• No travel advice
    by Smartraveller on 19/05/2021 at 08:35
  • Taiwan
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    From 19 May to 18 June 2021, foreign nationals cannot travel to Taiwan without a residency permit. Exceptions will only be considered on emergency or humanitarian grounds. International airport transits will not be permitted. If you’re in northern Taiwan, wear a face mask at all times in public and avoid unnecessary movement, activities, or gatherings. Many sports, leisure and entertainment facilities will be closed, and many schools will move to home-based learning until 28 May. Follow the advice of local health authorities and check regularly for updates. We continue advise:  Do not travel to Taiwan due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Trinidad and Tobago
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    Following increased spread of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, authorities have declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew from 9pm to 5am daily. Other measures include the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places, limits on the size of groups that can gather in public, a ban on exercise in public places, and the closure of bars, restaurants, schools, beaches and rivers, parks and gymnasiums. We advise: Do not travel to Trinidad and Tobago due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Romania
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    There's an ongoing State of Alert in Romania. Entry into the country for all non-EU citizens remains suspended. Entry restrictions and requirements are dependent on the country of departure (see 'Travel'). It's not mandatory to wear face masks in uncrowded outdoor public spaces. However, masks must still be worn on public transport, at bus and train stations, markets, fairs all enclosed public spaces and around schools. Other restrictions may be in place for high risk locations. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Romania due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Singapore
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    New entry approvals for Singapore have been reduced or halted until further notice for all long term pass holders with travel history to higher-risk countries/regions. This includes all countries/regions, except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand. Restrictions have also been tightened for travellers to Singapore. If you've been in any country in the past 21 days, other than Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, you'll be required to serve 21 days quarantine at designated facilities. See 'Travel'. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Singapore due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Greece
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    Greece has COVID-19 restrictions in place, including nationwide travel measures and nightly curfew. Restrictions on movement within Greece change without warning. Masks and social distancing are mandatory outside of your residence. Monitor the local media for latest information and follow the instructions of local authorities. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Greece due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Turkey
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    Turkey has returned to nationwide nightly and weekend curfews. Nightly curfews are in place from 9pm to 5am and weekend curfews are in place from 9pm on Friday until 5am Monday. Temporary foreign tourists are exempt from curfews. Inter-city travel is restricted during curfew hours; however, you can travel to the airport if you’re carrying proof of a valid air ticket. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Turkey due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Peru
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    If you're travelling to Peru, you'll need to carry proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test result and a health affidavit form, both completed within 72 hours of boarding your flight. If you've visited India, South Africa or Brazil in the last 14 days, you're not allowed to enter Peru. A nationwide curfew and lockdown measures remain in place. (see Travel). We continue to advise: Do not travel to Peru due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.  

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    DRC has opened some of its international borders and resumed international flights from Kinshasa N’Djili International Airport and domestic flights from most airports. COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements apply on arrival and prior to departure from the DRC. Contact your airline directly for the latest update and register with the Canadian Embassy in Kinshasa for advice on departure options. We continue to advise: Do not travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • United Kingdom
    by Smartraveller on 18/05/2021 at 12:00

    COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, however some restrictions have eased (see 'Travel'). From 17 May, requirements for arriving in the UK depend on where you've been (including transits) in the 10 days before you arrive. If you travel to the UK from Australia transiting Singapore, you won't be required to self-isolate, but you'll need to take a COVID-19 (PCR) test on day two after arrival. If you've been in, or transited through, a country on the UK Government red list or amber list in the 10 days before arrival in the UK, you'll be required to follow the rules for the relevant list. The rules include requirements for testing, and self isolation or hotel quarantine. The list of countries that are green, amber and red is subject to review and you should monitor the list in the lead up to planned travel. Significant penalties may apply for people who fail to comply with these measures. Northern Ireland has experienced a number of incidents of street violence and rioting, including attacks on police with stones, fireworks and petrol bombs. The violence has mainly occurred in loyalist areas in west and south Belfast, in Londonderry and in parts of County Antrim. Avoid areas where riots are occurring and follow the advice of authorities. We continue to advise: Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Fiji
    by Smartraveller on 15/05/2021 at 12:00

