What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 before travelling to Australia

Falling sick before travelling is never ideal but when it’s COVID-19 it can seriously disrupt your travel plans. We have summarised the most important information from the official health.gov.au website for you. As this information can change at short notice, please visit the health.gov.au before you make your travel arrangements.


If you have had COVID-19 and recovered

If you got tested positive for COVID-19 and you recovered, you must provide evidence of a negative PCR test unless you have a medical certificate that meets the exemption requirements. If you recovered from COVID-19 and you still test positive (known as "persistent shedding"), you will be eligible for a travel exemption if you provide the following at check in:

  • your positive COVID-19 PCR test result (taken within 3 days before your flight); and

  • a certificate from your medical practitioner.

The certificate from your medical practitioner must include:

  • the day the certificate was written

  • a statement to the effect that the person has had coronavirus and is now recovered and not considered to be infectious

  • the day of the first positive PCR result

  • a statement to the effect that, on the day the certificate is issued:

  • it has been at least 14 days since the first positive result of a PCR test and

  • if the person had symptoms of COVID‑19

  • the person has not had fever or respiratory symptoms in the last 72 hours.



If you have a positive COVID-19 PCR test result and you do not have a medical certificate that states the above information, you will be prevented from boarding the airplane.

Please refer your medical practitioner to Australia’s policy on clearance of a confirmed COVID-19 case from isolation. Previous infection with coronavirus are not considered a medical contraindication for COVID-19 vaccination in Australia.


 

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DISCLAIMER

The information on this page was obtained from the following sources on 20 Jan 2022. The information is subject to change. Content on this website is not intended for use as immigration or legal advice. As this information can change at short notice, please visit the health.gov.au website before you make your travel arrangements.

Source: https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/international-travel/inbound


Useful links about COVID-19, recognised vaccinations and travel to Australia:

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers#toc-0

https://www.tga.gov.au/