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Bhutan has eased its national lockdown measures. Schools, offices and commercial establishments have reopened but some services are limited by COVID-19 restrictions. You should maintain social distancing, wear masks in public and maintain hand hygiene. If you do need to go out, avoid crowded public spaces (including malls and markets) and mass gatherings.
There is a nationwide ban on movement from 7pm to 5am daily. All people over five years old must wear a mask in indoor and outdoor public spaces, except beaches and national parks. No more than four adults can be together in open places. There is a ban on gatherings, including private and religious gatherings. If you're staying in Montenegro, follow the advice of local authorities. Entry requirements for Montenegro vary depending on where you're travelling from (see Travel'). Follow the Australian Embassy on social media for updates (see 'Local Contacts').
If you travel to Estonia from a country at high risk from COVID-19, you may undertake a COVID-19 test, for a fee, to shorten your period of self-isolation. Estonia updates weekly the list of countries for which a 14-day self-quarantine requirement is imposed (see ' Travel').
You must wear a face mask indoors as well as outdoors where interpersonal contact cannot be avoided or you may be fined. Dual nationals travelling on their Serbian passport need to undertake a self-assessment online before arriving in Serbia. Additional entry requirements apply to some travellers arriving from Croatia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania or Bosnia and Herzegovina (see Travel). Monitor media and follow the Australian Embassy Facebook page for updates.
You may enter Singapore for short-term visits if you travel from Australia. However, you can't leave Australia unless you seek an exemption from Home Affairs. If you're a long-term resident you still need to get approval to enter Singapore. You can transit Changi Airport if you're travelling between Australian cities and certain locations in Asia, Europe and New Zealand provided you're on Singapore Airlines, Silk Air or Scoot Airlines and connecting with the same airline. From 1 December, passengers on Jetstar Asia flights may transit Singapore and join various Jetstar Asia flights. You can
Limited commercial flights into and out of Bujumbura International Airport have resumed. You must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight when entering or leaving the country. On arrival, you
The UAE has extended the grace period to 31 December 2020 (previously 17 November 2020) for visas that expired before 1 March 2020. COVID
You're not allowed to travel to Malaysia as a tourist. You require permission from the Malaysian Government to enter, even if you hold a valid visa. If you're permitted to enter, you'll need a 'Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity' approved by your nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission and you'll undertake mandatory 14 day quarantine at your own cost (see 'Travel'). A Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is in place for the majority of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Kuching District. Additional entry restrictions are in place for Sabah and Sarawak.
Cuba has reopened its international airports with strict COVID-19 measures. See Travel for details. Strict hygiene regulations are in place at tourist resorts, restaurants and shopping venues. Follow the advice of local authorities.
Between 1 December 2020 and 28 February 2021, you'll need to provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result issued within three business days before boarding your flight to Taiwan, regardless of your nationality, visa status, or whether you're arriving or transiting. Antigen or antibody test results will not be accepted. Taiwan has announced a fifth automatic 30-day visa extension for foreigners arriving on short-term visitor visas on or before 21 March and whose stay has exceeded 180 days. Face masks will be mandatory in most public venues from 1 December. You may be fined if you don't comply.
There's an island-wide curfew in Cyprus. Travel to and from Limassol and Paphos districts is prohibited. Entry requirements vary depending on where you're travelling from (see 'Travel'). There's random COVID-19 testing of international arrivals at the airports. You may be refused entry if you don
The European Union (which includes Ireland) has implemented a traffic light system for COVID-19 travel restrictions. From 29 November, if you're travelling from a non-green location, you can reduce the 14 day self-isolation period if you get a negative/
There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Iran. Restrictions on movement in Iran have been tightened. Inter-city travel is banned and there is a curfew from 9pm to 4am. Breach of the curfew will result in a fine. If despite our advice you travel to Iran, you'll need to provide an English-language health certificate, including a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result conducted within 96 hours of arrival. If you're suspected of having the virus, you'll be quarantined at a government-managed facility at your own expense. Failure to wear a face covering in public could result in a fine. Medical evacuation is not likely to be possible. If you
Violent political protests can occur quickly and there remains an increased likelihood of protests across Uganda, particularly in the run up to elections in January 2021. Entebbe International Airport has reopened for commercial passenger flights. To enter Uganda you must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test. It must be taken in the country of departure and within 72 hours of arrival. A nationwide daily curfew from 9.00pm to 6.00am is in place. It's compulsory to wear an approved face mask in public for everyone aged six and over. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, expect local authorities to quarantine you. Monitor the media for information on latest developments.
There's a nationwide overnight curfew on weekends. During curfew hours you must stay home, except in an emergency. People aged 20 and under, or 65 and over may not leave their homes outside specific, limited hours. Follow the Australian Embassy on social media for regular updates. The US Government has warned of credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, and other locations in Turkey. Exercise heightened caution in locations where foreigners may gather. The wearing of face masks is mandatory at all times outside the home throughout Turkey.
Australians in the Tigray Region seeking to depart or requiring emergency consular assistance should contact, if possible, the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa (see
New restrictions have come into force. Avoid non-essential contact and movement. There's a curfew from 9pm - 5am. Where it's essential to go out, you can only be in the company of one other person. It is mandatory to wear face masks. Schools, restaurants and shops are closed, except essential services which will close at 9pm on weekdays and be closed on Sundays.
