Overview of Australian State Border Restrictions
What border restrictions apply to each Australian state & territory?

All Australian states and territories (and New Zealand) have now reopened to travellers from Perth and the Peel region of Western Australia after Perth’s 3-day lockdown ended on Monday night. But some lingering restrictions remain for travellers heading from Perth to Victoria.

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Although most domestic borders within Australia are now open, many states and territories require travellers to apply for a permit before arriving. You can check the entry requirements for each Australian state & territory below.

 

Summary of current state border restrictions

Here’s a quick summary of the current border restrictions and entry requirements for each Australian state & territory as of 30 April 2021:


 

ACT Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand (online declaration required if travelling from Perth)
NSW Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand (online form required if travelling from Perth)
NT Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand (border entry form required)
QLD Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand
SA Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand (travel registration required)
TAS Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand (Tas e-Travel registration required)
VIC Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand; Perth/Peel is an orange zone (border permit required)
WA Open to all parts of Australia/New Zealand (G2G pass required)
NZ Open to all parts of Australia (travel declaration required)

For more detailed information, including about border passes which you may be required to apply for, please scroll down to the relevant section for that state or territory. Please note that these restrictions are subject to change at any time, including without notice.

 

Detailed border entry requirements by state/territory

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

As of 27 April, anyone entering the ACT who has been in the Perth or Peel areas since 17 April 2021 must complete an online declaration but can travel to the ACT, unless they have been to a designated COVID-19 exposure site (see the ACT government website for more information).

There are no current restrictions on entering the ACT from anywhere else in Australia.

For the latest information, see the ACT government website.

New South Wales (NSW)

Travellers from anywhere in Australia are permitted to enter NSW, unless they have been in a designated “place of high concern”.

However, if you are arriving from a COVID-19 affected area of WA (Perth or Peel) on/after 24 April, you must complete a NSW entry declaration form.

For the latest information, see the NSW government website.

Northern Territory (NT)

Australians may enter the Northern Territory provided they have not been to a declared hotspot in the last 14 days. Perth & Peel were revoked as hotspots on 27 April 2021 and there are currently no active hotspots in Australia.

A Border Entry Form must be completed and printed within 7 days before arrival. If you have been to a hotspot within the last 14 days, you’ll be placed into mandatory supervised quarantine at a cost of $2,500.

For the latest information, see the NT government website.

Queensland (QLD)

Entry from all Australian states & territories is currently permitted from all parts of Australia.

For the latest information, see the QLD government website.

South Australia (SA)

Travellers from anywhere in Australia can enter South Australia. (The additional requirements for travellers from Perth were removed at 3pm on 30 April 2021.)

All interstate arrivals will need to complete a Cross border travel registration before arriving in SA. The SA government says to apply at least 7 days before travel, however it is possible to apply closer to the arrival date. You’ll need to provide your cross-border travel registration number at the border. Travellers are also advised to download the mySA GOV App prior to arrival in order to scan a QR code that uses this check-in App immediately after arrival.

For the latest information, see the SA government website.

Tasmania (TAS)

All parts of Australia are considered “low-risk areas” and you can enter Tasmania from anywhere in Australia without needing to quarantine for 14 days, unless you have been in a high-risk premises in Perth/Peel during the past fortnight.

Everyone arriving in Tasmania will need to register their travel with the Tas e-Travel system.

For the latest information, see the Tasmanian government website.

Victoria (VIC)

Victoria uses a “traffic light” system for entry to the state, based on where you have been in the past 14 days:

Zone Rule Areas affected
Red Zone Entry to Victoria is not permitted No current red zones
Orange Zone Entry to Victoria is permitted with a permit, but you’ll need to get a COVID-19 test within 3 days of arrival and self-isolate until you receive a negative result Metropolitan Perth & Peel regions of WA
Green Zone Entry to Victoria is permitted with a permit All other parts of Australia & New Zealand

Before arriving from anywhere in Australia, all travellers must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. This includes passengers transiting via Melbourne Airport.


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For the latest information, see the Victorian government website.

Western Australia (WA)

Travellers from the designated “very low risk states & territories” of QLD, NT, SA, TAS, ACT, NSW & VIC may enter WA without self-quarantine, but must complete a G2G PASS declaration and may undergo health screening on arrival at Perth Airport.

However, if you travel to WA at this time you may face restrictions returning to your own state.

If you have been in direct contact with someone from a low or medium risk state, be aware that the WA government says:

Travellers from a very low risk state or territory who have knowingly had contact with a person from a medium or low risk state or territory in the 14 days before travelling will be subject to the same quarantine conditions as that person and must self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to WA.

If you are considering travel to WA, be warned that the WA government may impose retrospective quarantine requirements on travellers (at their own expense) who have already arrived in WA during the past two weeks from anywhere in a state that reports a new case of COVID-19 community transmission.

For the latest information, see the WA government website.

New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand commenced on 19 April 2021. New Zealand is currently accepting arrivals from all Australian states & territories. A travel declaration form for New Zealand is required.

See the New Zealand immigration website for more information.

Norfolk Island

Quarantine-free travel to Norfolk Island is currently permitted from all Australian states & territories.

For the latest information, see the Norfolk Island government website.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island (technically part of NSW) reopened to tourists on 2 October 2020. There is no longer a requirement to quarantine after arriving on Lord Howe Island and QantasLink has resumed regular flights from Sydney.

 

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