International travel is back


What you need to know before booking your next overseas holiday.

Woman at international  airport with flight board in background
After more than 18 months, Australians are finally able to book a long-awaited overseas holiday.

But international travel looks very different to what it did before COVID-19.

Here’s what you need to know before planning your next international trip.

Leaving Australia

Fully vaccinated Australians are now able to travel overseas. You’ll need to provide evidence that you’ve had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination when you check in at the airport.

Fully vaccinated travellers can download an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate using your Medicare account through myGov. The certificate features a QR code that proves to airlines and authorities that you’ve had your vaccinations.

If you’re not fully vaccinated you’ll have to apply for an exemption to leave Australia or provide evidence that you’re unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition.

Arriving overseas

Check the entry requirements for your destination. In addition to your passport, you may need to show proof of vaccination and take a COVID test before or after entering the country.

Check Smartraveller for the latest information on entry requirements. Your travel agent can help you to prepare for travel.

Arriving home

From 17 December, people arriving in Queensland from overseas with a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours can home quarantine. People who don’t meet these conditions must complete 14 days of hotel quarantine.

When Queensland hits the 90% vaccination target, Queensland is expected to remove border restrictions and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated people. Unvaccinated travellers will need to meet requirements for entry and quarantine.

Keep up-to-date with Queensland’s quarantine information here.

Things to consider before travelling overseas

  • Check Smartraveller for the latest travel advice for your destination.
  • Think about contingencies for if you end up overseas longer than expected due to flight cancellations, travel restrictions or contracting COVID-19.
  • Read travel insurance policies carefully to know what is and isn’t covered. The travel advice level of your destination may affect what’s covered by your insurance.
  • You’ll have to comply with entry restrictions when returning to Australia.

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Things to note

The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.