Travelling overseas from Australia
While vaccinated Australians have already been able to leave the country with flights to certain destinations, the easing of border restriction on February 21 now means you will be able to return without a specialised visa or exemption.
Before you plan your long-awaited overseas holiday or family reunion, there are a few things to be aware of:
Do I need masks or face coverings?
Approved masks and face coverings are required to be worn at all times, both at all Australian international airports and for the duration of your flight.
Depending on your destination, you may be required to wear your mask at your destination’s airport as well.
Do I need proof of vaccination?
When restrictions were initially relaxed in November of 2021, Australians were allowed to leave Australia. As part of the conditions of exiting Australia, all passengers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide evidence of their vaccination status.
Travellers vaccinated in Australia will need to present an Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). This can be easily obtained via your myGov account or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you are unable to obtain a digital copy, you can visit a Services Australia services centre or contact the Australian Immunisation Register.
Travellers vaccinated in any other countries than Australia must present an official certificate which is:
- Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
- Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
Paper and digital certificates are both acceptable.
What are the COVID-19 requirements of other countries?
There are only a handful of countries around the world who do not have stringent COVID-19 requirements or regulations. It is important to know what the requirements are of the country you are travelling to days before departure to ensure you have the right documentation and information at hand.
Here are some of the most-visited countries by Australians and their current restrictions (at the time of publishing):