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We recommend checking the latest travel info and advice before you fly. You can find out what you need to know from the Australian Government on the Department of Home AffairsDepartment of Health and Smartraveller websites. 

Travelling domestically?

Before you set off interstate, it’s best to check the Government website of the State or Territory you’re traveling to – just so you’re up to date with the latest entry requirements.

You can also check restrictions using the COVID-19 Restriction Checker


Travelling internationally?

Make sure you have access to your required documents for check in

Internet or Wi-Fi connections may be limited or unavailable at some airports, so you may not be able to access documents on the internet. We recommend you either print or download and save all your required documentation to your mobile device before your flight. This includes your proof of vaccination or exemption documents, passenger declaration forms, COVID-19 test results and travel insurance with specific reference to insurance for COVID-19 (as required).

If you are not able to present required documentation for travel, this may result in you not being able to travel on your scheduled service or delays at check in.

1. First things first

  • Have your passport ready. Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months (some countries have different rules, so make sure you check these).
  • Check your vaccination requirements. Vaccination requirements, including timeframes required between full vaccination and your date of travel, change from country to country. Ensure you are aware of these requirements for any transit or arrival countries in your journey.
  • Sort out your proof of vaccination. If the country you are travelling to requires proof of vaccination and you were vaccinated in Australia, you can obtain an International COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (ICVC), or alternatively you can use your immunisation history statement obtained from the Australia Immunisation Register (AIR). If you were vaccinated outside of Australia, you'll need to get a foreign vaccination certificate. 
  • Do you need a visa? To find out if you need a visa for travel to a particular country, visit the IATA Travel Centre.
  • Arrange your travel insurance. It’s more important than ever to be covered, as some countries now require you to have a specific insurance that includes COVID-19 cover.

2. Before you fly

  • Get or book your PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). Certain countries do require a PCR test or RAT prior to departure or on arrival. Be sure to check the requirements for the country you are travelling from or to. If you’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, please check the requirements for the country you are travelling from or to.

A PCR test can be booked in Australia at a provider such as Sonic Travel Testing:

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3. On the day you fly

  • Have all your documentation sorted and bring them with you to the airport. This includes your proof of vaccination or exemption documents, valid passport, PCR test or RAT results, and travel insurance details with specific reference to COVID-19 cover (as required). We recommend you have your documentation printed, or downloaded and saved to your mobile device.
  • Arrive 3 hours early. Online and self-service check-in for international travel with Virgin Australia aren’t currently available, so we recommend getting to the airport a little earlier to have your documents checked. If you’ve got a domestic Australia flight first before connecting on to your flight overseas, you’ll need to be at the domestic terminal 90 minutes before your scheduled flight departure.


4. When you touch down

  • Keep up to date. Different destinations have different rules you’ll need to follow. We recommend keeping up to date with the latest travel information before you fly – and while you’re there too, as things can (and do) change.  


Find out more info on the Smartraveller, Health and Department of Home Affairs websites.

International travel requirements:

Other important information

Visas and passports

Countries require different passport and visa verification and documentation. Please review what you need to consider when travelling to a foreign country.

Enhanced security procedures

The Australian Government has enhanced security measures, which limit the amount of liquids, aerosols, and/ or gels guests are permitted to take on board as carry-on baggage.