COVID-19 Testing Changes on Arrival in Australia

Changes to COVID-19 testing requirements for inbound travel to Australia have been announced.

While you’ll still need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you board your flight, the Australian Government has announced that more test types are now accepted.

To comply with regulations, you’ll need to undertake either:

  • A nucleic acid amplification (NAA) test – such as a PCR test – within three days before the day of your scheduled departure, or
  • A rapid antigen test (RAT), within 24 hours of your scheduled departure time.
  • Serology tests are not accepted.

You can find out more about the accepted tests by visiting the Department of Health.

If you test positive, you will have to wait seven days before travelling to Australia (it used to be 14).

In-Flight Requirements

You will need to wear a mask during your flight and comply with state and territory government requirements for quarantine and testing when you arrive.

If you do test positive for COVID-19 while travelling, you should isolate immediately and contact the local health authority for advice on what to do. You should also contact your airline or travel provider to reschedule your travel plans and seek advice from your travel insurer.