Australia Travel Declaration
Before travelling to Australia, travellers will need to complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure. This information helps the Australian Government to determine your quarantine arrangements if required and allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled was tested positive for Covid-19. Failure to complete the declaration will result travellers to not be able to board their flight or may experience delays when arriving in Australia.
Travellers who will need to complete an Australian Travel Declaration are:
Australian citizens and permanent residents
People who have been granted an individual exemption
Before you travel to Australia, you will need a valid visa to enter Australia. If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident yet, you will have to submit an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions at least 2 weeks but not more than 2 months prior to travel. You will have to apply under the Travel Exemption Portal (https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep ).
Before you start your declaration, you will need to have your passport details, evidence of vaccination, trip information, destination details and contact details ready. You will then need to create an account which allows you to manage your current and future declarations in one place. Parents should complete a declaration for any child under 17 years of age, anyone who is 15 years old and over will need to complete their own declaration.
Once you have completed the Australia Travel Declaration, you will receive an email confirmation with details to show (printed or electronically) before you board your flight and on arrival in Australia.
Your email will have:
Green response (with a tick), indicating you have either been approved for quarantine-free arrive or pre-approved home quarantine.
Blue response (with an hourglass), Indicating you will need to quarantine on arrival.
Red Response (with a cross), where your Airline will decide if you can travel. If you are allowed to travel to Australia you will need to quarantine on arrival.
Submitting your declaration is free of charge! You can complete it by:
completing the desktop ATD online form
From 1 November 2021, the definition of immediate family member includes the parents of adult Australian citizens and PR for the purpose of assessing exemptions of Australia’s travel restriction. A person is considered an adult if they are aged 18 years or over while the definition of parents include biological parents, legal (adoptive) parents, step-parents and parents in-law. If the parents as defined is in a de facto relationship, evidence of the relationship must be provided in order to be considered under this category.
You can now travel to Australia if you are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or PR. Immediate family members are:
De Facto Partner
Parent/Legal guardian of a dependent child
Parent of an adult Australian Citizen or PR.
You must apply for an travel exemption before you travel if you do not hold a visa, holding a temporary visa other than a temporary Partner (subclass 820 or 309) visa or a temporary Child (subclass 445) visa or if you hold a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa. Evidence of your relationship must be provided when applying for a travel exemption.
We hope that the information above provides you with a clearer understanding on the requirements to meet before making your travels to Australia.