Travel advice

Information about travelling overseas and within Australia, including University travel and the travel eForm.

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Travelling within Australia

All non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. 

The nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is that the situation can change rapidly. Before considering any travel, it is important that you are up to date with the latest advice. 

Australian Government and ACT Health advice 

The latest updates from the University's COVID Response Office outlines recent travel restrictions. 

Travelling from the ACT 

ACT Health are urging people not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring. Currently this includes Victoria and Greater Sydney. 

Returning to the ACT 

ACT residents can return home from Victoria by air but are required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria. ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intention to return. 

People who have recently been in Victoria, Greater Sydney and COVID-affected areas of Queensland should not visit or work in high risk settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, and correctional facilities for 14 days after leaving these areas. 

For more information on advice for high-risk settings, please read the ACT Chief Health Officer alerts (information for health professionals in the ACT). 

For more information visit: 

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 College Dean 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. 

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 principles 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.

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 COVID-19, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website and the ACT Health website.