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Covid-19 FAQs

If you have questions, we have answers.

Travelling in the time of COVID-19 doesn't have to be stressful. See below for a regularly updated list of FAQs when it comes to leaving the UK, what to expect when entering Australia and New Zealand, returning home, and everything in between. If you want to connect with a travel specialist about your own holiday, contact us here.

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Leaving the UK

Are the Australian borders open?

  • The Australian border is open to passport holders from the UK for the purpose of travel since 21 February 2022.


Is it safe to travel to Australia?

  • Yes, it is safe to travel to Australia. In the time of COVID-19, travel to all countries comes with risks. The UK government has not made an official statement against travel to Australia due to COVID-19.


Are there still caps on international arrivals in Australia?

  • Incoming passenger arrival caps still apply in all states and territories to passengers who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated.

  • If you’re fully vaccinated, you may be able to enter above the caps depending on the state or territory you arrive in.


Are the New Zealand borders open?

  • The New Zealand border is now open to passport holders from the UK for the purpose of travel as of 1 May 2022.


Is it safe to travel to New Zealand?

  • Yes, it is safe to travel to New Zealand. During the time of COVID-19, travel to all countries comes with risks. The UK government has not made an official statement against travel to New Zealand due to COVID-19.

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Your vaccination status

What does fully vaccinated mean?

  • You are considered fully vaccinated in Australia if you have received two doses of any Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or TGA recognised COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days apart, and are at least 7 days post their second dose, with the exception of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine, where they are regarded as fully vaccinated 7 days after the single dose.

  • You are considered fully vaccinated in New Zealand if you have received one or more dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (how many doses depends on which vaccine you have received). An approved vaccine is a complete course of any combination of the Medsafe or WHO approved vaccines. You must have received the last dose of the vaccine 15 days prior to entering New Zealand.


How do I get my NHS Covid Pass?

  • You can get an NHS COVID Pass digitally through the NHS App or online via NHS.UK.

  • Or, as a letter sent to you in the post, for those who are not digitally enabled.


What is the Australia Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD)?

  • The Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) has replaced the Australia Travel Declaration.
  • You can access the DPD here.
  • All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the DPD. You can start your DPD seven days before your flight and submit it within 72 hours prior to your departure for Australia. This is because you must provide your health information and declaration (vaccination status and COVID-19 test result) within 72 hours before your flight.
  • When filling out the DPD, you will need to:
    • Provide your contact details, including a contact phone number in Australia
    • Make a legally binding declaration in relation to your vaccination status
    • Make a declaration regarding your last 14 days travel history
    • Make a declaration that you are aware of the quarantine and testing requirements that
    • Apply when coming to Australia and in the state or territory you are landing, and the penalties for non-compliance.


Can I leave the UK if I’m not vaccinated?

If you wish to travel to Australia or New Zealand for the purposes of tourism, you must be fully vaccinated when you leave the UK. Any unvaccinated travellers will have to apply for an exemption before they travel to Australia or New Zealand.

If you wish to travel for the purposes of tourism, you must be fully vaccinated when you leave the UK

Insurance and flights

Can I get travel insurance that covers COVID-19?

  • Be sure to check with your travel insurance provider to determine what they cover regarding COVID-19. A lot do protect you if you become infected with the virus before or during your holiday.

  • If you would like assistance with this, please ask your travel specialist at A Journey DownUnder when planning your holiday.


What happens if I test positive in my pre-flight COVID-19 test?

  • If you or someone in your immediate travelling party test positive for COVID-19, you won’t be able to board your flight.

  • If you test positive in your pre-flight test, don’t go to the airport. Isolate immediately and contact the local health authority for advice on what to do.

  • When it comes to rebooking or cancelling your flight/holiday, contact us at A Journey DownUnder. Depending on your travel insurance, the costs for this change/cancellation should be covered.


Do my children have to wear a mask on the plane?

  • Children aged 11 years or younger at the time of boarding do not need to wear a mask. Everyone else is required to wear a mask for the duration of the journey. This may vary based on airline.

Entering Australia

What documents do I need to enter Australia?

  • Your travel documents (ie. your passport)

  • Your eVisitor 651 visa

  • Your COVID-19 test result

  • Your vaccination certificate

  • Your Digital Passenger Declaration


Can I travel to Australia if I am not vaccinated?

  • No, you cannot travel to Australia if you are not vaccinated, unless you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident.

  • If you are unable to be vaccinated you can still enter Australia with sufficient medical proof and apply for an exemption.


Do I need to get a COVID-19 test to enter Australia?

  • Until the 17th of April 2022, all inbound passengers must provide an accepted negative COVID-19 test result. These tests can be either:
    • A nucleic acid amplification (NAA) test, such as:
      • polymerase chain reaction (PCR, or RT-PCR) test

      • Transcription mediated amplification

      • Loop-mediated isothermal amplification; or a

      • A rapid antigen test (RAT) (also described in some countries as a lateral flow antigen detection test or similar). This must not be confused with a lateral flow antibody detection test. For the purposes of pre-departure testing it must be an antigen test. Note that this test must be medically supervised.

      • Serology tests are not accepted.

    • The NAA test must be done within 3 days before the day of the flight’s scheduled departure.

    • The RAT must be done within 24 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure time.

    • NOTE: This requirement is not needed after 17 April 2022.


Will I be tested upon arrival in Australia?


Will I have to quarantine when I arrive in Australia?

  • If you don’t qualify as fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in a designated facility unless you are
    • Unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons

    • Under 12 years of age

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Entering New Zealand

What documents do I need to enter New Zealand?

  • Your travel documents (ie. your passport)

  • Your NZeTA

  • Your COVID-19 negative test result

  • Your vaccination certificate


Can I travel to New Zealand if I am not vaccinated?

