COVID-19 Information

Last updated: August 5, 2022

The CDC no longer orders air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

The Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory for Australia of Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. Travel and movement restrictions vary by location. U.S. citizens should be prepared for restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

 

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Australia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes

COVID-19 tests are carried out by health authorities in each state and territory and are free for individuals who get tested at a public health facility, mobile testing center, or doctor that offers bulk billing. You may have to pay to see your doctor if they don’t offer bulk billing.

COVID-19 testing for travel clearance purposes is conducted at private pathology clinics only, and charges apply for COVID-19 testing services for travel. Please search here for a pathology clinic near you. Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane International Airports have COVID-19 testing sites, open from 6:00am until the last flight at night. The facilities can provide travelers with test results up to 24 hours prior to departure, and it is recommended that passengers arrive at least 4 or 5 hours prior to departure to secure a test and receive their results in time. Passengers must show evidence of flight details in order to be accepted for testing. Testing for Domestic flights is not available at any Airport facilities.

Most people who are not eligible for Australian Medicare will have health or travel insurance. If you do not have adequate insurance cover, some states and territories will waive healthcare costs associated with COVID-19 if a person is treated in a state- or territory-run health facility. This is to ensure payment issues are not a barrier for people from overseas with symptoms seeking early medical advice. Ask your doctor or local hospital for more information.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Australia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Australia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Australia? Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Novavax

The Australia Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the COVID-19 vaccines listed above for use in Australia. Janssen has been provisionally approved, but is not yet included in Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Vaccines are voluntary, universal, and free for all, including Australian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary visa holders.

To learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States, visit the FDA’s website. The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

When preparing to travel, you can check what you need to do when leaving Australia or coming to Australia from overseas. Masks are mandatory for passengers and crew on all inbound international flights, and some domestic flights. Airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travelers need to comply with.

 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Measures in Australia, including capacity restrictions, vaccine requirements, face coverings, and social distancing, to limit the spread of COVID-19 vary by state and territory. State and local authorities may levy fines on and/or arrest individuals not following physical distancing or other orders. Some states may require a permit/permission to enter. Be prepared for measures in all Australian states and territories to change at any time:

 

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, in limited circumstances

There are reduced quarantine requirements for all travelers. States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements. Check the quarantine requirements for each state or territory. State and local authorities are levying fines on individuals not following quarantine and self-isolation guidelines.

 

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, though not at pre-pandemic levels
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

International commercial flight options currently exist in Australia. Public transportation systems are operating. Rules regarding physical distancing and mask requirements vary by location. Travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline or travel insurer.

 

Fines for Non-Compliance:

State and local authorities may levy fines on and/or arrest individuals not following physical distancing, mask requirements, self-isolation, or other orders.

 

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Perth is offering all routine passport, citizenship, and notarial services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Sydney is offering all routine passport, citizenship and notarial services.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Melbourne is offering all routine passport and citizenship services. U.S. citizens in need of critical emergency services should contact MelbourneACS@state.gov.

Appointments are available only for applicants who require an in-person interview. U.S. citizens who require travel documents sooner than the current processing time should contact their nearest consulate to request an emergency passport appointment if an appointment is not available in the system within their travel timeframe.

Information on visa services and restrictions relating to COVID-19 is available here.

 

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