The Netherlands is in a
South Africa is at 'Alert Level 1' of its COVID-19 response. There's a curfew from midnight to 4am. International travel to and from South Africa has resumed. International air travel will be limited to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban airports. If you travel to South Africa despite our advice, you'll need printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken no later than 72 hours before your departure. If you arrive without proof of a negative PCR test, you'll be placed in mandatory quarantine at your own cost. Airlines must check all travellers have travel insurance before boarding. The South African Government has extended the validity of visas that expired during the lockdown period until 31 January 2021. Register with the Australian High Commission, and follow the High Commission's website and social media for updates (see Local Contacts).
There's a curfew on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea between 9pm to 4am. Social distancing measures and limits on the size of group gatherings are in place. There are strict pre-departure health checks and registration processes. You must wear a face mask in public spaces, during gatherings and on public transport. Fines may apply. Measures may change at short notice.
A State of Alarm is in place in Spain. COVID
Djibouti has implemented measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you're travelling to Djibouti you must have a negative COVID-19 ( PCR ) test within 72 hours before your departure and within 120 hours of your arrival. You'll also be required to undergo a saliva test on arrival. Face coverings must be worn where social distancing is not possible. Passenger train operations between Djibouti and Ethiopia are suspended.
Algeria has closed its land borders until further notice. The suspension of domestic and international air and maritime travel remains in place. Some airlines are running special repatriation flights over a limited period. Measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, including curfews, are in place in large cities and provinces. These may change at short notice. You must wear a mask in public spaces, including places of work.
You're required by law to wear face coverings on all public transport in Auckland as well as taxi and ride-share drivers and on domestic flights throughout New Zealand. Children under the age of 12 will be exempted, as will people with certain medical conditions.
Burkina Faso will hold Presidential and legislative elections on 22 November 2020. Exercise caution and avoid rallies and demonstrations. Commercial flights have resumed, land and sea borders are closed. If you travel to Burkina Faso, you'll need to provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test and quarantine for 14 days. The Australian High Commission in Accra has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in West Africa.
Austria has tightened lockdown measures (see 'Travel'). You can only leave your residence for limited reasons. Borders remain open. You can enter from some countries without needing to provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test or undergo quarantine on arrival. Travel from other locations may have additional conditions or be prohibited. Local regulations and entry restrictions can change at short notice. Keep in contact with your travel provider for the latest information. Continue to follow the advice of local authorities.
Mauritius has reopened its international borders. If you're travelling to Mauritius you'll be required to undertake a COVID-19 (PCR) test no more than 7 days before your flight, as well as on arrival and then again at days 7 and 14. You'll be required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at your own cost. Community transmission of COVID re-emerged in mid-November. All economic, commercial and social activities are continuing, with hygiene and social distancing measures in place. Face masks in public, workplaces and on public transport are mandatory.
If you're not a Hungarian national then you're not allowed to enter Hungary unless you have an exemption (see 'Travel'). You can still transit through Hungary but must undergo a medical examination at the border and show no symptoms of COVID-19. Entry restrictions may change at short notice. Partial lockdown measures are in place. Follow the advice of local authorities.
Gabon has partially reopened its borders, allowing a limited number of flights each week. It's mandatory to wear a face mask in public. There's a curfew in place from 10pm to 5am. Follow the advice of local authorities.
Terrorism is a continuing threat in Mozambique, particularly in Cabo Delgado where there's an ongoing insurgency.
Ukraine's borders are open to foreigners. COVID-19 infections are increasing daily. Ukraine has introduced strict weekend quarantine with only essential services to operate on weekends (including supermarkets and chemists). To enter Ukraine, you
The Italian Government has implemented national measures due to the risk of local transmission of COVID-19. A national curfew is in place between 10pm and 5am. Regions may adjust measures in keeping with local requirements, including localised curfews and lockdowns. Follow social distancing protocols and use masks in line with regional measures. Monitor and follow the advice of local authorities.
To enter Cambodia you
Mongolia has tightened border restrictions. All inbound and outbound international charter flights have been suspended, as well as all domestic flights. You'll be required to quarantine upon arrival for 21 days at your own expense, followed by an additional 14 days of isolation.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are increasing and hospitals are under strain. Protests are taking place in Beirut, some of which have turned violent. Avoid protests and Beirut
A state of emergency is in place. All land borders are closed. International flights are operating. If travelling into or out of Niger by air, you'll need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken 72 hours prior to your travel. You must wear a face mask in public places, markets, and on public transport in Niamey and maintain social distancing.
There are widespread protests across Peru in response to recent political events. There have been reports of police using tear gas and rubber bullets to break up demonstrations. Avoid protests and monitor local media for updates. A nationwide curfew and lockdown measures are in place. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor media for the latest updates.
If you enter Kosovo from a country with high levels of COVID-19 infection, you'll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before you arrive, or self-isolate for 7 days. Movement restrictions apply in municipalities with high levels of infection. There are overnight curfews in place for businesses and individuals. You must wear a face mask in all public spaces. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media. Terrorism remains a threat in Kosovo. Be aware of your surroundings.
Restrictions on movements and gatherings are gradually easing, but it's still mandatory to wear a face mask in public. Follow the advice of local authorities on COVID-19 related restrictions. Limited international commercial flights are available.
The consulate in Sarajevo is open. Restrictions are in place for entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina. These may change at short notice. If you can enter, you'll need to present a medical certificate confirming a COVID-19 negative result taken within 48 hours before you arrive. COVID-19 measures vary from region to region. If you remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina, follow the advice of local authorities and local media for the latest information.
Vanuatu has confirmed its first case of COVID-19. If you're arriving in Vanuatu, you can expect additional health screening measures and an extended quarantine period of 28 days. The State of Emergency has been extended to 31 December 2020. All ports of entry are currently closed, except with approval of local authorities. International flights to Vanuatu and inter-island travel by air to and from Port Vila has been temporarily suspended.
