• Armenia
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    Armenia has declared a State of Emergency. Some lockdown restrictions are easing, pre-schools/kindergartens, restaurants, cafes, public transport, gyms and shopping centres are now open. Schools and universities remain closed. It is mandatory to wear a mask in any public space. You're no longer required to carry a document for permitted movement or your passport when traveling outside. Options to depart Armenia are limited. We advise you: Do not travel to Armenia.

  • Russia
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    Russia has closed all its borders and banned all commercial and charter flights from entering or exiting Russia. If you're in Moscow, to go out of your home or accommodation you'll need a digital pass. (See Travel for details of how to get one.) You must wear masks and gloves in public. Many regions in Russia have implemented similar measures. You may be fined or jailed if you don't follow these rules. Your car may be confiscated. If you’re in Russia, follow the advice of local authorities, make arrangements for an extended stay and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. If you need urgent consular assistance call +61 2 6261 3305. We now advise you: Do not travel to Russia.

  • France
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    Commercial options to leave France are extremely limited. If you decide to return to Australia, do so as soon as possible while flights are available. Follow the Australian Embassy social media accounts for regular updates (see Local contacts for links). Only EU and Schengen nationals may enter France. Other nationalities may not enter, but are permitted to transit under certain conditions (see Travel section). The government is gradually easing lockdown restrictions (see Travel - COVID-19 section). This may be stopped or reversed if the health situation worsens. The French medical system is under severe strain. If you're staying in France, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Keep in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. We advise you: Do not travel to France.

  • Serbia
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    Serbia has opened its borders. Although movement restrictions have been lifted, local authorities strongly advise people to follow social distancing measures. Monitor media and follow the Australian Embassy Facebook page for updates. We advise you: Do not travel to Serbia.

  • Moldova
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    All flights and trains into and out of Moldova are currently suspended. Non-resident foreigners are not allowed to enter Moldova. Schools and universities are closed and mass gatherings banned. If you’re staying in Moldova, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Moldova.  

  • Ukraine
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    Quarantine restrictions are in place in Ukraine until further notice. All foreigners are banned from entering Ukraine by air or land, except for those with residence permits. Shops and businesses are reopening with social distancing protocols in place. You must wear a face mask and carry ID when you're in public. If you're in Ukraine and wish to return to Australia, do so as soon as possible by commercial means. If you're staying in Ukraine, follow the advice of local authorities and take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19. Ensure you've arrangements in place for a possible extended stay and keep in touch with family and friends. We now advise you: Do not travel to Ukraine.

  • Netherlands
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    From 1 June, domestic measures in place due to COVID-19 are relaxing (see Travel). Use of public transport will remain for essential travel only. It is mandatory for passengers on public transport aged 13 and over to wear a non-medical mask. You may be fined if you don't comply. If you’re in the Netherlands and wish to return to Australia, do so immediately as departure options are becoming limited. To transit via Schiphol Airport, you’ll need a valid ticket direct to a third country. You may need to complete a self-assessed 'health screening form' prior to boarding a flight to the Netherlands. You must keep it in your possession when transiting in the terminal. You may be denied boarding if you have suspected COVID-19 symptoms. Check your route with your airline as a number of key transit hubs are closing or becoming severely restricted. We advise you: Do not travel to Netherlands.

  • Cambodia
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    To enter Cambodia you’ll need to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival. If the test result is positive, you’ll be quarantined at a government facility for 14 days. You will need to cover the cost of your stay at the facility. The Cambodian General Department of Immigration also requires all foreigners to register their details on the Foreigner Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) online. Movement restrictions may change at short notice. Monitor media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Cambodia.

  • Romania
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    If you're in Romania and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible while commercial options remain available. Many airlines have suspended flights and some airports are still closed. There's a State of Alert in Romania. Most restrictions remain in place. Forms are no longer be required to leave the house. Those who want to leave their home town will still be required to obtain the permission of the local authorities to travel to a larger metropolitan area. Stores with a street entrance will be allowed to open, as well as beauty salons and some museums. Municipalities will also begin to open public parks. Wearing face masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport is still mandatory in Romania. Social distancing of 1.5m is mandatory. Only Romanian and EU citizens, their family members, and those with valid residency permits can enter Romania. We advise you: Do not travel to Romania.

  • Brazil
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    Effective 28 May 2020, entry into the United States will be suspended for foreign nationals of all nationalities who have been present in Brazil (including in transit) during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry to the United States. There are limited exceptions so if you are looking to travel through the US, make sure to check US entry, transit and exit requirements. A number of states and municipalities in Brazil have extended social isolation measures and mandated the use of face masks in public. Brazil’s air, land and sea borders remain temporarily closed to foreigners, with some exceptions. If you're travelling in Brazil, we urge you to return to Australia now while limited commercial flight options remain. Follow the Australian Embassy in Brasilia's social media accounts for regular updates on flight options (see Local contacts for links). Follow the advice of local authorities and register or update your details at https://covid19.dfat.gov.au. We now advise you: Do not travel to Brazil.

  • Tanzania
    by Smartraveller on 25/05/2020 at 12:00

    Tanzania has lifted its suspension of international passenger flights. You no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if you travel to Tanzania, but you'll be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 when entering or leaving. If you're sick, expect further investigations and possible isolation. Public gatherings are banned, schools and universities closed, and sporting competitions are suspended. Observe adherence to infection prevention and control measures, including hand hygiene, wearing a mask and keeping physical distance as appropriate. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Tanzania.

  • Hong Kong
    by Smartraveller on 24/05/2020 at 12:00

    Protests continue to take place in Hong Kong. Some of these could turn into violent clashes. If there are signs of disorder, move away quickly to a safe place. If you’re in Hong Kong, monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities. Foreign nationals who aren't residents of Hong Kong are not allowed to transit or enter, with few exceptions (see 'Travel'). Those permitted to enter Hong Kong will be subject to 14 days compulsory quarantine and required to wear a wristband that monitors location. All arrivals to Hong Kong International airport are required to go through medical screening, including a deep throat saliva swab-test.We now advise you to: Do not travel to Hong Kong.  

  • French Polynesia
    by Smartraveller on 23/05/2020 at 12:00

    Confinement measures have been lifted in French Polynesia, though social distancing and practising good hygiene are strongly encouraged. International travel remains limited. If you're in French Polynesia and you wish to leave, follow the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea’s social media accounts for regular updates on flight options. See Local contacts for links. If you're staying in French Polynesia, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. We now advise you: Do not travel to French Polynesia.

  • Spain
    by Smartraveller on 22/05/2020 at 12:00

    Spain's land, sea and air borders are closed to non-residents. From 15 May, all residents who arrive in Spain from overseas, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in their residence or other accommodation. A State of Alarm is in place that limits movement throughout the country. The majority of hotels and alternative accommodation in Spain are closed. If you're in Spain and want to return to Australia, check your route carefully with your airline as a number of key transit hubs are closed or severely restricted. Follow the Australian Embassy social media accounts for regular updates on flight options for leaving Spain (see Local contacts for links). We advise you: Do not travel to Spain.

  • Greece
    by Smartraveller on 22/05/2020 at 12:00

    If you're in Greece and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible. Many airlines have suspended flights and some airports are closed. COVID-19 tests and 14 days quarantine are mandatory upon arrival by air in Greece. New health and hygiene protocols have been announced for air, road, train and sea travel in Greece (see Travel). Social distancing rules of 1.5m are in place for all indoor and outdoor public spaces. Masks are mandatory when travelling on transport and when in shops, malls, medical centres and some restaurant/cafes and tourist sites. Travel within mainland Greece, Crete and Evia is allowed. From 25 May travel to the islands will be permitted. A pre-boarding health declaration questionnaire is mandatory to travel by ferry. Greece has suspended entry into the country for all non-EU citizens until 15 June. We advise you: Do not travel to Greece.

  • Benin
    by Smartraveller on 22/05/2020 at 12:00

    Visas to enter Benin are restricted. You're only allowed to enter or exit Benin if it is an 'extreme necessity’. If you enter by air, you'll be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at your own expense. If you're sick, you may be quarantined in a government-designated hotel for 14 days at your own expense. You must wear a face mask in public in most cities and towns, including Cotonou. Non-essential public gatherings are suspended. We now advise you: Do not travel to Benin.

  • India
    by Smartraveller on 22/05/2020 at 12:00

    All international commercial flights remain suspended. Some domestic commercial flights are expected to operate from 25 May 2020. Contact your airline or travel provider for the latest update. Passenger trains and metro services are limited and may be cancelled at short notice. Other restrictions on travel and business operations may be imposed at short notice (see 'Travel'). Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities. We now advise you to: Do not travel to India.

