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Australia COVID Travel Restrictions and Additional Costs

Posted on: March 8th, 2022 by Lizandra Santillan No Comments

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Questions about Australia’s COVID travel restrictions? We’re here for you! As specialists in travel to Australia, we are keeping up to date on all restrictions and providing our clients with the information they need to make their trip to Australia a reality.

Great news! Australia is making it easier to visit!

We will update this as often as possible, but please understand these are fluid and may change. Costs associated with travel requirements to Australia are not included in your itinerary unless specifically listed. We will update this information with approximate costs as we become aware of them.

Last Updated: 10/26/2022

Going to Australia

Travelers are reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are traveling with and any countries you transit through.

Here’s what you need to visit Australia:

  • Required masking on the plane and in all Australian airports.
  • Valid visa to enter Australia (Electronic Travel Authority – also known as ETA)

Stay up to date on Australia Travel Requirements, click here. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here.

Applying for your Visa

Tips for filling out your Australia ETA (Visa) application:

  • ETA are instantly approved unless any application errors or eligibility issue.
    • Most common eligibility issues seen involve criminal convictions.
      Please see our tips for USA passport holders with criminal history (https://www.aboutaustralia.com/travel-tips/travel-visa-australia/)
    • Avoid the following common errors that will hold up your application.
      • Name Mis-spelling – Double check your work!
      • Entering dates in the USA format instead of DAY – MONTH- YEAR
      • Mixing up the SURNAME and FIRST NAME Fields
  • ETAs can ONLY be processed through the official Australian ETA App on your smart phone.

Australian ETA

 

  • If you are unable to complete the ETA application can apply for a standard Tourist Visa – subclass 600 – via a web form. Processing time is currently about 3 weeks.
  • Questions? Call the Global Service Center BEFORE submitting your application to ensure quick processing times.
    • Phone Number +61 2 6196 0196

Vaccinations

As of July 6, 2022, travelers visiting Australia do not need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Travelers still need to follow airline vaccination requirements.

Passengers on international flights operated by Qantas are no longer required to be fully vaccinated. Read more details about Qantas travel requirements here.

All travelers over the age of 18 years booked to travel on flights operated by Fiji Airways and Fiji Link must produce valid evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read more details about Fiji Airways vaccination requirements here.

When to Wear a Mask

Masks are still mandatory on inbound international flights.  You must wear a mask for the duration of your flight while traveling to Australia, and in all Australian airports. A cloth or surgical mask is acceptable. You may remove your mask to eat and drink, or if directed by an airline or government official. Children ages 11 or younger and anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask and can provide a medical certificate as evidence do not need to wear a mask.

COVID Testing

COVID testing is no longer required for travel to any Australian state. If you feel sick, your should follow local COVID protocol and wear a mask to contain the spread.

COVID protocol can differ by state and territory. See the links below for more information:

To Return to the USA

As of June 12, 2022, air passengers no longer need to get tested or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship. Please note, the CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen non-immigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information, see COVID-19 Vaccination Travel Information on the U.S. Department of State’s travel website.

Stay up to date on USA travel restrictions: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html