A lockdown covering the entire country is in effect with a curfew from 9pm to 5am. Leaving home is not allowed except in some limited cases. Wearing a mask is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and on public transport. Most retail businesses, restaurants, bars and cafes are closed. Local movements will require permission from the authorities. Some of the country
Slovakia has declared a state of emergency. You must wear a mask in public, including outdoors. Public health measures are in place due to COVID-19. Follow the advice of the local authorities.
Recent large-scale protests and violence in Nigeria resulted in state-wide curfews being imposed in Lagos and several other locations. While the daytime curfew has now been lifted in Lagos, curfew conditions can change at short notice (see 'Safety'). You should exercise maximum caution due to the continuing potential for civil unrest and threats to personal safety. If you arrive at an international airport, you must keep your boarding pass and baggage claim with you due to COVID-19 contact tracing, baggage claim checks, and proof of travel requirements with local authorities.
There's an ongoing State of Alert in Romania. Many airlines have suspended flights and some airports are still closed. It's mandatory to wear face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces, as well as on public transport, including for children over five years of age. A nationwide curfew is in place from 11pm to 5am. Only Romanian and EU citizens, their family members and those with valid residency permits can enter Romania.
Protests and demonstrations continue in several US cities. Avoid areas where protests are occurring due to the ongoing potential for violence. Monitor the media for information and updates. Follow the instructions of local authorities. COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. Various restrictions and public health measures are in place and vary by location. Follow the instructions of local authorities, including those related to quarantine, self-isolation, social-distancing and the wearing of masks. Monitor the Embassy website for further COVID-19 related information (see Local Contacts).
You must wear a mask in public places in North Macedonia. There is a ban on gatherings of more than four people in public places. Failure to comply may result in a fine. North Macedonia
Portugal has announced a State of Emergency across the country (excluding islands of the Azores). Localised restrictions and curfews are in place in many areas and may change at short notice. Monitor the rules for your area and follow the advice of local authorities (see Travel). Strict hygiene and social distancing rules are in place, including gathering limits and compulsory use of face masks in public. Fines exist for non-compliance.
If you're entering Tunisia it's now a requirement for all visitors to undertake a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival, regardless of the country you travel from. Proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours before departure and no later than 120 hours before you arrive, is still required. Follow the advice of local authorities.
Latvia has a state of emergency in force from 9 November. Tight restrictions are in place to manage the spread of COVID-19. Travellers can enter Latvia but you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days unless you're coming from a low-risk country. If you intend to travel or transit through Latvia, you must lodge an electronic form within 48 hours before entering Latvia (see Travel).
The Tocumen International Airport is open for international and transit travel. To enter, you'll need a hard copy of a negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test result, dated no more than 48 hours before your arrival. You also need to complete a sworn statement for health care and had no contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. Wear a face mask and maintain physical distance.
Argentina remains under lockdown until further notice. The City of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Urban Area) has moved to a Mandatory Social Distancing Protocol, and permits are no longer required for local movements. Provincial and local authorities continue to adjust measures based on the COVID-19 situation and have tougher restrictions. There are special charter flights to select international destinations. See the Embassy
Finland now permits entry for residents from some countries assessed to be low COVID-19 risk. If you're an Australian citizen or resident already overseas and are travelling from a country with a high COVID-19 risk, you may be denied entry to Finland. Public health measures are in place due to COVID-19. There's tighter restrictions in place in some regions depending on the incidence of COVID-19. Check with local authorities and your airline for the latest information.
International flight operations have resumed in Colombia and foreign citizens are allowed to enter. Before entering or exiting Colombia, you must complete an online form (Check-mig) on the border authorities
From 1 January 2021, Kenyan entry visas will only be issued electronically, you'll have to get your e-visa before you arrive. Visa rules allowing you to stay in Kenya after your visa expired have ended, you must leave within 14 days of your visa expiring or apply for a resident permit or pass. For more information on Kenyan visas and permits, visit the Directorate of Immigration (immigration.go.ke/). An overnight curfew is still in place between 10pm and 4am.
Lithuania has declared a nationwide lockdown from 7 to 29 November. Restaurants and cafes will only be able to provide takeaway services and recreational and cultural centres will be closed. Avoid unnecessary travel within the country. It's compulsory to wear face masks and gatherings of more than 5 non-related people are banned in public places (see 'Travel'). Before you travel to Lithuania, you have to register with the National Health Centre. Depending on the country you're coming from, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days (see 'Travel').
The UK Government has raised its terrorism threat level to severe, meaning it assesses an attack is highly likely.
You cannot travel to Japan as a tourist but you may be able to enter for study, work or to reunite with family, or if you have a valid Japanese residence card and re-entry permit. You'll need to self-isolate for 14 days and must not use public transport (including taxis) to travel from the airport to your residence or hotel. Ask family or friends to pick you up from the airport or pre-arrange airport pick-up private transfer services. Flights to Australia are limited and flight schedules may change at short notice. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities.
International flights are operating into and out of the Bahamas, but flight availability is restricted. The Bahamas has a state of public emergency in place and other COVID-19 measures are in force. If you travel to The Bahamas, you'll be subject to 14 days quarantine on arrival. Monitor local media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.
Poland is a
Facemasks are now mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public areas. You could be fined if you don't comply. Regular international passenger flights remain limited and Georgia's borders are closed to all foreign nationals, apart from citizens or residents of France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Additional restrictions in response to COVID-19 may be implemented at short notice and fines imposed.
A nationwide lockdown because of COVID-19 is in force, with only essential movement permitted. All restaurants, bars, cafes and non-essential shops will be closed during this period. Other restrictions are in place and may change at short notice. Internal borders within the European Area remain open, but external borders are closed. Entry into France from outside the European Area is not permitted except for certain exempt categories (see 'Travel').
