Find Out When Australia’s Travel Restrictions Are Likely To Relax

By Bridget O'Donohue
23rd Apr 2020

Person standing in empty airport lobby checking their phone.

There’s been plenty of talk this week about the possible softening of Stage 3 Lockdown Laws. But before you start packing your suitcase and rounding up the crew, here’s what you need to know about the current travel restrictions and when they might be lifting. 

Should I Start Rebooking My Overseas Trip?

As of Tuesday 24 March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a ban on Aussies travelling overseas with only a handful of exceptions. These restrictions are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, with the risk of the virus being carried back into Australia by returning travellers. 

It’s impossible to give an exact date when the ban will be lifted, and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said there’s no guarantee that international travel will be possible before next year.

What About Within Australia?

Borders between most states and territories are currently closed and non-essential travel is banned around the country, with rules varying from state to state. 

Things are looking up for domestic travel, with the government considering the possibility of opening up interstate travel in the second half of the year. That depends of course on the curve staying flattened and people continuing to observe social distancing. 

That’s good news for bushfire affected parts of the country that could see a big swing in tourism later this year. 

Need some inspiration? Start thinking about your post-lockdown trip with these stunning spots to visit in our own backyard. 

Image credit: Artur Tumasjan | Unsplash

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