Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Australia on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find information about entry and departure from Australia

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

To check whether you need an exemption to leave Australia, see Leaving Australia

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Australia

There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories. Be prepared for last minute changes or cancellations.

Travel between and within some States and Territories within Australia may be restricted. Domestic travel restrictions are decided at the state-level, they vary across the country and may be subject to change at short notice which could disrupt travel plans. You should check individual State and Territory websites for the latest information, including on whether you need to provide your COVID-19 vaccination status, apply for an exemption to cross borders or self-isolate on arrival.

Travelling to your international airport

Regardless of border restrictions, you may travel by air from one Australian State or Territory to another to transit to an international flight as long as you hold a confirmed booking for that flight. Depending on the State or Territory you are transiting, you may need to apply for an exemption to cross borders. You may need to stay within the airport for the duration of your transit, or if transiting overnight, you may be taken to mandatory quarantine for the duration of your transit, or may need to self-isolate in a hotel. There may also be limits on transit times. You should check State and Territory websites for the latest information.

Flights

Commercial flights are available between the UK and Australia. Schedules are more limited than usual due to COVID-19 restrictions, and are subject to change at short notice. You should check individual airline websites and contact your airline or tour operator direct for the latest information on all routes, including restrictions around transits and health measures put in place by airlines and at airports.

Some airlines have mandatory pre-departure PCR COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements. You should contact your individual airline for further information. You can find information on where you can get tested on Australia’s Health Direct webpages.

All passengers (with the exception of children under certain ages) and air crew must wear masks on flights and in airports.

Public spaces and services

Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice. You should monitor State and Territory websites for the latest information where you are and comply with these measures and other advice from local authorities. You can also check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

Measures may include:

  • restrictions on numbers of people at most non-work gatherings, in shops, cafes, restaurants and other places of public gathering, and on visitors to private residences
  • social distancing
  • restrictions on visiting aged care homes or hospitals
  • wearing of facemasks
  • providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination status

Healthcare in Australia

For contact details for doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Australia.

Information on Australia’s response to COVID-19, including guidance on self-isolation, is available from the Australian government Department of Health website and the Australian government coronavirus website.

If you’re in Australia and are concerned that you may have COVID-19 symptoms, you should isolate yourself and call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. If you have serious symptoms such as shortness of breath you should call 000 for urgent medical help.

Check the latest information from the State and Territory authorities:

While you are in Australia, you can access essential and urgent medical care through the UK-Australia Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement. Guidance of what is covered can be found on the NHS website.

Essential and urgent hospital treatment is free. There is a charge to visit GPs and receive prescriptions. Some of these costs can be recovered through Medicare – Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. To enrol with Medicare visit the Services Australia website.

You should also check your travel insurance, which may cover the full sum of your treatment or prescriptions.

If you’re concerned about seeking medical treatment in person, many clinics offer distance or online services to avoid face-to-face contact. You can find a nearby clinic offering such services using the service finder on the Australian government’s Healthdirect website.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Australia

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. If you’re a British national living in Australia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. We will update this page when the Government of Australia announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Australian national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is using the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines. The Australian Government has stated that everyone living in Australia, including British nationals, is eligible for vaccination. Information on Australia’s national vaccination programme is available on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

For information on obtaining proof of your COVID-19 vaccination, please refer to the Australian Government Services Australia website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.