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Coronavirus Travel Advice

Times are tough for travellers. But with the world preparing to reopen in 2021, we're here to keep you dreaming and planning for your next adventure - whether that's a staycation or flying off to parts unknown. Until then, we've got the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates to keep you up to date and ready to go.

Coronavirus travel updates

Coronavirus travel information is changing every day which can make it hard to keep up with the facts that are most relevant to you.  

We’re continually keeping this page up-to-date regarding the current outbreak of Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark. 

We strongly recommend reading the Coronavirus travel advice from your local authorities and governments such as the Australian Department of Health website as well as the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), a reliable and trusted source of global news and information. 

This article was updated on 1 December 2021. To our knowledge, the information on this page was correct at the time of publication. Please check the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health.gov.au for the latest updates in Australia.

Coronavirus travel restrictions and bans

Government travel advice

As well as information about Coronavirus itself, the WHO, the Department of Health, and Smartraveller.gov.au are offering practical guidance for people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of COVID-19. Please check any official bodies relevant to your travel plans for further updates.

The latest Coronavirus international travel restrictions and bans

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families will be allowed to travel abroad as of November 1, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.

The following conditions must be met:

  • Travellers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of departure of their flight into Australia
  • Quarantine requirements or self isolation requirements upon return are subject to the state or territory

Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated will still be subject to quarantine requirements, and will need to seek an exemption to travel.

For the latest information on where you can travel to from Australia, check out our “Where’s open?” page that highlights the latest international travel restrictions around the globe.

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Australia Singapore travel bubble

Singapore allows fully vaccinated Australians into Singapore as of 8 November 2021. Travellers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to departure as well as test at Changi Airport upon arrival.

The Australia Singapore travel bubble has set up the Vaccinated Traveller Lane (VTL) scheme. Australians are allowed to enter Singapore without quarantine but must be on a VTL-approved flight. Before you book, ensure your ticket is valid for the VTL-approved route.

Domestic travel restrictions

Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, most states have enacted travel restrictions for travellers coming from a designated COVID-19 hotspot. Domestic flights have been largely impacted.

Each state and territory has their own Coronavirus travel restrictions:

Each state or territory can enact their own travel restrictions at any time, often without notice. Be sure to check the latest guidelines before venturing on your journey. For example, you may be able to leave a state but will not be able to return.

Follow the latest updates on Smartraveller.gov.au.

Latest information about airlines and Coronavirus flight cancellations

If you want to know about specific airline route information, as well as relevant Coronavirus travel cancellation, rebooking or refund policies, you can find all the latest news and travel updates on their websites or check with the International Air Travel Association.

Read: What to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed

AirAsia

View latest updates on the AirAsia website.

Flight cancellations

AirAsia has grounded most of its international routes and is not offering flights in or out of Australia.

Change and cancellation policy

If your flight has been cancelled by AirAsia, you can convert the amount paid for the flight booking into a credit account, available for booking flights within the next 2 years.

Air New Zealand

View latest updates on the Air New Zealand website.

Flight cancellations

Flights between New Zealand and Australia have been paused. Travellers due to travel on these flights should have received a text or email notification for next steps.

For those flying in from overseas, Air New Zealand has cut its routes across all regions and flights are reserved primarily for repatriating residents.

Change and cancellation policy

Air New Zealand allows travellers with international flights departing before 28 February 2022 have two options:

  • No change fee for a new flight date or time within 355 days. Fare difference may apply.
  • Flight credit valid for 12 months from the day the credit is requested; travel must be completed within 12 months of booking.

Emirates

View the latest updates on the Emirates website.

Flight schedule

Emirates resumes daily flights from Sydney beginning 1 December 2021.

Change and cancellation policy

Flights booked with Emirates are valid for 36 months. Passengers may change their ticket free of charge, though fare differences may apply. Flights are refundable, minus service fees and taxes.

Jetstar

View latest updates on the Jetstar website.

Flight cancellations

Jetstar is currently reaching out to customers who have been impacted by the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Travellers due to travel to a hotspot area and no longer wish to fly can cancel their booking and receive a flight voucher.

Travellers who booked their flight through a travel agent will need to contact the travel agent directly.

Flights to/from Australia and New Zealand have been widely impacted. Travellers will be prompted to either change dates or receive a refund if their flight has been cancelled.

Domestic flights have also resumed on a limited capacity. International flights are expected to resume mid December 2021, depending on federal border restrictions.

Change and cancellation policy

Jetstar is reaching out to travellers who may have had their flights affected by Coronavirus cancellations and border closures. Jetstar is extending flight vouchers valid for future bookings. Travellers may reschedule their flight to a future date, though change fee and fare differences may apply. Vouchers are valid under the following conditions and expire December 2022. Vouchers can be used for travel up until December 2023.

Vouchers can be used across multiple bookings. If you book a flight worth less than your original flight, you can rollover the credit to a new booking.

