Where and when can we travel in Australia?
on 31 Jul 2020
We are itching to get out and about and explore our own backyard, but we need to travel with consideration in this current time. Here are the dates you need to know and information on where and when you can travel.
Please note due to the unpredictability and ever-changing nature of the situation we will endeavor to provide you with the most accurate and current information available to us regarding the border restrictions of each state and territory.
South Australia is open to arrivals from Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Anyone travelling from Victoria to South Australia, including SA residents, are not allowed to enter. This includes travellers who have only transited through a Melbourne Airport. You can only enter from Victoria if you’re an essential traveller. You must wear PPE while undertaking your essential work in the community and you must self-quarantine at all other times. Arrivals from ACT and NSW who are not essential travellers must self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA. If you enter SA as a non-essential traveller from the ACT or NSW, you'll be required to take 2 COVID-19 tests: on the day you arrive in SA and on your 12th day in SA. Travellers in South Australia cannot visit the remote communities of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Gerard (Riverland) or Yalata (Far West Coast). To enter South Australia, you must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration three days before arrival, click here to complete registration.
Queensland borders are open to all states and territories except Victoria and NSW residents who live in the area of Greater Sydney, who are not allowed to enter the state at all, even to self-quarantine. Anyone who has been in those hotspots in the past 14 days will be denied entry into Queensland or forced to undergo 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense. Anyone travelling to Queensland will need to obtain a Border Pass before arriving click here to complete an application. You will also need a form of identification with your residential address on it. If you have been to Victoria or elled through a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days, you will not be able to cross the border into Queensland.
From Friday 17 July 2020, border restrictions will lift for most interstate travellers. However, if you've been to a declared 'hotspot' or 'hot zone' in the previous 14 days, you'll need to quarantine for 14 days in a regional centre at your own expense. Strict mandatory 14days supervised quarantine will be required by all travellers who have come from a "hotspot/zone" at a personal cost of $2,500per person. The NT has declared all of Victoria and areas of New South Wales including the Greater Sydney region as hotspots To find current hot spot advice click here. Anyone travelling to the Northern Territory will need to obtain a Border Entry Pass before arriving click here to complete an application.
From Friday the 7th of August Tasmanian borders will open to travellers from South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. To enter, you’ll need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS click here to start your application. All arrivals will have a health check on arrival. If you’ve previously been granted essential traveller status, you will need to reapply. All other states travelling to Tasmania, including residents, will need to quarantine for 14 days. Tasmanian residents can do this in their primary place of residence; non-residents must quarantine in accommodation provided by the Tasmanian Government. Anyone who has travelled to Victoria is not allowed to enter Tasmania.
New South Wales:
New South Wales borders are open to all states and territories except Victoria. Victorians are not able to enter NSW without a preapproved permit of essential travel. If you’re in Victoria and have a permit issued before 21 July, you won’t be allowed to enter NSW. If you’re in NSW with a permit issued before 21 July and you leave NSW, your permit will expire. In both cases you’ll need to reapply for a permit. For more information on permits issued before 21 July, click here. While this is not a legal requirement, if you're in New South Wales you're advised to avoid all non-essential travel at the moment. You're urged to wear a mask if you can't reliably stay 1.5 metres from others - unless under the age of 12.
Australia Captial Territory:
The Australian Capital Territory is open to all states and territories except Victoria. Anyone travelling from VIC to the ACT must have an exemption to enter.
No one can enter Western Australia from outside the state, including residents, unless they've been granted an exemption. WA will not be reopening their borders until at least August.
You are free to travel into VIC but returning to other states after crossing borderlines will not be possible without an approved permit. Some suburbs including Melbourne and the outer areas are in complete lockdown. From 11.59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, everyone in Victoria must wear a face covering, such as a surgical or cloth mask, when they're out in public - unless they have a lawful exemption.
**Note these facts are correct as of July 31st at 16:50 and are subject to change**
The information in this blog has been sourced from the Direct Health Government Body https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice-and-restrictions-faqs#other-states
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