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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some frequently asked COVID-19 questions below.

Updated on 1 March 2021

 

Keeping updated

For up-to-date advice on entering Australia, please visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/.

We recommend Australian travellers review advice on Smartraveller. For advice specific to Germany, see the Smartraveller Germany page. We recommend you also follow us on Facebook, join our ‘Australians in Germany’ Consular Facebook group and follow us on Twitter where we will post regular updates.

Returning to Australia

You can travel to Australia if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia. You cannot currently travel to Australia unless you are in an exempt category or you have been granted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions. Please see information on the different categories on the website of the Department of Home Affairs: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0

Australians in Germany who are unable to return to Australia are encouraged to register their contact details with us: http://covid19.dfat.gov.au

 

COVID-19: Overseas financial assistance

If you’ve been unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions and are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible to access financial support from the government. There are two types of interest-free loans available: Living costs: a one-off loan to cover emergency living costs until a commercial flight becomes available Flight back to Australia: a one-off loan to help cover the costs of a flight to return to Australia The loans are only available as a last resort. You’ll need to meet strict eligibility criteria. Only those in genuine need will be provided financial support. You’ll need to demonstrate that you’re planning to return to Australia as soon as flights become available. All loans must be repaid.

For more information, please visit: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/covid-19-overseas-financial-assistance.

 

International travel restrictions

COVID-19 Updates from Smartraveller:

There are caps on the numbers of passengers coming into Australian airports from overseas. These are in place to ease pressure on state and territory quarantine facilities. These measures will remain in place until further notice. Please find more information here.

Following the decision by National Cabinet (8 January 2021) and announcement from the Prime Minister, if you’re travelling to Australia you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline when checking in for your flight at the departure point.

  • This applies to all travellers five years of age or older departing on flights on or after 22 January 2021.
  • You must be tested 72 hours or less prior to departure and present a negative result when checking in prior to boarding your flight.
  • If you transit through a third country on your return journey to Australia, you should check on any local requirements at your transit destination and follow the advice of local authorities on social distancing and mask wearing while in transit.

Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia, must still complete mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in your port of arrival.

Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports. 

Frequently asked questions on these new measures can be found here:

FAQs for International Passengers (PDF 131.78 KB)

Further information on interstate travel and quarantine restrictions

You can find information on interstate travel and quarantine restrictions here:

New South Wales

There are some border controls in NSW.

There is a cap on arrivals into Sydney. 

You'll need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
 

Learn more

Victoria

There are some border controls in VIC.

There are travel restrictions in place at Melbourne airport.

You'll need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
 

Learn more

Queensland 

There are some border controls in QLD.

There is a cap on arrivals into Brisbane. 

You'll need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.

Learn more

South Australia

There are some border controls in South Australia.

You'll need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.

There is a cap on arrivals into Adelaide.

 

Learn more

Western Australia

There are significant border controls in WA.

There is a cap on arrivals into Perth. 

You'll need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.


 

Learn more

Tasmania

There are border controls in Tasmania. 

Check with the Tasmanian Government.




 

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Australian Capital Territory

There are some border controls in the ACT.

You'll need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.

Learn more

Northern Territory

There are some border controls in the NT.

You'll need to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
 

Learn more

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 Staying in Germany

 

We know how stressful this time has been for Australians in Germany.  Should you wish to renew your visa in Germany or apply for an alternative visa, please contact your local Ausländerbehörde (e.g. if you are in Berlin: https://www.berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin/) or the Federal Foreign Office (Visa regulations - Federal Foreign Office (auswaertiges-amt.de) for information.