When making a new booking, Jetstar is offering ‘FareCredit’, an option to cancel your booking for any reason and receive the value of your booking as a credit.

Qantas

View latest updates on the Qantas website

Domestic flights

Qantas is operating domestic and regional routes, permitting on state and territory regulations. Check the online timetable for flight dates and times.

International flights

Flights between Australia and New Zealand have been impacted due to a change in travel restrictions. For future bookings, consult the Qantas route map for details on Trans-Tasman flights.

Qantas is tentatively planning their international flight schedule to resume to Sydney:

  • Flights have resumed from Los Angeles
  • Flights have resumed from London (Heathrow)
  • Flights have resumed from Singapore
  • 7 December 2021 from Delhi
  • 7 December 2021 from Fiji
  • 18 December 2021 from Vancouver
  • 20 December 2021 from Tokyo
  • 20 December 2021 from Honolulu
  • 6 January 2022 from Johannesburg
  • 15 January 2022 from Bangkok

To Melbourne:

  • Flights have resumed from London (Heathrow)
  • 23 November 2021 from Singapore

Flight cancellation and change policy

Due to a recent COVID-19 outbreak within Australia, many domestic flights have been cancelled due to new border restrictions.

Travellers who have flights that have been cancelled by Qantas will be contacted by Qantas and offered alternative flight options including a Flight Credit, alternative flight, or refund. Alternatively, travellers can obtain a flight credit or refund if their flight is cancelled without any cancellation fees. For a full list of flight changes, please consult the Qantas travel update page.

Singapore Airlines

View latest updates on the Singapore Airlines website.

Flight changes and cancellations

Singapore Airlines has resumed flights between Singapore and Sydney as of 1 November 2021. Fully vaccinaed Australians are allowed to enter Singapore without quarantine but must be on a Vaccinated Traveller Lane (VTL) flight. Before you book, ensure your ticket is valid for the VTL-approved route. Find more information on the Singapore Airlines website.

Change and cancellation policy

Travellers can change their booking without charge on all bookings made until 31 December 2021.

Tigerair Australia

Flight cancellations

All flights with Tigerair Australia have been cancelled.

Change and cancellation policy

Tigerair Australia, a Virgin Australia Group entity, has been discontinued. Travellers with cancelled flights may have been issued a Tigerair flight credit or a Virgin Australia flight credit. If you have not been issued this credit, you may be eligible for a ‘Future Flight’ credit.

A ‘Future Flight’ credit is a flight credit that is valid while Tigerair is in administration. Conditional credits are available to travellers who purchased a ticket on or before 20 April 2020 and have not received any form of reimbursement or re-accommodation. Those with a Tigerair flight credit may also transfer their flight credit into a conditional credit for immediate travel on Virgin Australia flights valid until 30 June 2023. Please see the Future Flights credits page for more updates.

Virgin Australia

View latest updates on the Virgin Australia website.

Flight cancellations

Virgin Australia has suspended all international flights until further notice. Many domestic flights have also been impacted by the current COVID-19 outbreak within Australia.

The airline is running select domestic routes based on demand.

Change and cancellation policy

Guests may travel with no change fees on travel bookings on domestic flights up to 30 April 2022 and international travel through 31 December 2022. Those who wish to cancel their flights will be refunded as a Future Flight Credit. Refund to original payment method is not available.

Coronavirus Travel Advice: FAQs

While this is a fast-developing situation, here are four Coronavirus travel need-to-knows: 

How can I stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak?

There are many practical steps you can take. Regularly wash your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel), avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and stay at least a metre away from someone who is coughing or sneezing. Read more advice from the World Health Organization.

I want to cancel my travel plans. How do I do this and can I get a refund?

First of all, call the airline, hotel or online travel agent you booked with. Not sure which company you used? You’ll see their name on your bank or credit card statement as well as the email you received from them to confirm the booking. You’ll find more details, including contact information, on our help page.

My flight has been cancelled due to Coronavirus travel restrictions. How do I get a refund?

Call the airline or online travel agent you booked with. With so many travel plans changed, it may take longer than usual to speak to someone who can help but keep trying. If the airline or online travel agent tells you that a refund isn’t available or they’ve stopped trading, it might be worth getting in touch with your credit card company if that’s how you booked. If you have travel insurance, get in touch with your provider as well. If you are looking for more information, consult our article on what to do if your flight gets cancelled.

Will my travel insurance cover Coronavirus cancellations?

It all depends on your policy. Note that some travel insurance companies are not giving refunds for Coronavirus flight cancellations on flights booked after a Coronavirus became a known event. Check your travel insurance provider’s website or give them a call to find out more. For more answers to commonly asked questions, click here.

Where can I find out more about Coronavirus travel restrictions and cancellations?

We know you might be seeking more Coronavirus travel advice that we haven’t covered here. We’ve compiled a list of answers to questions you might have during this time. You can read more about how Coronavirus is affecting travel in Australia and more frequently asked questions in our article: Your COVID-19 travel questions answered.