Belarus has closed all road, rail and river borders. Foreign citizens can only enter Belarus through Minsk National Airport. Large demonstrations are occurring following the Presidential election. Protesters have clashed with security forces. There has been casualties and protesters have been detained. Further demonstrations could occur without notice and turn violent. Avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities.
Foreign nationals aren't permitted to enter Canada for non-essential purposes. There are a small number of exceptions to these restrictions (see Travel). If you're allowed to enter Canada, you must demonstrate you have a suitable plan to self-isolate for 14 days or you'll be sent to a designated quarantine facility. You must wear a face mask or covering while travelling, at Canadian airports, at screening checkpoints, in most public spaces, and where physical distancing requirements aren't possible. If you don't have your own face mask, you won't be allowed to fly to, from or within Canada. If you're in Canada and wish to return to Australia, be prepared that direct flights between Canada and Australia are suspended. You may be able to fly to Australia via the US, Qatar or other hubs. Follow the Australian High Commission in Canada on social media for updates.
You won't be able to enter Israel unless you're an Israeli citizen or resident or you meet exception requirements for entry (see Full Advice). Authorities have imposed rules on social distancing, public gatherings and wearing face masks. Israel has implemented nation-wide lockdowns to limit the spread of COVID-19, and another lockdown is possible. The Palestinian Authority has measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, including restrictions at tourist and religious sites. Gaza
You can enter Belgium if you
Switzerland permits entry from the Schengen area and directly from other specified countries. Depending on where you
Travellers who travel directly by air to Costa Rica will be allowed to enter the country. You'll need proof of insurance and a digital health pass completed prior to your travel.
Germany has entered partial lockdown (see 'Travel'). Borders remain open and travel from a small number of third countries with low rates of COVID-19 is permitted. If you're arriving from a high risk country, you
Malta has restricted visitors entering, unless you've travelled from an approved ('green') area and have stayed there for 2 weeks before entering. Travellers from areas on the 'amber' list will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to arriving. You may be granted an exemption if you're not from an approved area and your travel is for essential purposes. In those cases, other restrictions will apply. You must wear face masks or visors at all times in public spaces, both indoor and outdoor. No more than 6 people can gather in groups in public spaces. You may be fined for not wearing a mask or gathering in larger groups.
Denmark has border restrictions in place and you can't enter unless you're travelling from certain countries or have a worthy purpose. Large gatherings are banned. You must wear a mask in indoor public places, including airports and on public transport. Expect travel disruptions. If you're travelling from a high-risk country, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours before you arrive. Foreign travellers aren't allowed to disembark from cruise ships in Denmark. Check with your travel provider or tour company on disruptions.
Several regions across Sweden have introduced stricter restrictions to respond to local outbreaks of COVID-19. Check the advice of the regional and local health authorities, as well as the national Public Health Agency. Sweden is allowing entry to residents of several countries.
In October 2020, a violent attack occurred in Kitaya village, in Mtwara, close to the border with Mozambique. Take particular care near the border with Mozambique due to the threat of militant attacks, terrorism and kidnappings. You'll be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 when entering or leaving Tanzania. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, expect further investigations and possible self-isolation for 14 days. Follow the advice of local authorities and COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.
You must wear a face mask in public spaces, on public transport and in taxis, car parks and elevators. Some public events and entertainment may be banned between 11pm - 6am. Follow the advice of local authorities. If you're arriving in Russia, including transiting, you're required to provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 72 hours before travel. If you're travelling for work purposes, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Commercial flights are now operating to and from Russia via a limited number of routes. Contact your airline or travel provider for information.
Slovenia declared a state of pandemic emergency for 30 days on 19 October. Travel to and within Slovenia is restricted. A curfew is in place from 9pm until 6am. Stay informed as restrictions can change at short notice. If you're staying in Slovenia, follow the advice of local authorities.
Travel to Croatia is restricted for non-EU nationals due to COVID-19. Some exemptions may apply. If you're allowed to enter Croatia, you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days, or present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken within 48 hours of your arrival. You must wear a face mask in all indoor spaces, including on public transport, and outdoors where you cannot keep 1.5 metres socially distant. Follow the advice of local authorities.
Madagascar has lifted the Health State of Emergency. Domestic flights and ground transport have resumed, as well as limited commercial international flights to and from Nosy Be. Flights to neighbouring Indian Ocean countries and islands (Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius, La R
Presidential elections will be held on 31 October. Political demonstrations can turn violent. Avoid large gatherings in the lead up to, during and immediately following election day. All passengers arriving in C
An overnight curfew is in place between 11pm and 5am. Some areas of Chile are moving out of quarantine, but our consular services remain limited. You can't enter Chile unless you're a Chilean citizen, a permanent resident of Chile or were given a humanitarian exemption by the Chilean Embassy or Consulate in Australia. A recent (three days) PCR test result could waive the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. If you're in Chile and want to be informed of options to return to Australia (including possible commercial charter flights transiting via the USA, Europe and the Middle East), register with the Australian Embassy in Santiago de Chile and follow us on social media for updates and flights (see Local contacts).
On 24 October the US Government warned of credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against foreign nationals in Baku, including against hotels such as the JW Marriott Absheron, as well as potentially other locations in Baku. Exercise heightened caution in locations where foreigners may gather. There is ongoing military action in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and reports of shelling outside this region. If you're already in Azerbaijan, don't travel outside of Baku and the Absheron Peninsula. Follow the local media and advice of local authorities for the latest updates.
