Travelling to or from overseas

Entering Australia

From New Zealand

From Friday 16 October 2020 people from New Zealand are able to travel to New South Wales (NSW) and the Northern Territory (NT) without the need to enter mandatory quarantine, provided they have not been in a New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days. More information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

There is additional information available for travellers arriving from New Zealand on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Currently there are no direct flights from New Zealand to the ACT however, under an exemption to the Returned Travellers Public Health Direction, those who have entered NSW from New Zealand by air can travel into the ACT by air or road without the need to quarantine, subject to the conditions outlined in the exemption.

If you have arrived from New Zealand before 16 October 2020 and are already in quarantine, you must complete your quarantine period.

If authorities at the port of entry consider the person travelling to be an unacceptable COVID-19 health risk then they may be required to enter quarantine or leave Australia.

From all other countries

Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel back to Australia.

All travellers returning home from overseas are quarantined at their arrival port in a designated facility like a hotel for 14 days.

For more information about quarantine for incoming travellers visit the Australian Department of Health website

There are currently no booked international flights into Canberra, however when an international flight to the ACT is arranged, details about quarantine arrangements, including costs associated with hotel quarantine will be made available on our website for these passengers.

You should also make contact with the Embassy/High Commission of the Country you are currently in for the most up to date information about flights.

Leaving Australia

There is ban on Australians travelling overseas.

The Smartraveller Travel Advice is Level 4 - Do Not Travel overseas.

Exceptions include:

  • for those citizens who usually live overseas
  • where travel is essential
  • where travel is in the national interest
  • on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

Australian Border Force manages these exemptions.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: October 23 2020