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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 November 2021

Travelling to NSW (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne) or the ACT (Canberra)?
There are new rules from 1 November 2021. Learn more.

Keeping updated

For up-to-date advice on entering Australia, please visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs:

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

Australia continues to have strictly controlled entry requirements. If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you should check to see if you are exempt from the travel restrictions: Travel restrictions | COVID-19 and the border (*

If you are travelling to NSW (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne) or the ACT (Canberra), you may have access to reduced quarantine arrangements. Please see an update here.

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:

If you are currently seeking to return home and looking for further advise, we recommend visiting the Smartraveller website: COVID-19: Trying to get home | Smartraveller



Leaving Australia: Ordinarily resident outside Australia

From 11 August 2021, Australian citizens and permanent residents who are ordinarily resident overseas will no longer be automatically exempt from Australia’s outward travel restrictions. Instead, you must apply for a travel exemption through the Travel Exemption Portal at If you are outside Australia and want to travel to Australia and then return to your country of residence, you can apply for an outwards exemption before you depart for Australia. You can find a list of the evidence you should use to support your travel exemption on the website from Home Affairs: Leaving Australia | COVID-19 and the border (

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:


International travel restrictions

Please visit the Smartraveller website for most up to date information on international travel restrictions.

If you are travelling to NSW (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne) or the ACT (Canberra), you may have access to reduced quarantine arrangements. Please see an update here.

Other Australian states have not yet announced quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated Australians.

You can check the specific restrictions for all States and Territories of Australia, including for restrictions when travelling nationally, here: COVID-19 Restriction Checker | healthdirect

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