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Australia and New Zealand Border Restrictions

Updated: Jul 23

Want to know where you can go within Australia and New Zealand and what restrictions are still in place?


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the 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.


Western Australia banner - Lighthouse at Rottnest Island

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in at least 28 days)

Northern Territory (NT), Tasmania (TAS)

  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.

  • On arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.

  • Scan your G2G PASS to exit the airport.

  • Travellers from very low risk states and territories are not required to quarantine.

Travellers from a very low risk state or territory who have knowingly had contact with a person from a medium or low risk state or territory in the 14 days before travelling will be subject to the same quarantine conditions as that person from the higher risk classification and must self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to WA.


Low risk states and territories

(Less than 5 community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.

  • You should wear a mask as directed.

  • On arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.

  • Scan your G2G PASS and then verify you have suitable premises for self-quarantine.

  • If you have suitable premises, enter self-quarantine for 14 days. If not, you will be directed to enter a Government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.

  • You must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA.

The G2G Now app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk states and territories are encouraged to download and use the app.


Medium risk states and territories

Victoria (VIC), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA)

  • You are not permitted to enter without an exemption through G2G PASS.

  • If permitted entry, you must self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premises is not available, you will be directed to a Government approved quarantine facility at your own expense.

  • Approved travellers are subject to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 11 of quarantine, or at any point when symptoms develop. A mask must be worn while travelling to and from the COVID Clinic.

  • You must wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at suitable self-quarantine premises or government-approved quarantine facilities. In addition if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight while in WA airspace, and while inside the airport (with some exceptions – e.g. children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask).

The G2G Now app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk states and territories are encouraged to download and use the app.


For more information, visit the Western Australian government website.


New South Wales Banner - Opera House and Harbour Bridge at Sunset

Interstate travel

Travel to NSW from interstate is currently open and no permit is required to enter the state from the following states: Tasmania (TAS), Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


Travellers from Victoria (VIC), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Northern Territory (NT), and Western Australia (WA) who have been in an affected area will be required to comply with restrictions for interstate travellers.


Rural and remote towns with Aboriginal communities

Advice for travellers

Due to the COVID-19 risk, many Aboriginal communities in NSW are uncomfortable about tourists travelling to their towns and communities.


Please be respectful of the concerns and wishes of the local community: Before you travel to or through a small remote town or community, please check the local town’s Community Action Plan or contact the Local Council for advice.


Advice for workers and organisations

It is crucial that workers do not visit Aboriginal communities if they are ill, no matter how mild the symptoms, or if they have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.


The risk to Aboriginal communities from visiting workers could increase depending on the nature of the work, the locations the worker has travelled from and work practices.


To mitigate this risk, organisations with staff who travel to rural and remote Aboriginal communities should complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan which includes consideration of the issues outlined in this checklist.


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



Victoria is currently in 'circuit breaker' restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Travel from and to Victoria is restricted for all travellers without approved exemptions.


Permits for interstate travel to Victoria are split into three sections based on are and threat of community spread.


RED ZONE


New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


A red zone means that you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, permitted worker permit or exemption.


By land border: If you try to enter Victoria at a land border without an exception or exemption you will be turned away.


By plane or water: If you attempt to enter via an airport or seaport you will be fined up to $4,957. Victorian residents will also be directed to self-isolate at home for 14-days while non-Victorian residents will be sent back on the first available flight.


ORANGE ZONE


South Australia (SA), Greater Brisbane (QLD)


Those travelling from a designated orange zone must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. You cannot apply for a permit if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, nor if you have visited a red zone. Travelling through a red zone for the purpose of transit, is allowed.


GREEN ZONE


Western Australia (WA), Northern Territory (NT), Tasmania (TAS), Queensland (QLD - except Greater Brisbane)


Those travelling from a designated green zone must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. You cannot apply for a permit if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, nor if you have visited either a red or orange zone.


If you notice any symptoms once you arrive in Victoria from a green zone, you should immediately get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).


During the permit application, along with where you have been, you will also be asked about whether you have symptoms, whether you have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of someone who has or whether you have visited particular high-risk locations.


New South Wales/Victorian border communities will continue to have exceptions and will be able to use local residence identification to cross the border.


