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Australia Border Restrictions

Updated: Mar 26

Want to know where you can go within Australia and what restrictions are still in place? Or which states are accepting international travellers?


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian and individual State borders have closed, then reopened and closed again due to outbreaks. It can be difficult to keep up with everything! I've compiled what I can here and I'll update it when there's new updates.


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Domestic arrivals

Domestic travellers and returning WA residents from interstate are required to:

  • hold a current G2G Pass

  • be triple dose vaccinated against COVID-19, if eligible (or double dose vaccinated if not eligible for a third dose)

  • undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival within 12 hours if travelling by air, or 24 hours if not travelling by air, and register any positive result.

  • Face masks must be worn on aircraft and at airports in WA, unless the traveller is under 12 years of age or holds a valid medical exemption.


Entering WA by air

If you are arriving by plane, there are a few things you need to do.

  • Register your arrival into WA by scanning the G2G Pass QR code available in the terminal

  • You will be provided with a RAT upon arrival and must undertake the test upon arrival within 12 hours and register any positive result.

Entering WA by land

If you are entering WA by road, you will be met at the WA border checkpoint to ensure your travel has been registered via G2G Pass.


Please note, RATs will not be available for travellers at the border. You will still be required to undergo a RAT within 24 hours of arrival. RATs can be purchased from supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers.


International arrivals

International travellers entering WA are required to:

  • meet Commonwealth Government requirements (external link) to enter Australia, including vaccination and testing requirements

  • be fully vaccinated under the Commonwealth Government requirements, if eligible

  • hold a current G2G Pass

  • undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 12 hours of arriving in Western Australia and register any positive result

Unvaccinated returning Australians will be required to complete 7 days of hotel quarantine.


Face coverings must be worn on aircraft and at airports in WA, unless the traveller is aged under 12 years or holds a valid medical exemption.


See the Department of Health website for information about:

  • COVID-19 test requirements and the evidence you need to provide

  • what to do if your test result is positive when you have had and recovered from COVID-19

  • exemptions from standard pre-departure testing requirements, including countries and jurisdictions exempt from pre-departure testing.

You are responsible for checking testing and proof of vaccination requirements for the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.


Entering WA

You will be provided with a RAT upon arrival and must undertake the test upon arrival within 12 hours and register any positive result.


Indirect international arrivals

International arrivals who transit throughout other states or territories in Australia will be subject to the interstate arrival requirements and must:

  • hold a current G2G Pass

  • be triple dose vaccinated against COVID-19, if eligible (or double dose vaccinated if not eligible for a third dose)

  • undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 12 hours of arriving in WA if entering by air (or 24 hours if not entering by air) and register any positive result.


For more information, visit the Western Australian government website.


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Interstate travel

There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to NSW, however, there are other rules in place that you must follow while in NSW.


International travel

All international passengers travelling to Australia must comply with Australian Government entry requirements.

Fully vaccinated travellers

  • Go straight to your home or accommodation

  • Get a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test within 24 hours of arrival

  • Self-isolate until a negative result is attained

  • Get another COVID-19 PCR test on day 6

  • You must not visit high-risk places for at least 7 days after arrival.

Non vaccinated travellers

If you are not fully vaccinated and are arriving in NSW from an overseas location, you will need to go into 14-day mandatory quarantine.


For more information, visit the New South Wales Government website.



Interstate travel

Domestic visitors to Victoria no longer need to get a travel permit to enter the state, regardless of their vaccination status, unless they have been overseas in the past 14 days. You are not required to quarantine or hold a permit to enter Victoria from another Australian state or territory to visit, work, transit, or if you are a cross-border resident. You do not require a permit if you have completed hotel quarantine interstate and wish to enter Victoria.


International travel

All international travellers need the following to enter Victoria:

  • Have an international COVID-19 vaccination certificate, or obtain a valid foreign vaccination certificate from the country you were vaccinated.

  • Test negative for COVID-19. Present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (not a rapid antigen test) taken within 3 days of your flight’s scheduled departure. Present this evidence to your airline when you check-in for your flight.

  • Ensure all your Commonwealth entry requirements in order, including checking you can travel and completing your Australian Travel Declaration.

  • If home quarantine: Get an international passenger arrival permit from Service Victoria for every traveller over the age of 12 years and 2 months. Children under 12 years and 2 months who are travelling unaccompanied must have their own permit.

  • If hotel quarantine: Fill in the Victorian Quarantine Arrival Form so we are able to support you during your quarantine period. If you fill it out before arriving at Melbourne Airport, you will be able to pass more quickly through the terminal. You can still choose to fill it in once you arrive.

Fully vaccinated travellers, or if aged under 12 and 2 months:

  • Immediately self-quarantine at home or private accommodation for 72 hours after arriving

  • Get a rapid antigen (RAT) or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving and self isolate until you return a negative result

  • For 7 days after your arrival in Australia, you need to carry proof of ID, your PCR result (if you took a PCR test), and evidence that you are double dosed or exempt, and present these on request to authorities if asked. Comply with all pandemic orders in place.

If aged 18 and over and not fully vaccinated:

  • 7 days in hotel quarantine, or

  • Only if you have a valid medical exemption, you can follow the same home quarantine rules and testing obligations as fully vaccinated adults, but there are more restrictions on entering sensitive settings

If aged over 12 and 2 months but under 18, and not fully vaccinated:

  • Self-quarantine at home or private accommodation for 7 days after the day you arrive in Australia

  • Get a rapid antigen test, or a PCR test if you don’t have access to a rapid antigen test, within 24 hours of arriving and continue to quarantine.


For more information, visit the Victorian Government website.



Interstate Travel

South Australia has opened its borders to all domestic travellers.


QR code check-in

COVID Safe Check-In is South Australia's QR code check-in system.


All travellers should download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store before travelling to South Australia. You are required to use the COVID Safe Check-In whenever you enter a business or premises displaying an approved QR code.


Special provision relating to COVID-19 cases

A person (other than a domestic violence arrival) who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must not enter South Australia until the period for which they would have been required to isolate if in South Australia has elapsed.


International travellers

South Australia has opened its borders to all international travellers. All people travelling in and out of Australia should be aware of Australian Government requirements for international travellers.

Fully vaccinated travellers

You must have evidence of your two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course and a negative COVID-19 test received in the 72 hours prior to arrival. On arrival to SA, you must:

  • Undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in SA and quarantine until the test is taken and a negative result returned

  • No entry into High risk settings for 7 days after arrival

Unvaccinated travellers

You are required to have a pre-arrival negative test result in line with the information specified on the Department of Home Affairs website.


If you are unvaccinated and travelling to South Australia, on arrival you must:

  • Quarantine as directed for 14 days after arrival

  • Undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in SA, on the 6th day after arrival and on the 13th day after arrival.

  • Check symptoms for 14 days after arrival

Depending on your circumstances, your quarantine will be completed at home or at a medi-hotel.


Note: Travellers unvaccinated under the age of 12 years and 2 months can enter South Australia as vaccinated travellers.


Completing quarantine

Depending on individual circumstances, travellers will be required to complete quarantine in a medi-hotel or at home.


For more information, visit the South Australian government website.



Interstate travel

Provided you have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days:

  • No restrictions on entry into Queensland

  • No quarantine required.

International travel

International entry to Queensland is still subject to restrictions and unvaccinated International Arrivals are required to arrive at the Brisbane International Airport quarantine for 14 days at government nominated accommodation in accordance with Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction. Fully vaccinated International Arrivals are not required to quarantine upon arrival if they undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result.


For more information, vist the Queensland government website.



Interstate travel

There are currently no entry requirements in place for any travellers to Tasmania.


Travellers (other than cruise ships) can arrive at any air or sea port on mainland Tasmania, or King Island, Flinders Island or any island in the Furneaux group of islands. There is no longer a requirement for pilots of small aircraft or vessels without publicly available schedules to notify Biosecurity Tasmania of their expected arrival.


