In what are an ever-evolving and frustrating time of state and territory border reopenings and travel restrictions, it’s a challenge to stay on top of it all. Here’s our ‘politics-free’ 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 plan and book travel 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.
In brief, the border situation looks like this right now.
- New South Wales: Open to all except Victorians.
- Queensland: Open to all except some NSW and all VIC residents. Residents of Northern NSW can enter QLD from 1 October and vice versa. As of November 1, All NSW residents will be able to travel to QLD and vice versa if there are 28 days of no community transmission.
- Victoria: Open to all but with major restrictions in place.
- South Australia: Open to all states and territories except VIC until December 2020 (estimated).
- Northern Territory: Open to all except VIC. As of November 2, The NT will reopen to regional Victoria – if cases remain low.
- Western Australia: Closed to all states and territories until 2021 (estimated).
- Tasmania: As of October 26, Tasmania will reopen its border to South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT residents. It will remain closed to all other states and territories until further notice.
- Australian Capital Territory: Open to all except Victorians.
Read on the for the full detail and useful links.
- From November 1, all residents of NSW will be allowed to enter Queensland if there are 28 days of no community transmission. Residents will still need to apply for a border declaration pass.
- Residents of Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes in Northern NSW can now enter Queensland. Residents will still need to apply for a border declaration pass.
- Queensland residents can now travel to Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes in Northern NSW without having to quarantine on their return.
- QLD’s borders are currently closed to ALL residents from VIC and NSW (outside of the Northern NSW bubble) until further notice – estimated to be December 2020.
- All of Victoria and some areas of Sydney are considered COVID-19 hotspots.
- Anyone from VIC or NSW attempting to fly into Queensland will be refused entry and sent back if they attempt to arrive in the state without meeting the requested criteria.
- Any Queenslanders returning from Victoria and areas of New South Wales outside the bubble will be forced to quarantine for 14-days at their own expense.
- Find out more: www.covid19.qld.gov.au
South Australia (SA)
- Travellers from ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to enter South Australia directly without the requirement for COVID-19 testing or 14 day self-quarantine upon arrival, as long as during the 14 days immediately before their arrival in South Australia, they have been in the low community-transmission zone (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS or WA) for that preceding 14 days.
- Only essential travellers will be able to enter SA from Victoria. South Australians will no longer be able to return to SA from Victoria.
- Anyone wishing to enter South Australia from Victoria as an Essential traveller will need to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration form.
- Find out more: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au
The Northern Territory (NT)
- As of Monday, November 2, The Northern Territory border will reopen to residents of Regional Victoria – as long as cases are kept low.
- The Northern Territory border is now open to all other states and territories except Victoria. Currently, people who have spent time in Greater Sydney have to undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine on arrival.
- Anyone arriving in the NT must complete a Border Entry Form. You must do this online up to 72 hours before entering the NT.
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is now open.
- Find out more: www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au
- As of October 26, Tasmania reopened its border to South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and ACT residents.
- As of November 2, Tasmania will reopen its border with NSW provided it maintains its current “positive” COVID-19 status.
- Once a border reopening date is confirmed, entrants from NT, SA and WA will need to fill out their information on the Good to Go App in terms of where they have been in the past 14 days.
- A new online travel registration system – G2G PASS – has been introduced for people needing to travel to Tasmania. Find out more here.
- Find out more: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au
- Melbourne has lifted its curfew, increased outdoor gatherings to five people from two households, opened childcare facilities, allowed certain workers to return to work, and will be reopening primary schools from 12 October. Find out more here.
- The rest of Victoria will also gradually ease restrictions out of the current stage 3, but quicker than metropolitan Melbourne.
- VIC’s borders are open, though travel to the state is still not currently advised.
- Find out more: www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Western Australia (WA)
- As of Aug 5, You cannot enter WA unless you are an exempt traveller. 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 further notice and potentially not until 2021.
- 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.
- Find out more: www.wa.gov.au
New South Wales (NSW)
- New South Wales borders are open except to Victorian residents.
- Any New South Wales residents returning from Victoria will be forced to quarantine for 14-days at their own expense.
- There are no other closures or restrictions on NSW’s borders.
- Find out more: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- The ACT border is closed to travellers from Victoria.
- 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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