When you’re returning home

Requirements for returning home from overseas and COVID-19 quarantine rules that may affect you.

Check COVID-19 quarantine rules

Australia has strict border rules in place due to coronavirus (COVID-19). You may have to quarantine when you arrive. This may be in a hotel or at home.

Whether you have to quarantine depends on the rules in the state or territory you’re returning to. The following links will take you away from our website. Be aware that border and quarantine requirements continue to change, often at short notice.

State or territory Resource
ACT The ACT Government website has advice about entering and leaving the ACT.
NSW The NSW Government website has information about quarantine in NSW.
NT NT.GOV.AU has information about international travel.
Qld The Queensland Government website has advice for international arrivals to Queensland.
SA SA.GOV.AU has advice about international arrivals.
Tas The Tasmanian Government website has information about coming to Tasmania.
Vic VIC.GOV.AU had information for overseas travellers.
WA WA.GOV.AU has advice about travel to WA.

You can also check the COVID-19 restriction checker on the healthdirect website.

Check biosecurity rules

To protect our environment, health and security, we have strict biosecurity rules. This affects what you can bring home to Australia. The Smartraveller website has information about biosecurity and border controls.

Check your passport and visa

Make sure your passport is still valid before you come home. The Australian Passport Office website has information about renewing passports and what to do in an emergency.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, make sure you have the right visa to come to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs has visa information on their website.

Contact us when you arrive home

If you get a Centrelink payment or concession card

In most cases you don’t need to tell us that you’ve returned to Australia.

You need to contact us if any of the following applies to you:

  • your payment or concession card stopped while you were away and didn’t restore automatically when you returned
  • you’re paid under an international social security agreement
  • we’ve asked you to provide evidence for your reason for travel.

If you’re enrolled in Medicare

In most cases you don’t need to tell us that you’ve returned to Australia. If you were eligible before your holiday you may still be enrolled in Medicare.

If you’ve been living overseas for more than 12 months you may need to re-enrol in Medicare. There are different rules depending on if you’re an Australian citizen or not.

If you have a Child Support Case

If you have a Child Support Agreement in place, call us on the Child Support enquiry line when you get home. Your return may affect how we manage your case.

Page last updated: 17 October 2022