When do you have to wear a mask when traveling?
Mask mandates differ depending on whether you’re travelling by air domestically or internationally, however, masks are required to be worn in all Australian airport terminals.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian aviation industry established the Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol to provide clear and consistent guidance for minimisation processes for domestic passenger travel at all airports and on all aircraft. These processes are intended to minimise the transmission of COVID-19 during domestic air travel for both passengers and workers.
All major commercial airlines in Australia that operate domestic flights abide by the mask regulations, including QANTAS, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Rex.
As part of the Protocol, face masks must be worn in all Australian airport terminals and on all commercial domestic flights. It is recommended that face masks be used in conjunction with other precautionary measures, such as personal hygiene measures and physical distancing if possible.
Face mask mandates are constantly changing and vary across different states and territories. To make sure you’re abiding by local requirements, it’s recommended that travellers review the local state or territory mask requirements prior to travel:
Current non-emergency provisions under the Australian Biosecurity Act require travellers to wear a mask while on international flights to Australia. However, Australian outbound travel requirements do not require travellers to wear a face mask on their flight. Each international carrier has their own mask mandates, so be sure to check with your airline to confirm their individual requirements before travelling.
When travelling by air, either domestically or internationally, be sure to travel with enough face masks to safely last the duration of your flight. The Australian Department of Health states that a cloth or surgical mask is acceptable for air travel, however respirator masks like N95 surgical respirator masks or D95 P2 respirators are generally believed to provide greater protection against the transmission of COVID-19.
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