Australia no longer requires travelers to be tested before visitingMelissa Yeager

Australia passed another milestone in reopening its borders to tourists, ending pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements and opening its ports to cruise ships for the first time in more than two years. 

In another step in reopening its borders to tourists after nearly two years closed due to COVID-19, Australia has let lapse several emergency measures it had in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Starting April 18, incoming travelers no longer need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. However, they still need to provide proof of vaccination before they can enter. Masks are also still required on international flights. 

Australia closed its borders for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reopened to visitors starting in early March. 

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The Ruby Princess cruise ship departs the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay on March 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. © James D. Morgan / Getty Images

What does it take to enter Australia now?

The requirements to enter Australia are the same whether you arrive by sea or by air. Make sure you have a proper visa to enter the country. 

All passengers must submit a Digital Passenger Declaration at least 72 hours before they plan to enter Australia. The form is available to submit seven days prior to travel. 

International travelers who wish to visit Australia still need to provide proof they have received both rounds of vaccination against COVID-19.

Check with the state or territory you plan to visit as they may have additional travel requirements. 

Can unvaccinated travelers visit Australia?

Australia requires all international travelers be fully vaccinated. 

If you are a child under the age of 12, a child 12 to 17 traveling with an adult who is fully vaccinated or you have a verifiable medical reason why you cannot be vaccinated, you may be exempt from Australia’s vaccination requirement.

If you do not fall under one of these categories, you will need to petition for an individual exemption. 

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