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Protocol Guidelines

15.5 International arrival and departure processes

Visitors for whom airport facilitation is provided (and in specified cases are exempted from security screening) must still comply with immigration, customs and quarantine requirements.

15.5.1 Visa requirements

All foreign visitors, including guests of government, must hold a valid visa to enter Australia. They must also complete an Incoming Passenger Card.

15.5.2 Customs and quarantine requirements

Visitors will be required to undergo quarantine screening if:

  • they answer 'yes' to any of the questions on the Incoming Passenger Card
  • they declare on arrival that they are carrying quarantinable items
  • a Department of Agriculture and Water Resources officer has serious concerns that they are carrying quarantinable items.

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15.5.3 Health issues

If a visitor indicates on the Incoming Passenger Card that they have been in Africa, South or Central America or the Caribbean during the preceding six days, they will be asked whether they have been in a yellow fever endemic country during that period. If they answer 'yes', they will be asked to present an International Certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination. If they are unable to present a valid certificate, they will still be permitted to enter Australia (they will be given a Yellow Fever Action Card providing instructions on what they should do if they develop symptoms of yellow fever).

For further information, refer to the Department of Health's Yellow fever - general fact sheet.

If a visitor or members of their party show symptoms of an infectious disease while travelling to Australia, the Biosecurity Act 2015 requires that the Captain/Master of the vessel report this before arrival in Australia. A Biosecurity Officer may board the ship or aircraft to assess the ill person and facilitate medical assistance if required. Increased health screening may be introduced during the very rare event of a public health emergency.

Last Updated: 13 February 2019
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