Saudi Arabia has commenced a phased re-opening of land, air and sea ports. To enter or depart Saudi Arabia, you'll need either an exit and re-entry visa, a work permit, iqama or visit visa. A full opening of land, air and sea ports will not occur until early 2021. Recent missile and drone attacks from the military conflict in Yemen have targeted civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, including Riyadh. Most attacks have been intercepted and destroyed by Saudi air defence systems.
Protests have occurred in Bangkok and other areas of Thailand.
International airports are open. If you fly to Zambia despite our advice, you
Namibia is no longer in lockdown. If you're out in public you
Iraq has lifted COVID-19 measures, including travel restrictions, lockdowns and curfews. However, these measures could be reintroduced at short notice. If you're travelling to Iraq despite our advice or making departure plans, you must carry a negative COVID-19 certificate issued within 72 hours of scheduled travel. Due to volatile security environment and the ongoing threat of kidnappings, we advise you to leave Iraq as soon as you are able to do so. If you're staying in Iraq, be alert and check media for updates on new threats.
Eswatini has re-opened its borders. Daily flights between Sikhuphe and OR Tambo International airports have now resumed. To enter Eswatini, you need proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival.
Flight schedules between Fiji and Australia are limited and can impact upon transit arrangements in Auckland. Contact your airline or travel agent for more information. Follow the Australian High Commission on social media for updates on possible flights leaving Fiji (see Local contacts). If you're travelling to Fiji and you hold a work or residency permit, you
The nation-wide curfew has been lifted. Business and other activity restrictions in each municipality are based on a traffic light system. You must wear a facemask when outside and maintain social distancing. If you don't comply, you could be fined or arrested.
Commercial passenger flights to Sri Lanka remain suspended. Flights to depart the country are limited and schedules may change at short notice. Contact your airline or the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority directly to determine your available options. You
Vietnam has implemented nationwide social distancing measures in response to COVID-19. These measures may vary between provinces and change at short notice. If you're in Vietnam, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor Australian Embassy social media for major updates.
There are limited commercial flights in and out of the Maldives. Flight schedules continue to change at short notice. If you
Commercial passenger flights to and from Palau have been scheduled but all cancelled to date. Contact your airline regarding flight options. If you're travelling into Palau, you must undergo 10 days pre-arrival self quarantine and two COVID-19 (PCR) tests, one at the beginning of self quarantine and then 72 hours before you depart. On arrival, you must undergo 14 days quarantine at a government designated facility and further testing. After the mandatory quarantine period, you must also self quarantine for an additional 7 days.
A nationwide curfew is in place from Monday to Friday between 8pm - 5am. Vehicles and foot traffic can circulate between 5am - 4pm on weekends. Local authorities may impose additional restrictions, including on movement of people, depending on the risk level of the town or city. International airports have resumed selected services. International land borders remained closed. Observe social distancing and use face masks when in public. If you're in Bolivia and want to return to Australia, register your details with the Australian Embassy in Lima. Follow the Embassy on social media for updates on possible departure information (see 'Local contacts').
DRC has opened some of its international borders and
From November 13, if you're using public transport, visiting a medical centre or a care facility for older people, you're required to wear a face mask. Penalties apply. Exceptions are made for children under the age of 14 and people with disabilities who may have difficulty wearing a face mask.
Commercial international flights to and from Honduras have resumed. Land borders re-opened on 19 October from 6am to 6pm. You need to complete an online checklist and present a hard copy negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken 72 hours before travel to enter Honduras. You must wear a face mask while outside and maintain social distancing. You also need to complete a checklist online before departure.
Seychelles airport has re-opened to commercial passenger flights. You'll only be able to enter if you're coming from an approved country where you've been for at least 14 days and can show a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. There are some exceptions for resident permit holders. You must stay at licensed accommodation establishments. Face masks are compulsory where social distancing measures can
The situation in Mali following the military coup is calm but could deteriorate quickly. Regional borders remain closed until further notice. This may limit commercial flights. Contact your travel provider for details. You will need to present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test less than 72 hours old on arrival at the airport or be tested at the airport. The Australian High Commission in Accra has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Mali.
Border closures and entry restrictions are in place. If you're able to enter Senegal you'll need to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 7 days before entry and fill out a
International flights into and out of Solomon Islands are cancelled. Follow the Australian High Commission's social media accounts for updates on possible unscheduled flights. (See Travel for links.) Follow the advice of local authorities.
The Philip Goldson International Airport (Belize City) has reopened. There are entry restrictions, including a COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours of your travel. The Belize pre-screen travel website has the latest entry requirements (See Travel). Commercial flights in and out of the country remain very limited. Check with your travel provider for the latest information.
A State of Emergency is in place. Entry restrictions apply to all travellers and can change with little notice. You'll need proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to enter. If you travel to Timor-Leste, you'll need to complete at least 14 days quarantine at a location determined by authorities, likely at your own expense, as well as mandatory COVID-19 testing. Licences and visas remain valid during the State of Emergency, regardless of their stated expiry date.
Foreigners from 'red zone' countries are currently banned from entering Moldova. The list of countries can change at short notice. Contact your travel provider or nearest embassy or consulate of Moldova to confirm entry requirements. Limited air services are operating. Wearing face masks is compulsory in all enclosed public spaces. Follow the advice of local authorities.
Only Tongan citizens and permanent residents can enter Tonga at this time. Most international flights have been cancelled, and options to leave are extremely limited. A state of emergency is in force and activities are restricted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Lesotho has re-opened its borders. Hygiene and screening protocols have been introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19. You'll need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before entering Lesotho. Follow the advice of local authorities.
