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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 4 September 2020

 

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

Australia has strict border measures in place to protect the health of the Australian community. The National Cabinet agreed to caps on international passenger flows. Very limited flights are currently available to and from Australia and you may not be able to travel at this time.

Travel restrictions are subject to change and flexibility remains within these caps to as much as possible minimise disruptions to returning Australian citizens and permanent residents. National Cabinet agreed to inbound passengers contributing to the costs of hotel quarantine — there are measures to support those in financial difficulty.

Current restrictions include:

  • Melbourne – no international passenger arrivals;
  • Sydney – limit of 350 passenger arrivals per day;
  • Perth – limit of 525 passenger arrivals per week;
  • Brisbane and Adelaide – limit of 500 passenger arrivals per week;
  • Canberra and Darwin – passenger limits on each flight to be discussed with jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis;
  • Hobart – no international flights.

It’s up to the airlines, not the Government, to decide who it sells tickets to - and it's up to the airline who it boards. Restrictions on outbound travel by Australian citizens and permanent residents remain in place, in accordance with the health advice to the Government.

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.
 

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Victoria

There are some border controls in Victoria.

Melbourne Airport is currently closed.



 

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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.


 

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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 significant border controls in Tasmania. 

There are no direct services from the UK to Hobart.

Check with the Tasmanian Government.

Learn more

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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