ACT residents can now travel to South Australia without needing to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. The announcement also paves the way for South Australians to holiday in Canberra, without needing to quarantine when returning home.
For now, quarantine-free travel to South Australia is only available to Canberrans that haven’t been in NSW during the past 14 days. This means ACT residents cannot even travel across the border to Queanbeyan (a short drive from Canberra, where many people go shopping) for two weeks prior to visiting South Australia. Nonetheless, it’s a promising step in the right direction. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the ACT for more than two months.
Meanwhile, Queensland plans to remove the ACT from its list of hotspots from Friday 25 September.
This announcement comes just a few days after the Northern Territory government announced its intention to remove greater Sydney from its list of COVID-19 hotspots from 9 October 2020. Although this date is still subject to change, based on the health situation in NSW, Qantas plans to resume daily Sydney-Darwin flights from this date. NSW residents that haven’t been in any declared hotspots during the past 14 days (of which Sydney is one) are already permitted to enter the NT. However, the (lack of) availability of flights from NSW and ACT cities other than Sydney is a problem.
The Queensland government continues to ban travel from Victoria and NSW indefinitely, to the ire of Qantas boss Alan Joyce who has been lobbying politicians and launched a petition last week. The Queensland government closed its border to anyone travel from Greater Sydney from 1 August, and then from the rest of NSW and ACT on 8 August.
With constant changes to Australian state border restrictions, it can be hard to keep up. So, which states are currently allowing travellers, and from where?
We’ve put together a summary of the latest border restrictions for each Australian state and territory. Below, you’ll find the current entry and quarantine restrictions for every state & territory, as of the time of writing. Note that these restrictions are subject to change at any time…
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
It is not currently permitted to enter the ACT from Victoria without an exemption. Returning ACT residents must quarantine for 14 days if they return from Victoria. There are currently no specific restrictions that apply to entering from other states.
For the latest information, see the ACT government website.
New South Wales (NSW)
It is not currently permitted to enter NSW from Victoria without an exemption (e.g. for residents of border towns). From 12.01am on Friday 7 August, NSW residents returning from Victoria must fly into Sydney Airport and enter 14 days of hotel quarantine.
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. Declared hotspots currently include all of Victoria and Greater Sydney. Other previously-declared hotspots including Port Stephens, Blue Mountains and Brisbane have already been removed from this list. The NT government plans to remove Sydney from the list of hotspots on 9 October 2020.
A Border Entry Form must be completed and printed within 72 hours of arrival, and you may be required to show proof that you have not been in a hotspot. 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.
Anyone that has been in Victoria, NSW or ACT in the past 14 days is not permitted to enter Queensland. From 1am on 8 August, returning Queensland residents coming from one of these states or territories will be required to fly to Brisbane and enter hotel quarantine at their own expense.
People from the ACT will be permitted to enter Queensland from 25 September, if they have not been in NSW during the past 14 days.
For the latest information, see the QLD government website.
South Australia (SA)
Australians may enter South Australia without quarantining if they have only been in WA, NT, TAS, QLD and/or ACT in the past 14 days. Arrivals from NSW must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival unless they are deemed essential travellers. Only essential travellers are permitted to enter if they have been in Victoria in the past 14 days (even SA residents cannot enter from Victoria at the moment).
For the latest information, see the SA government website.
All non-essential travellers entering Tasmania must quarantine for 14 days. Anyone coming from Victoria, or who has been to a declared hotspot in NSW or QLD in the last 14 days, is not permitted entry at all.
For the latest information, see the Tasmanian government website.
There is currently no requirement to quarantine when arriving in Victoria (where the current COVID-19 outbreak in Australia is occurring) from another Australian state or territory. However, if you travel to Victoria, you may not be able to leave in the near future as no states/territories are currently allowing travellers in from Victoria without an exemption and/or quarantine on arrival.
For the latest information, see the Victorian government website.
Western Australia (WA)
In general, entry into WA is not permitted at this time.
Travellers from most Australian states and territories (except NSW and Victoria) can apply for a G2G PASS if they qualify for an exemption and will need to self-isolate (or be placed into quarantine) for 14 days after arriving. Stricter exemption requirements apply to travellers coming from (or transiting through) NSW or Victoria.
For the latest information, see the WA government website.
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