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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 Australia, depending on where you live, are changing daily.

So here’s our list with the latest travel information to hopefully assist you in your domestic travel planning to ‘Holiday Here This Year’.

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

NSW

The COVID-19 lockdown affecting Greater Sydney and its surroundings has been extended until 11:59pm on Friday, July 30.

People in the central-western NSW towns of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne also begun a seven-day lockdown on Tuesday 20 July.

Interstate arrivals are currently welcome, but those in lockdown cannot leave their homes unless for essential travel purposes.

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

Click here for the latest government information.

VIC

Melbourne

The entire state of Victoria is currently in lockdown until at least July 27.

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

Greater Darwin and Alice Springs in the NT, the Perth and Peel region of WA, and Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast LGAs are currently classed as “orange zones”. Travellers entering from an orange zone must get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in self-quarantine until they get a negative result.

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

Canberra_Parliament

ACT Health is expected to extend the stay-at-home orders for Canberrans who have returned home after travelling to Victoria.

People should not be travelling to the ACT from greater Sydney or Victoria unless they have an approved exemption. Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Red zone travel permits, needed to get into Victoria from NSW, will be paused for two weeks.

ACT residents who left greater Sydney after 4pm Friday 25 June, or Darwin, Palmerston or Litchfield on or after 4pm Sunday 27 June will be required to stay at home until 14 days have passed since they were last in these areas.

If you are an ACT resident entering the ACT and have left Sydney after 4pm Friday 25 June, Darwin, Palmerston or Litchfield on or after 4pm Sunday 27 June or Victoria on or after 11.59pm Thursday 15 July 2021, you must comply with the stay-at-home requirements and:

  • 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

Anyone who has visited South Australia, Victoria, Greater Sydney or any LGA’s as listed on the TAS Government site in the last two weeks is not permitted to enter Tasmania.

Travellers who have been to an exposure site in NSW, NT, ACT, and QLD 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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Victoria and NSW are currently COVID-19 hotspots.

This means people from these areas are barred from entering the state unless they are granted a special exemption.

NSW/Qld border zone residents can only enter the state for essential reasons. This includes: Healthcare, work, education, essential shopping and caring for vulnerable people.

Queensland residents will be able to travel into the NSW border zone for similar reasons, but not further than the border zone.

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

Masks will still be worn for 7 more days in the 11 local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan City, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast until 6:00am on Friday, July 30.

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.

Click here for the latest government information.

SA

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From 6pm on Tuesday 20 July, the entire state of South Australia will be entering a full seven-day lockdown.

During lockdown, there will be just five reasons to leave your home:

  • Care and compassion reasons, such as caring for a loved one
  • Essential work
  • Purchase of essential goods, such as a food
  • Medical reasons, including vaccination and testing
  • Exercise, but it must be limited to people from the same household

South Australia has closed its border with VIC, NSW, the ACT, and some parts of QLD, including Brisbane and Townsville. In NSW, a 100km buffer zone is in place to support people living near the border.

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

A 70km border bubble will remain in place between Victoria and South Australia. Returning residents to SA from other parts of Victoria or any commonwealth hotspot will not have to quarantine but must undergo tests on days one, five and 13.

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 SA, VIC, NSW, and QLD as “medium risk” states, meaning travellers from these states are not permitted to enter without an exemption through G2G PASS.

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

ACT 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.

Click here for the latest government information.

NT

Uluru, NT

The territory has declared a number of COVID-19 hotspots, meaning all travellers must check the list, and visitors from those areas will need to go into quarantine for 14 days. This includes places that were declared hotspots after they were visited.

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

Click here for the latest government information.

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand’s government has suspended all quarantine-free travel from Australia for eight weeks from 11:59pm Friday 23 July, as several states deal with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Click here for the latest government information.

We will continue updating this article as new restrictions come into place, but recommend you check with each state’s government website before travelling.