Australia – COVID19 Travel Rules and Restrictions, 2 September 2021

Latest travel advice for Australia, including information on the current travel and daily life restrictions, quarantine requirements and the vaccination programme. Provided by Anna Kavelj, Managing Director at Elite Woodhams Relocation.

πŸ” Are your borders open? If not, is it possible to obtain an exemption to enter the country?

No, the Australian border remains closed. The Australian Federal & State Governments have implemented policies to restrict the spread of COVID-19 and its impact to the Australian community. At EWR, we continue to operate within these restrictions. Here we outline information that is important to know and links to the most up to date information.


For non-Australians, a visa and travel exemption is required. Exemptions may be granted

to those covered by the government's critical sectors and critical skills which can be found here.

The Government has a cap on the number of people who may enter Australia each week. This means that there are limited flights and bookings available and flights can be very expensive.

πŸ” What are the current travel restrictions?

Travel between states in under a "traffic light" system. Borders are currently closed between some states and territories. You may require a permit to travel interstate- so you should check this before intending to travel.

For the most updated information refer here.

A travel "bubble" has been suspended between Australia and New Zealand, whereby travel between the two countries is possible without quarantine - this exists outside the arrivals caps. **This can change at short notice depending upon the situation in either country**.

πŸ” Are there are quarantine requirements either at home or in a hotel? Can I choose where I stay? If it’s in a hotel, do I have to pay? If so, how much is it?

Quarantine Requirements

Who is required to quarantine?

All travellers arriving in Australia need to go into approved mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Australia. The only exceptions to this are travellers who are either:

β€’ travelling from a green zone

β€’ in an exemption category

Fully vaccinated travellers are still required to quarantine.

Where can I quarantine?

You must quarantine in a government designated quarantine hotel in the city of arrival in Australia (even if you plan onward travel).

State and territory governments, with support from the Australian Government, manage quarantine arrangements including:

β€’ transport for travellers from their arrival point to their quarantine accommodation

β€’ quarantine arrangements at the accommodation facility

It is not possible to choose, pre book, or even be pre-advised of which hotel will be required to quarantine in.

Do I have to pay?

Yes. You will receive an invoice via email at the end of your stay with 30 days in which to pay.

The cost is determined by the State Government which you quarantine. This is generally approximately $3000 for the first adult; $1000 for the second sharing the same room and $500 for a child. (Capped at $5500 for a family). Refer to the appropriate state page for specific details.

This cost includes all meals. Additional items such as alcoholic drinks may be purchased.

πŸ” How is the vaccine roll out program going in your country? Who is currently eligible?

Currently 35% of the population are fully vaccinated with 60% receiving one dose. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available for everyone eligible in Australia regardless of Medicare or Visa Status. Eligibility varies depending on the brand of vaccine being used (Pfizer or Astra Zeneca). It has been made available for children over 12 who have medical conditions or live in remote communities.

πŸ” If I have received the vaccine, would I still have to quarantine upon entering your country?

Yes everyone entering Australia is required to go into hotel quarantine for 14 days irrespective of vaccine status.

πŸ” Are you in any kind of lockdown at the moment or subject to restrictions in your daily life?

Yes currently Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra are in lockdown with very limited permitted movement or activity.

For New South Wales, the state which Sydney is in:

Lockdown is currently in place in throughout NSW including Greater Sydney.

These areas are subject to stay-at-home restrictions, excluding essential shopping and exercise within 5km of one’s home. Real estate is open for private 1 on 1 inspections only within the travel zone.

Within the Greater Sydney area, 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) have been identified as being of extreme risk areas. Residents in these areas are restricted to movement within 5 kms of their homes – with a few exemptions. A stay at home curfew is in place in these LGAs from 9.00pm to 5.00am. Only 1 hour of exercise is permitted. From 28th August, a permit is required to leave restricted LGAs for essential work.

Masks must be worn outdoors at all times, unless exercising.

The lockdown in Greater Sydney is in place at this stage until 30th September 2021.

Restrictions in Regional NSW are subject to ongoing review.

For Victoria, the state which Melbourne is in:

Victoria is in lockdown.

Under lockdown restrictions travel for essential shopping or exercise must be within 5km of home. Non-essential shops are closed, and restaurants are only open for take away. Schools are closed except for onsite learning for children of essential workers or vulnerable children. Offices are closed unless on the Authorised Provider list.

No home inspections for real estate are permitted at this time.

Masks are required to be worn at all times outside the home.

Victoria has implemented a travel permit system applying to travellers coming from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. There are strict eligibility requirements and detailed conditions to follow with the permit depending on where you are coming from.

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