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Unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Entering and tra​​​nsiting Australia by air

​​​​​​​​​​​Entering Australi​a by air​

Follow the steps below to enter Australia by air. If you are entering by sea, see Entering or transiting Australia by sea​.​


​​​​Transiting Australia

Transit of 72 hours or less

If you are transiting Australia you must secure an onwards ticket on a flight that departs Australia no more than 72 hours after your initial entry. If a suitable connecting flight is not available, transit through Australia will not be possible.

Digital Passenger Decla​​ration

You can start your Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) up to seven days before your flight, but you must submit it before you depart for Australia.

The DPD requests critical health information. Providing this information is an enforceable requirement. It will help ensure you don’t experience unnecessary delays at the airport, or when you arrive in Australia.

For more information see Digital Passenger Declaration​.​​​

State and territory requirem​​ents

​You must follow the transit requirements for the state or territory that you arrive in.

​Unvaccinated travellers may be subject to incoming passengers caps and must meet state ​and territory arrival requirements.

​You may need to stay in hotel, or other, accommodation and you may be asked to pay for your stay, while you are waiting for your onwards flight. For more information see State and territory arrival requirements.

More than 72 hours

If you will spend more than 72 hours in Australia before your connecting flight you are not considered to be transiting Australia. 

You must meet all other entry requirements for Australia, including immigration, customs, biosecurity clearance and mandatory health declarations. For more information see ​Crossing the border​.

​​​You also need to meet State and territory arrival requirements​​.​​​