Updated 10 February 2022
With countries slowly opening up to travel, Australia has also allowed entry to all fully vaccinated visa holders, without the need for a travel exemption. However, unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia.
So who can travel to Australia from India right now? What are the latest flight news, travel requirements, airline schedules and airfares? Keep reading to find out more.
Flights from India to Australia
A simple search through Wego will show you the latest flight schedules, allowing you to choose the best flight deals from across several airlines.
After India signed the air bubble agreement with Australia, Indian flagship carrier Air India announced additional regular flights between India and Australia.
#FlyAI: Seats on flights between India and Australia are available for booking till 30th October' 2022.
Bookings are now open through Air India Website, Booking Offices, Call Centre and Authorized Travel Agents. pic.twitter.com/nvZjA2D8in
— Air India (@airindiain) January 21, 2022
India to Australia flight ticket price and schedule
- Delhi– Sydney: one weekly flight. Ticket prices starting from INR 1,72,000.
- Mumbai–Sydney: one weekly connecting flight. Ticket prices starting from INR 1,72,000.
- Delhi–Melbourne: one weekly connecting flight. Ticket prices starting from INR 1,64,000.
Please visit Wego for Air India full schedule.
Direct flights could take upto 12 hours 25 minutes, depending on your arrival and departing airports. Connecting flights could take upto 17 hours in accordance with the layover periods.
Qantas had also announced the operation of flights from Mumbai to Sydney. These flights would initially operate until at least late March 2022, with a view to continuing if there is sufficient demand
India to Australia flight ticket price and schedule
- Mumbai–Sydney: one weekly connecting flight. Ticket prices starting from INR 69,000.
Please visit Wego for Qantas full schedule.
The only flight route operated by Qantas as of now, between Mumbai and Sydney is operated by different air carriers with two stopovers, and the flight duration is scheduled to be around 29 hours.
Can Indians travel to Australia?
Starting 21 February 2022, all fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. However, unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia.
As of now travel to Australia is only possible if the passenger is exempt or has been granted an individual exemption.
Some exemptions that apply are:
- Key employees assisting with the COVID-19 reaction in Australia
- People escorting an Australian citizen or permanent resident minor back to Australia, where the child’s parents/relatives are currently in.
- A person transiting Australia for 72 hours or less.
- Visiting critically ill family members
- Death of a close family member
- For people acting in Australia’s national welfare
Individual exemptions can be requested by travellers who are not holders of an eligible visa or who are unvaccinated, holding any visa type. You may be considered for an individual travel exemption by the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force or decision-makers if you are:
- A foreign national whose entry into Australia would be in the national interest, supported by the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority.
- A foreign national travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response.
- A foreign national with critical skills or working in a critical sector in Australia
- Providing critical or specialist medical services, including air ambulance, medical evacuations and delivering critical medical supplies.
- A foreign national sponsored by their employer to work in Australia in an occupation on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
- Students who have been chosen to participate in an International Student Arrivals Plan authorized by the appropriate state or territory government and supported by the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment as meeting the Protocols and Preconditions for International Student Arrival.
You can get the full list of exemption and individual exemption categories from here.
Apart from this, India also has an air bubble agreement with Australia that allows eligible passengers to travel between the two countries. According to the air bubble agreement signed between India and Australia, outbound flights from India can carry the following passengers:
- Nationals/residents of Australia, and foreign nationals with a valid visa who are eligible to enter Australia/New Zealand;
- Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan destined for Australia/ New Zealand and holding a valid visa of the destination country.
Australia entry requirements
Before travelling to Australia, you must have a visa and an exemption from the country’s travel restrictions. You may apply for an exemption online, but you’ll need to back up your claims with suitable proof. If inadequate proof is supplied, requests may be closed without further review.
Arrivals to Australia are required to present proof of vaccination while they check in for their flight.
Passengers will be considered fully vaccinated for travel to Australia if they have completed a course of a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
The current approved or recognised vaccines and dosages accepted for travel are:
- Two doses at least fourteen days apart of:
- AstraZeneca: Vaxzevria or Covishield
- Pfizer/BioNTech: Comirnaty
- Moderna: Spikevax or Takeda
- Sinovac: Coronavac
- Bharat Biotech: Covaxin
- Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under 60 years of age on arrival in Australia)
- Sputnik V
- Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid.
- Or, one dose of:
- Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.
If the Australian government approves your visa, then you must be prepared with the following documents:
- Complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD requests details that are considered to be critical health information. You must be able to show evidence that the critical information was completed before boarding the aircraft. When filling out the ATD you will need to:
- provide your contact details, including a contact phone number in Australia
- make a declaration in relation to your vaccination status
- make a declaration regarding your last 14 days travel history
- make a declaration that you are aware of the quarantine and testing requirements that apply in the state or territory you are landing, and the penalties for non-compliance
- acknowledge that when you check-in for your flight, you must present evidence of:
- a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or NAAT test taken within three days of your flight’s scheduled departure to Australia or
- a medical certificate as evidence of a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken under medical supervision within 24 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure.
Pre-departure Covid-19 test
Before travelling to or transiting through Australia, passengers from India must provide:
- A negative COVID-19 test result. The Covid-19 test can be presented in the following ways:
- evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or other Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) test taken within 72 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure, or a medical certificate as proof of a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken under medical supervision within 24 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure, must be provided to your respective airline while you check-in.
- however, if your flight is rescheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 before the rescheduled flight or a Rapid Antigen Test taken within 24 hours before the rescheduled flight.
Please note that Serology tests are not accepted.
You can visit the Department of Health website for more information.
Passengers who have recently recovered from Covid-19
Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 30 days before their scheduled flight are not required to undertake further COVID-19 testing before departure, provided they present a certificate from their medical practitioner at check-in which includes all the information detailed below.
The certificate must clearly include:
- the day the certificate is provided (must be within 30 days of the flight)
- a statement to the effect that the person has had the coronavirus known as COVID‑19 but is now recovered and is not considered to be infectious
- the day when there was first a positive result of an accepted COVID-19 test for the coronavirus known as COVID-19 for the person
- a statement to the effect that, on the day the certificate is provided:
- it has been at least seven days since there was a first positive result of an accepted COVID-19 test and
- if the person had symptoms of the coronavirus known as COVID‑19 – the person has not had a fever, or respiratory symptoms of the coronavirus known as COVID‑19, in the last 72 hours.
If the passenger’s certificate does not state the above information, they should not go to the airport as they will not be allowed to board the flight. Additionally, passengers who cannot meet the criteria above must have an accepted negative COVID-19 test before travel.
Upon arriving, you’ll begin your 14-day quarantine. Australia has a voluntary option of getting tested once you exit your quarantine, but not before the assigned date.
You can not end your quarantine early under any circumstances unless there are extenuating circumstances, which you must outline in your application to the Australian High Commission.