6 July 2020
STATE BORDER RESTRICTIONS
To help you make an informed decision about the safety and wellbeing of your travellers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak we have prepared the following information. It is your responsibility to ensure your travellers comply with any government travel restrictions.
With the recent changes to state border controls we have prepared a summary of these restrictions and what exceptions are in place for essential services.
Please note this is a guide only – it is your responsibility to ensure you have checked the relevant Government advice in the links provided
The Northern Territory border has now been closed since 4pm Tuesday 24 March. This covers all access points: road, rail, air, sea.
Anyone who arrives in the Territory must be quarantined for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID019, except for special exemptions.
The Queensland Government is implementing restricted entry to Queensland from 12:01am on Thursday, 26 March 2020.
Anyone who arrives in Queensland (via air, sea, rail or road) from another State or Territory (including returning Queensland residents) from 26 March 2020 must self-isolate for 14 days, unless they are an exempt person.
Sunday 5 April
As of 11.59pm on Saturday, Queensland borders are closed to interstate FIFO workers. The two exemptions are critical roles, such as those responsible for worker health and safety, as well as FIFO or DIDO workers travelling from within Queensland.
New South Wales
NSW will close its border to Victoria from 11.59pm Tuesday 7th July. The NSW Government’s advice is that all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. They are enforcing lockdowns on non-essential services.
Information from the NSW Government on border restrictions and non-essential services is limited at this time. Please keep checking their COVID-19 page for the latest information.
The ACT border remains open at the time of writing, however a public health emergency has been declared. The ACT Government’s advice is that all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. They are enforcing lockdowns on non-essential services.
The Victoria border remains open at the time of writing. The Victoria Government’s advice is that all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. They are enforcing lockdowns on non-essential services.
The South Australian Government will reopen the state's borders to Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory from midnight (16 June) as it further accelerates the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The change means travellers from those jurisdictions will no longer need to isolate themselves for 14 days when they arrive in South Australia. Borders will open to Queensland from midnight 19 June 2020.
If you are travelling into South Australia, by road or via the Adelaide airport, you need to complete the cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to your arrival.
Once your application has been processed you will receive an email with:
1. A pre-approval receipt number that you will need to take with you to the border.
2. An assessment with ‘single status’ or ‘ongoing status’ approval to determine whether you are:
- able to travel without restriction (including people arriving directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
- an essential traveller, with or without self-quarantine restrictions
- required to self-quarantine on arrival for 14 days.
For more information on the application form please visit the SA Police website here
From 1.30pm (WST) Tuesday, March 24, Western Australia will implement strict border controls for all access points – by road, rail, air and sea.
Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
Intrastate Travel Restrictions
Most regional travel restrictions were removed on Friday, 5 June 2020. Travel is now permitted throughout all regions within WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities.
For more information on WA’s state of emergency measures please visit their website here.
From Saturday 21 March 2020, all non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form and quarantine for 14 days. The Arrivals Form can be completed upon arrival at terminals in Tasmania.
Essential travellers that meet strict criteria need to comply with other specific quarantine conditions.