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Leaving Australia

From 1 November 2021, ‘fully vaccinated’ Australian citizens and permanent residents can depart Australia without requiring an outwards travel exemption.

Travellers should refer to Australian Border Force and the Australian Department of Health website for more information.

 

Entering the ACT from overseas

From 1 November 2021, ‘fully vaccinated’ Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members can arrive in New South Wales and Victoria without being included in international passenger caps which remain in place for other jurisdictions.

Travellers should refer to Australian Border Force and the Australian Department of Health website for more information about who is included in the above cohort.

Vaccinated Travellers

Vaccinated travellers returning from overseas are able to enter the ACT subject to the following requirements:

  • Undergo a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in the ACT.
  • Undergo a second COVID-19 test between days 5 and 6 after arrival.

There are additional restrictions on entering high-risk facilities in the ACT (including hospitals, correctional and detention facilities, residential aged care facilities, and some other residential facilities). These restrictions still apply to anyone who has been overseas in the previous 14 days. Should these restrictions apply to you, you will need to request an exemption directly from the facility.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated travellers who are aged 18 years and over will be required to complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine period at port of entry. If travel to the ACT is required for exceptional or compassionate reasons an exemption will be required to be obtained from ACT Health.

Travellers may be required to seek approval from their port of entry to enter the ACT.

For unvaccinated travellers who are under 18 years of age, modified quarantine conditions will apply. Travellers will be required to obtain an exemption to travel into the ACT. Further advice can be obtained from ACT Health.

To apply for an exemption, please email COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au. This email should include who you are, the reasons for requesting an exemption, where you propose to stay for your quarantine period, and how you plan to get to your quarantine accommodation.

 

Stay up to date

For more information, www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/overseas-travel

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