Where can I travel in Australia? (current as at 22 September)
on 17 Sep 2020
While a lot of us are itching to pack our bags and get out and about again, there are still ever-changing restrictions to be considered. While the below details could change at any moment, here is the latest information on where you can currently travel within Australia for each state and territory.
If you have any further questions about where you can and can’t travel, we’d love to help. Please feel free to contact your nearest Phil Hoffmann Travel branch for more information.
From 12.01am on Wednesday 23 September, travellers will be able to travel to and from New South Wales without restrictions. South Australia is open to arrivals from Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, ACT and the Northern Territory directly and without restriction. Travellers from Victoria and cross border communities will not be able to enter SA from Victoria unless they apply under an approved category of essential traveller. A pre-approval process must be completed by anyone, including residents returning to SA from all states and territories except Victoria, at least 3 days before you leave for SA. Click here to complete the registration. 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. 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. NSW and ACT residents arriving can enter SA if they quarantine on arrival for 14 days and submit testing. From Saturday July 18, quarantine fees will apply for Australian citizens and residents arriving in SA from overseas – details can be found here.
Find out more: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au
Queensland’s borders are closed to ALL residents from Victoria, New South Wales, and the ACT until further notice. Any Queenslanders returning from Victoria, New South Wales or the ACT will be forced to quarantine for 14-days at their own expense. Anyone travelling to Queensland will need to obtain a border pass before arriving – you can find the application here. People will be refused entry to Queensland and sent back if they attempt to arrive in the state without meeting the requested criteria. A pass does not guarantee entry into the state. You will also need a form of ID with your residential address on it when trying to enter the state.
Find out more: www.covid19.qld.gov.au
As of July 31, anyone arriving into the NT must complete a border entry form up to 72 hours prior to arrival. You can find the online form here. You must carry a print out or a screenshot of your application reference number with you at all times while in the NT. Border restrictions have been lifted for all states and territories except Victoria and NSW/Sydney hotspot residents or those who have been in or travelled through a declared hotspot (updated hotspots can be found here) in the previous 14 days. If you have been in a hotspot, you will be forced into strict mandatory supervised quarantine at the Howard Springs facility at a personal cost of $2,500 per person or $5000 for a family of 2 or more.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reopened to visitors at 12pm on August 6 with the full support of the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation.
Find out more: www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au
Australia Capital Territory:
The ACT border is open to travellers from all states and territories except Victoria. There are no other closures or restrictions on ACT’s borders.
Find out more: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/home
New South Wales:
As of 12:01am 23rd September, New South Wales borders will be open to South Australian residents to travel in and out of the state without restrictions. NSW is open to all other states and territories except Victoria. Any New South Wales residents returning from Victoria will be forced into hotel quarantine for 14-days. Lord Howe Island has now reopened to tourists except for Victorian residents. There are no other closures or restrictions on NSW’s borders. Anyone seeking to enter NSW will need a permit which can be applied for here.
Find out more: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
Tasmania currently has strict temporary closure of its borders for all non-Tasmanian residents. The Tasmanian government say they will not reconsider opening their borders to any other states or territories until potentially the end of the year. Once a border reopening date is confirmed, entrants from NT, SA and WA will need to apply for a Good to Go (G2G) PASS, found here, and will need to have a health check on arrival. They will then need to quarantine for 14 days. 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
No one can enter WA from outside the state, including residents, unless they have been granted an exemption. The WA Government has announced the strict temporary closure of the WA borders for all non-WA residents and will not be reopening their borders until further notice. Entry into Western Australia may be subject to terms and conditions, including a requirement to quarantine for 14 days. You may apply for an exemption via the Good to Go (G2G) PASS app here. As of June 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: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus
From 11.59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, everyone in Victoria must wear a face covering, such as a surgical or cloth mask, while out in public - unless they have a written lawful exemption which must be carried on them at all times while out in public. As of 11:59pm on September 13, Melbourne is in Stage 4 hard lockdown with a plan in place for restrictions to ease over the next couple months pending a meeting of thresholds. A COVID-curfew in place from 9pm to 5am daily until 11:59 pm on October 26. As of September 13, the rest of Victoria will remain in Stage 3 with restrictions progressively easing pending a meeting of thresholds. Victoria’s borders are open, though travel to the state is not recommended.
Find out more: www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
**Note these facts are correct as of September 22 at 1630 and are subject to change.**
The information in this blog has been sourced from the individual state and territory websites as noted in the body of the blog and from the Health Direct website.
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