  • Colombia
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    If you wish to be informed of viable commercial flight options to return to Australia, register with the Australian Embassy in Bogota and follow the Embassy on social media for updates on flights. A country-wide quarantine is in place. Preventative isolation is mandatory, with limited exceptions. All land, sea and river borders are now closed. There is a ban in place on all international arrivals by air and outbound flights options are reducing. Contact your airline to confirm the status of your flight or to make alternative arrangements. If you're staying in Colombia, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. The Australian Embassy in Bogota remains open, with staff working remotely. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Colombia.

  • Cyprus
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    A nationwide curfew has been lifted. Visits to parks, beaches, open space playgrounds, squares and marinas are permitted, as long as you follow health and social distancing protocols. Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited. In north Cyprus, travel to restaurants, bars, parks and beaches is allowed between 6am and midnight. Non-essential travel during other times is prohibited. Wearing of masks outside during business hours in north Cyprus is compulsory. You may be fined and be criminally liable if you do not comply. If you're in Cyprus and wish to leave, do so as soon as possible by commercial means. If you're staying in Cyprus, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Follow 'Australia in Cyprus' on Facebook for outbound flight announcements (see Local contacts for link). Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. We advise you to: Do not travel to Cyprus.

  • Sweden
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    Foreign nationals can enter Sweden, however you must be travelling from a European Economic Area member state, the United Kingdom or Switzerland. If you’re returning to Australia from a third country, you can transit through Stockholm Airport, though you won't be able to leave the transit area (see Travel). If you’re in Sweden and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so immediately as flight and transit options are changing regularly. Follow the Australian Embassy social media accounts for regular updates on flight options for leaving Sweden (see Local contacts). Follow the advice of Sweden's Public Health Agency. We advise you: Do not travel to Sweden.

  • Dominican Republic
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    All air, land and sea borders are closed. There is a nation-wide daily curfew in place between 7pm and 5am Monday to Saturday, and from 5pm to 5am on Sunday. You must remain inside your accommodation, however you can go outside in limited circumstances, such as to buy essential goods or access health care. Some businesses have begun to re-open, and public transport has resumed services. If you're in a public place or at work, you must wear a face mask at all times. If you can't leave the Dominican Republic, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. We now advise you to: Do not travel to the Dominican Republic. 

  • Macau
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    You won't be allowed to enter or transit through Macau unless you’re a resident in Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan and you haven’t travelled elsewhere in the past 14 days. If you travel to Macau, you'll need a negative COVID-19 test before your board your flight. You will also undergo temperature check and refused boarding if you have a fever. If you’re permitted to enter, you may need to undergo medical observation for 14 days at a designated venue. Additional entry restrictions and medical screenings may apply if you're travelling from designated high-risk areas, including parts of mainland China. These restrictions may change at short notice. Contact your airline or travel provider for the latest update and follow the advice of local authorities. We haven't changed our advice level Do not travel  to Macau.

  • Mali
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    Mali is under a state of emergency. International commercial flights in and out of Mali are unlikely for some time. Published flight schedules may not be reliable. Curfews are in place from 9pm to 5am. There are additional restrictions on movement and gatherings of people. The Australian High Commission in Accra currently has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Mali. Do not travel to Mali due to the national state of emergency, and the high risk of terrorism and kidnapping. This includes the capital, Bamako.

  • Nicaragua
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    Commercial flights leaving Nicaragua have mostly been suspended, although some airlines may organise non-scheduled flights. Nicaragua has closed its border with Costa Rica and may close its borders with Honduras and airports at short notice. Follow the Australian Embassy in Mexico on social media for updates on any unscheduled flights. If a flight is organised, book directly with the airline. If you secure a ticket, make sure you arrive at the airport early. If you're remaining in Nicaragua, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well.We now advise you to: Do not travel to Nicaragua.

  • Senegal
    by Smartraveller on 21/05/2020 at 12:00

    Senegal is under a State of Emergency. A curfew is in place between 9pm and 5am. There is a ban on all commercial air transport until further notice. You must wear a face mask in public spaces, including in government buildings, shops, restaurants and on all forms of transport in Senegal. The Australian High Commission in Accra currently has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Senegal. We now advise you: Do not travel to Senegal.