Coronavirus / Covid-19: Current information for travelers
The Foreign Office travel warning for Australia is still in force.
Until further notice, a comprehensive entry ban applies to all foreign travelers without a permanent residence permit in Australia. In particular, tourist visits are generally not permitted until further notice.
Excluded from this entry ban are, among others Indian nationals with a residence permit in Australia and their immediate family members (spouses, minor children, legal guardians, but not parents). Here, however, there is an obligation to a 14-day hotel quarantine in designated accommodation at the arrival airport, which is usually chargeable, upon entry; Direct onward travel to the destination in Australia is not permitted, not even in the case of direct airport transit. Justified exceptions to the entry ban can be requested from the Department of Home Affairs. In particular, tourist visits are generally not permitted until further notice.
Transit through Australian airports is currently possible for foreign travelers if certain conditions are met. In many cases, an individual permit and / or a transit visa must be applied for beforehand. Further information on transit is available on the website of the Government of Australia and on the website of the Indian diplomatic missions in Australia.
Due to a drastic increase in new infections in the state of Victoria, extensive lockdown measures will apply throughout the state until at least mid-September 2020, including a general mask requirement, tight movement restrictions and a night curfew in the Melbourne metropolitan area. The Victoria authorities will publish details of the code of conduct and the districts affected. The land borders with the neighboring states of New South Wales and South Australia are closed and travel to other states from Victoria is only possible with a special permit until further notice and can be accompanied by compulsory quarantine for a fee.
Always keep an eye on the latest publications from the Department of Home Affairs or contact your Australian mission abroad prior to entry.
Also, check out the Department of Health’s website for information on the spread of the virus in Australia and government action.
Please note the continuously updated information sheet from the Federal Foreign Office on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.
All statements without guarantee.
Entry to Australia at a glance
Australia is known for its red desert landscapes around the Ayers Rock, for its sandy beaches, for lively metropolises like Sydney or Melbourne and of course for the unique Great Barrier Reef. So that you can enjoy your holiday on the fifth continent without worries, you will find helpful information on entry requirements for Australia below. You will then start your adventure Down Under well informed.
What do I need to enter Australia?
For a vacation on the fifth continent, as a citizen of the India, you need a valid passport and have to apply for an eVisitor visa online. And the journey can begin! If you adhere to the import restrictions, carefully fill out the Incoming Passenger Card and have all documents such as ID and flight tickets with you, nothing stands in the way of a carefree stay in Australia. You can find more detailed information at the Federal Foreign Office and on the website of the Australian government.
What do I need to know about entry requirements for Australia?
For some years now, travelers coming to Australia have been required to have a visa. The only exception are citizens of New Zealand. Vacationers and business travelers from the European Union can easily apply for an eVisitor visa online without going to an embassy.
It is best to go to the website of the Australian Department for Immigration of Border Protection well in advance of your departure to apply for the eVisitor visa. There you have to fill out a form for yourself and all family members traveling with you and provide contact details such as a valid email address.
Then you have to be patient. Usually, after a few minutes, you will receive an email notification that your application has been approved. If this is not the case, don’t worry, it can sometimes take a little longer to process. The visa is free, valid for 12 months and allows you to stay in Australia for up to three months. However, if you are planning a longer stay in Australia, you should find out about a visa that is right for you. The Holiday Visa, for example, is very popular with young people and allows you to stay in the country for a whole year and even work.
Before you go to Australia you should check your documents. Is the passport still valid? Have you booked a flight ticket for onward or return travel from Australia? The most important document for your entry into Australia is your passport, which must be valid during your entire stay on the continent. A temporary passport is also sufficient. An identity card is not enough for a vacation in Australia, so quickly apply for a valid passport at the nearest citizens’ office!
How does the entry work?
After a long flight, you can finally put your feet on Australian soil. The details of your eVisitor visa are stored electronically so that you no longer need a stamp or sticker. As a rule, you will still receive a stamp in your passport in which the permitted length of stay is entered. In some cases they will check whether you have booked a return or onward flight. So that you can prove to the border officials that you do not want to stay secretly in this beautiful country, you should have your flight tickets to hand when you arrive. You do not have to give a fingerprint on entry. Most of the police and border guards in Australia are very friendly and relaxed and will quickly wave the vacationers through if all the data is correct.
At the larger airports in Australia, body scanners are often used, as you may already know from India. These are used for security and work very quickly and easily. You should therefore not refuse to have yourself scanned when entering the country, as this can result in your security clearance being delayed and you have to wait a few hours at the airport.
