• Sam Radford

Travel Tips: Leaving Australia in a Covid World

With the announcement of restrictions easing as of November 1st, we thought it prudent to provide you with some information and tips if you wish to travel the world.

Tip 1: Get Vaccinated

Our first tip if you wish to go on an amazing vacation outside of Australia is to get vaccinated. If you are a fully vaccinated Australian citizen or permanent resident, then there are no restrictions for your travel. Australia considers if you have had 2 doses of the following vaccines at least 14 days apart to be fully vaccinated:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

  • AstraZeneca Covishield

  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty

  • Moderna Spikevax

  • Sinovac Coronavac

  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin

It is also advised that if you are arriving in Australia, complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure.

Once you have your vaccination, you will also need some proof to show airline staff and border officials. If you are an Australian citizen, you should have an Australian COVID-19 digital certificate, which you can even get on your phone! Although this only applies to those coming into Australia. If you are leaving, you’ll need an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.

Tip 2: If unvaccinated, know your exemptions

If you are unvaccinated and want to leave Australia, there are a few exemptions under that you may fall. Unfortunately, none of them includes travelling for pleasure, but we will list them below so you can check if your travel meets any of the criteria.

  • your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid

  • your travel is for your business/employer

  • you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia

  • you are travelling outside Australia for a compelling reason for three months or longer

  • you are travelling on compelling or compassionate grounds

  • your travel is in the national interest

  • you are ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia.

All claims for exemptions can be applied online. Just make sure you have your evidence ready, as the Australian Government will require proof of all claims. Although you may be in luck if you qualify for some of the automatic exemptions, such as the ones below.

  • a fully vaccinated Australian

  • an airline, maritime crew or associated safety worker

  • a New Zealand citizen holding a Special Category (subclass 444) visa, even if they are usually resident in Australia

  • engaged in the day-to-day conduct of inbound and outbound freight

  • travelling in association with essential work at an offshore facility in Australian waters

  • travelling on official government business (including members of the Australian Defence Force and any Australian Government official travelling on a diplomatic or official passport)

  • travelling directly to New Zealand and you have been in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days or more immediately before your travel date*

Tip 3: Read up on restrictions for where you’re travelling

The final travel tip we have for you is to read up on all the various restrictions of the countries you plan on visiting. This includes interstate travel. Whilst most of this article has focused on coming and leaving the Australian border, we should mention that every state in Australia has its own rules and regulations on travel. This also applies if you plan on travelling overseas.

Most countries have websites dedicated to explaining the rules and restrictions following the pandemic, so we don’t think you’ll have any issues there. There is also DFAT’s smart traveller guide, which should help you with many of your travel concerns.

We here at FreeGuides wish you happy and safe travels. We can’t wait to see where you all go, and all the experiences you can create from them. We hope you have a happy and healthy new year!

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