To prepare for your travel, you can do the following:

  • Do not travel to Tasmania if you have COVID-19 symptoms – arrange testing at your current location and comply with local requirements.

  • Download the Check in Tas app to use at pubs, clubs and events in Tasmania where required.

  • Know how to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms in Tasmania.

  • Have face masks for your travel and to wear as required in Tasmania.


International travel

Australian citizens and permanent residents aged 12 years and over who have received two doses of an approved or recognised vaccine are able to leave Australia without needing an outwards travel exemption.


Children under 12 years and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are also able to travel overseas without an exemption.


Australian citizens and permanent residents who do not meet the eligibility requirements must continue to follow the current border processes when leaving Australia or coming to Australia.


For more information, visit the Tasmanian government website.



Fully vaccinated travellers

Anyone who is fully vaccinated can enter the Northern Territory without having to quarantine. This includes both domestic and international travellers.


Unvaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated Territory residents travelling from a green zone will still be able to enter the NT but will be required to travel to a suitable place of quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and remain in quarantine until a negative test is returned.


For more information, please visit the Northern Territory government website.



Interstate travel

There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT, except for persons identified as close contacts who are seeking to travel to the ACT. Close contacts require an exemption to travel to the ACT.


International travel

Fully vaccinated travellers

All fully vaccinated international travellers who wish to enter the ACT will first need to follow the requirements of the jurisdiction of their port of entry to Australia. If permitted to onward travel to the ACT, they must:

  • Take a rapid antigen test (RAT) for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival in Australia. Travellers can take this test in the state or territory they arrive in and then travel to the ACT, or travel directly to the ACT and take a test at home. A doctor does not need to be present when taking a RAT. Travellers can choose to take a PCR test if a RAT is not available.

  • Quarantine until receiving a negative test result. Quarantine means staying at home or other accommodation, and not going to work, school or public areas. People in quarantine cannot have visitors.

  • All residents in the household where the returned traveller is quarantining must also quarantine during this period, if appropriate separation cannot be maintained.

  • Travellers can leave quarantine with confirmation of a negative test result, either via PCR test or RAT. You do not need to wait to be formally advised that you can leave quarantine by ACT Health.

  • If at any time you experience COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested immediately and quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

  • Travellers who return a positive COVID-19 test result must follow the isolation requirements of the jurisdiction they are in.

  • Travellers are permitted to enter a high-risk setting, childcare or education setting after returning a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 24 hours of their arrival into Australia.

Unvaccinated travellers over 18 years

  • Complete a mandatory quarantine period at port of entry.

  • Unvaccinated travellers who have arrived from overseas to another state or territory and wish to quarantine at home in the ACT, or quarantine in the ACT for another urgent reason, must apply for an exemption from ACT Health.

  • Travellers should apply via email to COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au, outlining the grounds for the exemption sought, travel details and the proposed quarantine plan.

  • Travellers may be required to seek approval from their port of entry to enter the ACT.


Unvaccinated travellers aged 12-17 years

  • Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 years and 2 months to 17 years travelling unaccompanied or with a vaccinated parent or guardian will be permitted to travel to the ACT, but must notify ACT Health and complete a 7-day quarantine period at their home, including taking a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival to Australia and on day 6 after arrival.

  • A parent or guardian must notify ACT Health of the arrival of their unvaccinated child aged 12 years and 2 months to 17 years by completing the International Notification of Arrival Form - unvaccinated travellers aged 12 years and 2 months to 17 years and submitting this to COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au at least 3 days before travel.

  • ACT Health will provide written approval for quarantine in the ACT, detailing the quarantine and testing requirements.

  • Parents or guardians must maintain appropriate separation where possible during the 7 day quarantine period.

  • Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 years and 2 months to 17 years who are travelling with unvaccinated adults will need to quarantine at port of entry under the same requirements as unvaccinated adults.


For more information, visit the Australian Capital Territory government website.

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