Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for travellers

When you travel internationally, biosecurity measures at the airport and in-flight will apply to you. Travel restrictions and other arrangements also apply to people travelling overseas, returning to or visiting Australia.

Biosecurity measures

At the airport

If you are unwell, airlines must refuse to let you fly. There will be extra screening of passengers at Australian airports to identify anyone who is unwell.

For more on screening and reporting of ill passengers, read coronavirus advice for travellers and airlines.

At overseas airports, Australian Border Force liaison officers will work with airlines to identify travellers who should not board.


If you are on an international flight and show signs of an infectious disease:

  • the airline must report you to biosecurity officers
  • biosecurity officers will assess you before you get off the plane
  • you may be isolated or referred to a hospital

If you are unwell on a flight you will be identified and referred for assessment when you arrive at your destination.

Travelling overseas

If you are planning on travelling overseas, check the Smartraveller website regularly and subscribe for updates.

Australians should also reconsider taking overseas cruises, especially if you have other health concerns.

To find out:

Citizens and permanent residents returning to Australia

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you and your immediate family members can return to Australia.

Self-quarantine processes will apply.

Foreign nationals entering Australia

If you are a foreign national, you must self-quarantine in a home or hotel for 14 days after entering Australia.

Entry restrictions apply to foreign travellers from mainland ChinaIranRepublic of Korea and Italy.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for: