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Australia is home to the world’s oldest human culture, among vast deserts, forested mountains and endless miles of golden coastline (plus the odd kangaroo or koala bear). Ideal for a long-haul, bucket list adventure, it’s also almost entirely off-limits to tourism at the moment.
Is Australia on the green list?
Yes, Australia is on the UK’s green list. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can go on holiday there, unless you’re travelling from New Zealand, which has a travel bubble with Australia.
Will I have to quarantine?
The UK government has set up a traffic light system that rates countries based on Covid risk alongside travel restrictions. The Department for Transport has included these key factors in its assessment:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
Like with all green list destinations, arrivals to the UK from Australia must take a pre-departure test in Australia. On the second day after arriving in the UK, you need to take a PCR test, however (unless you receive a positive test) you won’t need to quarantine.
Just like with New Zealand, this may only be true in theory. Reaching the UK from Australia without passing through an amber list country is likely impossible. If you do transit through an amber list destination, you’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive back.
Australia’s borders are currently closed to most arrivals. You can only fly to Australia without needing to apply for an exemption if you have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more (find out more on the Department of Home Affairs website). However, New Zealand’s borders are closed to nearly all arrivals.
How do I get there?
Qantas operates one direct flight from the UK to Australia, but many other services are available with a stopover. You can fly to Australia with British Airways, Cathy Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, among others.