Travel advice

Travelling within Australia

As the situation in each state and territory changes, we continually update our website with the most relevant information. Please take some time to review this page and the ACT Health COVID website to ensure your plans adhere to all health and safety guidelines.  

We will continue to provide direct communication to anyone affected by border changes as information becomes available. 

Read the latest updates on the University's management of COVID-19 here

Latest advice - travelling from a COVID hotspot area

NSW to ACT  

Public health directions are currently in place for anyone who has been in a COVID-19 affected area of New South Wales.

ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intention to return. Non-ACT residents cannot enter unless they have an exemption.

14-day quarantine is required.

Details can be found on the NSW travel page.

UPDATE: From 3pm on Tuesday 19 January 2021, Northern Beaches LGA is no longer considered a COVID-19 affected area.

The 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs) that are still considered as COVID-affected areas are:

  • Blacktown City
  • Burwood
  • Canada Bay City
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield City
  • Inner West
  • Liverpool City
  • Paramatta City
  • Strathfield Municipality

Travelling from an area that is not a COVID hotspot

Staff and students travelling from areas that are not a COVID hotspot (as declared by the ACT Government) are currently able to enter the ACT without any restrictions. As of Tuesday 5 January 2021, this includes Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and regional New South Wales. 

For students who are returning to on campus accommodation, we ask that you delay your return to campus for as long as possible to reduce the risk of community transmission. 

For staff, as per the Vice-Chancellor's message on 4 December 2020, the University expects those who can return to campus to do so, where possible. Before returning to campus however, please ensure you are not required to self-isolate or quarantine as per ACT Health guidelines.  

If you have been tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you've been in a hotspot or not, you must notify your supervisor and You must also notify your supervisor and once your test result has been returned.  

Please follow ACT Health advice and always be mindful of the ABC of COVID-safe travel: 

Avoid COVID-affected areas - check the COVID website of the state or territory you are travelling to, including advice on check in and contact tracing apps in the region for your safety. If you wish to welcome relatives or visitors from interstate, you may wish to discuss precautionary isolation if they are from a state or territory with active cases, and discuss cancelling or postponing the visit if more cases emerge or you are feeling unwell. 

Behave in a COVID-safe way - be vigilant with hand and respiratory hygiene, maintain physical distancing from other groups, and stay home if feeling unwell. Talk with your interstate visitors about keeping COVID-safe in the ACT. You may wish to download the Check In CBR app to help them stay safe in Canberra.  

Check back when you're home - monitor the COVID website of the state or territory you visited for two weeks to see if they had any cases. Follow the website's advice about testing and self-isolation. If you feel unwell with COVID symptoms while away or when you return, please get tested immediately, notify and self-isolate until you get the result.

For more information visit the Australian Government advice on domestic travel restrictions.

Official University travel and the Travel Approval eForm

Travel for fieldwork 

The ANU Travel Approval eForm has been re-instated for fieldwork travel requests, in line with the ANU Fieldwork Protocol. Requests can't be submitted for any reasons other than fieldwork. 

The protocol has recently been amended to allow domestic air travel, provided that travelers undertake the travel in a COVID-safe manner. 

When submitting a Travel Approval eForm, the following will need to be attached, completed and approved:  

Delegation and approvals

The Travel Approval eForm will be submitted to the supervisor for initial approval, then to the Research School Director for final approval. 

All other University travel 

Following Australian Government advice, there is to be no official University travel except for approved fieldwork. The Travel Approval eForm is only open for fieldwork travel requests.  

Please conduct your activities by alternate means including Skype or Zoom meetings.

Private travel

Guidance on private travel is available here.

Travelling to and from overseas

Travel into Australia 

Australia's borders are closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Learn more about who can enter Australia from the Department of Home Affairs. 

Information on health screening, quarantine requirements and exemptions is available on the Australian Government website.

Travel out of Australia 

There is a ban on all overseas travel, unless granted an exemption. 

International students

Visit our page on studying remotely overseas for relevant information and support services for our international student community. This includes the latest advice on the pilot program and international student return, and visas.

Home Affairs travel exemptions for HDR students

Directive published: Tuesday 24 November

There are certain circumstances in which travel exemptions will be granted by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs to HDR students. 

The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force has released guidelines on decision making about individual exemptions from Australia's inwards travel restriction policy, available here

Specific reference to students is made in item 1.2: 

Cases that demonstrate circumstances such as those described below, may generally be considered to satisfy the requirements for exemption to inwards travel restrictions. Supporting evidence, sufficient to satisfy the decision maker, should be provided. 

Students who are in their final years of study of a medical, dental, nursing or Allied Health Profession university degree, where they have evidence of a confirmed placement in an Australian hospital or medical practice which commences within the next two months. Allied Health Professions include: Arts therapy, audiology, chiropractic, diagnostic radiographer/medical imaging technologist, dietetics, exercise physiology, genetic counselling, music therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, orthoptics, orthotics/prosthetics, osteopathy, perfusion, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, rehabilitation counselling, social work, sonography and speech pathology. 

And item 1.4: 

Further, the Commissioner will personally consider all requests for: 

People who are undertaking research (especially on a Student visa). Any request from a PhD research student should include evidence of support from a relevant Government agency outlining why the research is considered essential and/or in Australia's national interest and how their role is critical to the research. 

For more information on travel restrictions and exemptions, including how to apply, visit the Department of Home Affairs website

ANU will support students who choose to apply for an exemption.

ANU Airline Travel Principles

Guidance from the COVID Response Office 

  1. If you have COVID-19 like symptoms travel is not permitted. 
  2. Strict adherence to COVID-safe protocols and any relevant public health restrictions is required during travel.   
  3. It is mandatory for you to wear a face mask if you're flying to, from or within Victoria.  
  4. It is highly recommended that you wear a face mask while travelling to other locations. Masks should be worn at all times while travelling to the airport, at the airport, on the plane and disembarking. Face covering should be worn except when required to eat or drink. 
  5. Travellers must participate in all any screening required by local authorities when disembarking.

If you travel to a hotspot, please speak with your supervisor about the impact to your local area COVID-safe plan. If you need advice on this, please contact the COVID Response Office:

After travelling 

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 after travelling, please isolate and get tested. You need to notify the Community Wellbeing team if you are isolating or have been tested for COVID-19:
  • ACT Health provides up to date public health advice and information on symptoms and getting tested.
  • If you meet the ACT Health criteria for quarantine, you must still complete your full 14-day quarantine period as advised by ACT Health, even if you get a negative test result. 

Risk Assessments

If you are travelling for University work purposes, you must conduct risk assessments when planning your travel.  

  • The first risk assessment should identify all WHS hazards associated with your travel and can be included as a part of your fieldwork/research activities risk assessment on the WHS Hazards and Risks Assessment Template.  
  • The second risk assessment relates to COVID-19 specific exposure hazards. The COVID-19 specific risk assessment template should be used for Research Activities or Fieldwork, to identify your COVID-19 specific hazards and controls.

Temporary visa holders

The ACT Government is helping temporary visa holders and international students during COVID-19. 

Information is available here.