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Australia Travel Restrictions

60,49% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 56,37% last week
Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Australia.

Australia entry details and exceptions

You are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members
  • a person who has been in New Zealand for 14 days or more immediately prior to arrival by air in Australia

To consult all the exceptions please check here.

Travelers planning to travel across Australian state borders should note that some Australian states also have domestic travel restrictions, border restrictions, and quarantine requirements in place. In the case of onward travel within Australia, travelers are advised to check in advance with their travel/accommodation provider.


Outgoing travel to AustraliaTravelling from South Africa to Australia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Australia.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Australia.

Details and exceptions

Unless arriving on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, all travelers arriving in Australia, including Australian citizens, must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in their port of arrival.​, at their own expense. For more information on quarantine rules in the Australian states, check the following websites: New South Wales, The Northern Territory, Queensland Western Australia

Documents
Travel Authorization Form

Travelers who are not in an exempt category may request an individual exemption to Australia's travel restrictions using this form.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Australia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Australia must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Australia are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


FAQs

  • Most foreign visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Australia. Please check the official guidelines from Australia for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Australia.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Australia.

  • Mask usage in Australia is required in public spaces and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Australia are open with restrictions. Bars in Australia are open with restrictions.

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