After you have successfully passed the passport control and the body scanner, you continue to the baggage control. There you hand in the card that you received on the plane. You should state everything you have with you on this. Often the border guards look into the suitcase or X-ray it. But then you can finally start your holiday in Australia.
What is important for entering Australia with children?
Are your children with you on your trip to Australia? Then get your offspring a valid children’s passport in good time. For this, just like for you as an adult, it must be valid for at least the entire stay in the country. For some years now, it has unfortunately not been sufficient for children to be entered in their parents’ passport. When applying for your eVisitor visa, you must be able to show the certified birth certificate of your child. And note that a visa must also be applied for for each child.
If your underage child starts the long journey to Australia alone, you will need a further form in addition to the usual documents, which you must fill out when applying for the visa. As a legal guardian, you must sign this and give it to the offspring so that they can show it at the airport. You also need to fill out a declaration of commitment. The forms can be found on the website of the Australian Immigration and Border Protection Agency.
What to watch out for when you bring your pet to Australia:
Would you like to take your four-legged friend with you to Australia? Then you should find out a few months before departure which requirements your pet must meet in order for it to be allowed to accompany you to the Australian continent. The most important thing is that your animal has been vaccinated against rabies and that you can provide evidence of this. You also need a veterinary certificate from your vet. Your dog or cat must have stayed in the country from which you are traveling for the last six months in order to be allowed to come to Australia. In addition, your pet should have an ISO microchip and be older than six months. A stay in quarantine for at least 30 days is mandatory for all four-legged friends. The same applies to the delivery of a blood sample and titer determination.
Since the journey to Australia is very long and the pets, if they are not very small and are allowed into the passenger compartment of the aircraft, are usually transported in the cargo area, you should think carefully about whether you want to put the strain on your animal. You should therefore find out in good time from the Australian authorities, your veterinarian and your airline whether and how it makes sense for your pet to enter the country.
How can I prepare for my trip to Australia?
When you have all the documents together, it is time to find out more about your vacation destination and the necessary medical precautions. The Federal Foreign Office recommends refreshing and completing the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar for a vacation in Australia. When putting together your first-aid kit, you should note that you must declare all medication upon arrival and have the prescriptions.
As you know, Australia is home to many poisonous and dangerous animals such as spiders, snakes and jellyfish. So it definitely doesn’t hurt if you find out how to behave in the event of a snakebite, for example, and which creatures are harmless before your trip. Nevertheless, you should definitely take out travel health insurance before you start your vacation, in case something should happen.
Australia is a modern and developed country with a good infrastructure. It is therefore usually not a problem to pay with international credit cards or withdraw money from ATMs. However, when you venture into the infamous outback and leave civilization, it never hurts to have a few Australian dollars with you. It is best to find out from your bank before you leave whether you can easily withdraw and pay with your card in Australia.
What can I take with me to Australia and what not?
Do you like to take local groceries with you on vacation and you don’t want to do without them in Australia? Then you should find out beforehand what you can and cannot take down under with you. Wrapped goods such as sweets are usually not a problem as long as you state them on the Incoming Passenger Card. Your luggage will be checked briefly there and you can usually go on very quickly. Fresh products such as nuts, fruit and flowers should be left at home as they are not allowed to be imported.
All travelers over 18 years of age are allowed to carry up to 2.25 liters of alcohol and 25 cigarettes or 25g tobacco duty-free. The gifts and souvenirs, such as jewelry, perfume or leather goods, must not exceed a value of 900 Australian dollars, for children the maximum value is 450 AUD. Are you traveling as a family? Then you can combine the amount of your duty-free goods.
At the end of your stay you should also make sure that you do not take anything with you that is not allowed to leave the country. This includes animal species threatened with extinction and all products made from them.
Why can you be refused entry to Australia?
For example, the police in Australia have no mercy on drugs. Detection dogs are on duty at the border control and drug wipe tests are carried out at random. Bringing banned substances with you can lead to an immediate expulsion and a complaint. With previous convictions and criminality the otherwise relaxed Australians take it very seriously. All vacationers who have served a prison term of more than twelve months in their lifetime are permanently banned from entering Australia. It doesn’t matter whether the sentence was suspended or not. The type of crime is also irrelevant.
Holidaymakers can also be refused entry if the information in the visa is incorrect or the travel documents are incomplete or invalid. The right documents and travel preparations are therefore essential for a problem-free entry to Australia.