With its corona measures, Australia has been particularly strict for a long time. Not only foreign travelers but Australian citizens were also affected by the pandemic-related entry restrictions on the fifth continent. Tourists have been allowed to travel to Australia again from February 5, 2022, but initially various restrictions applied to them. However, it is now possible for vaccinated people to enter Australia and stay in the country without any problems.
The seven-day incidence of COVID-19 is currently (status: May 19, 2022) 1,413 cases per 100,000 residents, significantly higher than Germany, which can currently record an incidence of 383. 83.7 percent of the Australian population is now fully vaccinated, and 52.7 percent are currently vaccinated.
German travelers require a visa to enter Australia and must register online at least 72 hours prior to departure. With respect to COVID-19, the following rules apply:
- Persons above the age of twelve years and three months must provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination. A person is considered fully vaccinated if he has received two doses of the Australian-approved COVID-19 double dose or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novavax vaccines and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved in Australia.
- The requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test when entering Australia has been lifted. However, the testing requirement is handled differently in different states. For example, a self-test can be done within 24 hours of arrival. Travelers can find information about this on the websites of Australian states.
- People who have not been vaccinated can only enter the country if they have applied for and obtained a special permit in advance. It is provided only for urgent reasons specified in detail by the Australian Government. In principle, it is not possible to issue special permits for tourist trips. Mandatory hotel quarantine immediately after entry is no longer provided for people without vaccinations.
- Work and travel in Australia is now again possible for pupils and students between the ages of 18 and 30.
Strict lockdown rules within Australia have also been relaxed significantly. However, normal distance and hygiene rules still apply. In some states, restaurants and bars require customers to provide proof of vaccination. Masks are generally mandatory on public transport, indoors and in places where minimum distance cannot be maintained.
However, transport connections within Australia have still been partially thin for some time. The special measures taken by individual states to contain COVID-19 also contribute to this. Travel restrictions, testing and quarantine requirements may still apply when traveling between states. Relevant information is available on the Australian Government website.
Travelers returning from Australia no longer need to register their travel digitally. For vaccinated and cured individuals, there is no obligation to be tested before return to Germany or upon arrival. Children below twelve years of age are exempted from this obligation to provide evidence. Unvaccinated people still need a PCR test or a rapid antigen test that should not be older than 48 hours. Quarantine measures are not usually planned for travelers traveling to Germany.