Updated: 5 August 2020 at 3:30pm

This guide takes a look at the current state border restrictions that are in place for each state.

New South Wales

Sydney

Where can New South Wales residents go?

Victoria

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions with New South Wales but make note of the restrictions for intra-Victoria travel shown under ‘Who can visit?’ under the Victoria heading.

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering, such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Queensland

Currently, non-Queensland residents who’ve been in any of the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Greater Sydney within the last 14 days aren’t allowed to enter Queensland and will be turned away at the border. Exemptions may apply for people needed in Queensland for essential purposes.

From 1am on Saturday 8 August 2020, Queensland will close its border to NSW. Non-Queensland residents will be denied entry — except for rare exemptions, which will include limited compassionate reasons.

Only border community residents and essential workers such as truck drivers will be allowed to cross the border. Border community residents will need to provide proof of their address and their photo ID to obtain a pass to cross the border.

Western Australia

No one from New South Wales can enter Western Australia unless they’ve been granted an exemption.

Anyone who has been in NSW at any point in the past 14 days will need to take 2 mandatory COVID-19 tests — one when you arrive and one on day 11 of quarantine.

From Monday 20 July 2020, you will only be granted an exemption if you’re:

  • a specific essential worker
  • a transport or freight worker
  • approved to enter by the state emergency coordinator on the advice of the chief medical officer

South Australia

Arrivals from the New South Wales who are not essential travellers must self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA.

If you enter SA as a non-essential traveller from NSW, you’ll be required to take 2 COVID-19 tests: on the day you arrive in SA and on your 12th day in SA.

This applies to anyone who has arrived in SA on or after Wednesday 8 July. It is mandatory for anyone 16 years or over and strongly recommended for children under 16.

Tasmania

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

New South Wales residents, who are not classified as essential travellers and who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’.

Australian Capital Territory

You should consider travel both to and from the Canberra region very carefully. You should not travel if you’re unwell.

However, New South Wales residents are freely able to travel into the ACT.

Northern Territory

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from New South Wales before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

If you’re intending to travel to the NT from an identified hotspot you’re strongly urged to reconsider your plans. Likewise, Territorians should reconsider travel to a hotspots.

You’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot if you were only in the airport – for a stopover, for example – and did not leave the airport.

To find the locations of declared hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au and search for ‘hotspots COVID-19’.

Who can enter New South Wales?

New South Wales has temporarily shut its border with Victoria

Anyone seeking to enter NSW at a border crossing may apply for a NSW border entry permit. You must comply with any conditions of the permit as well as other requirements of the public health order.

Transitional border entry permits expire after 14 days. Check your permit expiry date. If you applied for a Transitional border entry permit on 21 July, your permit expires on Tuesday 4 August at 11:59pm and you need to apply for a new permit.  

A strict permit system will be in place for all flights arriving in NSW from Victoria, with all passengers undergoing police and health checks on arrival. 

People who can apply for a permit include: 

  • defence officials 
  • doctors and nurses 
  • critical workers in energy, mining and construction 
  • child protection workers 
  • disability workers.

Anyone without a permit will be referred to the NSW Police and taken to special accommodation to complete 14 days of quarantine at that person’s expense. 

Any NSW residents returning home must follow new instructions for travelling home to self-isolate.

The new instructions include:

  • avoid using public transport to get home from the airport. Get collected by family or friends in a private car
  • sit in the back seat of the car with the windows down. Do not use air conditioning in recirculation mode 
  • wear face masks and observe hand hygiene recommendations.  

If you’re returning to NSW from anywhere else in Australia, you won’t need to self-isolate.

Victoria

Where can Victorian residents go?

New South Wales

New South Wales has temporarily shut its border with Victoria

Anyone seeking to enter NSW at a border crossing may apply for a NSW border entry permit. You must comply with any conditions of the permit as well as other requirements of the public health order.

Transitional border entry permits expire after 14 days. Check your permit expiry date. If you applied for a Transitional border entry permit on 21 July, your permit expires on Tuesday 4 August at 11:59pm and you need to apply for a new permit.  

A strict permit system will be in place for all flights arriving in NSW from Victoria, with all passengers undergoing police and health checks on arrival. 

People who can apply for a permit include: 

  • defence officials 
  • doctors and nurses 
  • critical workers in energy, mining and construction 
  • child protection workers 
  • disability workers.

