From 21 February 2022 Australia is open for quarantine-free travel
From 21 February 2022, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia..
Travel to New Zealand
The New Zealand borders are open.
You do not need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter New Zealand.
Most travellers need to be vaccinated and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand.
If you transit through New Zealand, you no longer need to be vaccinated or complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration.
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Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia, and visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
If you do not meet Australia’s vaccination requirements for international travel you are not eligible to travel to Australia without a travel exemption unless you are automatically exempt.
You can only leave self-isolation once you receive a negative result from your rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival.
Travel restrictions are subject to change in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. You can stay informed with the latest updates by checking the below page regularly.
If you are transiting through Australia further information can be found at Transiting Australia.
Follow the steps below when you are preparing to travel to Australia.
Australian citizens, permanent residents and visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
Your vaccination status will impact the options available for travel to Australia. If you are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when coming to Australia. However, this can vary depending on quarantine arrangements in the state or territory to which you are travelling.
In general, you can only leave self-isolation once you receive a negative result from your rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival
Before you book your flight, check the quarantine and other arrangements for the state or territory to which you are travelling. Make sure that you are prepared to comply with any requirements, including by providing any required information to the relevant state or territory, and complying with post-arrival testing requirements. This also includes complying with arrangements for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years old.
If you were vaccinated overseas and you do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate you must obtain a certificate from the country in which you received your vaccination.
For more information see guidance on foreign vaccination certificates. Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate. Airlines will check this when you check-in to your flight.
If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons you must provide acceptable proof.
All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), unless they are flight crew.
You can start your DPD seven days before your flight and submit it within 72 hours prior to your departure for Australia. This is because you must provide your health information and declaration (vaccination status and COVID-19 test result) within 72 hours before your flight. The DPD requests details that are considered critical health information.
A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to Australia. When you check-in to your flight you need to provide:
You can find information about the evidence you need to provide at the Department of Health. Where you can also find information about exemptions from pre-departure testing.
If your flight is delayed, you will still be considered to have met the pre-departure testing requirements. You will not need a new test.
However, if your flight is re-scheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or other NAAT test taken no more than 3 days before the re-scheduled flight, or a Rapid Antigen Test taken under medical supervision within 24 hours before the re-scheduled flight.
Travellers need to be prepared to present the below documentation to your airline:
Read more on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
You will need to check that the below is correct for the state or territory you are travelling to, but for most destinations you will need to follow the below steps.
All international passengers travelling to Australia must comply with Australian Government entry requirements.
Upon arrival into most states, passengers who are fully vaccinated must:
Find out your requirements state by state – https://www.australia.gov.au/states.
If you are not fully vaccinated and are arriving in NSW from an overseas location, you will need to go into 7-day mandatory hotel quarantine.
To check if you are fully vaccinated, please visit the Australian Government website as other countries may have different definitions of what it is to be fully vaccinated.
One of the main problems facing New Zealanders traveling to Australia is getting hold of a RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests), so they can complete their 24 hour Covid-19 test and get out of quarantine. However, there have been major problems getting a hold of one.
Therefore I highly recommend you plan for this before you leave NZ and get it delivered to your quarantine location.
A new website is helping desperate people get their hands on rapid antigen tests (RATs) as demand for the DIY kits soars during the Omicron surge.
The website ‘Find a RAT’ launched on Monday the 3rd January and acts as a testing kit locator, helping people across the country find testing kits in their area. You can purchase a RAT online through Finder.com.au.
With the constantly changing states of both the New Zealand and Australia borders you need to make sure you are eligible to travel before you book everything in.
Here are the links to check if you are wanting to travel between Australia and New Zealand:
One-way quarantine-free travel is available to New Zealand passport holders and eligible travellers from New Zealand travelling to participating Australian states and territories.
To be eligible, you must meet the requirements for Travelling from New Zealand to Australia quarantine-free.
If you meet the eligibility requirements you do not need to apply for a travel exemption.
You must meet all other entry requirements for Australia, including immigration, customs and biosecurity clearance.
Quarantine arrangements are managed by individual states and territories. All travellers are advised to check the arrangements in both their place of arrival and final destination before they travel.
To find out about quarantine arrangements check State and Territory Information for travellers.
Further travel advice is available at Smartraveller.
For more information, see the Australian Government’s Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers
Note: Any change in the COVID-19 situation in Australia and New Zealand could lead to pausing or suspending quarantine-free travel arrangements without notice. You are responsible for managing any disruption to your travel plans, including if your return to Australia is delayed.
You can participate in quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia if you meet the eligibility requirements.
To be eligible, you must:
You must also meet the health, immigration and other standard border clearance requirements in each country.
States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine arrangements. Before you travel, check quarantine arrangements with the relevant state or territory.
You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia from New Zealand quarantine-free if you meet the above criteria, but you will need a valid visa to enter Australia. New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia. If eligible, they will be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) on arrival.
Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status.
This information helps the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19.
Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information. This is set out in s137.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
Travel exemption requirements
You will only need to apply for a travel exemption before you travel to Australia if:
A list of New Zealand’s COVID-19 outbreak locations are available at Ministry of Health NZ. If you have been to any of these locations during the times specified, you will need to identify this on your Australia Travel Declaration (ATD).
If you arrive in Australia on a quarantine-free flight, you may be guided through a separate pathway for quarantine-free travellers. These arrangements are determined by the state/territory in which you arrive.
For further information for travellers arriving on quarantine-free flights is available at Department of Health.
You can see if you are eligible to enter Australia on the Australia Government Department of Home Affairs website: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia.
International travel has changed. There are extra steps to take before you fly to your destination and before your return journey. You can get prepared and find the updated requirements for your trip here: https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/covid19-international-travel.
Air New Zealand has created a very useful tool for checking the travel requirements for your destination, transit points and return journey. Please check the travel regulations carefully before you travel to understand the visa, entry, testing and quarantine requirements for each person you are booking to fly.
The information reflects current requirements which may change at short notice and therefore the information contained is guidance only. You should independently check all relevant travel, health and entry requirements before you travel.
Visit their Travel Alerts page for travel updates and news about travel restrictions.
I completed the form using NZ as my depart point, Australia as my destination, nationality as NZ and residency as NZ and this is the information supplied:
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
Covid-19 test and vaccination requirements
Most travellers require a Covid-19 test or vaccination.
Health Form/App Requirements
There are no health form requirements for most travelers.
Some travelers will need to go under a quarantine.
Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry; details can be found at https://www.australia.gov.au/states.
Please check further requirements as they may apply.
The biggest vaccination campaign in history is well under way. Delivering billions of doses is one of the greatest logistical challenges ever undertaken.
Last updated 16 January 2022 (https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/covid-19-data-and-statistics/)
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Last updated 14 January 2022 (https://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2021/coronavirus/vaccine-tracker/)
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