Aussie & trans-Tasman border update: Where can you travel to right now?

The Karryon Aussie border update is back, and, as much as we didn't want to have to write this article, we hope it helps your travel planning as we continue to navigate the pandemic and ongoing state border closures.

The Karryon Aussie border update is back, and, as much as we didn’t want to have to write this article, we hope it helps your travel planning as we continue to navigate the pandemic and ongoing state border closures.

We really didn’t want to have to put this guide together again.

But the sad truth is that restrictions on which states and territories you can travel to and from in and around Australia, depending on where you live, are changing daily.

So here’s the latest travel information to help with your domestic travel planning to ‘Holiday Here This Year’ and hopefully assist with your trans-Tasman bubble plans too for when the time is right.

Bon voyage and safe travels from all of us at Karryon.

NSW

From October 11, New South Wales will be easing stay-at-home restrictions for vaccinated reisdents, but restrictions still apply.

People who are not fully vaccinated across the state will have to follow stay-at-home orders and are only permitted to leave their homes for essential reasons.

Businesses will now also be responsible for making sure customers check in to their premises and have proof of their vaccination status.

Details here.

NSW Schools are set to reopen from 18 October.

Queensland has eased restrictions on travel to and from all NSW border communities. Any resident who has had at least one vaccine dose can cross into Queensland or the border zone for work, education, volunteering, care-giving, healthcare or essential shopping.

Interstate arrivals from NT, SA, TAS, ACT and WA are free to enter NSW.

Interstate arrivals from VIC, QLD will need to complete a travel declaration within 24 hours of entry into NSW.

Click here for the latest government information.

VIC

Melbourne

Victoria’s lockdown has been extended until 70 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is expected at the end of October/early November.

There is also a 9pm and 5am curfew for Greater Melbourne.

Victoria’s lockdown has now lifted in regional areas, however, rules still apply.

Current restrictions in Mildura have been extended until midnight on October 22.

Areas in New South Wales and the ACT have been declared “red zones”, meaning residents are banned from entering the state.

NSW border bubble residents will only be able to cross state lines for six reasons including medical care, compassionate reasons, work, education, playing sport or getting vaccinated.

All travellers into Victoria must apply for a permit to enter Victoria.

Travellers cannot apply for a permit if they have COVID-19 symptoms, nor if they have visited a red zone. However, they are allowed to travel through a red zone for transit.

Victorian residents returning from red zones can enter the state but must quarantine for 14 days.

Click here for the latest government information.

ACT

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The ACT is now out of lockdown.

From October 15, five people will be able to visit another household at any one time and 25 people will be able to gather outdoors.

COVID-safe practices will remain in place and masks will still be mandatory both indoors and outdoors unless you are eating or drinking.

Check out this ABC article for more information about what you can do out of lockdown.

If you are an ACT resident entering the ACT after being in a high-risk state or territory you will need to:

  • complete the online declaration form within 24 hours prior to arriving in the ACT
  • travel directly to the residence where you will spend the stay-at-home period. You should only leave the residence for an approved essential purpose. ACT Health will contact you by email and/or text 14 days after you left the region to let you know that you are no longer subject to the stay-at-home requirements.
  • monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days since you were last in the area.

This includes people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Anyone arriving who has been in a close and casual contact exposure location must complete a declaration form and isolate until a negative test result.

Travellers from WA, NT, SA, and Jarvis Bay can travel freely.

All other travellers must complete a declaration form within 24 hours prior to arriving.

Click here for the latest government information.

TAS

Rugged Tasmania

Tasmania’s borders are closed to NSW and ACT.

Parts of VIC will be classes as high-risk level one from midnight, including the LGA of Hume and 18 other local government areas.

Travellers who have been to an exposure site in the past two weeks are not permitted to enter the state.

All travellers to TAS must provide their details before arrival.

Click here for the latest government information.

QLD

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ACT, NSW, and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. This means people from these areas are barred from entering the state unless they are granted a special exemption.

Queensland has eased restrictions on travel to and from all NSW border communities.

All other travellers from all other states and territories are required to complete a travel declaration form up to three days prior to arrival to entering QLD.

Queensland residents returning from a hotspot are required to quarantine at a hotel for 14 days at their own expense.

Click here for the latest government information.

SA

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South Australia has closed its border with VIC, NSW, and the ACT.

The 70km border bubble with Victoria is to be reinstated, except for the Victorian town of Portland.

Essential travellers and permitted arrivals (returning South Australian residents, and people genuinely relocating, and people escaping Domestic Violence) who have been in the above areas in the 14 days prior to arrival may enter South Australia and are subject to Level 4 requirements :

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

All travellers must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form at least 7 days before entering SA.

Click here for the latest government information.

WA

Western Australia

Western Australia currently lists NSW and VIC as “extreme risk” states, and ACT as “medium risk” meaning travellers from these states are not permitted to enter without an exemption through G2G PASS.

If allowed to enter with exemption, travellers must self-quarantine at suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premise is not available, travellers will be directed to a Government approved quarantine facility at their own expense.

QLD is “low risk”, meaning arrivals from the State will be required to immediately get tested, self-quarantine for 14 days, and be swabbed again on day 11.

All arrivals must complete the mandatory G2G pass registration and declaration and complete a health screening on arrival.

Click here for the latest government information.

NT

Uluru, NT

The Northern Territory has declared all of NSW, VIC and ACT hotspots, meaning entry is now strictly prohibited.

Returning Territorians or those who have received an approved exemption to enter, who have been in a hotspot within the last 14 days must complete an approval to enter the Northern Territory exemption form.

Anyone deemed as close contact must undertake 14 days of quarantine. Any casual contacts must self-isolate until a negative COVID-19 test is returned.

All other interstate arrivals to the Northern Territory must complete a border entry form.

Click here for the latest government information.

New Zealand

New Zealand

As of 11:59 pm NZT, Friday 23 July 2021, the New Zealand Government has suspended all quarantine-free travel from Australia. The suspension will continue to be reviewed.

Click here for the latest government information.

We will continue updating this article as new restrictions come into place, but recommend you always check with each state’s government website for the most up-to-date information before travelling.