Guidelines for travelling to Australia during the coronavirus pandemic
The Covid-19 case count in Australia has been relatively moderate. This feat was possible due to Australia implementing strict travel guidelines on international travellers. But with newly emerging Coronavirus variants and the changing government and travel policies, it is best to stay abreast with the latest Australian travel guidelines during the pandemic, especially if you plan to travel there.
As per the travel guidelines for Australia during the pandemic, you can enter Australia if you are exempt, or the Australian government has granted you an individual exemption. You can enter Australia without any travel restrictions if you are:
Per the Australia Travel Guidelines, the Australian Border Force Commission may grant you an individual exemption if you are:
If you do not qualify for the exempt categories, you can apply for an individual travel exemption according to the guideline for travelling to Australia. Before you make your travel plans, you must apply for the exemption for at least two weeks, but not exceeding two months. You must hold an Australian visa or should have applied for one. You must also provide documents to support your exemption request.
The Australian government can decline your request if they conclude that you have not provided sufficient proof. Without the exemption grant, you will not be allowed to board the flight at your origin point. If the Australian government does exempt you, you must, without fail, carry proof supporting the exemption.
If you are travelling to Australia for compassionate and compelling reasons, you must submit all supporting documents in English. The Australian government, with sufficient proof, will prioritise the application.
Travel Guidelines for Australia also state that eligible travellers must complete an Australia Travel Declaration form downloadable from the Department of Home Affairs website.
The categories of individuals exempt from the pre-departure testing are listed below as stated by the Australian government in the travel guidelines Australia document.
Unless you are an international traveller or an Australian citizen and arriving in Australia on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, you must
You may need to pay for the costs associated with quarantining in Australia as per the Australia Travel Guidelines stated by the Country Government.
You can travel from India to Australia, provided you qualify for an exemption or the Australian Government grants you an individual exemption.
The Australian government may grant you a travel exemption if you escort a minor who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident. The exemption is granted for the safety and welfare of the minor during travel.
Authorities will approve this type of travel exemption request under the following circumstances:
The guideline for travelling to Australia dictate that Individuals escorting a minor to Australia who is a citizen of Australia or a permanent resident should be a relative, for example, an aunt, an uncle or a grandparent.
Australia is now allowing travellers to visit the country. However, leisure tourism is still on hold. As per the Australian Travel Guidelines set by the Government of Australia, you can see the country under exceptional circumstances only. As an international traveller, you cannot enter the country unless the Australian government exempts you. Upon entering the country, you must comply with quarantining requirements for 14 days. Ensure that you follow all the travel guidelines.
*Disclaimer: The information updated is valid as of 2nd September 2021 and is subject to change.