COVID-19 Testing for international travellers to Australia.


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All people travelling to Australia on flights departing on or after 22 January 2021 (local time at departure point) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result at the time of check-in.

They are also still required to undertake the 14 days mandatory quarantine on arrival in Australia.

This test must be conducted 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled departure time of your flight (or first flight if you have one or more connecting flights booked for your travel to Australia).

The few exceptions to this include these:

  • Those travelling on a designated green safe travel zone flight.
  • Children age 4 or under, at the time of check-in.

You should contact the local health authority of the country that you are in for information about COVID-19 testing locations for the purpose of international travel.


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Source: www.health.gov.au

Do I need COVID-19 test if I have been vaccinated?

Even with a vaccination for COVID-19, you will still need a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result at the time of check-in.

The vaccinations do not work for 100% of the people, therefore negative test results are still required.

For example:

Sinovac: Brazil results show Chinese vaccine 50.4% effective

The AstraZeneca US Phase III trial of AZD1222 demonstrated statistically significant vaccine efficacy of 79% at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% efficacy at preventing severe disease and hospitalisation.

Israel’s Ministry of Health showing the Pfizer vaccine to be 97 per cent effective.

The Covaxin vaccine has an efficacy rate of 81%

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