Is Australia safe for tourists

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Please note that all information given below is provided without guarantee and can change at short notice. Please keep up-to-date with the information sources mentioned:

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Rules and restrictions currently in force in Germany: Lockdown measures and relief for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.

Since November 8, 2020, travelers who have been in a risk area in the last 10 days have to register before arriving in Germany.

Since March 30th, 2021, all air travelers also need proof of testing for Covid infection. The one on which the PCR test is based Testing is allowed a maximum of 72 hours before the date of the planned entry be done. For more information and exceptions, see here.

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The Federal Foreign Office's worldwide travel warning was lifted on October 1, 2020. Country-specific travel and safety information apply. 

Since July 2nd, 2020, travelers from Australia have been allowed to enter Germany again. Information on entry requirements can be found here.

What should I watch out for?

  • Minimize the risk of infection (avoid unnecessary contact; stay in your accommodation if possible; keep your distance from others when sneezing and turn away, hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose; wash your hands thoroughly with water and regularly Soap).
  • Be sure to check your travel health insurance coverage. Some international travel health insurances can terminate or restrict the insurance cover in the event of pandemics or existing travel warnings in accordance with their terms and conditions.
  • Make sure you have a sufficient supply of the medication you need.
  • Install the “Coronavirus Australia” app from the Australian government (Apple App Store or Google Play).
  • The Australian government has set up a telephone hotline: 1800 020 080; for non-English speakers: 131 450
  • Make sure you have a valid visa. The application must be made before your current Australian visa expires, more information here.
  • Follow orders from local health authorities.

As a German citizen, I live abroad. Do I still have the right to a corona vaccination in Germany?

Anyone in Germany who has a legal right to vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is finally regulated in Section 1 of the ordinance on the right to vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance - CoronaImpfV).

According to the CoronaImpfV, the following main groups have a right to vaccination:

  • People who live in Germany residence or usual residence have (Section 1, Paragraph 1, Sentence 2, No. 2)
  • People that in Germany in the legal or private Are insured with health insurance (Section 1, Paragraph 1, Sentence 2, No. 1).

The latter group of people can also include people who have their habitual residence abroad, but who are insured with a German health insurance (private or statutory) on the basis of a German employment contract or who have German health insurance for other reasons. Statutory or private health insurance in Germany are also entitled to vaccinate in Germany if they do not have a domicile in Germany and are therefore not registered with the police in Germany. The right to vaccination based on the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance relates in any case only to a vaccination in Germany, not abroad. Vaccination measures by German authorities abroad are generally not planned. How an existing right to vaccination is implemented in Germany in each individual case depends on the respective target federal state of the domestic stay. Further information can be found on the website of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.

That means: All German citizens resident in Australia who are not covered by the CoronaImpfV - i.e. neither have a place of residence or habitual abode in Germany, nor are statutory or private health insurance in Germany - are subject to the health systems and the medical legal framework of Australia.

Further information is available at:

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/faq-covid-19-imichtung.html#c19761

https://www.rki.de/SharedDocs/FAQ/COVID-Impfen/haben.html

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/coronavirus-imichtung-faq-1788988

Entry ban for foreigners & transit in Australia

There is currently an entry ban for foreigners in Australia. Australian nationals and permanent residents are exempt.

Further information can be found here.

The Federal Foreign Office suspended its worldwide travel warning for all countries on October 1, 2020. Country-specific travel and safety information apply (see above).

Further information can be found at www.diplo.de/corona (German) or here.

Since January 22, 2021, all travelers to Australia (aged 5 and up) have to prove a negative PCR test before departure. This must not be older than 72 hours. additional here.

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The Australian government has one Online travel declaration introduced that to be completed by everyone entering Australia is. This is independent of the Australian Border Force (ABF) travel authorization.

The purpose of the declaration is to record the contact details of travelers in Australia, their flight details, quarantine requirements and health status.

This information will help the Australian government set quarantine arrangements (if necessary) and enable the relevant health department to contact travelers if they have a positive test for COVID-19.

Travelers must complete and submit the travel declaration online at least 72 hours prior to entering Australia.

You can find the travel declaration here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/australia-travel-declaration

International transit

Please note that onward travel within Australia, e.g. to reach a connecting flight at another Australian airport, is still not allowed and that the airports in Sydney and Melbourne currently close overnight and may have to be left. A transit may take a maximum of 72 hours.

For New South Wales: Travelers who pass through the immigration area on arrival (e.g. to collect their luggage) must apply for an 'NSW quarantine exemption' at least 48 hours in advance (see 'International Transit via NSW' information below).

Transit under 8 hours

German citizens no longer need a transit visa for transit via Australian airports (i.e. from abroad via Australian airport directly to other countries) if they a) are booked on an international connecting flight from the same Australian airport, b) the transit time is less than 8 hours and they c) do not have to leave the transit area or the airport (https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/transiting-australia).

