Borders are slowly reopening! From today, 1 November 2021, Australian citizens and Permanent Residents aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to leave the country without an outwards travel exemption.
This means that Australians can fly abroad to see their relatives overseas! (Subject to the entry requirements of their selected destination).
Entry to Australia is currently only open to citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents, some New Zealand citizens, diplomats, and some people with specific visas.
Meanwhile, we are still waiting for these measures to be extended to temporary visa holders including students, Working Holiday, Sponsor, Graduate, and Tourist Visas.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Each country has different requirements for entry, including COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Check the current travel, visa and COVID-19 advice for the country you want to travel to using smartraveller.gov.au
Check if you can travel without an exemption. A person is only considered “fully vaccinated” seven days after they receive their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Recognised vaccines include:
- AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
- AstraZeneca Covishield
- Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
- Moderna Spikevax
- Sinovac Coronavac
- Bharat Biotech Covaxin
- Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year old)
- Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.
Request your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate using the Express Plus Medicare app or your Medicare online account through myGov. Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate so you can show it as evidence of your vaccination during your travels. Airlines will check this when you book your tickets and check-in to your flights.
Children under 12 and Australian citizens and permanent residents with acceptable proof they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will also be ble to travel overseas without seeking an exemption.
If you were vaccinated overseas and do not have an ICVC, you will need to present a foreign vaccination certificate.
Present your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate to airline staff when you check-in for your flight. They will scan your certificate to view your vaccination history and make sure you meet the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ before you can travel.
If you are not fully vaccinated and do not have an exemption to depart Australia, you will not be able to board your flight (unless you are under 12, an Australian citizen or permanent resident with the required evidence that are you medically unable to be vaccinated).
Check if you can access reduced quarantine requirements. States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements for people entering from overseas, so make sure to check quarantine arrangements for each State/Territory.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years returning to Australia will not be allowed to access schools for 7 days after arrival. They will also not be able to visit high risk settings such as child care, aged-care residential facilities, disability care facilities or hospitals until 14 days after arrival. Exemptions apply for emergency medical care.
If the child is travelling with unvaccinated adult family members, then the entire family group will be subject to managed quarantine and passenger caps.
Obtain your foreign vaccination certificate. If you were vaccinated overseas and you do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate you must obtain a certificate from the country in which you received your vaccination.
Complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your flight.
Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days before your flight’s scheduled departure must be provided to your airline when you check in.
Questions? Contact us and we will answer any doubt you may have!