COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Travel Restrictions and Isolation Requirements

The current travel restrictions and entry requirements for the countries we provide visas for can be found below.

We will update this page frequently as the restrictions change and are updated by the relevant countries.

 

Last updated: March 25th 2020

The Australian Government have announced:

  • From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
  • All travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel.
Travelling from Australia

Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are now restricted from travelling overseas from 25 March 2020 at 12:00hrs AEDST.

This travel restriction does not apply to:

  • people ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia
  • airline and maritime crew and associated safety workers
  • people engaged in the day to day conduct of outbound and inbound freight
  • people whose travel is associated with essential work at offshore facilities and
  • people travelling on official government business, including members of the Australian Defence Force.

Travellers who believe they meet a travel restriction exemption can apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF.

Last updated: March 25th 2020

COVID-19: Alert Level 4 - National state of emergency declared – stay at home. Updated information on border closure

Travel to New Zealand

The New Zealand border is now closed to almost all travellers from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) can still come to New Zealand.

Immediate family must have a valid visa or NZeTA and travel with the New Zealand citizen or resident family member on the same flight to New Zealand.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand can also return to New Zealand.

Exceptions to the border closure can be made on a case-by-case basis by Immigration New Zealand for:

  • humanitarian reasons
  • health and other essential workers
  • citizens of Samoa and Tonga for essential travel to New Zealand.

If you have a valid New Zealand visa and think you may be eligible for an exception please contact your airline.

All travellers must isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival.

Transiting and departure from New Zealand

The date for people whose ultimate destination is not Australia has now been brought forward from 23:59 (New Zealand time) on Sunday 29 March 2020 to 02:00 (New Zealand time) on Thursday 26 March 2020. This applies to all travellers except those listed below:

  • Australian citizens, residents and immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) are able to transit New Zealand to Australia. Transiting travellers must remain airside and cannot enter New Zealand.
  • New Zealand citizens, residents and immediate family (partner, legal guardian and dependent children) who normally live in Australia are able to transit New Zealand to return to Australia. If you want to transit, you need to remain airside and not enter New Zealand. If you enter New Zealand, you will be required to self-isolate.
  • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand and immediate family (partner, legal guardian and dependent children) are able to transit Australia to New Zealand. Transiting travellers must remain airside and cannot enter Australia.

Airlines will not allow unwell passengers to board. Travellers must contact their airlines and other travel providers for the most up-to-date information about flight availability, transit and entry eligibility for areas affected by border measures.

Last updated: March 25th 2020

Foreign nationals who have visited one of following countries in the past 14 days may not enter the United States.

Effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 16, 2020, the entry into the United States is suspended for most individuals, other than United States citizens and lawful permanent residents, who have been physically present within the China, Iran, United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, the Republic of Ireland, or the European Schengen area within 14 days of travel to the United States.

Schengen countries are:

Austria 
Hungary
Norway
Belgium
Iceland
Poland
Czech Republic 
Italy
Portugal
Denmark
Latvia
Slovakia
Estonia
Liechtenstein
Slovenia
Finland
Lithuania
Spain
France 
Luxembourg
Sweden
Germany
Malta
Switzerland
Greece
Netherlands

Any traveler with a valid ESTA who is subject to the suspension and who attempts to travel the United States will have their ESTA canceled.

American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in one of the countries listed above in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States but will be redirected to one of 13 airports.

American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home, depending on their travel history, will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).