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Changes to Australia’s border requirements from April 2022

From 18 April 2022, unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave Australia without an individual travel exemption. Travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory.

All incoming international travellers will need to comply with following requirements of the state or territory of their arrival.

✅ Pre-departure testing

The Australian Government no longer requires people travelling to Australia to have a COVID-19 test before travel from 18 April 2022.

✅ Vaccination

From 18 April 2022, travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory. All incoming and outgoing international travellers may be requested to provide proof they’ve had two doses of an approved vaccine.

Travellers vaccinated in other countries should present certificates in formats that meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • Containing at a minimum:
    • name as it appears in the traveller’s passport
    • either date of birth or passport number, or national identity number 
    • the vaccine brand name, and
    • the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Approved and recognised vaccines:

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  • Comirnaty (Pfizer)
  • Spikevax/Takeda (Moderna)
  • Coronavac (Sinovac)
  • Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India)
  • Covaxin (Bharat Biotech) 
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under the age of 60 years)
  • Sputnik V (Gamaleya Research Institute)
  • Nuvaxovid (Biocelect on behalf of Novavax)

or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.
(Smartraveller)

✅ DPD

Complete the Australian Digital Passenger Declaration before your flight.

When filling out the DPD, you will need to:

  • provide your contact details, including a contact phone number in Australia
  • make a legally binding declaration in relation to your vaccination status
  • make a declaration about your travel history in the last 14 days
  • make a declaration that you are aware of the quarantine and testing requirements that apply when coming to Australia and in the state or territory you are landing and the penalties for non-compliance.

Submit your DPD through DPD Online Form

✅ Hold valid passport and visa

If you are not an Australian Citizen you must hold a valid visa when entering Australia. Types of valid visa include Visitor visa (subclass 600), Student visa (subclass 500), Student Guardian visa (subclass 590), Working Holiday visa (subclass 462) et al.

Velocity Education is a trusted Education and Migration Agency specialising in Course Enrolment and Visa Applications. For all other general enquiries, please call 1800 566 556 / 0478 883 286.

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