Commercial flights are now operating, but land borders are still closed. You must have approval to enter Sierra Leone. This can be obtained online. A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test must also be presented, taken in the 7 days before departure. Additional COVID-19 testing is conducted on arrival. The Australian High Commission in Accra has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Sierra Leone.
Protests relating to changes in local labour laws have been taking place in various provinces and may continue. Monitor local news and avoid protests as they can turn violent with little notice (see
New Caledonia has lifted COVID-19 measures but you can only enter if you're a New Caledonian resident or pre-approved visitor on a short-term business visit exemption. If you do enter, you'll be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.
Uzbekistan has reopened international borders. Entry requirements vary depending on the country you're coming from. See 'Travel' for details.
Large demonstrations are occurring following parliamentary elections. Protesters have clashed with security forces. There have been casualties and protesters have been detained. Further demonstrations could occur without notice and turn violent. Avoid large crowds and any demonstrations. Follow the advice of local authorities. There are enhanced screening procedures and entry restrictions due to COVID-19. (See Travel for details.) Further restrictions could be reintroduced at short notice. Contact your airline or nearest embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to confirm visa and entry requirements.
Zimbabwe remains in lockdown and under curfew, but some restrictions are easing. Domestic and international flights have resumed. To enter, you'll need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 48 hours before travel and then isolate at home for 14 days. You must wear a face mask in public. Contact your nearest Zimbabwean Embassy or airline to confirm the latest requirements. The security situation can be volatile. Avoid political activity and protests.
Tentative dates for Somali elections have been proposed. These commence with Upper House elections in mid-October and finish in early February with the Presidential election. If you're in Somalia despite our advice, be aware a spike in violence is likely, including possible attempts to disrupt the elections. There
Brazil has extended the temporary closure of its land and sea borders, but is allowing entry by air. The incidence of COVID-19 in Brazil remains high. Consider whether you have enough support and access to effective health services if you're staying. If in doubt, we recommend you return to Australia, but be prepared for possible delays given flight availability. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Limited international flights to and from Oman have resumed. Check with your airline for the latest information. A COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival is mandatory and you'll have to undertake quarantine (see 'Travel'). Valid health insurance covering COVID-19 is required. Wear a face mask in all public areas.
There are limited commercial flights from Kuwait to Australia via Doha, Dubai and other transit hubs. Contact your airline or travel provider and follow the Australian Embassy on social media for major updates. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
To enter the Dominican Republic, you'll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken within five days before you arrive. If you don't present the test, or you show symptoms on arrival, you'll be tested at the airport. If you test positive, you'll need to quarantine as instructed by authorities. Curfew times vary depending on your location and further movement restrictions may be implemented at short notice. If you're in a public place or at work, you must wear a face mask at all times or you could be fined.
Visas to enter Benin are restricted. You're only allowed to enter or exit Benin if it is an 'extreme necessity
Commercial flights out of Nicaragua have resumed. Where flights do become available, book directly with the airline. If you plan to enter Nicaragua, you must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken within 72 hours of entry or 96 hours before entry if you're travelling from Asia, Africa, Australia or the Pacific region. If you're granted entry, you'll be monitored by phone by health officials for 14 days. You'll be denied entry if you have respiratory symptoms or a fever.
A State of Emergency is still in place and entry to Morocco is restricted. If you're permitted to enter
Domestic air travel is permitted but all passengers must complete a National Department of Health form and may be subject to a COVID-19 test (PCR). Those who refuse a test (where requested) may be quarantined for up to 14 days. You can't enter the country unless you have an exemption from PNG authorities and have returned a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) within seven days prior to your arrival. If you have spent the last seven days in Australia (not including Victoria), you may be eligible to quarantine for seven days upon arrival, subject to written approval by PNG authorities (see Travel).
Kigali International Airport is open for commercial flights. If you travel to Rwanda despite our advice, you'll need to show proof of a COVID-19 negative test from a certified laboratory taken within 72 hours of arrival. You'll also be required to check into a designated quarantine hotel (at your expense) where a second COVID-19 test will be taken. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am. Non-essential movement is restricted and face masks must be worn in public.
Due to ongoing military action in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Armenian authorities have introduced martial law. This includes prohibiting mass gatherings, curbs on spreading information and provides extra powers for police and other civil authorities to enforce public safety and order. Monitor the media for developments and follow the advice of local authorities. A nationwide
The Philippines has implemented quarantine measures and restrictions for COVID-19 throughout the country, which change regularly. You should ensure you understand the requirements where you are staying. It's mandatory to wear face shields on public transport. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the Australian Ambassador's social media and the embassy website for major updates.
COVID-19 remains a risk in Hong Kong. Practice social distancing and wear a face mask in public spaces and on public transport. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor media for the latest (see 'Travel').
Direct flights between China and Australia have significantly reduced. You may be permitted to enter China with a valid Chinese residence permit. If despite our advice you travel to China, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to flying and you
The Cook Islands has declared itself COVID-19 free, but its borders remain closed to incoming passengers unless they are Cook Islands nationals. You must have been in New Zealand for 14 days before you arrive, and will also need to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Its maritime borders are closed to all except pre-approved cargo vessels. For updates, go to the Cook Islands Ministry of Health website.
Norway has border restrictions in place and only residents of EU/EEA and Schengen countries may enter. Borders are otherwise closed to foreign travellers who don't have Norwegian residency or a work permit, though some exemptions may apply. Airports are operational and you can transit through Gardermoen (Oslo) Airport, but expect travel delays. A quarantine period of 10 days will apply to residents entering Norway unless returning from certain EU/EEA and Schengen countries. Most Norwegian ports won't allow disembarkation of cruise ship passengers. Check with your travel provider about disruptions.
