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Region: Australia and New Zealand

Pandemic Travel Alert

PARTIALLY OPEN: only accepting leisure travel from or to designated areas

Most recent update: 2022-02-21 - All visa holders who are fully vaccinated are eligible for entry without a travel exemption


General Policy
  1. Travel to Australia is restricted: only travellers exempt from restriction are permitted to check-in to flights to Australia. Travellers in the following categories are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) :
    • Australian citizens
    • permanent residents of Australia
    • immediate family members of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members
    • Travellers transiting Australia for 72 hours or less
  2. Starting 21 February 2022, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without obtaining an individual travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter.

(Source: Travel restrictions and exemptions - The Department of Home Affairs )

Leisure Travel
  1. Travellers to Australia must comply with requirements in the state or territory of arrival, and any other state or territories travelled to. Quarantine requirements in Australia are determined by State and Territory governments. 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.
  2. A State of Emergency has been declared for the whole of Western Australia. Completing a “G2G Pass” application to enter the state is mandatory. A G2G Pass is an online application that allows travellers to complete the mandatory registration and declaration, which must be done before entering Western Australia. If the application is approved, the G2G Pass must be presented on arrival into Western Australia.
  3. If travelling to Western Australia from another state or territory in Australia, travellers must be triple dose vaccinated if eligible, or double dose if not eligible for third dose.
  1. What I need to do before I travel - The Department of Home Affairs
  2. COVID-19 coronavirus: G2G Pass
  3. COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA - frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Related Entry Requirements

  • Refer to source for details of COVID-19 related entry requirements.

(Source: What I need to do before I travel - The Department of Home Affairs )


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Pre-pandemic visa rules


Passport Validity
Must be valid at time of entry
Electronic Visa
  • Website: Electronic Travel Authority
  • Website states: "In most cases, you will be informed of the result of your application before leaving the online ETA system. Some applications might require additional processing. If your application is not processed immediately, check back in 12 hours via Check an ETA to confirm if your application is approved."
Other Documents
Travel to Australia with an Electronic Travel Authority and a one-way airline ticket is permitted.
- The Transit visa (subclass 771) permits transit through Australia for no longer than 72 hours.
Dual Nationality
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. This information is only for one type of visa: the Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601). This visa allows multiple entry for tourism or business, for up to a year, and stays up to three months for each visit. Work is not permitted on this visa. Penalties for deliberately breaching a visa condition include visa cancellation or being banned from returning to Australia for up to three years.

Warning from Timaticweb

There is no physical evidence of an ETA in the passport. An ETA is verified electronically by ETA participating airlines prior to boarding and by immigration officials on arrival in Australia....

Warning: ensure the air carrier is ETA capable and can verify the ETA for boarding ("screen prints" of an ETA are not acceptable).