- No travel adviceby Smartraveller on 19/01/2022 at 14:38
- Bulgariaby Smartraveller on 19/01/2022 at 12:00
Bulgaria classifies arriving travellers using a traffic light system of green, orange and red countries. Entry restrictions and other requirements apply depending on the country you arrive from. See 'Travel'. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Bulgaria due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- United Arab Emiratesby Smartraveller on 19/01/2022 at 12:00
You don't need to quarantine in Abu Dhabi if you're vaccinated for COVID-19. You must verify your vaccination certificate before travelling (see 'Travel'). You'll still need to present a printed negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 48 hours of departure for Abu Dhabi. You'll also be subject to COVID-19 testing on arrival. Check the latest information for travel to, from or connecting through Abu Dhabi and Dubai (see 'Travel'). Contact your for airline for updates on entry or exit requirements as these may change at short notice. Delays and disruptions are likely. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in the United Arab Emirates due to the impacts of COVID-19. Other levels apply in some areas.
- Kuwaitby Smartraveller on 19/01/2022 at 12:00
Fully vaccinated travellers entering Kuwait need to quarantine at home or in a hotel for 7 days. This can be shorter if you have evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken after you arrive in the country. There are strict entry conditions, including a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival (see 'Travel'). If 9 months have passed since your second COVID-19 vaccination dose, you'll only be considered fully vaccinated if you've had a third/booster dose. Some limited restrictions on social gatherings inside are in place. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Kuwait due to: the possibility of terrorist attacks, and the impacts of COVID-19.
- Kenyaby Smartraveller on 19/01/2022 at 12:00
We have reviewed our travel advice for Kenya and lowered the level for Nairobi and coastal areas in the south east to ‘Exercise a high degree of caution’. We now advise you ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ to Laikipia county. Laikipia County has been declared a ‘dangerous and disturbed’ area by the Kenyan Government following attacks by armed bandits. The government has launched a security operation. A curfew is in place from 6pm to 6am for Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its neighbourhood. Significant security operations are ongoing in the region, particularly in the Ol Moran area. COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. You'll be required to show proof of double COVID-19 vaccination to access government services and public spaces such as national parks, restaurants and hotels. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall due to the high crime levels and the threat of terrorist attack. Higher levels apply in some areas.
- Pakistanby Smartraveller on 18/01/2022 at 12:00
The number of international flights to Pakistan has reduced significantly. COVID-19 testing and quarantine regulations have also changed for arriving passengers. Contact your airline or travel agent for the latest information. We advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Pakistan overall due to the volatile security situation and high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping and violence. Higher levels apply in some areas.
- Netherlandsby Smartraveller on 18/01/2022 at 12:00
The Netherlands has some lockdown measures in place. Hospitality and cultural venues are closed. There are limits on sizes of home visits and outdoor gatherings. You'll need to self-quarantine if you arrive from a ‘very high risk’ area (see 'Travel'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in the Netherlands due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Palauby Smartraveller on 18/01/2022 at 12:00
All travellers to Palau must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except those under 12 years of age. You must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 3 days of departure, or a negative antigen test (WHO or US FDA authorised or approved) within one day of departure, or have a letter from a healthcare provider stating you're recovered from COVID-19. You must take a COVID-19 test when you arrive, and another test on the fourth day after you arrive, and follow requirements in the mitigation orders (see 'Travel'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Palau due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Japanby Smartraveller on 18/01/2022 at 12:00
Entry is limited to Japanese citizens and residents, unless exceptional and/or compassionate circumstances apply. Travellers from Australia may need to quarantine for 3 or 6 days at a designated quarantine facility depending on your state or territory of departure. You must then continue to self-isolate for the remainder of 10 days. The situation is changing rapidly. Quasi emergency COVID-19 preventative measures are in place in some prefectures. For further details, please contact your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate or check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (see 'Travel') We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Japan overall due to the impacts of COVID-19. Higher levels apply in some areas.
