Travel advice

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

Travelling from the ACT

The ACT Government has urged ACT residents to not travel to areas experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. This includes all travel to Victoria and some locations across New South Wales.

If you return to the ACT from Victoria or NSW, you may be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Read the latest travel advice from the ACT Government on their website.

If you require special consideration to travel to campus for study or safety reasons, please contact the Community Wellbeing Team at

Other 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

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.

Exceptions include:

  • for those citizens who usually live overseas
  • where travel is essential
  • where travel is in the national interest
  • on compassionate and humanitarian grounds

Australian Border Force manages these exemptions.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website and on the Smartraveller website

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.  

All travellers returning home from overseas are quarantined at their arrival port in a designated facility like a hotel for 14 days.

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

Temporary visa holders

Many Canberrans have temporary visas.

For information about support available in the ACT, please visit the Access help page.

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. 


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: