Face masks are now mandatory for domestic commercial air travel in and out of the ACT, and while in the Canberra Airport, from 11.59pm Friday 22 January 2021.
The direction is in line with the commitment jurisdictions have made to implement this policy for all domestic air travel across Australia, as part of the National Cabinet.
People 12 years and above, including workers who interact with the public, must wear face masks while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra.
People will be permitted to remove their face mask to ascertain their identity when going through security or when eating and drinking or taking medication both in the airport terminal and during a flight. They will also be able to remove their mask during an emergency and to communicate effectively, for example, with someone who is hearing impaired.
There are exceptions to this Direction, including for infants and children under the age of 12, as well as people with a disability or a particular medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable.
Under the Direction, face masks must be designed or made to be worn over the mouth and nose, and should fit securely around your face to provide the wearer with protection against infection. A scarf or bandana is not considered an appropriate face mask.
Tips for using face masks:
• Single-use face masks can be worn continuously for up to four hours as long as it doesn’t become moist.
• Single-use masks must not be reused and should be disposed of safely after use.
• Reusable face masks should be washed and dried after use and stored in a clean dry place.
• Use a new single-use or reusable face mask for each new situation, and
• Avoid touching and playing with face masks unnecessarily.
When travelling it is important to continue maintaining physical distancing, practising good hand and respiratory hygiene, staying home if unwell and getting tested with any symptoms of COVID-19.
Please check the health advice and requirements of the jurisdiction you are travelling to, as the rules on face mask usage may vary from state to state.
For more information, visit the ACT Government website.
Canberra Airport is currently flying to 13 domestic destinations, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast with connecting flights to Cairns, Newcastle with connecting flights to Ballina Byron, Port Macquarie, Hobart, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Bryon Bay and Melbourne. Each destination, depending on the state it resides in, has different border restrictions. You may be required to gain a permit to enter the state and quarantine for 14 days at your own expense. To understand the requirements for each state, see below. For the latest information, visit the ACT Health COVID website.
COVID-19 Border information
Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia is paused. You must enter a managed isolation facility for 14 days when you arrive in New Zealand.
The Smartraveller Travel Advice is Level 2 – Exercise a high degree of caution.
More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.
Travelling from New Zealand to the ACT:
Quarantine free travel from New Zealand to Australia is suspended until at least 11:59pm on the 21 September 2021.
There is additional information available for travellers arriving from New Zealand on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
Domestic flight Information
To make changes or get specific information about flight bookings, contact your airline or travel agent directly. For airline contact details, click here.
International Travel Information
The Australian Government announced that Australian citizens are banned from travelling overseas from 25 March 2020 at 1200hrs AEDST. All International from Canberra Airport from 20 March 2020 have been cancelled. For information regarding exemption applications and entry to Australia, click here.
Passengers from New Zealand can travel to Australia, quarantine-free.
At the Airport
To view dining and retail opening hours, click here. Please not hours may vary due to the impacts of COVID-19.
The Visit Canberra information booth is closed until further notice.
Taxis, ride share, rental car providers and public buses remain business as usual during this time. To book your transport; visit our transport page for details.
What can you do to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
We would encourage all passengers to follow the hygiene recommendations from the Department of Health which include. For more information, click here.
Safe Domestic flying protocol
The Australian aviation industry has developed a Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol to provide clear and consistent guidance regarding risk-minimisation principles and processes in domestic airports and on aircraft for domestic passenger travel.
This Protocol will provide guidance for industry members and confidence to the travelling public as domestic air travel increases with the reduction in COVID-19 related restrictions on travel.
To view the protocol, click here.