    Containment zones are currently in place on Viti Levu, restricting movement into, out of and within the zones. Across the whole of Viti Levu restrictions (including curfew hours) may change at short notice. 24-hour curfews may also be introduced for extended periods at short notice. Ensure you have sufficient essential supplies. International flights are irregular and may be suspended or cancelled. Domestic flights and ferries departing and arriving Viti Levu are suspended. If you're travelling to Fiji and you hold a work or residency permit, you’ll need to seek approval to re-enter (see 'Travel'). You'll also need to provide the results of a COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours before you depart for Fiji, and quarantine for 14 days at your own cost. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Fiji due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories
    by Smartraveller on 15/05/2021 at 12:00

    Rocket attacks and civil unrest can occur across Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Civil unrest may affect transport, including flights – check your travel arrangements before travelling. Be alert, monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities through the National Emergency Portal (see 'Travel'). You can't enter Israel unless you're an Israeli citizen or resident or you meet exception requirements for entry. If you're permitted entry, you must show evidence that you can self-quarantine or stay in a designated facility. Israel has implemented nation-wide lockdowns to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Palestinian Authority has measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, including restrictions at tourist and religious sites. Gaza’s entry and exit point with Egypt is open from Sunday to Thursday. Gaza's crossing with Israel is operating with restrictions. We continue advise: Do not travel to Israel and the Palestinian Territories due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. 

  • India
    by Smartraveller on 15/05/2021 at 12:00

    Facilitated commercial flights from India to Australia have resumed. You'll now need to undertake a rapid antigen test prior to boarding these flights, in addition to the PCR test already required before travel to Australia. COVID-19 infection numbers are increasing rapidly across India. Lockdowns and curfews have been imposed in some states to curb transmission. Penalties may be imposed if you breach the restrictions. India's ban on international commercial flights remains in place. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities. Australians in need of emergency consular assistance should contact the Australian Government 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 in Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia. We continue to advise: Do not travel to India due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Japan
    by Smartraveller on 15/05/2021 at 12:00

    Japan has expanded its current state of emergency to include Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima. The state of emergency remains in place for Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi and Fukuoka until 31 May. Bars, karaoke bars and restaurants that serve alcohol are asked to close. Dining establishments that do not serve alcohol are asked to close by 8pm. Supermarkets and other essential stores will remain open. Residents are asked to refrain from cross-prefectural travel and non-essential outings after 8pm. Strict non-emergency measures are already in place place in a number of other prefectures. Exact measures may vary between regions. Monitor media and be alert to the advice of local authorities. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Japan due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Afghanistan
    by Smartraveller on 15/05/2021 at 12:00

    The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely dangerous. There's an increased risk of attacks (see 'Safety'). If you’re still in Afghanistan, you should leave as soon as possible by commercial means if it’s safe to do so. If despite our advice, you’re staying in Afghanistan, stay alert, be aware of your surroundings and review your personal security plans. The Australian Embassy's ability to provide consular services to Australians in Afghanistan is extremely limited. The serious and ongoing threats of kidnapping remain. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Afghanistan due to: the extremely dangerous security situation and the very high threat of terrorist attack due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. 

  • Czech Republic
    by Smartraveller on 14/05/2021 at 12:00

    A ban remains on all non-essential travel into the Czech Republic. You're only permitted to transit the Czech Republic if the transit is under 12 hours duration and the reason is considered essential. Health and travel restrictions change frequently, and regions may differ according to the rate of infection. Follow the latest measures put in place by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Health (see ‘Travel’). We continue to advise: Do not travel to Czech Republic due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • New Caledonia
    by Smartraveller on 14/05/2021 at 12:00

    Mandatory quarantine of seven days applies for travellers who have received two doses of an authorised vaccine (currently Pzifer and Moderna). Arrival requests, including vaccination declarations, must be provided online prior to departure. All other travellers must continue to do 14 days quarantine. Strict protocols apply for all travellers prior to departure and after arrival. International passenger flights are only available for returning residents and authorised travellers. We continue to advise: Do not travel to New Caledonia due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Sri Lanka
    by Smartraveller on 14/05/2021 at 12:00

    Flights departing for Australia are limited and schedules may change at short notice. Starting from 15 May, you’ll need to undertake a rapid antigen test within eight hours prior to checking in for your flight, in addition to the PCR test already required before travelling to Australia. All travellers to Sri Lanka must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test report in English when checking in. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of your departure or you will be unable to board your flight. Tourists are required to stay in approved hotel accommodation, acquire specific COVID-19 insurance and undertake multiple COVID-19 (PCR) tests (see 'Travel'). COVID-19 infection cases are increasing rapidly with curfews and travel restrictions imposed at short notice. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Sri Lanka due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Nepal
    by Smartraveller on 14/05/2021 at 12:00