Transit between 8 and 72 hours

If the transit time exceeds 8 hours, German citizens need a transit visa (Visa type 771), which you can apply for here before departure: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/transit -771 # Overview. You should also apply for this certificate if you have no intention of leaving the airport transit area, as the Australian authorities may insist on temporary accommodation at the airport hotel for long transit stays.

If you have to leave the airport, you usually need an exception from the 14-day quarantine obligation in addition to the transit visa. The compulsory quarantine in Australia, which applies to all travelers, is arranged by the competent authorities of the respective states / territories in a designated accommodation. The responsible authorities also take care of the transport to and from the airport. Contact the State / Territory Health Department for more information. With an exception permit, the prescribed 14-day quarantine can be ended prematurely and the onward journey can take place; Different rules apply here in different Australian states:

  • International transit via New South Wales (8-72 hours): In order to be able to cancel the quarantine early in order to reach a connecting flight, an exemption must be requested from the NSW Department of Health at least 48 hours before departure. You can do this here: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/quarantine-exemptions.aspx. More information here: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/quarantine-faqs.aspx#changes.
  • International transit via Victoria (8-72 hours): Travelers must be quarantined at a designated Melbourne hotel during the transit time. Information on people traveling via Victoria / Melbourne is passed on to the Department of Health (Victoria) for processing by the Australian Border Force. There is therefore no need to submit an extra application to leave the quarantine in Victoria early. Information on VIC quarantine exception rules. More general information here.
  • International transit via Queensland (Brisbane): Travelers no longer need a Queensland Entry Pass to enter the country. Border declarations can be filled out immediately upon arrival at the airport.

The information provided by Australian authorities is decisive; please refer to the website of the Australian Ministry of the Interior here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/transiting-australia and your travel provider or airline.

Mandatory quarantine in Australia

There is currently a 14-day quarantine requirement for all travelers to Australia. Entrants are accommodated in a hotel in the respective country of arrival immediately after entering the country, where they have to spend the quarantine before they are allowed to travel on.

The requirements of the competent Australian authorities are decisive for the quarantine. Further information from the Australian Government can be found here and here: Information for International Travelers and Advice for Travelers.

Attention: Since July 2020, people arriving have to in many Australian states / territories bear the costs of their mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine themselves.

Queensland: since July 1st, see here.

Northern Territory: since July 17th, see here.

Western Australia: since July 17th, see here.

New South Wales: since July 18, for flight bookings made after July 12, 2020. More information here.

South Australia: since July 18th, see here.

Tasmania: since July 31, see here.

Travel ban for Australians and 'permanent residents'

The Australian government has extended the travel ban for Australian citizens (also affects dual citizens) and permanent residents until June 17, 2021.

Australian nationals and 'permanent residents' currently require an exit permit (travel exemption): https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia. Attention: This also applies to German-Australian dual nationals and Germans who have a 'permanent residence' in Australia. The reason for this restriction on leaving the country is the unrestricted right for German-Australian dual nationals and Germans with permanent resident status to return to Australia at any time. You can apply for an exit permit here.

Check carefully which of the exceptions might be possible for you and add as much information as possible to justify the necessity of your trip to your application, e.g. parents in need of care abroad, other family obligations, medical reasons. Additional evidence, e.g. evidence of family connections, can also be helpful when processing the application.

The application should make it very clear when you intend to travel, whether you have any return travel plans and what they will look like in detail.

German and EU entry restrictions

There are no entry restrictions for German citizens when they return to Germany. Even the most recent EU entry restrictions do not apply to German citizens. They also do not apply to citizens of other EU member states, states in the EFTA area (Principality of Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland) and Great Britain and their family members as well as holders of a permanent residence permit in one of these states. More information can be found here.

Unmarried partners from third countries have been able to return to Germany since August 10, 2020. More information here.

Quarantine upon entry into Germany

The federal and state governments have agreed on the main features of uniform quarantine regulations for incoming and outgoing travelers. More detailed information (e.g. also in English), the sample text and further links can be found on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior; For the concrete implementation of the measures in the individual countries, reference is made to the websites of the state health ministries.

Please inquire on the website of the federal state into which you want to enter whether and which quarantine is required upon entry.

You can also find more information at https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/bevoelkerungsschutz/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html

Since November 8, 2020, travelers who have been in a risk area in the last 10 days have to register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and have proof of registration with them when entering the country.

Since March 30, 2021, all air travelers also need proof of testing for Covid infection. The one on which the PCR test is based Testing is allowed a maximum of 72 hours before the date of the planned entry be done. For more information see here.

Flight connections

For trips from Australia to Germany and Europe, many of the connections that existed before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic are now available again for bookings, i.e. in particular flights via the transit hubs on the Gulf as well as Singapore or Hong Kong. However, the offer is very limited overall and the flight schedules are subject to frequent changes, some of which are updated on a daily basis. Flight time adjustments, rebookings and cancellations can occur at any time.

