In what is an ever-evolving time of 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 state by state 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.
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- As of July 24, Tasmania will reopen to all other State and Territory residents. (Subject to public health advice)
- 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
South Australia (SA)
- As of July 20, South Australia will reopen its borders to all other State and Territory residents.
- 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.
- Non-essential travellers from outside the state can still enter SA but are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, including returning residents.
- Find out more: www.covid-19.sa.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
Northern Territory (NT)
- As of July 17, NT borders will reopen to all other State and Territory residents.
- Currently, the NT has the strict temporary closure of the NT borders for all non-NT residents with a 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
New South Wales (NSW)
- 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.
- Destination NSW has launched a new ‘213 Ways to Reboot 2020 in NSW’ list to help travellers make the most of the 213 days that remain in the year since the travel ban lifting on 1 June.
- Thredbo Ski Resort will reopen from June 22 and Perisher on June 24. Find out more.
- There are no closures or restrictions on NSW’s borders.
- Find out more: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
- QLD borders remain closed to all other State and Territory residents.
- As of July 10, QLD borders will reopen to all other State and Territory residents pending final approval from the QLD Government.
- As of June 1, Queenslanders could undertake unlimited travel including overnight stays throughout the entire state.
- Any QLD residents returning must self-quarantine if they have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in Australia in the last 14 days, unless they were in the hotspot for an essential purpose, like going to a funeral, or they need to enter QLD again for an essential purpose, for example, to work.
- Find out more: www.covid19.qld.gov.au
- As of June 1, restrictions will begin to ease further to allow Victorians to travel for recreational purposes. Tourist accommodation providers will be permitted to have guests stay overnight, and camping grounds will also begin to re-open.
- There are no closures or restrictions on VIC’s borders.
- As of June 21, the Victorian Ski season will start. Falls Creek. Mt Hotham and Mt Buller will commence on June 22-24 2020.
- Find out more: www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- There are no restrictions on how far ACT residents can travel from home.
- There are no closures or restrictions on ACT’s borders.
- Find out more:www.covid19.act.gov.au/help-and-advice/travellers
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