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Return to travel

We're excited to welcome you back to Sydney Airport!

As borders reopen and travel resumes, please be aware that travel advice is continuing to change.

Before you travel make sure you familiarise yourself with the requirements of your airline and for your destination and transit country.

For the latest information, please visit the Smart Traveller and NSW Government website.

Staying safe on the ground, and in the air

Masks remain mandatory at airports and on commercial flights.

If you are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms associated with COVID-19, do not come to the airport. Seek medical advice and talk to your airline about deferring your travel plans.

If you are visiting the airport please wash and sanitise your hands regularly.

Easter school holidays

If you are travelling domestically this Easter school holidays, please arrive two hours before your departing flight.

International travellers should continue to arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure.

Return to travel - Frequently Asked Questions
What travel restrictions are currently in place?

Australia's borders are now open to people who are fully vaccinated.

You can travel to Australia without needing an individual travel exemption if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia; or
  • a visa holder who is fully vaccinated for international travel purposes.

If you are a visa holder who is not fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, then you can only travel to Australia if you are in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia.

For more information visit the Australian Government's website.

Do I need a negative PCR test to enter Australia?

Fully vaccinated passengers

From Monday 18 April 2022, fully vaccinated passengers are no longer required to provide a negative pre-departure test to enter Australia.

International travellers into and out of Australia will still be required to provide proof of double vaccination against COVID-19.

Travellers will also still be required to wear a mask while on international flights based on medical advice.

Unvaccinated passengers

If you are a visa holder who is not fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, then you can only travel to Australia if you are in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia.

For more information on the recent changes, visit the Australian Government website.

Do I need to wear a mask at the airport?

Face masks are mandatory at airports and on commercial flights.

Please contact your airline prior to travel to confirm their travel requirements.

Do I need to arrive earlier for my flight?

Check with your airline for any specific requirements, as these may differ depending on who you're travelling with. Our general recommendation for Domestic flights is that you arrive at least 1 hour before your scheduled flight time. For International flights, we recommend you arrive 3 hours before your scheduled flight time.

Can I come to the airport to speak with airlines?

If you need to contact your airline, we recommend you get in touch before arriving at the airport. Most airlines can be contacted by phone or via their website.

Are there additional security protocols at the airport?

The safety and security of all of our passengers, visitors and staff is our first priority. The same security protocols are in place at the airport, however we encourage you to visit the Australian Government's TravelSECURE website ahead of travel to familiarise yourself with the screening process and the rules around what you can and can't bring onboard your flight.