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 until December 2020 (estimated). Residents of Northern NSW can enter QLD from 1 October and vice versa.
- Victoria: Open to all but with major restrictions in place.
- South Australia: NSW residents can enter the state from 23 September when the state will then be open to all other states and territories except VIC until December 2020 (estimated).
- Northern Territory: Open to all except VIC and Greater Sydney hotspots. The NT will reopen to all of NSW from 9 October if cases remain low.
- Western Australia: Closed to all states and territories until 2021 (estimated).
- Tasmania: Closed to all states and territories until December 2020 (estimated).
- Australian Capital Territory: Open to all except Victorians.
Read on the for the full detail and useful links.
- From October 1, residents of Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes in Northern NSW will be allowed to enter Queensland. Residents will still need to apply for a border declaration pass.
- From October 1, Queensland residents will also be allowed to 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 until further notice – estimated to be December 2020.
- All of Victoria and most areas of New South Wales 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, other areas of New South Wales will be forced to quarantine for 14-days at their own expense.
- Find out more: www.covid19.qld.gov.au
South Australia (SA)
- As of Thursday, 22 September, NSW residents will no longer have to enter 14-day quarantine when entering SA. (If no community transmission reported).
- As of Friday, August 28, only essential travellers will be able to enter SA from Victoria. South Australians will no longer be able to return to SA from Victoria.
- A pre-approval process is now in place for NT, QLD, TAS, ACT, NSW and WA travellers wishing to enter South Australia. Aim to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least three days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.
- Find out more: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au
The Northern Territory (NT)
- As of Friday, October 9, The Northern Territory border will reopen again to all NSW residents (as long as cases remain low). Currently, people who have spent time in Greater Sydney have to undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine on arrival.
- As of July 17, The NT border reopened to all other states and territories except Victoria and Sydney/NSW hotspot residents.
- 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 closed until further notice. Find out more here.
- Find out more: www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au
- Currently, Tasmania has a strict temporary closure of its border for all non-Tasmanian residents.
- As of September 9, the Tasmanian government say they will not reconsider opening their borders until at least 1 December 2020 to any other states or territories.
- 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.
- Non-Tasmanian and Tasmanian returning residents entering mandatory government-designated accommodation are required to pay a fee from 31 July 2020.
- Find out more: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au
- As of September 6, Melbourne is now in extended Stage 4 lockdown restrictions with a COVID-curfew in place from 9 pm to 5 am daily until Sunday, 28 September and with proposed easing restrictions from then on. 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 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)
- As of July 8, 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)
- As of July 8, 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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