Are you planning to travel back to Australia sometime in the near future? Here’s everything you need to know about the mandatory quarantine protocol in place in Australia after getting an Australia exemption to travel.
The Australian Government has in place strict border control measures for the safety and the health of the Australian community. With travel restrictions, those who are Australian citizens, hold permanent residence in the national territory or have an Australian exemption to travel can travel to Australia. This entry ban is for the safety of the Australian people and their wellbeing. The only other people allowed to travel to Australia with exemption are those travelling from safe travel zones in New Zealand.
However, even Australian citizens, permanent residents and those exempted who are travelling back to Australia have to undergo a 14-day period of mandatory quarantine at arrival in the stipulated accommodation authorised by the Australian Government.
What are you required to do?
- You need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flight.
- You will be required to stay in quarantine regardless of whether these above-mentioned certificates are delivered, even after you have an exemption to enter Australia.
- You will not be permitted to travel domestically (even to your home or residence within the country) or allowed to meet up with any domestic connections until you have gone through the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.
- According to the procedures stipulated by the Biosecurity Act 2015, you will be allocated an accommodation until deemed medically fit to enter the Australian premises.
- You will be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 during the quarantine period. If you opt not to get tested, you may have to undergo a longer period of quarantine than 14-days (subject to the Department of Health rules).
- As the quarantine requirements are managed by the territory and state governments with the full support and coordination of the Australian Government, you may have to contribute to the quarantine cost.
- Border control restrictions are tight in Australia, wherein you will also need an exemption to leave Australia if you wish to travel outside of the Australian continent.
- Transport for travellers undergoing mandatory quarantine will be provided from the point of arrival to the accommodation destination.
- An unaccompanied minor travelling to Australia may be allowed to travel within Australia after arrival to quarantine with a legal guardian or a parent unless otherwise specified by the relevant territory to which they belong.
These are the few things everyone who has an exemption to enter Australia and an exemption to leave Australia to need to keep in mind.