Foreign travel advice

Australia

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Summary

Coronavirus: stay up to date

There remain commercial flight options to return to the UK from Australia. If you are looking to return to the UK, you should also register your details with the British High Commission. See Return to the UK

The Australian Government has introduced a number of measures in response to coronavirus including restrictions on borders and travel. British nationals who are permanent residents in Australia must apply for an exemption to leave Australia. See Return to the UK. British nationals who are not permanent residents in Australia will need to apply for an exemption to travel to Australia. See Entry requirements

Notwithstanding the current border restrictions announced by the Australian Government, over 700,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Australia is a vast country. You should plan journeys carefully, particularly if you’re travelling to remote areas, bushwalking or going swimming. See Local travel

Australia is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flash flooding, dust storms and bushfires (forest fires). Tropical cyclones occur mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of local authorities, including the state emergency services and the Bureau of Meteorology. See Natural disasters

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Australia. Australia’s current national terrorism threat level is ‘probable’ (see the Australian national terrorism threat advisory system. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant and take sensible precautions. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure this covers you for all activities you plan to do while in Australia, including manual labour if you’re backpacking; and adventure sports like bungee jumping, diving and paragliding.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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