Travelling Overseas and COVID-19

Prior to travelling overseas Aussies need to check and be up to date with what is going on in the COVID-19 space.

Ask yourself the following questions-

  • What is my risk of COVID-19 disease? Have I had the recommended COVID vaccines?
    • Are you at higher risk based on your age, medications, concurrent medical problems or pregnancy?
    • Are you eligible for boosters? Should you have a booster prior to travel?
  • If I get COVID-19 overseas what does this mean for me and my close contacts?
  • If I get COVID-19 overseas does my travel insurance cover travel costs and health care that may be required?
  • What are the rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 stipulated by the Australian government, destination countries and airlines?

It is the traveller’s responsibility to find out

  • Are there requirements from the airline for travel?
  • Are there entry requirements from destination countries?
  • Are there any exit requirements when you leave Australia?
  • Are there entry requirements when you return to Australia?

Things have been changing and are still changing but check what is required – including declaration forms, evidence of vaccination/or exemption, and evidence of negative RAT/PCR before departure or on arrival. Forms are airline/country specific and are not generic.

Travellers should check multiple sources and get information from the:

  • Australian Government including Smartraveller, Department of Home Affairs
  • Airlines
  • Destination country embassy or destination country government
  • Travel Clinic

When packing your bag some important COVID-19 related items not to forget include-

  • International COVID-19 vaccine certificate, which provides a secure record of vaccination and meets international travel standards. Ensure you have several hard copies and a digital copy
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Face masks – P2/N95 are more effective than cloth/surgical masks
  • Rapid Antigen Tests
  • Extra supplies of usual medications

Travellers at high risk of severe disease may decide to take antiviral medications and a pulse oximeter.

If you test positive for COVID-19 overseas you must follow the local regulations regarding the length of isolation, requirements etc and if medical treatment is required ensure you contact your travel insurance company.

For more information, a great resource to look at can be found at https://www.travelmedicineguidelinesanz.org/covid-19-information.php

Disclaimer: The information on the Shepparton Travel Clinic website has been prepared for general information purpose only. It is not intended to be relied on as a substitute for professional medical advice. No person should act, fail to act, disregard professional medical advice, or delay seeking professional medical advice on the basis of this material. Shepparton Travel Clinic does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any of this information and will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury directly or indirectly caused by this material or its use.