From 9.00pm (local time) 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel back to Australia.

From 28 March 2020 all travellers returning home from overseas are being quarantined in a designated facility (for example, a hotel) at their port of arrival for 14 days.

All Australians are advised not to travel overseas at this time. Regardless of your destination, age or health, the advice is not to travel at this time.

Travelling interstate

Domestic travel is not advised at this time.

People should not leave home except for shopping for food and supplies as infrequently as possible, for medical care or compassionate purposes, for outdoor exercise, and for work and education if they cannot be done remotely.

Practising physical distancing and good hygiene are the best ways to stay healthy and reduce the spread of COVID and the rate of transmission.

Travelling overseas

All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a designated facility (for example, a hotel) at their port of arrival for 14 days.

The Australian Government have implemented a ‘do not travel’ ban on Australians travelling overseas. As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult. Many countries are introducing entry or movement restrictions, and these are changing often and quickly.

You may be more exposed to contracting COVID-19 while travelling overseas. You may come in contact with more people than usual, including during long-haul flights and in crowded airports. Healthcare systems in some countries will come under strain and may not be as well-equipped as Australia’s. If you’re sick, you may not have your normal support networks.

The travel ban will also help to reduce the risks of spreading coronavirus to other countries and prevent travellers returning to Australia with coronavirus. Exemptions, which will be managed by the Australian Border Force, will apply to a range of categories of travellers, including for those citizens who usually reside overseas, where travel is essential or necessary, where travel is in the national interest, and on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

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

What does it mean to quarantine?

Being quarantined at home means that you need to stay in the location you have been quarantined for the full 14-day period. You cannot go to work, school, or public areas, such as shops or cafes, restaurants. You need to tell people not to visit you while you are quarantined. For more information, see our Quarantine and isolation information page.

While in quarantine, you need to closely monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19. The key signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms within 14 days of returning from overseas, please follow the steps described on the Getting tested page.

Remember to always practise good hand and general hygiene and physical (social) distancing. This is the best defence against the spread of the virus.

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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: April 03 2020