Australian Travel Status
Australia is slowly re-opening. The Australian Government has outlined a national three step plan to relax restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus. Travel and social distancing restrictions won’t be immediately lifting everywhere, though, with each state and territory moving forward at a pace that best suits their own individual circumstances.
We continue to monitor Government and travel operator policy and will revise this page as updated information is released to us. Please call us on 1300 068 885 if you have any questions about the below information.
We encourage all guests to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app before travel, to improve the ability of health authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19.
After the pandemic:
At the end of the Australian COVID-19 pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the COVIDSafe app from their phone. This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained in the information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic.
- AIR TRAVEL TRAVELLING SAFELY
- CRUISE and COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES
- RESTRICTIONS BY STATE
- AUSTRALIAN COVID-19 RESOURCES
- Domestic air travel
- Flying with Qantas - FLY WELL
- Flying with Virgin Australia
- Can I travel internationally now?
If you’ve been wondering about physical distancing on planes, the Australian aviation industry has developed a Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol to provide clear and consistent guidance regarding risk-minimisation principles and processes in domestic airports and on aircraft for domestic passenger travel. This Protocol will provide guidance for industry members and confidence to the travelling public as domestic air travel increases with the reduction in COVID-19 related restrictions on travel.
For further information about the protocol, please visit the COVID-Safe Domestic Flying – Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol webpage or visit the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.
If you have any concerns about airlines adhering to this protocol, give us a call.
The safety and wellbeing of our customers and people are, and always has been, our highest priority. Travel is an important part of life, and we know there’s understandable concern about Coronavirus.
Our new Fly Well program brings together a number of temporary and existing well being measures to give you peace-of-mind at each point of your journey across our Australian domestic network.
See the Virgin information here, about how you’ll be travelling safely when you choose this airline for your next flight. Remember we can help you Journey On wards in Australia for your next holiday so call or email if you need our expert help and guidance.
Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel back to Australia.
All travellers returning home from overseas are quarantined at their arrival port in a designated facility like a hotel for 14 days.
For more information, visit the Australian Government's update about quarantining.
We will keep you up to date as this policy changes.
There is a ban on Australians travelling overseas.
The Smartraveller Travel Advice is Level 4 – Do Not Travel overseas.
- for those citizens who usually live overseas
- where travel is essential
- where travel is in the national interest
- on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.
Australian Border Force manages these exemptions.
More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.
- Expedition cruise restart plan unveiled
- What’s on the horizon?
PROPOSED protocols for the relaunch of expedition cruising in Australia have been revealed by the Australian Chamber - Tourism’s Restart Taskforce.
The timetable previously released by the Taskforce envisions domestic expedition cruising starting as soon as July 2020, “irrespective of whether the vessel is Australian or foreign-owned and flagged” with draft risk mitigation measures including limiting public areas on board, such as restaurants and theatres to 50% of normal capacity.
There would be no limit on the number of guests, but there would be no buffet services and enforcement of 1.5m social distancing on board. Operators would commit to “greatly enhanced systemic cleaning processes” including twice daily stateroom cleaning, hourly cleaning for regularly used items and at each stopover for transfer craft.
Vessels would provide 100% ventilation of fresh, non-reticulated air to staterooms, and air systems would incorporate UV sterilisation and microfiltration.
The proposals would include on-board medical services and the availability of isolation suites. Prior to departure all luggage and goods would be disinfected through misting or UV lights, and all food items would be loaded under COVID-Safe conditions.
Passengers undertaking off- shore activities would be limited to six guests per open-air zodiacs, and temperature screening and disinfecting would be implemented for all passengers and crew on their return.
The plan envisages best practice bathroom guidelines, similar to the rest of the hospitality sector, including hourly cleaning of all surfaces, hand towel bins next to doors, the availability of hand sanitiser and handwashing and COVID Safety signage.
All staff would be trained in COVID safety, and be required to stay at home if symptomatic in any way.
We are excited to hear Norway, Iceland, French Polynesia, France and Taiwan are pressing forward with cruises from July 2020. There will be strict procedures in place and in Northern Europe it’s only small ship sailing available from this time. But it will be a starting point at which we can measure the safety when travelling on ships and this is what we need in order to be confident in cruising - we think, in 2021.
European River cruising is opening up as well this year, so stay tuned with passenger safety with this holiday choice as well.
The requirements of covid19 testing and a clean bill of health are required for some of the cruise lines. It is an exciting next step for the cruise industry and we look forward to bringing you updates as we have them.
What are the current State travel restrictions?
Because the information we are receiving is rapidly changing, we have provided the direct links to the listed State Government website. Please click through the links to find the current Covid-19 travel updates: