Member since 17 Apr 2013
Total posts 63
Wondering if anyone has completed an Australian Travel Declaration form after the "at least 72hrs before departure"time? I quote .
All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure.
Would it matter and if at all does the Australian govt accept travel declarations made 24-48 before departure?
My concern is I'm not sure when I will be flying back to Australia in the next 1-2 weeks and usually book my flight the day before departure pending negative PCR test. This would be past the 72 hours before departure suggestion/rule.
I believe the declaration also ask's for date of departure/flight number etc... This is all well and good if I know these details but again I will get a PCR test 1 day before I actually fly out and I'm not sure if they will accept a completed declaration in this time? or is the 72 hours before just a suggestion?
Thanks for your feedback; love to here other peoples experiences with this or if they have had a cancelled flight or bumped onto another airline and may have had to complete another form or would the 1st form be valid?
Member since 28 Apr 2017
Total posts 1
I returned from the UK two weeks ago. You can only have one active Australia Travel Declaration at a time so if your plans change you need to complete a new declaration. I found the process was straightforward and the response came back within minutes.
I don’t know where you are travelling from, but the bigger challenge is ensuring you can get PCR test results back in time. I overheard several people saying they had to reschedule their flight because they didn’t get test results in time. That in itself is not easy when there are currently far fewer flights into Australia than in normal times.
These aren’t normal times and it’s almost impossible to apply the way we used to organise our travel when rules in all countries are changing on a regular basis!
It’s unlikely your airline would let you board if the dates and times don’t match the requirements. The rule says the ATD is needed at least 72 hours before departure. I certainly didn’t want to risk it! I’m not an international top ranking tennis player and don’t have a team of lawyers to fight my case!
Member since 04 Oct 2019
Total posts 10
We filled ours out multiple times coming back from Fiji last week. We changed it several times as our flight kept changing due to cyclone.
People were completing it at Nadi airport as they hadn't done it. From a non technical perspective, but traveller experience, once you submit it, it is "assessed" and verified immediately and done.
Honestly, it's just an electronic version of the orange form (which we still had to conplete) but with covid related info.
Member since 10 Jul 2019
Total posts 12
My wife and I returned from Fiji two weeks ago, we completed our declarations on day of departure whilst in the lounge (we were there for a week) so within the 7 day window. We both received confirmation within seconds of submission. We were asked our for vaccination records and travel history then ticked a box agreeing to a PCR test before returning to Australia. No need to upload a result.
Upon arrival my wife had no problem and was waved through, mine however had got stuck in the system and I was stopped at passport control, this is despite the confirmation I received 7 days prior. A boarder patrol officer then had to complete a manual declaration at the desk. No real delay or problem this time as fortunately we had hard copies of all our documentation with us. If we were in a hurry I could see this becoming a pain.
Member since 11 Sep 2015
Total posts 2
We did ours about a fortnight ago, and I submitted both our forms less than 24 hours prior to departure from London.
Try and use the online form if you can - like most Government-created tech, the app is a complete disaster and not worth the time/energy - but the link can be hard to find on the website.
It's just tedious paperwork in the classic Australian style, but as long as you complete it prior to check-in and have the "assessed" tick of approval, you'll have no issues boarding your flight and getting back into the country.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 10 Jul 2015
Total posts 3
I came back from Singapore two weeks ago....missed the 72hr deadline for the form (tho did the PCR test). I did my declaration about 60 hrs before departure and it was totally fine. Got email auto back saying assessed and ok....and came back to Sydney and was quick/easy and standard. Just scan passport, get ticket...walk through gates. All like normal
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