From 12:01am (AEDT) on Thursday 5 January 2023, travellers arriving in Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to travel and show evidence of a negative test result. This applies regardless of your vaccination status and includes Australian citizens. It also applies if you’re transiting through Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, to travel to another country.

It does not apply if you're arriving in Australia before 5 January 2023.

Further updates on the implementation of these changes are available at Department of Health and Aged Care and Entering and leaving Australia (Australian Government Department of Home Affairs).

Australia welcomes millions of overseas visitors each year. Anyone who is not an Australian citizen needs a valid visa to enter the country.

International passenger caps have been removed for all international passenger arrivals into Australia.

All travellers should be aware that:

  • People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
  • People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
  • People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status
  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not​ need a travel exemption to travel to Australia
  • Mask wearing on international flights to Australia is no longer mandatory.

It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.

For more information on COVID-19 and the border, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Australian Citizens

All Australian citizens must enter and exit Australia on an Australian passport. Your Australian passport must be valid (not expired) on the day of your arrival in Australia. It does not need to have six months remaining validity to enter Australia unless you are passing through a third country that requires it. Citizens are not entitled to a visa, even if you are also a citizen of another country. Please see the Department of Home Affairs website for more information. 

Immigration and Visas

All foreign travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.

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If you have a specific question, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.

You will also need to know what you can and cannot bring into Australia, knowing the duty-free concession limits and what to experience when travelling through Australian airports and seaports.

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Tourism

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Tourist Refund Scheme

The Tourist Refund Scheme enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.