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News Update: COVID-19 Testing No Longer Required for Travellers from China, Hong Kong & Macau

Australia has dropped the COVID-19 testing requirement for travellers entering Australia from China, Hong Kong and Macau. Australian Health Minister Mark Butler announced that the requirement would be lifted from midnight 11 March 2023.

“This is a sensible, measured decision based on decreasing COVID-19 case numbers in China,” he said.

The testing requirement – which was introduced in January 2023 – required travellers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding a flight to Australia. At the time, Australia was one of many countries implementing such measures, including the US, Canada, the UK and Japan.

Similarly, as of March 2023, Australia is one of numerous countries repealing the regulation; both the US and Japan have also abolished the requirement.