- Denmarkby Smartraveller on 18/01/2022 at 12:00
Entry restrictions depend on which country you’re travelling from and whether you've been vaccinated against COVID-19 within the last 9 months, previously infected within the last 6 months or neither. You must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entry. Testing and isolation requirements can change at short notice, with additional requirements for travellers from high-risk COVID-19 countries. A ‘corona passport’ is required to enter some venues. Denmark accepts Australia’s international COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the EU COVID Certificate, and other certificates that meet the rules to get a ‘corona passport’. If you haven't received a booster vaccination, you must have been fully vaccinated within the last 5 months for the ‘corona passport’ to be valid. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Denmark due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Franceby Smartraveller on 18/01/2022 at 12:00
France has eased specific restrictions for travel to and from the UK. Regardless of your vaccination status, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours of departure. Additional domestic COVID-19 measures are in place. Entry and departure from France remains restricted depending on the country of origin or destination. See ‘Travel’. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in France due to the high risk of a terrorist attack.
- Spainby Smartraveller on 18/01/2022 at 12:00
COVID-19 safety measures are in place and vary between regions. It's mandatory to wear a mask in public indoor and outdoor spaces. Some regions require you to present a vaccination certificate for entry into public venues, such as hotels, bars, restaurants and museums. Australia’s digital COVID certificate may not be accepted at some of these venues. Entry requirements into Spain are based on the country you are travelling from and are constantly changing. Australia is designated as an 'at risk' country for entry into Spain. Unvaccinated travellers from Australia can no longer enter Spain for tourism. From 1 February, vaccination certificates will only be valid for 270 days from the administration of the last vaccine dose. You should refer to the Spanish Health website for the most up to date information. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Spain due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Lebanonby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
There have been armed clashes involving the exchange of live fire and multiple casualties. Protests are taking place, some of which have turned violent. Avoid protests, and if you're caught in civil unrest, stay inside. There are shortages of medicines and fuel, with frequent power outages. Restrictions are in place, including a nightly curfew and closure of some areas and services. You must register on the MoPH Pass website prior to boarding your flight to Lebanon and submit a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR test, or under specific conditions, a rapid antigen test) on the website. You'll have to undergo COVID-19 testing before travelling to Lebanon and on arrival. There are very limited reasons for being exempt from a PCR test. Masks are mandatory in public – you could be fined if you don’t wear one. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities. We advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Lebanon overall due to the changed security environment. Higher levels apply in some areas.
- Maltaby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
Face masks must be worn outside your residence, in both indoor and outdoor areas. Masks are not required outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated for groups of 2 or fewer. Children under 3 years and persons with severe medical conditions are exempt. Malta has temporarily banned travel from countries with known cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. This currently includes South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe. From 17 January 2022, full vaccination certificates are required for entry to a wide range of public venues. Australian vaccination certificates, where the last dose was 14 days before, are recognised for entry into Malta and all public venues. Check the Maltese Government website for updates if you're planning to travel to Malta. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Malta due to impacts of COVID-19.
- Fijiby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
Fully vaccinated tourists and travellers from Travel Partner Countries (including Australia) may enter Fiji without prior approval or quarantine. You must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken no more than 2 calendar days before your scheduled day of departure, and proof of full vaccination, at check-in. You must also show proof you've booked and paid for a minimum of 3 nights accommodation at a Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) certified property (hotel or resort). This must include CFC certified transport from the airport. You'll need to take an approved Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at your hotel 48 hours after you arrive in Fiji. You must have travel insurance with international coverage for COVID-19. The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services has indicated a resurgence in COVID-19 cases throughout Fiji, including the Omicron variant. Fiji is facing pressures on testing capacity. Travellers should secure testing services at the earliest opportunity allowed within current restrictions in order to obtain test results before returning to Australia. Regularly review the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website and Facebook page to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Fiji (see 'Travel'). To return to Australia, you’ll need to meet requirements outlined on the Department of Health website (see 'Travel'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Fiji due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Indiaby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
All international arrivals must quarantine at home for 7 days due to rising COVID-19 cases. Some states and union territories have introduced additional restrictions, including night curfews, school closures and limits to retail and public transport capacity. Restrictions may change at short notice. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in India overall due to: the high threat of terrorist activity, civil unrest and crime. the impacts of COVID-19. Higher levels apply in some areas.
