INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL – COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: There are a number requirements you will need to undertake prior to your departure from, and return to, Australia.

Check that Australian citizens are allowed to enter the country you are planning to travel to and via. – Most require double vaccination as do some airlines for International travel. Some countries are insisting that those that have had their second vaccination more than six months ago must now have their third dose.

Travel with the Australian covid-19 Vaccination Travel Certificate (See Below).

Make sure your Passport is valid (Most countries require your passport to be valid for 6 months after your return travel back to Australia. (See Below).

Ensure that you have a Visa for the countries you are visiting if required.

You will be required to take a Travel Covid-19 PCR test either 3 days, 72 hours 48 hours prior to your departure from Australia depending on the rules of the country you are travelling to. It must be a Travel Covid-19 test that gives you additional information and paperwork that you need to show to board the aircraft and enter the country you are visiting. (See below for details on the Douglass Hanly Moir testing on the Central Coast (24 hour turnaround) or Histopath at Sydney International Airport (1 hour turnaround). Some countries will not accept the “paperwork” on you phone and insist that the results are printed. (Note: Some countries require additional testing in addition to the PCR test.)

Some countries ask for additional forms to be completed prior to boarding the flight from Australia, one form being your contact details in the country your are visiting and another form is a signed declaration that your are double vaccinated and have had a negative covid-19 test result.

After entry to some countries you will be required to take a covid-19 test within a certain time frame of arrival, some countries insist that you make a booking for that test prior to your departure from Australia. Some countries ask for tests on multiple days after your arrival.

Check the Australian Government Smartraveller website.

You are required to have a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of your departure flight time back to Australia. It must be a travel covid-19 test that provide the necessary paperwork.

You are required to complete the new Australian Travel Declaration on line between 7 days and 72 hours prior to the departure of your flight to Australia.

On arrival back in NSW from overseas you are required to have a covid test within 24 hours and again after 7 days. There are also restrictions on your movement for the first 7 days. (See Below)

AUSTRALIAN COVID-19 VACCINATION TRAVEL CERTIFICATE

Use your AUSTRALIAN COVID-19 Vaccination Travel Certificate to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations when you want to travel overseas. At check-in for your flight, border control or various locations during your travel overseas.

The International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate provides a secure record of vaccinations for people travelling internationally. It’s been developed to meet agreed international travel standards.

You can get your international certificate online when you’re getting ready to travel if both of these apply: You have a current Australian Passport or foreign passport with an Australian visa and your had a least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. (Two doses usually required to travel overseas. some now require the third dose if your second dose was longer than 6 months ago).

Remember to check the entry requirements on the website of the country you’re visiting when you’re planning your trip.

You may need to be fully vaccinated to enter some countries of fly with some airlines.

Your vaccination provider needs to report your COVID-19 vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) before you can get your international certificate.

How to Get your AUSTRALIAN COVID-19 TRAVEL Certificate

If you are eligible for medicare and if you have a current Australian passport, or foreign passport with an Australian visa, you can get an international certificate using either of the options below:

A – Access your Medicare online account through myGov.

If you’re using your Medicare online account through myGov:

1- Sign in to your myGov account.

2 – Select Go to Medicare on the Proof of COVID-19 vaccination quick link.

3 – Select Request a certificate.

4 – Select your name and then Next.

5 – Follow the steps to verify your vaccinations and passport details. You may need to update your middle name in the passport details screen to match what is on your passport.

6 – Don’t forget to download or print a copy of your international certificate for your records.



B- Use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

If you’re using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app:

1 – Select Proof of vaccinations from Services.

2 – Select Request a certificate.

3 – Select your name, and then Next.

4 – Follow the steps to verify your vaccinations and passport details. You may need to update your middle name in the passport details screen to match what is on your passport.

5 – Don’t forget to print and save a copy of your international certificate. You can save it to your off line files in the app so you can access the certificate even when your do not have wifi or access to a telephone network during your travels.

If you cannot access your International travel COVID Vaccination Certificate contact Service Australia.

(Not of the correct number but try 132 307)

AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT APPLICATION

The Australian Passport office have advised that since the covid border closure in March 2020 over 2 million passports have expired and have not yet been renewed. The Passport office have advised if your passport has expired or is about to expire it will be best to reply for your passport now to avoid any delay in receiving a new passport.

