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Entry Restrictions to Australasia




Updated as at 19th January 2021


Category of passengers allowed entry

  • Australia nationals
  • Permanent residents and their immediate family. i.e. legal guardians, spouse, de facto partner
  • Provisional partner visa holders
  • Dependent children of a traveller eligible for entry to Australia
  • New Zealand nationals ordinarily resident in Australia (subclass 444 visa)
  • Diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family.


The following categories of passengers are exempted from the entry restrictions:

  • Foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Australian Commonwealth Government for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response or whose entry would be in the national interest.
  • Critical medical services, including air ambulance and delivery of supplies, that regularly arrive into Australia from international ports.
  • Persons with critical skills (for example, medical specialists, engineers, marine pilots and crews) by exception.
  • Persons providing, or requiring access to, critical skills in Australia (for example mining, shipyard and maritime safety) by exception.
  • Person or any person in class of persons who, in the opinion of the Chief Medical Officer does not pose a risk of significant harm to the public health and will provide an essential service while in Australia.
  • Case-by-case exceptions may also be granted for humanitarian or compassionate reasons.
  • Exemptions must be granted prior to these travellers undertaking travel to Australia. Exemptions may be applied for through the Department of Home Affairs website at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form


The following passengers are not allowed entry:

  • Foreigners


Travel Procedures & Quarantine Order

  • Effective 22nd January 2021, passengers travelling to Australia are required to:
    • Undergo PCR test up to 72 hours before departure and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (printed or digital) at the time of check-in.
    • Complete the online registration within 72 hours before departure via https://www.health.aero/au/2

  • Failure to comply with the requirement mentioned above will result in passengers being denied boarding. For detailed information on pre-departure, mask wearing and other requirements, visit https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers
  • Apply and complete the Australia Travel Declaration. Application can be made via https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/australia-travel-declaration, minimum 72 hours before departure. (Note: Expect delays on arrival with processing if declaration is not completed in advance.)
  • Undergo mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at their first Australian destination. The applicable cost for quarantine accommodation/meals in government appointed accommodation will be borne by passengers.
  • Exemptions from quarantine at the designated quarantine area are given to:
    • Diplomats accredited to Australia and that currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family will be required to self-isolate at their place of residence or in privately arranged accommodation for 14 days on arrival in Australia.
    • International transit passengers who meet the following conditions:
      • Passengers with a transit period of up to 8 hours must remain airside at the airport and maintain social distancing, cough etiquette and hand hygiene;
      • Passengers with a transit period of between 8 to 72 hours will be directed by relevant health official to a quarantine facility and will be required to remain there until proceeding to the airport for their departing flight.


New Zealand


Updated as at 5th January 2021


Category of passengers allowed entry

  • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families.
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents whose primary place of established residence in New Zealand.
  • Diplomats accredited to New Zealand and currently resides in New Zealand.


The following passengers are not allowed entry:

  • Foreigners
  • International transits to Australia except NZ joining passengers who are have finished their quarantine may continue travel to Australia.
  • All pax travelling from the UK into NZ are required to undergo pre-departure COVID testing.


Travel Procedures & Quarantine Order 

  • Passengers are required to wear a face mask and will be quarantined by NZ Government in a Government facility for 14 days.
  • Passengers arriving in New Zealand from 3rd November 2020 are required to obtain a voucher confirming they have been allocated a place in a Managed Isolation Allocation System website before they board their flight. This applies to all passengers flying into New Zealand unless exemption is given.


Last updated 19 January 2021, 2300hrs (GMT+8)



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