Anyone without a permit will be referred to the NSW Police and taken to special accommodation to complete 14 days of quarantine at that person’s expense. 

Queensland

No one from Victoria can enter. The entire state is a hotspot. Authorities will turn back non-Queenslanders who’ve come from Victoria in the last 14 days unless they:

Western Australia

You won’t be allowed into WA if you’ve been in Victoria in the past 14 days unless you’re:

  • a specific essential worker
  • a transport or freight worker
  • approved to enter by the state emergency coordinator on the advice of the chief medical officer

Anyone arriving from Victoria that is permitted to enter WA will be required to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. They will also need to take 2 mandatory COVID-19 tests.

South Australia

You can only enter from Victoria  if: 

  • you’re an SA resident and you self-quarantine for 14 days. 
  • you’re an essential traveller

From 12:01am Wednesday 29 July, South Australian residents who are coming from Victoria won’t be allowed to enter SA unless they’re an essential traveller.

Arrivals from Victoria must get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arriving in SA, and 12 days after arriving. If you return a negative result, you still need to quarantine for 14 days.

If you enter SA from Victoria as an essential traveller, you must wear PPE while undertaking your essential work in the community. You must self-quarantine at all other times.

Checkpoints are located at border crossings between SA and Victoria. Essential travellers from cross-border communities can still enter SA but can’t travel further than 50 kilometres from the border. From 12:01am Wednesday 29 July that distance will be reduced to 40km.

Tasmania

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Victorian residents, who are not classified as essential travellers and who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’.

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory has domestic border restrictions with Victoria.

Anyone travelling from Victoria to the ACT must have an exemption to enter.

Exemptions include to:

  • visit a critically ill immediate family member
  • provide essential services, which authorities will assess
  • attend an immediate family member’s funeral
  • provide urgent care to an immediate family member
  • receive urgent medical care

You can also enter if you left Victoria in air transit from another jurisdiction and did not leave the airport.

Northern Territory

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from Victoria before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory – must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

If you’re intending to travel to the NT from an identified hotspot you’re strongly urged to reconsider your plans. Likewise, Territorians should reconsider travel to a hotspots.

You’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot if you were only in the airport – for a stopover, for example – and did not leave the airport.

To find the locations of declared hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au and search for ‘hotspots COVID-19’.

Who can enter Victoria?

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions and you can both leave and enter the state. 

You don’t have to quarantine after entering or travelling around Victoria. You also don’t need to quarantine simply because you cross a border between metropolitan Melbourne, Mitchell Shire or regional Victoria.

You only need to quarantine if you’ve been advised by the Department of Health and Human Services that you have been exposed to an ‘exposure site’.

Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Residents of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are under ‘stay at home’ restrictions. You can only leave home to:

  • attend work or school if you can’t work or study at home
  • buy food and essentials
  • give or receive care — including medical appointments
  • do daily exercise and recreational activities — but you can’t leave metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire for exercise or recreation. 

You may also leave your home in an emergency — such as if there’s violence in the home — or if required by law.

You can only exercise and do recreational activities by yourself, with household members or with 1 person whom you don’t live with.

If you leave home for an essential purpose, practise good hygiene and stay 1.5 metres from others. It’s recommended that you wear a mask if you can’t maintain this distance.

You can only cross the borders of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to:

  • shop for food and supplies
  • give and receive care, including medical care
  • study and work — if you can’t do it from home

You can’t visit other households or family — including to stay overnight — unless it’s your intimate partner or it’s for compassionate reasons. You also can’t have people over unless it’s your intimate partner or for compassionate reasons. You can, however, receive essential services — including care, babysitting and tradespeople.

All shared custody arrangements — whether informal or court-ordered — can continue as normal.

You’re permitted to leave the house to take children from one parent’s home to the other parent’s home.

Mandatory face coverings

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering — such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Queensland

Where can Queensland residents go?

New South Wales

New South Wales does not have border restrictions with Queensland.

Victoria

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions with Queensland but make note of the restrictions for intra-Victoria travel shown under ‘Who can visit?’ under the Victoria heading.

