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The Australian government has scraped the vaccination status requirement.

by Sally L Watkins Monday July 4th 2022

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Breaking news for international travellers entering Australia

From Wednesday, 6 July 2022, The Australian government has significantly changed Australia’s border policy, removing the requirement for international travellers to prove their vaccination status.

As of this date, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil also announced international arrivals are no longer required to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD).

“The Australian Government makes decisions on COVID-related issues after considering the latest medical advice,” said Mr Butler. “We will continue to act on the medical advice as needed.”

Do I still need to wear a mask on a domestic flight?

YES, travellers must still comply with the requirements of airlines and states and territories, including wearing masks on flights.

Do I still need to wear a mask at the airport?

NO, masks are no longer required in airport terminals inside Australia.

The AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) has recommended that airport mask mandates be scrapped as of 17 June 2022. 

All states and territories have lifted the requirement. Learn more about the rules in your state or territory below:


Unvaccinated Australians and certain groups of visa holders have been able to travel to Australia for some time.

It came the same day Australia recorded its 10000th death due to COVID-19.

Should I still wear a mask even if I don’t have to?

Although Qantas referenced that the chances of transmitting COVID-19 in a plane cabin are very low, it’s important to consider what would make you feel safest when travelling and how you think the risk might affect your comfort level.

If wearing a mask offers you peace of mind, then wear your mask and take the other cleanliness precautions wherever possible!

Please make sure you check with your airline well in advance to confirm their requirements. 

You can also check the government requirements of your destination country to learn more. 

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