- Seychellesby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
Seychelles airport has re-opened to commercial passenger flights. You'll only be able to enter if you're coming from an approved country where you've been for at least 14 days and can show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. There are some exceptions for resident permit holders (see Travel). If allowed to enter, you must stay at licensed accommodation establishments or liveaboards. Yachts, superyachts and fishing vessels are allowed to enter Seychelles with prior approval. We advise: Do not travel to Seychelles.
- Kenyaby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
International flights have resumed into and out of Kenya. If you're travelling to Kenya, despite our advice, you'll need evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 96 hours of your arrival. You'll also be required to quarantine for 14 days at a government mandated facility. This will be at your expense. Measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 are being strictly enforced. Non-essential movement is restricted. There is an overnight curfew between 9pm and 4am. You have to wear a face mask in public. We advise: Do not travel to Kenya.
- Rwandaby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
Kigali International Airport is open for commercial flights. If you travel to Rwanda despite our advice, you'll need to show proof of a COVID-19 negative test from a certified laboratory taken within 72 hours of arrival. You'll also be required to check into a designated quarantine hotel (at your expense) where a second COVID-19 test will be taken. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am. Non-essential movement is restricted and face masks must be worn in public. We advise: Do not travel to Rwanda.
- Zambiaby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
International airports are now open, but no tourist visas are being issued. If you fly to Zambia despite our advice, you'll need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 14 days of arrival. You'll also be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine, testing and regular monitoring at your residence or accommodation. Facemasks must be worn in public. We advise: Do not travel to Zambia.
- Romaniaby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
There's a State of Alert in Romania until at least mid-August. Many airlines have suspended flights and some airports are still closed. It's mandatory to wear face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces, as well as on public transport. Only Romanian and EU citizens, their family members, and those with valid residency permits can enter Romania. We advise: Do not travel to Romania.
- Burundiby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
Burundi's international airport and land borders have reopened. You must get a visa from a Burundi diplomatic mission before entering. You must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or you'll have to undergo mandatory quarantine (see Travel). Visas can also be renewed if you're already in Burundi. Tight restrictions are in place at land borders. They may close without warning. We haven't changed our level of advice: Do not travel to Burundi due to the high levels of violence and the significant threat of terrorist attack.
- Tanzaniaby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
To enter Tanzania, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of boarding your flight. You'll be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 when entering or leaving Tanzania. If you're sick, expect further investigations and possible isolation. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your exposure to COVID-19. Make sure you follow rules about hand washing, mask wearing, and keeping your physical distance. We advise: Do not travel to Tanzania.
- Peruby Smartraveller on 03/08/2020 at 12:00
Peru is observing a state of emergency. Curfews are in place and international borders remain closed. If you're in Peru and want to return to Australia, and haven't yet contacted the Australian Embassy, register your details. Indirect commercial flight options may become available (eg. via the USA). We advise: Do not travel to Peru.
- Thailandby Smartraveller on 02/08/2020 at 12:00
Incoming passenger flights are suspended. Foreigners can't enter or transit Thailand except in extremely limited circumstances (see 'Travel'). There are limited flights out of Thailand. Follow the Australian Embassy social media accounts for regular updates on flight options for leaving Thailand (see 'Local contacts' for links). We advise: Do not travel to Thailand.
- Cyprusby Smartraveller on 02/08/2020 at 12:00
Facemasks are compulsory inside public and commercial spaces. Follow the advice of local authorities. Entry requirements vary depending on where you've travelled from (See Travel). We advise: Do not travel to Cyprus.
- Myanmarby Smartraveller on 02/08/2020 at 12:00
The ban on international commercial flights into Myanmar has been extended to 31 August. The Government is not issuing visas for visitors. All passengers on incoming flights must be approved, even if you already have a valid visa. You may need to complete up to 28 days quarantine and undergo COVID-19 testing. There are limited flights departing Yangon. Movement restrictions, including stay-at-home orders, curfews and quarantines, may be imposed at short notice. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor media closely. We advise: Do not travel to Myanmar.
- United Kingdomby Smartraveller on 01/08/2020 at 12:00
If you’re in the UK and your visa expired between 24 January and 31 July 2020, you’ll now be given an extra month's grace (until 31 August) to leave the UK. The grace period also applies if your visa is expiring in August. Don’t assume any further extensions or grace periods will be granted. If you travel to the UK you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days, unless you've spent the past 14 days in countries listed as exempt from self-isolation. Transit restrictions may also apply (see 'Travel'). Stay up to date with public health guidance. Police have powers to enforce social distancing rules. Follow the advice of local authorities. We advise: Do not travel to the United Kingdom.
- Djiboutiby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
Djibouti has implemented measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You'll be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival. Face coverings must be worn where social distancing is not possible. Passenger trains between Djibouti and Ethiopia are suspended. We advise: Do not travel to Djibouti.
- Franceby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
If you’re travelling from a country with a high COVID-19 risk, you'll be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival at the airport. You may be denied entry to France. If you're arriving from outside the EU-Schengen area or the UK, a voluntary 14-day quarantine period applies. Outbreaks are occurring throughout the country, including in tourist destinations. Some areas may be subject to more restrictive measures. These measures may change at short notice. Contact your airline or local authorities for the latest update. We advise: Do not travel to France.