Iceland's borders are open to travellers from the UK, EU/EEA and Schengen states, as well as certain approved countries. All travellers to Iceland must either quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or have two COVID-19 tests, separated by five days of quarantine until the results of the second test are known. You'll have to pay for these tests. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine, as are persons who have been certified by the Icelandic health authorities. Transit passengers who do not leave the terminal facilities are also exempt. All travellers to Iceland must complete a registration form before arrival. Large gatherings are banned and you are required to wear a mask where social distancing is not possible, such as on flights and public transport.
Flights into and from Mauritania are available, although limited. Contact your airline or travel provider for further information. The night curfew has been lifted. Local authorities recommend that you avoid public gatherings, maintain social distancing and wear a mask.
Nepal has imposed restrictions in affected districts across the country to prevent and control COVID-19. Limited international commercial flights are now operating. Foreign tourists will be allowed to enter Nepal from 17 October for mountain treks. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the Australian Embassy on Facebook (@australianembassynepal) and Twitter (@AusAmbNP) for regular updates.
The international airport in San Salvador has reopened for regular commercial flights. You'll need a printed PCR test with a negative result taken 72 hours before you arrive in country if travelling or transiting El Salvador. If you're staying in El Salvador, follow the advice of local authorities, maintain social distance and be aware of movement restrictions. You must wear a face mask at all times when you leave your home or accommodation.
Visas will now be issued on arrival for citizens of select countries. You must undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival, at your own expense, and remain in quarantine until the results are available. Flight options to Australia are unpredictable and may stop without notice.
Trinidad and Tobago's borders remain closed. Measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 are in place, including the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places, limits on the size of groups that can gather in public, and the closure of schools, beaches and rivers, parks and gymnasiums.
Parts of Sudan have experienced heavy rainfall and flooding. Sudan is also experiencing an outbreak of Cholera and vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV). Some international flights into and from Sudan have resumed. There's a curfew in Khartoum. Curfew times change regularly. Check the advice of local authorities for current curfew hours.
Samoa has closed its borders, except to returning citizens and residents. Samoan authorities have suspended flights between Samoa and Australia until further notice. Australians wishing to leave Samoa can register with the Australian High Commission at email@example.com to receive information on flights out.
Due to COVID-19, Marshall Islands has closed its borders until further notice. This covers all arrivals by air and cruise ship. Follow the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei social media accounts for regular updates. See Local contacts for links.
Malawi has declared a state of disaster in response to COVID-19. The International Airport in Lilongwe has reopened but flights are infrequent. To enter Malawi, you
Due to COVID-19, FSM has suspended entry of all incoming passengers until further notice. If you travel despite our advice, travel restrictions vary between FSM states or may change at short notice. Contact your travel provider for details.
Follow the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei social media accounts for regular updates. (See Local contacts for links.) If you travel to Guam, despite our advice, you'll be subject to quarantine at a government-designated facility, even if you're just transiting. You'll have to pay for your stay. You may only be exempt if you have a Government of Guam recognised and certified medical certificate confirming you're not infected with COVID-19; issued within 72 hours of arrival.
If you're travelling to the Central African Republic, despite our advice, you must self-isolate for 21 days on arrival. You must wear a face covering. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Brunei has transit and entry restrictions for visitors until further notice. If you're sponsored by the Brunei Government, registered company or a family member, who is a Brunei citizen or resident, an application for a Travel Entry Pass to enter Brunei can be made on your behalf. The Travel Entry Pass is not a visa. If you've been issued with a Travel Entry Pass, a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test result taken in the 72 hours before you depart for Brunei is required. You'll also be required to undergo mandatory self-isolation at a government approved hotel for a period of between 2 to 14 days. The duration of the self-isolation notice given upon arrival is determined by Brunei
The Eritrean Government has directed all citizens to remain in their homes. The International Airport in Asmara is now closed until further notice.
Botswana declared a State of Emergency to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice. The movement of all people outside of the home is restricted to essential services and the transport of essential goods. No foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Botswana. Botswana nationals and residents returning from high-risk countries will be allowed to enter the country and will be subject to a mandatory 14-days quarantine at a dedicated facility. All flights in and out have been suspended and most border posts have been closed. The Government has issued advice that masks/face coverings must be worn in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. No visas are currently being issued to enter Botswana. Follow the Australian High Commission's website and social media for updates and register with the High Commission at https://covid19.dfat.gov.au/citizeninformation/s/
Uruguay has closed its borders to foreigners apart from legal residents and pre-authorised foreigners. Upon arrival, you must present a negative coronavirus (PCR) test result taken a maximum of 72 hours before boarding at origin, and undergo a mandatory minimum 7 day quarantine. If you want to leave, there are some routine commercial flights scheduled. Contact the airline or your travel provider for more details. Follow the Australian Embassy social media accounts for regular updates on flight options for leaving Uruguay.
There is a nationwide partial curfew from 12am to 4am. Restrictions are in place and face masks are mandatory in public places. International flights resumed in July, but options remain limited. Some airlines have semi-regular flights out of Egypt. Contact your airline for information. If you travel to Egypt despite our advice, you'll need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours prior to your travel departure. Children under the age of six (6) are exempt. Other health measures may be required. Check with your airline prior to travel.
