Data Last Updated: October 17, 2020
Australia has implemented very strict travel restrictions, no foreign travellers are allowed at this time. Citizens are also not allowed to leave Australia at this time. Returning citizens are subject to mandatory quarantine at the first point of entry.
On October 16, citizens of New Zealand will be allowed to enter Australia under the trans-Tasman travel bubble agreement. However, the first phase will only allow them to visit New South Wales and the Northern Territory. More areas will be opened at a later stage. No quarantine is needed for as long as they came from coronavirus-free areas in the past 14 days.
Mask requirements differ in different states/regions within this country.
The federal government continues to use a three-step plan to ease gathering, business, and transport restrictions.
Under Step 1, people can host up to five visitors in the home, and public gatherings of up to 10 people can take place. State officials can also reopen retail, restaurants and cafes, playgrounds, and allow local and regional travel to resume physical distancing and hygiene measures.
Under Step 2, authorities will allow public gatherings of up to 20 people, and nonessential businesses such as gyms, salons, cinemas, and museums, among others, can reopen. Employees can continue to work from home, if possible. Some interstate travel can take place.
Most of Australia is under Step 3, which permits employees to return to the workplace, interstate travel to resume, and food courts and saunas to resume operations. The federal government restricts public gatherings to one person per four square meters (43 square feet) and two square meters (21 square feet) for smaller sites under the final phase.
Outdoor venues seating up to 40,000 people can accommodate patrons at 25 percent of capacity; officials will limit larger venues to 10,000 people but may authorize larger gatherings on a case-by-case basis. States and territories have the autonomy to move between the steps and determine the time frame for reducing measures, and several state governments have developed distinct phased reopening plans.
Tighter controls continue in Victoria's metropolitan Melbourne, where modified stay-at-home orders and gathering restrictions continue. Authorities have eased measures in other parts of Victoria; however, officials have also increased security between regional Victoria and Melbourne to prevent travel between the areas.
New South Wales has tightened restrictions on hospitality establishments, gyms and fitness classes, and public gatherings. State officials nationwide may temporarily close some businesses and schools at short notice, request affected people to self-isolate, and get a COVID-19 test after the emergence of COVID-19 clusters.
Airlines & Transport
An entry ban for most foreign nationals remains in effect, but will allow travel from New Zealand to NSW and Northern Territory from Oct. 16.
Authorities will gradually increase the number of international passengers allowed into the country from 4,000 to 6,000 people weekly through mid-October amid reduced domestic coronavirus disease (COVID-10) activity.
The federal government is working with state governments on a plan to reopen all inter-state borders by Dec. 25; all states except Western Australia have agreed with the government’s plan as of Sept. 4.
However, states maintain the ability to reopen borders at their own discretion and variations in border measures are likely to continue. Authorities continue to divert all international flights into Melbourne (MEL, AVV) to other international airports. An entry ban for foreign nationals remains in effect.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Information for Non-Tourists
All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. New South Wales charges all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable at the end of the quarantine period.
Quarantine fees are AUD 3,000 (USD 2,130) for the first adult, AUD 1,000 (USD 710) per additional adult, and AUD 355 per child; the government does not charge fees for children under three years old. Travelers who purchased tickets with a confirmed arrival date before 2359 July 12 are exempt from payment. Authorities require quarantined travelers to take a COVID-19 test on the 10th day of quarantine. Refusal to take tests will result in an additional 10 days in quarantine.
Australia will gradually increase the number of international passengers allowed into the country from 4,000 to 6,000 people weekly through mid-October amid reduced domestic coronavirus disease (COVID-10) activity.
New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia will increase their intake of returning residents from Sept. 28. However, Queensland and Western Australia will process international passengers in phases, rising to 500 new arrivals weekly, from Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, respectively.
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