Travel advice

Find advice on travel bans & restrictions, official University travel, repatriation, insurance and support. 

Ban on Australians travelling overseas

A travel ban is in place for all Australian citizens and permanent residents effective 25 March 2020. This is on top of DFAT's standing advice from 18 March to not travel overseas.

If you are currently overseas and wish to return to Australia, the Australian Government recommends you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. 

Returning Australians are required to quarantine for 14 days at their point of entry into Australia. This applies to all travellers. For details see the Australian Border Force website

More information can be found on the Smartraveller website

Domestic Travel

The Australian Government has advised that Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel. 

Some states and territories have also implemented their own entry restrictions, including closing their borders. More information about state and territory restrictions and associated isolation rules can be found here

Cancellation of all official University travel

Following Australian Government advice, there is to be no official University travel until after the end of Semester 1. The travel eForm has been disabled. 

If you are scheduled to travel on University business, please email Community Wellbeing team, or phone +61 2 6125 3346 (option 1) during business hours. 

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

Student and staff repatriation

The University's Community Wellbeing team is currently assisting with student and staff repatriation.  

Students and staff currently overseas on University travel will be contacted directly and provided support to undergo self-isolation on their return to Australia. 

FAQs for students affected by the cancellation of exchange can be found here

Student and Staff eForms

To assist us in supporting our community, it is important that all students and staff complete the eForm on circumstances as soon as possible. Please also update the eForm whenever your circumstances change, for example if you are in isolation or unwell.  

It's important for every staff member and student to do this so we can give you the best possible assistance. 

Students can complete or update their eForm here
Staff can complete or update their eForm here

Entry restrictions into Australia

Effective from 9pm Friday 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members will be able to enter Australia.  

Effective midnight Saturday 28 March 2020, all arrivals to Australia from must self-isolate for 14 days in a designated hotel in the city they fly into - irrespective of whether this is their hometown.  

The most up-to-date information about travel restrictions can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website


If you are on University approved travel and have to return home, the costs associated with returning will be covered and you will not be personally financially impacted.  

These costs will either be borne by the University's insurer CHUBB or the University itself depending on the travel and the policy coverage available in that circumstance.

Information on how to make an insurance claim can be found here

Other resources

You can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 if you are seeking information on COVID-19. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

For the most up-to-date information about the virus and health advice, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website and the ACT Health website

For more information and the University's response to COVID-19, please visit: