Australia FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to complete any documentation before I travel to Australia?

Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. The ATD collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status.


Do I need to present my COVID-19 vaccination certificate from a health authority at check-in?

Yes, you must present your COVID-19 vaccination certificate from a health authority to the airline staff when checking in for your travel.

Travellers vaccinated in Australia will need to present an Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). Travellers vaccinated in other countries will be able to present certificates in formats that meet the following criteria:

  1. issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  2. written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  3. containing at a minimum:
  4. name as it appears in the traveller's passport
  5. either date of birth or passport number
  6. the vaccine brand name, and
  7. the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

For a traveller to qualify as fully vaccinated, the certificate must show a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA.

Current approved and recognised vaccines and dosages are:

2 doses at least 14 days apart of any combination of:

  1. AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  2. AstraZeneca (Covishield)
  3. Pfizer/Biontech (Comirnaty)
  4. Moderna (Spikevax)
  5. Sinovac (Coronavac)
  6. Bharat (Covaxin)
  7. Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV) (for 18–60 year olds)
  8. or one dose of:

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag (COVID Vaccine).

A traveller will not be considered fully vaccinated unless at least 7 days have passed since the last dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation.

I have not been vaccinated. Can I still travel?

If you have not been vaccinated with the doses or schedule listed above, you do not meet Australia’s definition of ‘fully vaccinated’. This includes instances where the dosing schedule or vaccine eligibility differs in your country of origin.

If you do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated, current border restrictions apply to you and you must continue to follow the current border processes when leaving Australia or coming to Australia. This includes seeking an exemption to travel, travelling within international passenger caps, and undertaking mandatory 14 days managed quarantine.

What travel restrictions apply to children in relation to vaccination?

All children aged under 12 years, as demonstrated by their passport, count as fully vaccinated for travel purposes.

A class exemption will apply to Australians aged 12–17, who are travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians, arriving in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory who do not meet the criteria for fully vaccinated.

This age group will be required to undertake a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival into Australia and will need to quarantine at home for 7 days. A second test will be required on day 5 prior to completion of quarantine. This age group may attend school after completing the 7 days of quarantine. However, they will not be allowed to visit other high-risk settings such as disability facilities, aged care facilities and hospitals until 14 days after arrival.

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