- Maltaby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
Malta has restricted visitors entering, unless you've travelled from an approved area and have stayed there for 2 weeks before entering. Travel into the EU and Schengen Area is restricted. You may be granted an exemption if you're not from an approved area and your travel is for essential purposes. In those cases, you'll need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 7 days of travel and you'll need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival at your own cost. You must wear face masks or visors in retail outlets and on public transport. We advise: Do not travel to Malta.
- New Zealandby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
On 29 July the New Zealand government announced plans to recover the cost of managed isolation for some travellers. You may be required to pay for your managed isolation if travelling to New Zealand. New bookings on flights to and from Australia with Air New Zealand are currently on hold, due to the caps on the number of passengers allowed into both countries. Airlines manage the sale of tickets in line with the caps, not government. If you have a flight booked between Australia and New Zealand, contact your airline or travel agent for information on potential changes to your flight. If you're in New Zealand, follow the advice of local authorities. We advise: Do not travel to New Zealand.
- Indonesiaby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) will no longer automatically extend expired visas or stay permits under COVID-19 emergency arrangements. To confirm your stay permit's validity and renewal procedures, contact DGI before 12 August 2020. If you're outside Indonesia with an expired stay permit, contact both DGI and your nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate. Overstaying your permit may result in fines, detention and/or deportation. Flight options to Australia are already very limited and may reduce further (See 'Travel'). COVID-19 is widespread in Indonesia with continuing transmission across the country. Domestic travel restrictions and social distancing measures remain in place for many locations. Follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor media for the latest update. We advise: Do not travel to Indonesia, including Bali.
- Dominican Republicby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
To enter the Dominican Republic, you'll need to present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test that was completed no more than five days before arrival. If you don't present this test, or you show symptoms on arrival, you'll be tested at the airport. If you test positive, you'll need to quarantine as instructed by authorities. A national State of Emergency was declared on 20 July for a period of 45 days and nationwide curfews are in place. The curfew times vary depending on your location. Further movement restrictions may be implemented at short notice. If you're in a public place or at work, you must wear a face mask at all times or you could be fined. Monitor the media and follow the instructions of local authorities. We advise: Do not travel to the Dominican Republic.
- Greeceby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
If you're arriving in Greece from certain countries, you'll have to produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. You also have to complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before you arrive. You'll receive a barcode by email that must be presented for scanning at the airport (see Travel). The wearing of masks in all indoor spaces is now mandatory. Follow the advice of local authorities. We advise: Do not travel to Greece.
- Madagascarby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, a full lockdown is in place in the Analamanga region, including Antananarivo, with limits on public transport and movement. Facemasks are mandatory in this region. Essential services are open and businesses may operate under strict conditions within restricted times. There are curfews in some regions, and travel in and out of these regions is suspended (see 'Travel' for details). There is still a state of emergency for the whole of Madagascar. Flights are suspended. Continue to follow the advice of local authorities, as measures may change with little notice. We advise: Do not travel to Madagascar.
- Brazilby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
Brazil has extended the temporary closure of its land and sea borders, but is allowing entry by air, if you can show proof of valid health insurance for your visit (see ‘Travel’ and ‘COVID-19’ for details). The incidence of COVID-19 in Brazil remains high. Consider whether you have enough support and access to effective health services if you're staying. If in doubt, we recommend you return to Australia, but be prepared for possible delays given flight availability. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Monitor the Australian Embassy in Brasilia's social media accounts for updates and register or update your details at https://covid19.dfat.gov.au.We advise: Do not travel to Brazil.
- Lithuaniaby Smartraveller on 31/07/2020 at 12:00
Lithuania has restricted visitors entering, unless you’re coming from an approved country. You may be required to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. Check with your airline and nearest Lithuanian mission on entry requirements. From 1 August, it's mandatory to wear a face mask at indoor public places, in retail outlets and on public transport. Visa exemptions due to the state of emergency will end on 17 August. If you’re in Lithuania, make sure you legalise your visa or make plans to leave before this date. We advise: Do not travel to Lithuania.
- United States of Americaby Smartraveller on 30/07/2020 at 12:00
There are ongoing protests in a number of cities. Protestor numbers in the larger cities can swell quickly. Avoid all demonstrations and protests due to the ongoing potential for violence. Monitor the media for information on the latest developments and follow the instructions of local authorities, including by obeying any curfews. We advise: Do not travel to the United States of America, including Alaska, Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands.
- Guatemalaby Smartraveller on 30/07/2020 at 12:00
COVID-19 restrictions in Guatemala are slowly easing, depending on local conditions. However, a national curfew is still in place and measures can change quickly. If you're leaving Guatemala, you must show a letter of safe passage (salvoconducto) from the Guatemalan Government to travel to your departure location, such as the airport. The letter will take at least 72 hours to be issued and lengthier delays are possible. Apply as early as possible. The Australian Embassy in Mexico can help you get it. You could be fined if you don't respect local laws, including quarantine and movement restrictions. If you wish to leave Guatemala, follow the Australian Embassy in Mexico on social media for regular updates on any departure options such as unscheduled flights. The land border between Guatemala and Mexico has become more dangerous. It's not safe to cross by land. We advise: Do not travel to Guatemala.
- Qatarby Smartraveller on 30/07/2020 at 12:00
If you normally reside in Qatar but are currently overseas, you can apply to return to Qatar from 1 August. If you're travelling to Qatar from a country designated as 'COVID low risk' you may be able to quarantine at home under strict conditions. For more information, call 109 from inside Qatar or +974 44069999 from outside Qatar, or contact the nearest Qatari embassy or consulate. Australians can transit through Qatar. We advise: Do not travel to Qatar.
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