Australian Consulate-General
Phuket, Thailand

Entering Australia and quarantine measures

In this section:


Entering Australia

Currently, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and those in an exempt category can travel to Australia. For further information, including details on exemptions, please check the Coming to Australia (Department of Home Affairs) page.


Pre-departure COVID-19 testing

If you're travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test to your airline when checking in for your flight at the departure point (exemptions apply). Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Testing must be conducted at an accredited testing facility, a self-administered COVID-19 test undertaken at home without supervision is not acceptable.

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.

  • You must be tested 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure, unless you are travelling from an exempt destination
  • If you or a close contact of your travelling group tests positive, you won't be allowed to travel to Australia.
  • Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports. 

Ensure you also read this important information regarding pre-departure testing requirements and masks.

Local authorities and airlines may have additional requirements in place for departures. We recommend you check these before arriving at the airport. If you're transiting through other destinations during your trip, check on any local requirements at each transit destination and confirm any specific requirements for onward travel with your airline.

Accredited medical testing laboratories in Thailand (Thai Ministry of Public Health website)


Australia Travel Declaration

You should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before, but not more than seven days prior to, your departure for Australia. The Declaration collects your information to help the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and also allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19. 


Mandatory quarantine

When you arrive in Australia, you must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities in your port of arrival – unless you have an exemption. Vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flight does not change this quarantine requirement.

  • You don't need to book your place in quarantine. You'll be allocated a place when you arrive in Australia. 
  • The quarantine requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments with Australian Government support. You may have to contribute to the cost of quarantine.
  • You can't travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections until you have completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.
  • Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and applicable state legislation, you’ll have to remain in the allocated accommodation until you’re medically cleared to enter the Australian community. You may be tested for COVID-19 during your quarantine period. If you don’t agree to be tested, you may have to quarantine for longer.
  • Quarantine is an unfamiliar experience for most people and can be challenging. The Department of Health website provides a guide on getting ready for quarantine, including what to expect, what to do before you depart and how to manage your time in quarantine.


State and territory COVID-19 information

Each state and territory manage their own borders, flight caps and hotel quarantine programs. Before you return to Australia, read about the COVID-19 restrictions in place for the state or territory you'll be flying in to.

Refer to the Returning to Australia page for further information.