- Singaporeby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
Singapore has announced a freeze on all new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) bookings from all VTL countries until 20 January 2022. Existing bookings on VTL flights will be honoured, so if you already have a seat booked on a VTL flight into Singapore, you will still be able to enter under the current arrangement for VTL flights. If you enter through a VTL, you'll have to undergo additional COVID-19 testing on days 3 and 7 upon arrival into Singapore. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Singapore due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Tongaby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
The explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano caused a tsunami which inundated parts of Tongatapu and other nearby islands on Saturday 15 January. Further explosive eruptions and volcanic ash falls could occur in the area. Telecommunications and other infrastructure has been damaged. Monitor the media for latest developments and follow the instructions of local authorities. People concerned about the welfare of Australian friends and family in Tonga should contact the 24 Hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or +61262613305. A state of emergency remains in place due to COVID-19. We advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Tonga due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Cyprusby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
If you're travelling from Australia, you'll require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure. All arrivals must undertake a mandatory PCR test at the airport at your own expense. There are implications if you refuse testing. If you haven't had a third dose then you must also take a Rapid Antigen Test 72 hours after arrival. You may also be required to self-isolate on arrival, depending on your departure country. To access services, you'll need to have a 'SafePass' confirming double vaccination status, or a triple dose if your second dose was over 7 months ago. If you're not vaccinated, you'll have difficulty accessing services, including restaurants, hotels and tourist accommodation. The wearing of face masks continues to be mandatory. See 'Travel'. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Cyprus due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Solomon Islandsby Smartraveller on 17/01/2022 at 12:00
Incoming passenger flights have resumed for approved travellers. Contact your travel provider for the latest information. A number of buildings and public facilities were damaged during civil unrest in Honiara during 24-26 November 2021. Some areas have been declared no-go zones. Staff at the Australian High Commission have been instructed to avoid travel around Solomon Islands as a safety precaution. Follow the Australian High Commission's social media accounts for further updates (see 'Safety'). We advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Solomon Islands due to the impacts of COVID-19 and ongoing civil unrest.
- Hong Kongby Smartraveller on 15/01/2022 at 12:00
Hong Kong has suspended flights from numerous countries, including Australia. Passengers who have been in these countries for more than two hours within 21 days prior to arrival are not permitted to board a flight to Hong Kong. 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'). Transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will be limited to passengers coming from non-high risk (or non-'Group A') places. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Hong Kong due to the impacts of COVID-19.
- Kazakhstanby Smartraveller on 14/01/2022 at 12:00
Protests have taken place across Kazakhstan. These have become increasingly violent in Almaty leading to injuries and deaths, though the situation appears to be stabilising. We now advise you 'Reconsider your need to travel' to Almaty. If you're in the vicinity of unrest, you should shelter in place until it's safe to depart. Other cities in the south are also difficult to access. A state of emergency and a curfew remains in place across Kazakhstan. Curfews could be extended at short notice. Telecommunications, including the internet, continue to be sporadic. The security situation can deteriorate rapidly, ensure you have security plans in place. Be vigilant and avoid large gatherings and protests. Monitor the media and follow the advice of local authorities. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Kazakhstan overall due to the ongoing violent protests and impacts of COVID-19. Higher levels apply in some areas.
- Iraqby Smartraveller on 14/01/2022 at 12:00
The security situation throughout Iraq remains volatile. There has been an increase in protest activity following the parliamentary elections on 10 October. There's a risk the security situation could deteriorate further. Due to the volatile security environment and the ongoing threat of kidnappings, you should leave Iraq immediately by commercial means if it's safe to do so. If you're staying in Iraq, be alert and check media for updates on new threats. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, due to the volatile security situation and very high risk of violence, armed conflict, kidnapping and terrorist attack.
- Indonesiaby Smartraveller on 14/01/2022 at 12:00
You must meet COVID-19 testing requirements and quarantine on arrival at a hotel for 7 days. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival or on day 6 of quarantine, you will be transferred to a hospital for treatment at your own expense. All possible and confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, including close contacts such as accompanying family members, must then isolate for 10 days at a hospital. This may be at significant personal expense. Contact your travel provider for up-to-date details. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall due to: security risks the impacts of COVID-19. Higher levels apply in some areas.
- Tunisiaby Smartraveller on 14/01/2022 at 12:00
All travellers aged over 2 years of age must present dated evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test (with a QR Code) taken less than 48 hours before travel. Vaccinated travellers must also present proof of full vaccination. If you're not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel at your own cost. Fully vaccinated travellers aren't required to quarantine but if you show any COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate and take a COVID-19 (PCR) test. All travellers may be subject to random COVID-19 rapid tests on arrival. A Tunisian vaccine pass is required for entry into public and private facilities and to enter cafes, restaurants, hotels and tourist establishments and can be applied for online. A curfew is in place between 10pm and 5am. This is for an initial 2 week period from 13 January and could be extended. We now advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Tunisia overall due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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