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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 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

NSW has reopened to vaccinated travellers, who are not arriving from an exposure site.

From 1 November, fully vaccinated Sydneysiders are able to travel anywhere in New South Wales and the state has also opened its doors to international travellers.  

As of 29 November, Victoria, NSW and the ACT have introduced a blanket 72-hour quarantine requirement for all arriving international travellers following the announcement of the Omicron strain of COVID-19.

However, 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.

From 5 November, New South Wales and Victoria have reopened borders both ways, allowing free movement after more than six months of travel restrictions.

Travellers will need to get a permit through Service Victoria that verifies they are not COVID-positive or a close contact required to isolate.

Click here for the latest government information.

VIC

Melbourne

VIC has reopened to all domestic travellers.

The state has also opened its doors to international travellers.  

As of 29 November, Victoria, NSW and the ACT have introduced a blanket 72-hour quarantine requirement for all arriving international travellers following the announcement of the Omicron strain of COVID-19.

Click here for the latest government information.

ACT

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Travel to and from the ACT is open.

The state has also opened its doors to international travellers.  

As of 29 November, Victoria, NSW and the ACT have introduced a blanket 72-hour quarantine requirement for all arriving international travellers following the announcement of the Omicron strain of COVID-19.

Vaccinated travellers are permitted to enter the state for any reason. Exemption documentation is required but will be automated, so there is no delay.

Unvaccinated travellers will only be permitted to enter the ACT for an essential purpose. ACT residents will be permitted to return but will still be subject to the relevant conditions.

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, ACT and VIC unless granted an exemption.

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

From December 15, fully-vaccinated people wanting to enter Tasmania will have to complete an upgraded version of Tasmania’s travel pass.

All travellers to TAS must provide their details before arrival.

Click here for the latest government information.

QLD

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People in Tasmania, WA and SA can all travel to Queensland without restriction.

ACT, NSW, VIC and some parts of the NT are COVID-19 hotspots.

From Monday 13 December, QLD will reopen to all domestic states and territories.

All travellers must show they have been fully vaccinated and have returned a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours.

All travellers are required to complete a travel declaration form up to three days prior to arrival to entering QLD.

Queensland residents returning from a hotspot can now apply to quarantine from home.

Click here for the latest government information.

SA

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South Australia is now open to VIC, NSW, NT and the ACT.

However, South Australia Health has raised the level of risk associated with the Katherine LGA in the NT from ‘Very low risk’ to ‘High risk’, meaning that fully vaccinated must quarantine for seven days and unvaccinated people will need to apply for an exemption.

Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for seven days and get tested if they are arriving from a Local Government Area with community transmission that has a double-dose rate of less than 80 per cent.

Fully vaccinated travellers from Queensland, Tasmania and WA can enter without restriction as long as they have not been in a restricted zone in the past 14 days.

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

Travellers from Queensland and Tasmania can travel quarantine free to WA with a G2G pass.

South Australia and Northern Territory are ‘low risk’ states, meaning travellers entering WA from South Australia must be double dose vaccinated, self quarantine for two weeks and take COVID-19 tests on arrival and on day 12.

VIC is ‘extreme risk’, NSW is ‘high risk’ 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.

Once the state hits the 90 per cent vaccination rate, WA will demand arrivals provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to travel, for vaccinated travellers from interstate.

Click here for the latest government information.

NT

Uluru, NT

The remote community of Lajamanu is in lockdown until December 11

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

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

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.

The Northern Territory is also set to introduce rapid antigen testing from December 20 for all fully vaccinated arrivals from “red zones”.

Click here for the latest government information.

New Zealand

New Zealand

Effective immediately, all fully vaccinated international travellers arriving into Sydney or Melbourne, including those from New Zealand, or transiting via New Zealand to Australia, are required to proceed directly to their place of residence/accommodation and isolate for 72 hours.

  • No onward travel is permitted for passengers wishing to travel domestically beyond New South Wales or Victoria.
  • Additional restrictions apply for passengers who have been in high-risk countries. For more information, please visit the New South Wales and Victoria State Government websites.

These restrictions are precautionary and will remain in place until more is known about the severity and transmissibility of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.

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.