23.04.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to transit or enter Australia.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to the immediate family members of nationals of Australia.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of Australia and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of New Zealand residing in Australia.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Isl., Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (American), Solomon Isl., Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu when they are transiting through Australia to their home country.
    – This does not apply to passengers who reside in Cook Isl., French Polynesia or New Caledonia when they are transiting through Australia to their home country.
    2. All passengers are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at their first arrival location in Australia. If their duration of stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of stay.
    – This does not apply to airline crew with the appropriate personal protective equipment.
    3. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter.
    Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight.
    4. All passengers will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and an Isolation Declaration Card. They are subject to health screening on arrival.

    Travellers currently in Australia who are unable to return to their home country should refer to the Home Affairs website for updated regulations on visa renewal.

    New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor-Leste citizens and residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not require a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight. The outbound connecting flight must depart from the same state or territory of Australia as the arrival flight. If the connecting flight requires the traveller to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia they are not considered to be transiting and will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for an exemption from the travel restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory require inbound non-essential travellers to be quarantined for 14 days. Only essential movement is allowed in the aforementioned states, gatherings are limited to two people. From 1 May noon, Northern Territory will open some parks and reserves, non-contact recreational activities can resume. Social distancing measures will remain in place. Non-essential businesses are allowed to open in Tasmania from 4 May. Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria and New South Wales do not require quarantine for interstate arrivals, but they have shut down non-essential services. These restrictions will be in place until at least 11 May. A public health emergency remains in place in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) until at least 7 July and until 11 May in Victoria. Western Australia continues to ban non-essential regional travel within the state. Some interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate, unless exempted. Gathering limits have been increased to ten people. People will be able to undertake recreation activities, however, sports facilities will remain closed, and restaurants will still be restricted to takeaway and home delivery. The state government also has plans to allow indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and religious activities from 15 May. Queensland’s borders remain closed, with all but freight and essential travel to and from the state banned; those exempt must apply for an entry pass prior to travel. Inbound Queensland residents who have been to a ‘COVID-19 hotspot’ must self-quarantine for 14 days. From 1 May, internal restrictions in Queensland have eased. People will be able to undertake recreation activities and travel up to 50km from their homes, social distancing measures will be in place. The “two person rule” where only two people from the same household can leave the residence remains in effect.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Home Affairs Australia/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Australian Government/
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