It is therefore urgently recommended that you keep yourself informed when booking and afterwards until you start your journey by contacting the airline and / or travel agency and in particular to have confirmation that the selected flight route is compatible with applicable transit guidelines. A change of flight provider during transit should generally be avoided.

Current notice: Due to the travel restrictions for the state of Victoria, it is becoming apparent that additional changes to the flight schedule and cancellations may occur on both domestic and international flights. Newly introduced restrictions on the arrival of international travelers in Australia could also result in logistical reasons affecting the number of flights available for departure.

Please refrain from contacting the diplomatic missions abroad with a request for information on individual flight connections.

Entry restrictions within Australia

DANGER: Due to Covid-19 entry restrictions in many states / territories, there may be orders for 14-day quarantine in transit.

Find out more about COVID-19 measures and restrictions on the following Australian states and territories websites.


Border status
restrictions
Exceptions

International

closed
Only Australian nationals, permanent residents and their immediate family members are allowed to enter

Exceptions here

Exemption request here

NSW
open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots

Information here.

ACT
open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots
Travelers who have been in Covid-19 hot spot regions within the last 14 days must go into 14-day quarantine. More information here.
Exemption request ACT here.
VIC
open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots
Information here.
Travel permit here.
WA

open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots

Information here

Note: Airport transit through Western Australia is possible as long as you can prove that you are leaving WA within 24 hours of arrival at the airport, further information also for entry by land here (without guarantee).

WA G2G Now

QLD
open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots

Since December 1st, 2020 only people who have been in a hot spot region in the last 14 days have to use one QLD Border Declaration Pass to complete.

More information here.

QLD Border Pass

NT
open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots

Entrants from Covid-19 hot spot regions must go into 14-day quarantine. The costs must be borne by the travelers themselves.

All persons entering the NT must register at least 72 hours before entry Border entry form to complete.

More information here

NT Border Entry Form

TAS
open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots

The division into low, medium and high risk Regions.

Low risk = Entry without quarantine;

Medium risk = Entry with 14-day quarantine in your own accommodation,

High risk = with entry permit, entry with quarantine in accommodation specified by the government (costs must be borne by yourself).

All entrants must either do one before arrival, depending on the zone G2G or one Tas-e-Travel Apply for a passport.

More information here

G2G Pass registration

Tas-e-Travel Pass

SA
open with restrictions to Covid-19 hot spots

Information here

Information on special areas here.

New Australian Guidelines and Notices for Temporary Visa

The Australian Ministry of the Interior has adjusted the guidelines for people with temporary visa holders due to the corona pandemic.

Make sure you have a valid visa. The application must be made before your current Australian visa expires. Further information can be found here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/staying-australia and here https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/visa-about-to-expire.

All other individuals with temporary Australian visas should read the Australian guidelines carefully and carefully consider whether the stay can be continued. You cannot get financial help for your living from German diplomatic missions abroad. Even financial help to return to Germany is only possible in a few exceptions after a detailed examination of the need for help on the basis of the Consular Act, which includes, among other things, the examination of financial support by relatives who are responsible for maintenance. Services used must be repaid. In principle, bills for accommodation and medical care cannot be paid by the German diplomatic missions abroad.

Further information on the relevant visa requirements can be found here https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/staying-australia.

Further information can be found here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au or here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid-19-visa-concessions.

For a visa extension, please contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Entry of Temporary Visa Holders: Please apply for a special permit to enter Australia here: (Tip: enclose letters of support from your employer in Australia).

I don't have enough funds to stay in Australia again

You are initially responsible for providing you with financial resources. To do this, please use all of the options available to you to provide money, e.g .:

  • Increase credit card limit
  • Use options of money transfer by relatives / acquaintances / friends (Western Union, MoneyGram etc.)
  • Have relatives / acquaintances / friends refill your account in Germany
  • if necessary, ask the employer for a salary advance
  • if necessary, a loan must also be taken out for this purpose

How can I keep myself informed?

German websites

The Federal Foreign Office advises you to take a look at the crisis prevention list (ELEFAND) to register. This is a voluntary measure so that the diplomatic missions on site can contact you quickly in crisis and exceptional situations: https://elefand.diplo.de (Please enter "SYDNEY" at the diplomatic mission responsible for your place of residence).

The website of the German diplomatic missions in Australia (www.australien.diplo.de) as well as the travel and safety information from the German Foreign Office are updated regularly.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs answers the Coronavirus FAQ on its website here.

You can also stay up to date with the “Safe Travel” app: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/app-sicherheit-reisen/350382.

Australian websites

The Australian Department of Health offers current Covid-19 information: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-resources and https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers#foreign-nationals-entering-australia.

The Australian government has set up an information hotline: 1800 020 080; for other languages: 131 450.

You can find the contact details for the health authorities of the individual states / territories here: state and territory contacts.

General information can be found here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au.

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