Australian Embassy
The Netherlands

Travelling to Australia

Travelling to Australia

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Restrictions remain in place on travelling to Australia. From 21 February 2022, all fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia. For information on travelling to Australia please visit International travel (australia.gov.au) and consult the Department of Home Affairs website.

States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements for people entering from overseas. You can check the specific restrictions and requirements for all States and Territories of Australia, including for restrictions when travelling nationally, here: COVID-19 Restriction Checker | healthdirect

Australia’s travel advice regarding the Netherlands is available on Smartraveller. This includes information on assistance DFAT might be able to provide on returning to Australia or receiving financial assistance overseas.

This site is regularly updated with information for Australians living in the Netherlands. If you are in need of urgent consular assistance, call the 24-hour emergency consular support centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305 .  

During your stay in the Netherlands

RIVM, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, is the responsible authority on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Netherlands.  Please visit their website for the latest information and advice on the Coronavirus during your stay in the Netherlands.  Their website is available in Dutch and English: https://www.rivm.nl/en

You can also follow them on social media:

RIVM on Twitter

RIVM on Facebook

RIVM on Linked-in

RIVM on YouTube

RIVM on Instagram 

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Australians and other foreign nationals who are currently holding a visa or a residence permit to ensure their lawful stay in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands has a policy in place to be forthcoming towards foreign nationals and to allow for (temporary) prolonged stay as a result of COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

Foreign nationals with a short-stay visa who need an extension due to the inability to leave as a result of the COVID-19 virus, can calI the Immigration and Naturalization Service by telephone (IND, tel. 088 - 04 304 30) to request an extension.

Note that the visa number needs to be provided by phone.

The extension will only be valid in the Netherlands and will be registered in the European Visa Information System (VIS).
 

Planning a journey

Visas and Travel Requirements

All travellers, except citizens of New Zealand, must obtain a visa or electronic travel authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. You can find out more about applying for an Australian visa on our Visa, Migration and Citizenship page and on the website of the Department of Home Affairs.

Please note that the Australian Embassy in the Netherlands does not process visa applications and cannot offer visa or immigration advice. If you require further assistance or more specific information on visas or immigration to Australia, please contact the Europe Service Centre in London.

In addition, you must also be in possession of a valid travel document on arrival in Australia.

 

Planning your trip

If you are thinking of travelling to Australia, australia.com - the official website of Tourism Australia - is the best place to start planning. Tourism Australia provides a wide range of travel information and tools including travel images,a currency converter, weather updates, maps, suggested itineraries and details of specialist travel agents.

 

Customs and Imports

There are various rules and restrictions on what you can and cannot send or take with you to Australia. The headings below give basic information about different types of imports. For specific questions, please contact the relevant organisatons listed below.


General Imports

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency and customs service. ABF is an operationally independent body within the Home Affairs portfolio https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/

More information about “Who we are” is available on the ABF website at https://www.abf.gov.au/about-us/who-we-are

This website also contains comprehensive information on:

For information on any ABF matter, visit its website https://www.abf.gov.au/home or contact ABF at https://www.abf.gov.au/help-and-support/contact-us

 

 

Food, Plant and Animal Products

Food, plant material and animal products from overseas could introduce some of the world's most serious pests and diseases into Australia, devastating the valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment. The Department of Agriculture is responsible for carrying out checks on these items and provides information on restricted items and declaration procedures for travellers to Australia. For more specific information, please contact the Department of Agriculture directly:

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
GPO Box 858,
Canberra ACT 2601
AUSTRALIA
 
Telephone: +61 26 272 3933
Email: Enquiry Form

 

Medicines and Medicinal Goods

When travelling to Australia, you may require official permission to bring certain medicines or medicinal products with you. Information on imports of medications can be obtained from the Therapeutic Goods Administration website. If you require more specific information, please contact the Therapeutic Goods Administration directly:

Therapeutic Goods Administration
PO Box 100
Woden ACT 2606
AUSTRALIA
 
Telephone: +61 26 232 8444
Email: [email protected]

 

Living in Australia

Government Services

The Australian Government's website australia.gov.au is your gateway to all sorts of information ranging from citizenship, health, settlement assistance for migrants, working conditions to buying a home in Australia.

 

Embassies and Consulates in Australia

If you are a Dutch citizen in need of assistance while in Australia you may wish to contact either the Netherlands' Embassy or Consulates located around the country. Nationals of other countries can consult the comprehensive lists of Embassies and Consular representatives in Australia.

 

Working in Australia

If you wish to work while in Australia you will need to obtain an appropriate visa. A number of different options are available depending on your circumstances.

You will also need to be aware of your rights, responsibilities and opportunities as a worker in Australia. A number of useful links are available from the Australian Government website and from the Department of Home Affairs.

 
Please note the Australian Embassy in the Netherlands is not able to provide specific advice or assistance relating to finding or undertaking work in Australia. There are a range of sources for online job advertisements including employment and recruitment agencies, individual company websites, and newspapers. You may also wish to consult the Australian government's JobSearch website.

 

Driving in Australia

Information concerning the requirements for driving on foreign licenses within each State or Territory of Australia can be found at https://austroads.com.au/drivers-and-vehicles/overseas-drivers.

For further information on driving in Australia, you may wish to consult Austroads - the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport and traffic authorities.  The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) can also assist you with driving-related matters such as driving regulations, roads system, car rental and purchase, insurance, accident reporting and overseas motoring clubs and the services they provide. The AAA also provides specific information on permanent and temporary importation of vehicles to Australia, and on petrol prices in major regional centres in each State.

 

Healthcare in Australia

Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the Netherlands, meaning travellers from the Netherlands to Australia can receive some essential and urgent medical treatments. This is not intended to replace the need for private medical insurance, and travellers should still ensure they are adequately insured.

For more information, please contact the Services Australia in Australia.

 

Centrelink

For further information concerning your pension in Australia you can contact Centrelink:

Centrelink 
Services Australia

Tel.: 0800 022 4364 (free telephone number from the Netherlands, do keep time difference with Australia in mind) 
Internet: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/centrelink

 

Marriage in Australia

Visiting foreign nationals can marry in Australia provided the necessary arrangements have been made beforehand. There is no residential qualification and there is no requirement for Australian citizenship or residence.

More information on the required preparations and the contact details for the registries of marriages in each State are available from the Attorney-General's Department.  You may also need to contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State or Territory where you intend to marry.

 

Returning from Australia

Tourist Refund Scheme

The Tourist Refund Scheme may entitle you to a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you paid on goods purchased in Australia. Information including the terms and conditions for the refund and a travellers' brochure available in several languages can be obtained from the Australian Customs Service.

 

Taxation and Superannuation for Departing Temporary Residents

When you leave Australia, your tax situation may change.  You can obtain information on what you need  to do to get your tax affairs in order from the Australian Taxation Office.  If you leave Australia after a period as a temporary resident, you may also be entitled to repayment of superannuation benefits payments made on your behalf by your employer.  

The Australian Embassy in the Netherlands is not able to give advice in relation to taxation or related benefits. To check your eligibility and to make a claim, you should contact the Australian Taxation Office.