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Australia: COVID-19 Travel Policies by Country/Region

Updated on 10:07, Apr 16, 2021 UTC+8
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Entry into AustraliaEntry prohibited
Detailed Regulations
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Australia. This policy does not apply to lawful residents and their immediate family members, persons traveling from New Zealand who normally reside in Australia, persons traveling from New Zealand aboard special "Green Safe Travel Zone" flights, transit passengers who will remain within Australian jurisdiction for less than 72 hours, diplomats accredited to Australia and their family members, airline crew members, maritime crew members including marine pilots, persons traveling as part of the "Seasonal Worker Program" or the "Pacific Labour Scheme," or persons who hold a "Business Innovation and Investment" visa. Additional exemptions are possible on a case-by-case basis. Travelers must apply online for an exemption at least 2 weeks prior to their intended departure. Applications for exemption from Australian travel restrictions are available at the following URL: https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep

All persons (including Australian nationals) must, prior to boarding flights bound for Australia, present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This policy does not apply to children 4 years of age or younger, or to persons traveling from New Zealand aboard special "Green Safe Travel Zone" flights. Additional exemptions exist for international air crew members, and persons arriving from locations where the Australian government has determined PCR testing is not readily available. Upon arrival, all persons must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a designated facility in their port of entry. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from New Zealand aboard special "Green Safe Travel Zone" flights provided they meet specific criteria, including having remained entirely within New Zealand during the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure (excluding any time spent in quarantine in New Zealand). More information on arrival requirements is available from the Australian Ministry of Health at the following URL: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
COVID-19 Testing
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Quarantine
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
Visa Services
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
Detailed Regulations
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. 

From January 26, 2021, all persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
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