Paraguay continues to observe
International flights are operating to and from Kabul. Be aware that flights can be postponed or cancelled at short notice. If you're travelling with Emirates from Afghanistan you must carry a negative COVID-19 certificate issued by a government approved laboratory. Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure. Contact Emirates or your travel agent for further details. If you
There are limited commercial flights into and from N'Djamena airport. If you travel to Chad, you'll need to show a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 72 hours. On arrival, you'll have to surrender your passport to authorities while you maintain a period of self-isolation. You must wear a face mask when outdoors. There's a curfew between 8pm and 5am in some regions, including N
The National Public Health Emergency remains in place and you must wear a face covering in public. Municipalities can tailor and enforce COVID-19 regulations and restrictions and you could be fined for violating measures. Limited commercial flights in and out of Ecuador are available, but all land borders with Peru and Colombia remain closed. If you travel to Ecuador despite our advice, you'll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken in the 7 days before you arrive, or take a COVID-19 test on arrival. Rapid-result tests will not be accepted.
You won't be allowed to enter or transit through Macau unless you
Restrictions on international flights to and from Pakistan and domestic flights within Pakistan have been lifted. Contact your airline or travel agent for the latest information.
Mexico has declared a 'new normal' due to COVID-19. Businesses and activities will recommence based on a traffic light system, depending on local conditions. COVID-19 is still a serious health risk in Mexico. Expect widespread closures of businesses and movement restrictions to continue. Measures will vary by state. If you're staying in Mexico, follow the advice of local authorities, take care to minimise exposure to COVID-19, and stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe.
Borders have reopened along with international airports in Port Au Prince and Cap Haitien. Several airlines have resumed a limited flight schedule. Haitian authorities have lifted the state of emergency but measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 remain in place (see Travel). The general security situation remains volatile.
There are still no scheduled flights to and from Guyana. Only some charter flights have been allowed to enter and depart. If you're in Guyana and wish to leave, contact airlines, your travel agent or travel insurance provider to discuss travel options. There is a curfew in place, as well as other measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, Bangladesh has implemented a range of measures, including localised lockdowns and curfews. Although some international commercial flights have resumed, seats remain limited. To travel into or out of the country, you
If you normally reside in Qatar but are currently overseas, you can apply to return to Qatar from 1 August. If you're travelling to Qatar from a country designated as 'COVID low risk' you may be able to quarantine at home under strict conditions. For more information, call 109 from inside Qatar or +974 44069999 from outside Qatar, or contact the nearest Qatari embassy or consulate. Australians can transit through Qatar.
If you're in Syria, you can now enter Lebanon if you have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and a valid plane ticket to travel via Beirut airport. These entry and exit measures may change without notice, contact relevant Lebanese authorities and your airline directly before making your travel plans. The security situation remains extremely volatile. If you're in Syria, consider leaving now through commercial means.
The Gambia has closed all air, sea and land borders. There are currently no commercial flights operating. There's a state of public emergency. Non-essential public gatherings are banned and venues including restaurants, cafes, bars, casinos, sports facilities are closed. Non-essential employees must stay at home. It is mandatory to wear face masks in public. Markets and shops are open with restricted hours.
You must get a 'Travel Authorisation' from Jamaican authorities prior to travelling there. You'll be tested on arrival for COVID-19 and will be quarantined at a location determined by health authorities. Additional measures are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 (see Travel). Follow the advice of local authorities and take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19.
Angola is under a
If you're in Libya, leave as soon as possible if it is safe for you to do so. Regularly reassess your security arrangements and access to effective health services. Our capacity to provide consular assistance to Australians in Libya is limited. The Australian Government has no plans to evacuate you. There are some commercial flights out of Libya, including some flights organised by other governments. Keep checking the website and social media of airlines and airports for available flights. If you choose to take one of these flights, you
Albania has reopened its borders and you're free to move around within the country. Some neighbouring countries still have travel restrictions in place. Follow the advice of local authorities, adhere to social distancing protocols and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Foreigners are currently not allowed to enter Laos except in very limited circumstances (see 'Travel'). Passenger flights out of Laos have stopped and land borders remain closed. If you plan to leave the country, the Lao authorities now require you to inform the Australian Embassy before you depart. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the Australian Embassy's social media messages for updates on COVID-19 measures.
South Sudan has confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Government of South Sudan has announced its intention to resume international flights and some domestic travel. Until this occurs flights to and from South Sudan are suspended and all land borders are closed. A curfew is in place from 10pm to 6am. Restriction levels may change at short notice.
Due to COVID-19, Guinea has declared a state of emergency until further notice. Preventative measures and restrictions are in place. A nationwide curfew is in effect from 9pm to 5am. It's extremely unlikely international commercial flights will operate for some time in to or out of Guinea. Don't rely on published schedules. Contact your travel provider for details. The Australian High Commission in Accra currently has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Guinea.
Kazakhstan has introduced a state of emergency and closed its borders in response to the COVID
COVID-19 is present in Venezuela. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus, including community-wide quarantines. Travel between Venezuelan states is banned, with roadblocks in place and internal flights restricted. Many international flight routes have been suspended.
It's extremely unlikely international commercial flights will operate for some time into or out of Liberia. Don't rely on published schedules. Contact your travel provider for details. The Australian High Commission in Accra currently has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Liberia. If you can't or don't want to leave, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Tajikistan has implemented enhanced screening procedures and entry restrictions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These include border closures, flight cancellations, medical checks at international border checkpoints and mandatory 14 day quarantine for travellers arriving from some countries with registered cases of COVID-19. Contact your airline or your nearest embassy or consulate of Tajikistan to confirm entry requirements.
North Korean authorities have restricted travel to and from China. If you entered North Korea from China or Russia you'll be quarantined for one month. Tours to North Korea are suspended until further notice.
All international flights to and from Turkmenistan are currently suspended, road borders are closed and passenger ferries are cancelled.
We've reviewed our travel advice for Yemen.
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