For more information, visit the Victorian Government website.



Cross Border Travel Registration

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.


Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website


For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.


Notification

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.


STATES WITH NO RESTRICTIONS

Western Australia (WA), Queensland (QLD - except Greater Brisbane), Northern Territory (NT), Tasmania (TAS)


STATES WITH RESTRICTIONS

Victoria (VIC), New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Greater Brisbane (QLD), South Australia (SA)


Travellers from the above states and regions are not permitted to enter South Australia.


Essential travellers and those with permitted exemptions are subject to Level 4 requirements of:

  • COVID-19 testing on day 1, 5, and 13.

  • 14 days self-quarantine until they get a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Must not enter or remain in a high-risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia (except in limited circumstances permitted by the Direction).

  • Must not attend any event in South Australia with an approved COVID Management Plan at which more than 1000 people are present for a period of 14 days after their arrival.


For more information, visit the South Australian government website.



Most people can travel freely to Queensland unless they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot.


Travelling from or through a COVID-19 hotspot

Victoria (VIC), New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA)


If you have been in a hotspot within the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter), you are no longer able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at our border—unless you are exempt under the definitions within the Border Direction, which include:

  • you’re a Queensland resident or are moving to Queensland

  • to fulfil shared parenting and child contact arrangements

  • obtain essential health care, or as a support person to a person obtaining essential health care.

Exempted people will be required to attend hotel quarantine in Brisbane.


For more information, vist the Queensland government website.



Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the state, to help manage the risk of COVID-19 at Tasmania’s borders.


Tasmania’s border entry conditions depend on where each traveller has spent time prior to their day of arrival.


Areas are assessed as either low, medium or high-risk based on Public Health advice.


Register through the Tas e-Travel system if you have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania.


If you have spent time in medium or high-risk areas, please read the latest information below before making a G2G PASS submission.


A new Tas e-Travel registration or G2G PASS submission is required each time a person travels to Tasmania.


LOW RISK AREAS

Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory (NT), Western Australia (WA), New Zealand (NZ)


Travellers who have only spent time in a low-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania do not need to quarantine when they arrive.


Register through the Tas e-Travel system, no more than three (3) days before arriving


MEDIUM RISK AREAS

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are required to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designated accommodation (fees apply).


Register your intended quarantine location via the G2G PASS system


HIGH RISK AREAS

Victoria (VIC), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), Overseas (other than New Zealand), Cruise ships


Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk overseas area (excluding New Zealand) or on a cruise ship in the 28 days prior to arriving in Tasmania require pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania and will be required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation upon arrival (fees can apply).


Travellers from overseas and who have already completed 14 days in government-designated quarantine in another Australian jurisdiction may apply to the Deputy State Controller to be exempt from the additional 14 day quarantine requirement upon arrival in Tasmania– see High-risk areas - Overseas for more details.


Travellers from high-risk areas must provide information to help determine their quarantine and border entry requirements. The most effective way of doing this is through the G2G PASS system.


If the travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons, travellers may request a full or partial exemption from quarantine, by submitting an Essential Traveller application.


For more information, visit the Tasmanian government website.



States/Territories without restrictions

Western Australia (WA), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Tasmania (TAS)


States/Territories with restrictions

New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD)


All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) from the above states or territories must:

  • fill in a Border Entry Form

  • complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at your own expense, if you have recently been in an active declared COVID-19 hot spot. This includes children returning from a hotspot. Your quarantine time is based on how long it has been since you were in a hotspot or came in contact with an infected person.

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



FREE TRAVEL

Travel from the following areas is currently permitted to the ACT. There are no requirements to advise ACT Health you are travelling or to quarantine.

  • Western Australia

  • Tasmania

  • Northern Territory


Restricted travel

Travel from the following areas is currently restricted.

  • Victoria (VIC)

  • New South Wales (NSW)

  • South Australia (SA)

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


Quarantine-free travel

Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand (NZ) from Australia is currently suspended. For 7 days from 11:59pm (NZT) on Friday 23 July, you will be able to return to New Zealand. The suspension will continue for a further 8 weeks and will be reviewed in September.


For more information, check the New Zealand Government website.

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