Your Guide to Australian Covid Border Restrictions
Travel within Australia has never been so confusing, with changes to restrictions occurring daily.
Each state not only has different entry requirements, but also different face mask and other Covid related rules.
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Here are the border rules as they stand today....December 28th 2021 at 9am.
TRAVEL TO QUEENSLAND
A Queensland Entry Pass is required for all of those (all ages) entering Queensland from another state.
Anyone (all ages) who has visited The Australian Capital Territory, the Jervis Bay Territory, all of New South Wales, the Local Government Areas that make up Greater Adelaide in South Australia, all of Victoria, and the areas of Greater Katherine and Robinson River (including surrounding homelands) in the Northern Territory in the 14 days prior to arriving in QLD must have an entry permit and show a negative Covid test within 72 hours prior to entry. As of now this tests must be PCR tests, however Rapid Antigen Tests are currently being considered. (The requirement for a Day 5 test was removed as of today).
You cannot enter Queensland from another Australian State or Territory if in the previous 14 days you have been to an exposure site and:
- are a close, secondary or casual contact; and
- are still subject to self-isolation, quarantine or testing requirements of another jurisdiction
People fully vaccinated one week prior to entering Queensland can enter the state by road or air. (Under 16s are treated as vaccinated).
TRAVEL TO NSW
There is currently no requirement to complete an entry declaration form when travelling to NSW.
Anyone who has visited a “close contact” exposure site can’t enter NSW within 14 days of visiting the location or within seven days if they’re fully vaccinated.
Anyone who has visited a “casual contact” exposure site can’t enter NSW unless they have a negative Covid test result since visiting the location.
TRAVEL TO VICTORIA
People from all over Australia are able to travel at anytime into Victoria.
Permits are not required, nor is a vaccination certificate.
TRAVEL TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA
All people planning to travel to SA from interstate and overseas, including returning South Australians, must apply through EntryCheck SA. They must be fully vaccinated.
Travellers from Victoria, Katherine, ACT and NSW need an entry permit, must be fully vaccinated and show a negative Covid test prior to entry. A Rapid Antigen Test result is now accepted. No further testing is required.
A person is prohibited from entering SA if they are a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case interstate.
Vaccination requirements apply to all people more than 12 years and 2 months of age.
Vaccinated returning South Australian residents leaving the state for 72 hours or less are not required to test prior to arrival.
TRAVEL TO TASMANIA
All travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the state on the Tas e-Travel system.
Travellers from Victoria, ACT and NSW must be fully vaccinated and show a negative PCR Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
Those travelling from Queensland, NT, SA and WA must be fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated travellers must apply for approval before travelling. Those under 12 years and 2 months are treated as vaccinated.
TRAVELLING TO THE ACT
There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT, except for people who are close contacts.
Close contacts require an exemption to travel to the ACT.
TRAVEL TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
Anyone entering the NT must complete a NT Border Application.
Travellers from all states will need an entry permit, must be fully vaccinated, show a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to entry, have a Covid test within 72 hours of entry as well as six days later and must stay within Greater Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs in the first 14 days of entry.
Unvaccinated visitors are not permitted to enter the NT.
Children aged 15 years and under are considered to be vaccinated for the purposes of entry into the NT.
TRAVEL TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA
From February 5th 2022, WA plans to open its borders to all who are fully vaccinated (aged 12+) and have a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to entry and then again within 48 hours of arriving. if visiting for less than 6 days, the test on arrival will not be required.
All travellers planning to enter WA will need a G2G pass.
Currently, anyone entering WA must be approved and if approved complete 14 days of quarantine. For more info on the WA borders click here.