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Entering and leaving Australia

​​​​​​Latest update​​​

9 March 2023 – Travellers entering Australia from China, including Hong Kong, and Macau


From 12:01am on Saturday 11 March, people travelling to Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, are not required to show evidence of a negative pre-departure test for COVID-19.  For more information, see the Department of Health and Aged Care​.

​​Entering and leaving Australia​

The Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force provide advice for people seeking to enter or leave Australia.

For more information see:

People who require a visa should ensure their visa is granted before travelling to Australia. To check Australia’s visa requirements, see: Explore visa options

The Australian Border Force provides further advice for people entering or leaving Australia by sea​.

Australian citizens planning to travel overseas are encouraged to check current travel advice by visiting Smartraveller​.

The Department of Health provides health advice on international travel and COVID-19​.

State and t​erritory information

Each state and territory in Australia has its own requirements that you will need to comply with. If you are planning to travel to Australia, you should check the requirements of the state or territory you are travelling to. Requirements could include COVID-19 testing after you arrive in Australia or vaccination requirements to visit certain venues or work in certain occupations.

For more information see State and territory information.

Australia’s vaccination program

Everyone in Australia can get a COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. International travellers who arrive into Australia are encouraged to access Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

For more information see COVID-19 vaccines.

Visa concessions and refunds

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic period, a range of changes were made to some visa categories, including the introduction of concession periods, fee waivers and visa refunds.

For more information see COVID-19 visa information.