  • No, you cannot travel to New Zealand if you are not vaccinated, unless you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident. In this case, you must quarantine.

  • Yes, if you are a child under 16 travelling alone or with parents that meet the vaccination requirements.

  • If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons you can still enter New Zealand with sufficient medical proof. This will be determined on a case-to-case basis.


Do I need to get a COVID-19 test to enter New Zealand?

  • Yes, if you are travelling to New Zealand, you must provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test. This must be one of the following:
    • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered no more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand, or
    • A supervised rapid antigen test (RAT) no more than 24 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand, or
    • A supervised loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test no more than 24 hours before the scheduled departure of your first international flight to New Zealand.


Will I be tested upon arrival in New Zealand?

  • When you arrive in New Zealand, you must do two rapid antigen tests (RATs) on Day 0/1 and Day 5/6 and declare your results. These tests will be given to you upon arrival at the airport. You can read more here.


Will I have to quarantine when I arrive in New Zealand?

  • If you don’t qualify as fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine on arrival in New Zealand unless you are
    • Unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons

    • Under 16 years of age

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Children and recovered individuals in Australia

I’m travelling with my children to Australia. Do they need to be vaccinated?

  • Children under 12 can travel to Australia without being vaccinated.

  • Children 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter Australia. Children under 18 years old who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated may be eligible for modified quarantine and testing requirements, depending on the state of arrival. Check the requirements for the state or territory you’re arriving in here: https://www.australia.gov.au/states.


I’m travelling with my children to Australia. Do they need to be tested?

  • Children aged 4 years and younger at the time of check-in for the scheduled flight departure do not need to be tested.

  • Children older than 4 must provide an accepted negative COVID-19 test result.


I have recently recovered from COVID-19. How can I enter Australia in this case?

  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 30 days before your scheduled flight you do not have to undertake further COVID-19 testing before departure. However, you must be able to provide a certificate from your medical practitioner at check-in which includes ALL the information detailed below.

  • Your certificate must clearly include:
    • The day the certificate is provided (must be within 30 days of the flight)

    • A statement to the effect that the person has had the coronavirus known as COVID‑19 but is now recovered and is not considered to be infectious

    • The day when there was first a positive result of an accepted COVID-19 test for the coronavirus known as COVID-19 for the person

    • A statement to the effect that, on the day the certificate is provided:
      • It has been at least 7 days since there was a first positive result of an accepted COVID-19 test and

      • If the person had symptoms of the coronavirus known as COVID‑19 – the person has not had a fever, or respiratory symptoms of the coronavirus known as COVID‑19, in the last 72 hours.

  • If you cannot meet the criteria above, you must have an accepted negative COVID-19 test before travel.

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Children and recovered individuals in New Zealand

I’m travelling with my children to New Zealand. Do they need to be vaccinated?

  • Children under 16 can travel to Australia without being vaccinated if they are travelling alone or with parents/guardians who meet the vaccination requirements.

  • Children 17 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand.

I’m travelling with my children to New Zealand. Do they need to be tested?

  • Children under 2 years of age (24 months) do not need to take a pre-departure test.

  • Children over the age of 2 (24 months) will need evidence of a negative pre-departure test. This follows the same rules as tests for adults.

I have recently recovered from COVID-19. How can I enter New Zealand in this case?

  • If your pre-departure test is positive, but you believe this is because of a historical COVID-19 infection, you need to see a medical practitioner who will examine you for current symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If they are confident you do not currently have a COVID-19 infection, you will need them to provide:
    • A medical certificate with the date of your previous positive test, within 48 hours of your first international flight and
    • Documentation stating that they consider you as no longer being infectious with COVID-19.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 3 months, book your medical examination in advance of receiving your test results.
  • You should also check with your airlines about any regulations they may have in place regarding past COVID-19 infections.
  • You are still required to provide a current valid pre-departure test if you have recovered from COVID-19.
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During your holiday in Australia

Can I travel to different states after I arrive in Australia?

  • Quarantine and interstate border measures are managed by the states and territories. Contact the relevant state or territory authority to find information on entry rules and requirements. You can find information relevant for each state here: https://www.australia.gov.au/states.

  • Note: If you are entering Western Australia, you will need to apply for a G2G pass here: https://www.g2gpass.com.au/.

  • We recommend bringing at least five rapid tests per person if you plan to travel around Australia, as tests may be hard to access in Australia.


What current rules and regulations exist in Australia?


Where do I have to wear a mask?

  • Mask regulations vary based on state in Australia, but in general you have to wear your mask indoors in all public places. In restaurants, you must wear your mask when you enter and leave, but can take your mask off while sitting at your table.


What if I test positive or get sick while on my holiday?

  • If you test positive or get sick while on your holiday, isolate immediately and contact the local health authority for advice on what to do.

  • If you need immediate medical assistance, call 000 on a landline and 112 on a mobile.

  • When it comes to rebooking, changing, or cancelling your holiday, contact us at A Journey DownUnder. Depending on your travel insurance, the costs for this change should be covered.

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Returning to the UK

How do I qualify as fully vaccinated in the UK?

  • To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to the UK, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

  • You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in the UK. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.


Do I need to get a COVID-19 test before I travel back to the UK?

  • If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to the UK, you will not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to the UK or after you arrive.

  • If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to the UK, you will need to:
    • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to the UK

    • Book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England (this test needs to be booked before you travel).


Will I have to quarantine when I return to the UK?

  • If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to the UK, you will not need to quarantine when you arrive.

  • If you do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you will only need to quarantine if the result of your PCR test taken upon return to the UK is positive.


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