The ban on leaving Australia without an exemption has been lifted Monday. But that doesn’t mean a return to pre-Covid normal. Here are the rules:
To qualify as fully vaccinated, a vaccine must be approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
This includes two doses at least 14 days apart of: AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, AstraZeneca Covishield, Pfizer/BioNtech Comirnaty, Moderna Spikevax or Sinovac Coronavac, or one dose of Janssen-Cilag Covid vaccine.
Children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will also be able to travel overseas without an exemption.
But before you rush out to book flights, it’s worth asking some key questions:
- What are Australia’s exit and re-entry requirements?
- What are the requirements of your destination country?
- What is your tolerance and budget for potential disruption caused by Covid-19?
At check-in, everyone who is five years of age or older must give proof of a negative Covid-19 (PCR) molecular test provided by a laboratory to be done no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the first leg of your return flight to Australia.
This is required in addition to the Covid-19 vaccine. A negative PCR test result certificate will still be valid if your flight is delayed longer than the 72-hour window, but if the flight is rescheduled or cancelled, you will need to take a new test no more than 72 hours before the new flight.