Australia will soon require passengers traveling to the country to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Jan. 22, local time in the place of departure, travelers will be required to show that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before their scheduled time of departure.
  • The test must be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and the result must be provided by a laboratory. The results must be in English, and must include the following information:
    • The traveler’s name and date of birth.
    • The test result (e.g., “negative” or “not detected”)
    • The method of test conducted, i.e., a PCR test.
    • The date the specimen was collected.
    • The date the test result was authorized and the name of the authorizing officer.
    • The name and address of the laboratory, clinic or facility that administered the test.
    • The accreditation body that the laboratory is affiliated with, if it is known.
  • Even with a negative COVID-19 test, travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Australia.
  • Those traveling to Australia from New Zealand on a “green zone” flight will not be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Children who are four years old or younger do not have to take a test. Travelers with medical conditions may be considered for an exemption; this will be determined by the Australian Government.
  • Additional information on the testing requirement and other travel protocols is available in this Department of Health FAQ.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide more information as it becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in Australia or other countries.

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