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    Travelling through Melbourne | COVID-19

    Flying through Melbourne

    We know some people may feel a little uncertain about air travel, which is why we have taken extra steps to make you feel safe on your journey through the airport.

    There are now hand sanitiser units located in check-in, along each concourse (walk-to-gate), in all of our bathroom facilities and food courts. We have also installed disinfectant wipes in domestic and international departures.

    To minimise crowding we have placed visual aids on the ground in busy areas such as security screening and check-in, plus we have carefully spaced out seating to support physical distancing.

    We’re also working closely with our retailers and contractors to ensure hygiene measures are consistent with government advice.
     
    Our airline customers also have methods to keep travellers safe and to find out more we encourage you to contact the airline you’re flying with.
     

    What you can do to stay healthy


    The most important thing to avoid catching any virus, be it coronavirus, the flu or the common cold, is to wash your hands and avoid touching your face.

    Here's how you can stay safe when travelling:
    • Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

    • Hand sanitiser is located in all terminals - Arrivals and Departures

    • Cover your sneeze or cough with your arm, not your hands

    • Mantaining distance of 1.5m between other travellers

    Updated 21 September 2020

    On Sunday 2 August, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a State of Disaster across Victoria for a six-week period.
     
    Greater Melbourne also entered Stage 4 restrictions, to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
     
    Now there is a nightly curfew in place running from 9pm until 5am, with people only allowed to travel for work and caregiving during the restricted hours.
     
    Melbourne Airport operates 24/7 and there are still flights arriving and departing during the curfew. To find out if your flight is still going ahead please contact the airline you are travelling with.
     
    Everyone must wear a mask when they leave home, unless an exception applies. This is enforceable across regional Victoria from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August.

    National Cabinet has extended restrictions on international arrivals into Melbourne Airport. The airport will remain closed to arriving international passenger flights until at least 24 October, including for transit purposes. Some outbound international flights are still operating, as well as international freight movements. Impacted passengers should contact their airline for the best advice. Further information regarding the restrictions can be found here.

    International
    A travel ban is in place preventing Australians to go overseas, administered by the Department of Home Affairs. You can’t leave Australia unless you seek an exemption from Home Affairs.
    Anyone arriving back into Australia must undertake 14 days' quarantine at designated facilities in your port of arrival. This may include mandatory testing for COVID-19.
    Currently, there is a diversion on all international arrivals into Melbourne Airport. Any international flights that were scheduled to land in Victoria will be diverted to other Australian cities. If you have a flight booked please contact your airline for more details.

    Domestic
    Victoria’s borders are open so you can leave and enter Victoria. However, some Australian states and territories have closed their borders or require visitors to quarantine on arrival or seek an entry permit. Before travelling to another state or territory you should check the rules that your destination has in place.
    If you are feeling unwell please do not come to the airport and if you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.


    We have provided a list of FAQs in relation to COVID-19 for your convenience:

    What are Australia’s new border control measures? Can I still fly into Australia?

    From 9pm on Friday 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

    All travellers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.

    If you arrive in Australia as a non-exempt traveller, your visa may be cancelled and you will either be returned to your home country when flights are available or placed in an alternative place of detention for a quarantine period.

    These arrangements are under constant review as the COVID-19 situation evolves, and will be revised based on updated health advice.
    For more information visit, www.homeaffairs.gov.au or speak to your airline directly.
     

    Can I pick up or drop someone off at the airport?

    You may pick up or drop off a person from an airport if you live or will be living in the same household. If you need to pick up or drop off a person at the airport, you should stay in your car when you get to the airport

    Restrictions on Australian citizens and permanent residents departing Australia

    From 12:00pm 25 March 2020 all Australian citizens and permanent residents will be prohibited for travel out of Australia unless exempted until 17 December 2020.

    The following travellers are exempt from the 'outbound' travel restrictions:

    • Persons ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia.
    • Persons whose travel is associated with essential work at offshore facilities.
    • Persons engaged in the day to day conduct of outbound and inbound freight.
    • Persons travelling on official Government business and members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
    • Airline and maritime crew and associated safety workers.

    Do security staff change gloves when they pat down people?

    They do not change their gloves, however they sanitise their hands after they search every traveller.

    Can I transit through Melbourne Airport to reach another destination with current travel restrictions?

    If you are a New Zealander, citizen of a Pacific Island Forum country, Timor Leste citizen or resident of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting though Australia on your way to or from New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country, you do not need a transit exemption if you have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of your arriving flight.

    There are however currently no international flights arriving in Melbourne which includes transit flights, and will continue until at least October 24 2020.

    All other passengers will need to seek an exemption to be allowed to transit through Australia. You can apply online for an exemption.

    The most up-to-date transit information can be found here.

    Are the car parks still open?

    See our COVID-19 parking updates page for more information here.

    What happens with mandatory quarantine when I arrive in Melbourne Airport?

    Currently no international arrivals will be flying into Melbourne due to the latest government ban. The restrictions are in place until 24 October 2020.
     
    All passengers arriving in Australia will be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at their first Australian destination. Travellers will be provided with suitable accommodation to stay in during this period and will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to their home residence) or continue on any domestic connections until the 14 day mandatory quarantine period has been completed.

    Travellers will be met once they arrive at Melbourne Airport by appropriate Government authorities and taken to their accommodation.
     

    What increased cleaning methods are in place to combat COVID-19?

    We’ve changed the way we clean to increase how often our cleaners disinfect contact surfaces such as elevator buttons, escalator rails and counter tops. We’ve increased cleaning frequency, with more focus on making sure bathrooms are cleaned every two hours. We’ve also installed hand sanitiser inside all of our amenities, and throughout the precinct we’re promoting hygiene practices in line with government advice.
     

    I am transiting through Melbourne before flying to another Australian city. Will I be placed in a quarantine period?

    All passengers arriving in Australia will be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at their first Australian destination. Travellers will be provided with suitable accommodation to stay in during this period and will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to their home residence) or continue on any domestic connections until the 14 day mandatory quarantine period has been completed.

    Travellers will be met once they arrive at Melbourne Airport by appropriate Government authorities and taken to their accommodation.
     

    Can there be exceptions made for taking additional hand sanitiser through international security with the current situation?

    No, there are restrictions around the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGS) that can be taken through security screening. LAGS may only be taken in your carry-on luggage if they are in containers no more than 100mL in size.
     

    When we arrive in Melbourne with the self-isolation rules, are we still able to take Ubers/Taxi’s/Skybus?

    Yes transport operators are still available at Melbourne Airport 24/7, but you are only able to use these services if you arrive from a domestic destination. You may find some operators running reduced services due to current travel restrictions affecting demand for airport transport. If possible, we recommend checking ahead before you fly. Some transport options are still available if you land in Melbourne during curfew hours.

    If you arrive from an international destination, you will be provided transportation to your appropriate accommodation for the mandatory quarantine period.

    Are cafes and restaurants still open?

    There are closures across our terminals of our cafes and restaurants. Our most up-to-date open hospitality establishment and reduced hours can be found on our website.

    What is a state of disaster?

    A state of disaster is enacted by the Premier, on the advice of the Emergency Management Commissioner, if there is an emergency which "constitutes or is likely to constitute a significant and widespread danger to life or property in Victoria". 
     

    Do I require a negative COVID test to fly?

    Some international airlines require travellers to have a mandatory COVID test prior to their flight. If you are travelling overseas please check the latest requirements on your airline’s website.
    Resources

    Information about COVID-19 from relevant Government authorities which is updated regularly. Please check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:
      
    Department of Home Affairs
    Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
    Department of Health