After submitting your passport application it usually takes around 3 weeks for the passport to be reissued and sent to you, however due to the expected volume of renewals this may take longer until the backlog is reduced.

To renew your passport click HERE for the link to the Australian Passport Office.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COVID-19 TEST

A travel covid test is required for travel overseas and for some domestic travel within Australia, usually within 72 to 48 hours prior to boarding your flight. (Times varies with each destination).

The Travel Covid-19 test will include additional information and paperwork required to travel overseas. You cannot travel with the results from the “normal” covid-19 test, as it is not sufficient for overseas travel.

For more information for one of the travel testing clinic companies on the Central Coast see the information below. (Note: International Travel testing must be paid for and is not covered by medicare.)

Please ensure you have your Covid test to match the requirements needed for your flight.

Find below your unique link to Australian Clinical Labs’ (ACL) COVID-19 Travel Testing Portal- NORMAL TURN AROUND 24 HOURS.

Add the HW10OFF discount code in the review order screen receive a $10 discount.

Click HERE to order your ACL Travel Covid-19 Test

Last minute testing is also possible at Sydney Airport.

Click HERE for the details of the Travel Covid-19 test at Sydney Airport.

SMARTRAVELLER

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The Australian Government Smartraveller service maintains travel advisories for most countries around the world. Assigning an overall advice level to each, based on the level of risk Australians may face there.

Each travel advisory provides destination-specific information and advice about: safety issues, health care and health risks, local laws. entry requirements and local contacts

Smartraveller keeps all our travel advisories under close review. Updated as required. You can subscribe to get an email when there is update the advice for your destinations.

Before updating a travel advisory, Smartaveller consider information and advice from a variety of sources. This includes from our overseas network of embassies, high commissions and consulates.

We exchange information and assessments with our consular partners (Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA). We also receive information from the Australian intelligence community and assessments from the National Threat Assessment Centre in ASIO.



Click HERE for the link to SMARTRAVELLER for the last advice on the country you intend to visit

AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL DECLARATION – For entry to Australia

Every traveller entering Australia should complete an Australia Travel Declaration Between 7 days and 72 hours before they board their flight to Australia. The successful submission of your declaration does not guarantee entry into Australia. This service is operated by SITA which is authorised by the Australian Government to collect declarations on their behalf.

THE CURRENT DELCLARTION AND APP IS ONLY AN INTERIM MEASURE UNTIL THE NEW DELARATION APP IS RELEASED SOME TIME IN DECEMBER (DATE TO BE ADVISED). EARLY NEXT YEAR THE NEW APP WILL ALSO REPLACE THE NEED FOR THE CURRENT ARRIVALS FORM AND IT WILL ALL BE ABLE TO BE DONE ON THE NEW DECLARATION APP.

AS SOON AS WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION WE WILL PROCESS AN UPDATE.

You have to set up your own ATD online “account” for every traveller. Using your own email address, you cannot use the same email address more than once. We suggest you set up the account prior to leaving Australia so you don’t have to spend time doing so while you are travelling.

Click HERE for the online Australian Travel Declaration application.

You can also download the free mobile Australia Travel Declaration app to complete the application from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android) 

INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL REQUIREMENTS – NSW

Testing requirements

After arriving in NSW, you must have a COVID-19 nose and throat PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in NSW and on or after day 7 after arriving in NSW.

A test on day 12 after arriving in NSW is strongly recommended for children who are not fully vaccinated.

You are not required to isolate while waiting for your results, unless you have symptoms.  If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 at any time while in NSW, you must immediately get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until you receive a negative result.

Restrictions on entry to certain premises

Until you receive a negative result from your day 7 test you must not go to any high-risk settings, such as aged care, disability care, healthcare, and correctional facilities.

While fully vaccinated persons of any age may enter these premises after 7 days if they have a negative result from a test taken on day 7, there are different rules for children under 12 years of age who are not fully vaccinated.  These children – must not attend school or childcare until they have a negative result from their day 7 test – must not enter any other high-risk settings such as aged care, disability care, health care and correctional facilities for 14 days after arriving in NSW.

This does not include accessing personal medical care, aged or disability care services.

Contact Glenn at The Travellers Hut for details on 43 63 1699 or email Glenn@thetravellershut.com.au

The information provided above should only be used as a guide for what you need to do to travel internationally and may change at anytime. You must check for yourself to ensure you meet the the requirements of the countries you wish to travel to and via as well as the requirements to return to Australia.