International border requirements and travel disruptions

Even though global travel is opening again, there’s still a risk you’ll experience travel disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every country or territory decides who can enter and leave through its borders. Entry and exit rules can change at short notice. There’s a growing number of border controls and requirements facing travellers abroad. This includes travellers departing from Australia, to destinations such as European Union countries and Hong Kong, which have imposed stronger border restrictions for travellers from Australia.

You may need to show proof of vaccination as a condition of entry, and to access venues overseas. You may also need to quarantine or provide negative COVID-19 tests. Some destinations remain closed to foreign visitors.

You may find it difficult to access COVID-19 testing facilities overseas, which may impact upon your ability to board your return or onwards flight.

Flights to some destinations are still limited and may be expensive. They could be cancelled at short notice.

Foreign governments may put movement restrictions in place that prevent you from leaving. If you, or someone in your travelling group, test positive to COVID-19 you may be required to quarantine at your own expense. Be prepared for the possibility you may be in your destination longer than planned. It’s your responsibility to learn about all the destinations you’re visiting and plan for your safety. This includes entry requirements and understanding any risks. It’s also your responsibility to stay informed in case things change.


UPDATE: 22 May 2022


Healthy Travel Tips: 

If you’re thinking of travelling overseas, it’s important you understand the risks of contracting COVID-19 in your destination, the financial implications this may have on you and those travelling with you and what to do if you test positive while travelling. You’ll also need to understand the requirements for returning to Australia.

You need to take special care when travelling. Infectious diseases, including COVID-19 can have a serious impact on your health. Healthcare systems in other destinations can be quickly overwhelmed in an outbreak, making them harder to access for any health concern.

You can minimise your risk of becoming unwell by making sure that your travel vaccinations are up to date. This includes being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Follow local health advice and continue to take simple hygiene and infectious disease control steps, such as

  • wearing a mask
  • frequently washing your hands
  • physical distancing.
  • Plan your travel carefully. Read our travel advice to check the risks and requirements specific to your destination. We continue to monitor the situation closely. Subscribe to Smartraveller for updates to stay informed if something changes.



E-visa Service for Kenya

Kenya has launched eCitizen, an easy-to-use and efficient e-visa service, where all nationals requiring a visa can log onto the online portal and apply for their Kenya entry visa before travel.

Visit the electronic visa page at

Ban on Plastic Bags for Africa

Kenya and Tanzania join over 40 countries that have made plastic bags illegal,in a positive effort to reduce the impact on our environment. However, there may be implications for our guests travelling to this region, as the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags is now illegal in East Africa

Plastic bags are everywhere these days, and while they may seem like a cheap, easy way to carry our goods, they are wreaking havoc on the planet in a number of ways.
Please think carefully when packing when visiting the following countries: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda

What does this mean for those travelling to our beautiful country? Possibly not too much depending on how you pack. The fines and jail time set out as punishment for violations are targeting manufacturers and importers of plastic bags, not your average tourist travelling with their personal belongings in a Ziploc bag. Luggage may be searched on entry and any kind of shopping bag (like your local grocery store type bags) will be taken away, so best not to put your shoes in one of these bags.

Please note that effective 1st June, 2019 Tanzania will enforce a total ban on single-use plastic bags. The manufacture, use or importation of plastic bags, including garbage bags, carrier bags and shopping bags, will become illegal and offenders may face heavy fines. Passengers and visitors intending to arrive at any Tanzania airport and border point, including Zanzibar, are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their in-hand luggage or checked baggage as they could face penalties on arrival. Items purchased at an airport before boarding the aircraft should also be removed from plastic bags. 

Similarly, transparent “zip-lock” plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc. are also not permitted and should be removed before disembarking.



Travellers will be asked to produce the required documentation at check-in for each flight.

Travelling with Children to Africa: Documents required for travelling through a port of entry of the republic of South Africa             

Foreign visa exempt child accompanied by both parents

  • valid passport

The following may be required when travelling with one parent:

  1. valid passport
  2. Reason for the absence of the other parent
  3. copy of a birth certificate/equivalent document
  4. parental consent letter
  5. copy of the passport / identity document of the absent parent
  6. contact details of the absent parent

where applicable –

  • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.
  • copy of a death certificate of the deceased parent

Further documentation may be required. For full details please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Documents required for travelling through a port of entry of the Republic of Namibia

Minors younger than 18 years travelling to Namibia must have an unabridged birth certificate. In addition, when travelling: 

a) with an adult who is not their biological parent: an affidavit from their parents giving consent for the minor to travel with the adult is required. 
b) with an adult other than a parent/legal guardian: copies of their legal guardians’/parents’ passports or documents of identity are required. Contact details of the parents/legal guardians should also be provided. 
c) with a parent: an affidavit from the other parent giving consent for the minor to travel is required. A death certificate should be provided if one parent is deceased. 
d) unaccompanied: an affidavit from their parents/legal guardians consenting their travel, a letter containing the contact details and residential information of the person who will receive the minor passenger, a copy of the identity document, valid passport or permanent residence permit of the person who will receive the minor passenger, and the contact details of the minor’s parents/legal guardians are required.


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