Factsheets and guidelines for international flight crew

COVID-19 testing of flight crew

Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order flight crew who have been in a country other than in Australia or New Zealand in the last 14 days, or who have been in a New Zealand hotspot, are required to have a COVID-19 test each time they arrive at the airport. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information about testing and management of results.

An exemption is in place for quick turnaround flights. Certain flights where flight crew do not leave the plane may be exempt from the requirement to be tested on arrival, subject to certain conditions which are specified in the exemption. These include:

  • No flight crew members, other than the pilot, may disembark the aircraft
  • The pilot may only disembark to conduct a pre-flight safety check, and must wear a face mask at all times when outside the aircraft
  • No person may board the aircraft, other than passengers and essential aircraft servicing staff who must follow certain infection control precautions including wearing a mask and personal protective equipment (PPE).

It is not necessary to apply for this exemption. This is a class exemption that applies to any flight that meets the criteria specified in the exemption.

Transport for international flight crew

Employers must arrange approved transportation for all flight crew, to travel between a quarantine facility and the airport. For declared flight crew members, the employer must arrange approved transportation services for the declared flight crew member to and from their residence. Approved transportation includes:

  • a transportation service by a flight crew transport service provider whose details have been notified to the Commissioner of Police, or 
  • an approved personal transportation of a declared flight crew member (which is the use of a declared flight crew member's own private vehicle with no passengers).

A person providing a transport service must comply with the NSW Health Air Transportation Guidelines. In addition, the employer of the transport provider must ensure that their staff comply with these guidelines.

Declaration forms

The following declaration forms must be completed at the airport by specific groups of international flight crew. Flight crew will be advised at the airport on which declaration form, if any, they are required to complete.

Foreign nationals

While in Australia, foreign citizens can contact their country’s representative for consulate assistance. A list of foreign embassies and consulates in Australia can be found at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) Foreign embassies and consulates webpage

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Current as at: Tuesday 14 September 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW