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When Do The Borders Reopen? Your Essential Guide To Australian Travel

In what is an ever-evolving, frustrating time of state border reopenings and lifting travel restrictions, it’s a challenge to stay on top of the facts. Here’s our rolling guide to the Australian updates you need to know.

In what is an ever-evolving, frustrating time of state border reopenings and lifting travel restrictions, it’s a challenge to stay on top of the facts. Here’s our rolling guide to the Australian updates you need to know.

We all want to get travelling again as safely as possible and be able to share factual information to help us plan and book confidently.

So to help, we’ve created a rolling update on what’s happening – where and when in Australia to help everyone get back out there across this great land asap.

Ready to start exploring our backyard? Let’s go!

Northern Territory (NT)

  • As of July 17, NT borders will reopen to all other state and territory residents except Victoria.
  • The NT Government will make an announcement regarding entry from NSW on July 15.
  • Currently, the NT has the strict temporary closure of the NT borders for all non-NT residents with a 14-day self-quarantine rule in place for all interstate travellers.
  • New arrivals will be tested for COVID-19 within their first 72 hours of self-isolation and tested again in the final 72 hours.
  • There are currently no restrictions on how far residents can travel from home in the Northern Territory.
  • Find out more: www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

South Australia (SA)

  • As of July 20, South Australia will reopen its borders to all state and territory residents except Victoria.
  • All SA residents travelling from Victoria will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their arrival and be forced to wear a face mask.
  • All NSW residents arriving can enter SA as long as they quarantine on arrival for 14 days.
  • As of July 9, The SA border with Victoria is currently closed.
  • Travellers from Victoria will have to self-isolate for 14 days, submit for a coronavirus test within 24 hours, and again 12 days later.
  • Travellers who arrive at checkpoints will be provided with face masks as well as pre-signed forms for testing, allowing them to go directly to a COVID-19 clinic.
  • As of June 17, South Australia reopened its borders to arrivals from Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory only.
  • There are no restrictions on travel within the state for South Australians.
  • Find out more: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Queensland (QLD)

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Port Douglas, Queensland
  • As of July 10, QLD’s borders have reopened to all other state and territory residents except Victorian residents who are not allowed to travel to the state.
  • Road travellers arriving from NSW, NT, TAS and the ACT will only be allowed into the sunshine state after filling out a ‘Queensland Border Declaration Pass‘. You’ll also need a form of identification with your residential address on it.
  • The same rules apply at airports where passengers will be refused entry to QLD and sent back home if they attempt to arrive in the state without meeting the requested criteria.
  • If you make any false claims on the declaration pass, you’ll have to pay a $4,004 fine or a court-imposed penalty of $13,345.
  • Any Queenslanders returning from Victoria will be forced to quarantine at their own expense.
  • Find out more: www.covid19.qld.gov.au

Victoria (VIC)

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Melbourne
  • VIC’s borders are open, though travel to the state is not advised.
  • As of July 9, Melbourne and Mitchell Shire is in a stage three lockdown for the next six weeks with enforced restrictions in place.
  • Find out more: www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Tasmania (TAS)

  • As of July 24, Tasmania will reopen to all other state and territory residents except Victorians.
  • As of July 9, Victorians were banned from entering Tasmania without an exemption.
  • Currently, Tasmania has the strict temporary closure of its borders for all non-Tasmanian residents.
  • Non-essential travel for TAS residents is discouraged.
  • Non-essential travellers can still enter TAS but are be required to quarantine at a government-managed accommodation facility for 14 days. Returning residents must self-quarantine at home.
  • Specific conditions apply to residents of King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands – see Coming to Tasmania for more information.
  • Find out more: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

Western Australia (WA)

  • The WA Government has announced the strict temporary closure of the WA borders for all non-WA residents.
  • The WA Government has announced they will not be reopening their borders until at least Aug 8, 2020.
  • As of Jun 5, The Kimberley region reopened to the rest of Western Australia, the biosecurity zones in parts of the Shire of East Pilbara however access to remote Aboriginal communities will remain restricted under the State Government’s Emergency Management Act.
  • As of May 29, intrastate travel was allowed for Western Australians but with restrictions.
  • Find out more: www.wa.gov.au

New South Wales (NSW)

  • As of July 8, New South Wales borders are open except to Victorian residents.
  • As of June 1, New South Wales residents were able to travel freely and holiday within the state, utilising all methods of transport including flights.
  • There are no other closures or restrictions on NSW’s borders.
  • Find out more: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

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Australian Parliament House, Canberra ACT
  • As of July 8, the ACT border is closed to travellers from Victoria unless those travellers have an exemption to enter.
  • ACT residents must return to their homes for a 14-day quarantine if they are granted an exemption to travel from Victoria.
  • Both adults and children are required to notify ACT authorities to get an exemption before travelling.
  • There are no other closures or restrictions on ACT’s borders.
  • Find out more:www.covid19.act.gov.au/help-and-advice/travellers

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