Australia – New Zealand quarantine-free travel bubble to begin on 18 April 2021 11:59 p.m.

Australians entering New Zealand will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

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(Last updated on 4 Oct 2021)


Entering Australia Borders

  • All non-Australian citizens and non-residents are not allowed entry to Australia
  • This does not include Australian citizens, immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependents, legal guardians, de facto partners and New Zealand citizens that usually reside in Australia (with subclass 444 visa or other permanent or provisional visa) 
  • All other travellers with compelling reasons to travel to Australia will need to have an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. You can apply request here
  • Upon entry, all passengers are required to self-isolate at their first arrival location in Australia for 14 days
  • Visit Department of Home Affairs on entering Australia during Covid-19 period for more

Travel Restriction Updates – Covid-19


From Nov 2021, Australia will ease its 18-month old Covid-19 international border restrictions.

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The quarantine-free travel bubble between Victoria and New Zealand will be paused tonight from 11.59pm AEST due to the ongoing level of uncertainty around transmission in Melbourne.

From 14 July 2021, the number of international arrivals will be halved due to concerns over the Delta variant of Covid-19. The new limits on international travel appear to be the harshest yet.

From 1 a.m. on 19 June 2021, travellers from New Zealand or another state or Territory within Australia will need to complete an online travel declaration to enter Queensland.

Australia – New Zealand quarantine-free travel bubble to begin on 18 April 2021 11:59 p.m.

Australians entering New Zealand will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

Travel requirements to all travellers before entering Australia

  • All passengers will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and an Isolation Declaration Card
  • They will be subjected to health screening on arrival

Leaving Australia Borders

Notice to Australian citizens and permanent residents

  • All Australian citizens and permanent residents not allowed to travel overseas due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • However, if you need to leave Australia, you may apply for an exemption to travel here

Notice to foreigners

  • All international visitors are encouraged to depart if it is possible
  • Travellers that exit Australia may only re-enter to Australia if they meet the entry requirements

Visit Department of Home Affairs on leaving Australia during Covid-19 period for more.


Updates for Temporary Visa Holders

  • International students in Australia for more than 12 months will be able to access their Australian superannuation. The Government will also be flexible in cases where Coronavirus has prevented international students meeting their visa conditions.
  • Seasonal Workers (Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour scheme) will be able to extend their stay in Australia to support the agricultural sector. Seasonal Worker Programme workers will also be able to apply for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa in the Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream while Pacific Labour Scheme workers are able to apply for a new Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Pacific Labour scheme stream visa.
  • Visitor Visa Holders that are unable to support themselves are advised to return home if it is possible to do so. 
  • Temporary Skilled Visa Holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per normal arrangements. In addition, visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation.
  • Working Holiday Visa Holders working in critical sectors (including heath, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, and childcare sector) will be exempted from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.

More information on Covid-19 information for Temporary Visa Holders in Australia can be found here.

Visa Updates

Visitors are advised to reconsider their need to apply for an Australian visa at this time due to the changes in application process.

Get updates on changes pertaining to visa information here.

Visa Processing Arrangements

Due to the Covid-19, there will be disruption of services relating to the visa application processes and services will be increasingly unavailable.

  • This includes overseas panel doctors, English language testing facilities, biometric collection and paper application lodgement centres
  • Due to unavailable services that prevent applicants from meeting visa requirements, they will be given additional time to complete checks and provide the requested information.

The Department will be prioritising processing visa applications for those travellers in the exempt categories to support urgent travel. It is encouraged that applicants to apply online wherever possible, as these applications will be processed faster than those lodged on paper.


Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in Australia.

CategoryTravel RequirementTravel MeasuresOthers
Australian Citizen & Permanent ResidentsAllowed entry with mandatory 14 day
quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrival
New Zealand Citizen usually resident in AustraliaSubclass 444 visa or other permanent or provisional visaAllowed entry with mandatory 14 day quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrivalRequired to carry proof of residency to be presented at check-in
Immediate Family member of Australian Citizen or Permanent Reside (Includes spouse, de facto partner, dependent child(ren), legal guardian)Partner (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) and Child (subclasses 101, 102, 445) visa holdersAllowed entry with mandatory 14 day
quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrival
May need to provide information to the Department before travelling to Australia.
Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holdersNot allowed entry at the moment
No VisaNot allowed entry
Visitors with exemption (as determine by Commissioner)Exemptions must be granted prior to travelling to AustraliaAllowed entry with mandatory 14 day
quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrival
All other visitors (without exemptions)Not allowed entryTravellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia can also use this form to apply for an exemption


More Information on Covid-19

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the Covid-19 situation.

Contact Information for Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

Australia National Coronavirus Line: 1800 020 080

Latest Coronavirus News from Australian Government 

Updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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