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From 18 April 2022, travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory. All incoming and outgoing international travellers may be requested to provide proof they’ve had two doses of an approved vaccine.

Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD)

All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration, unless they are flight crew. You can start a DPD seven days before your flight, but you must submit it before your departure for Australia. The DPD requests details that are considered critical health information. Passengers must provide evidence that the critical health information was completed before boarding the aircraft. This is an enforceable requirement. A person who fails to comply with the requirement may be liable to a civil penalty (fine) of 30 penalty units (currently $6,660 AUD). This is set out in section 46 of the Biosecurity Act 2015. Passengers who do not make the declaration before they board their flight may be delayed when arriving in Australia.

See the Department of Home Affairs website for more information on coming to Australia and the DPD

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Border arrangements

From 18 April 2022, unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave Australia without an individual travel exemption. Travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory.

All incoming travellers will need to comply with the testing and quarantine requirements of the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel.  

International travellers who arrive in Australia without meeting vaccination requirements, and without an exemption, may be considered for visa cancellation, detention and removal. For more information see Travel restrictions and exemptions.

For more information, including on travelling with children aged under 18, see our frequently asked questions on international travel.

Preparing to leave Australia

Read through this checklist of steps to take as you prepare to leave Australia. 

Travelling to Australia

Read through this checklist of steps to take as you prepare to travel to Australia. Find out more about travelling to Australia

Getting proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations

State and Territory information

You need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of your arrival, and any other state or territories that you plan to travel to. This includes quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. Restrictions may change at short notice.

You may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when you return to Australia depending on the state or territory to which you are travelling.

If you wish to travel on to another state or territory you may not be allowed to enter, or may be subject to a quarantine period.

Most states and territories require you to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia. You should check this, and additional post-arrival testing requirements for the state or territory you arrive in and subsequently travel to.