    Nepal has imposed localised lockdowns and restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19, including in Kathmandu. International commercial flights are suspended until 31 May, except for a small number of flights between Kathmandu and New Delhi. Nepal has suspended all domestic flights. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the Australian Embassy on Facebook (@australianembassynepal) and Twitter (@AusAmbNP) for regular updates. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Nepal due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Maldives
    by Smartraveller on 14/05/2021 at 12:00

    You must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test report in English when checking in for your flight to the Maldives. The test must be conducted within 96 hours of your departure or you'll be unable to board your flight. Use of masks is mandatory while travelling by air, sea and in enclosed public places. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities. We continue to advise: Do not travel to the Maldives due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.  

  • Malaysia
    by Smartraveller on 13/05/2021 at 12:00

    Full Movement Control Order (MCO) restrictions apply in all of Malaysia, except for Sabah and Sarawak, until 7 June 2021. Sabah and Sarawak remain under a Conditional Movement Control Order (see 'Travel'). COVID-19 restrictions can change quickly. Be aware of restrictions at your location and follow the advice of local authorities. Inter-district and interstate travel are not permitted. You'll need police permission to travel to Kuala Lumpur International Airport due to COVID-19 restrictions. Foreigners, including visitors and long term foreign residents, have been arrested and charged for breaching COVID-19 restrictions, including failure to socially distance in public places or being present in a venue that is suspected of breaching current rules. A temporary ban on flights to and from India is in place. All passengers travelling from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, except for Malaysian citizens, are not permitted to enter or transit Malaysia. The exemption for holders of expired Social Visit Passes ceased on 21 April 2021. If you're in Malaysia on a social visit pass that expired after 1 January 2020, you should make arrangements to leave Malaysia. You may be subject to penalties or enforcement action if you stay with an expired social visit pass (see 'Travel'). Contact your airline or travel provider for options to depart Malaysia as soon as you can. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Malaysia due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Cyprus
    by Smartraveller on 12/05/2021 at 12:00

    There has been a gradual lift of movement and gathering restrictions for people in Cyprus in possession of a 'SafePass'. A curfew remains in place between 11pm and 5am. Additional restrictions on movement and gatherings continue to apply. See 'Travel'. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Cyprus due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Hong Kong
    by Smartraveller on 12/05/2021 at 12:00

    Travellers to Hong Kong are only required to quarantine for seven days in a 'government designated hotel' if you've been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival and have stayed in Australia or other designated low risk areas in the 21 days prior to your arrival. You'll then need to complete seven days of self-monitoring and a compulsory COVID-19 test on the 12th day. The 14 and 21 day compulsory quarantine requirement remains in place for travellers who have not been vaccinated and/or who have stayed in most other places outside China (see ‘Travel’). Dual citizenship is no longer recognised in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region following the application of the Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China (see ‘Local laws’). As previously advised, Hong Kong's National Security Law could be interpreted broadly and you could break the law without intending to. If you’re concerned about the new law, reconsider your need to remain in Hong Kong (see 'Local laws'). We continue to advise: Do not travel to Hong Kong due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Nigeria
    by Smartraveller on 12/05/2021 at 12:00

    The Nigerian Government has reintroduced a range of COVID-19 related restrictions, including closing event locations, bars and nightclubs, with restaurants to provide eat-in service at 50% capacity only. The 12am to 4am curfew is strictly enforced. Nigeria has banned entry to non-Nigerian passport holders who have travelled to Brazil, India or Turkey in the preceding 14 days. The potential for terrorism and civil unrest continues throughout Nigeria, including major cities like Lagos, Kano and Abuja. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Nigeria due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

  • Finland
    by Smartraveller on 12/05/2021 at 12:00

    Restrictions have been introduced to manage the spread of COVID-19. Entry to Finland by non-residents is prohibited, except for essential and compassionate reasons. If eligible to enter, you’ll need to provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. Unless you’re travelling from a eligible low-risk country, you'll be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This period can be reduced if you take a second COVID-19 (PCR) test at least 72 hours after arrival. Check with local authorities and your airline for the latest information. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Finland due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.