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering, such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Western Australia

No one from Queensland can enter Western Australia unless they’ve been granted an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of their duties
  • people with specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency workers
  • entry on compassionate grounds
  • people otherwise seeking approval to enter WA

South Australia

Travellers from Queensland can enter South Australia without restriction if they travel direct.

Tasmania

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Queensland residents, who are not classified as essential travellers and who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory does not have domestic border restrictions with Queensland.

Northern Territory

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from Queensland before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory – must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

If you’re intending to travel to the NT from an identified hotspot you’re strongly urged to reconsider your plans. Likewise, Territorians should reconsider travel to a hotspots.

You’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot if you were only in the airport – for a stopover, for example – and did not leave the airport.

To find the locations of declared hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au and search for ‘hotspots COVID-19’.

Who can enter Queensland?

Queensland residents can return home. Queenslanders can now travel anywhere within Queensland for any reason, including recreation and holidays.

Returning Queenslanders must quarantine in government-designated accommodation at their own expense for 14 days if they’ve been in a COVID-19 hotspot over the past 2 weeks.

Coming from New South Wales

Queensland has declared all of NSW a hotspot.

Currently, non-Queensland residents who’ve been in any of the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Greater Sydney within the last 14 days aren’t allowed to enter Queensland and will be turned away at the border. Exemptions may apply for people needed in Queensland for essential purposes.

From 1am on Saturday 8 August 2020, Queensland will close its border to NSW. Non-Queensland residents will be denied entry — except for rare exemptions, which will include limited compassionate reasons.

Only border community residents and essential workers such as truck drivers will be allowed to cross the border. Border community residents will need to provide proof of their address and their photo ID to obtain a pass to cross the border.

Returning Queenslanders must pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.

Coming from Victoria

All 79 Local Government Areas (LGAs) within Victoria are considered COVID-19 hotspots.

Non-Queensland residents who’ve been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days won’t be able to enter Queensland and will be turned away at the border. Exemptions may apply for people needed in Queensland for essential purposes.

Queenslanders are strongly advised not to travel to Victoria.

Coming from the Australian Capital Territory

Queensland has declared all of the ACT a hotspot. From 1am on Saturday 8 August 2020, Queensland will deny entry to all visitors — except for rare exemptions, which will include limited compassionate reasons.

Only essential workers such as truck drivers will be allowed to cross the border.

Returning Queenslanders must pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.

Western Australia

Where can Western Australian residents go?

Note that if a Western Australian resident leaves the state, they will need to be granted an exemption to re-enter back into Western Australia and then must self-quarantine for 14 days.

New South Wales

New South Wales does not have border restrictions with Western Australia.

Victoria

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions with Western Australia but make note of the restrictions for intra-Victoria travel shown under ‘Who can visit?’ under the Victoria heading.

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering, such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Queensland

Western Australian residents can come to Queensland if they haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.

South Australia

Travellers from Western Australia can enter South Australia without restriction if they travel direct.

Tasmania

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Western Australian residents, who are not classified as essential travellers and who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

From Friday 7 August, travellers from Western Australia will be allowed to enter Tasmania without entering quarantine. People travelling from these areas must not have spent time in a high-risk location in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers still need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory does not have domestic border restrictions with Western Australia.

Northern Territory

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from Western Australia before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory – must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

If you’re intending to travel to the NT from an identified hotspot you’re strongly urged to reconsider your plans. Likewise, Territorians should reconsider travel to a hotspots.

You’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot if you were only in the airport – for a stopover, for example – and did not leave the airport.

To find the locations of declared hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au and search for ‘hotspots COVID-19’.

Who can enter Western Australia?

No one can enter Western Australia — including WA residents — unless they’ve been granted an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of their duties
  • people with specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency workers
  • entry on compassionate grounds
  • people otherwise seeking approval to enter WA

Visit wa.gov.au and click on ‘COVID-19 Travel advice’ for the full list of exemptions.

South Australia

Kangaroo Island

Where can South Australian residents go?

New South Wales

New South Wales does not have border restrictions with South Australia.

Victoria

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions with South Australia but make note of the restrictions for intra-Victoria travel shown under ‘Who can visit?’ under the Victoria heading.

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering, such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Queensland

South Australian residents can come to Queensland if they haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.

Western Australia

South Australian residents cannot enter Western Australia unless they’ve been granted an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of their duties
  • people with specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency workers
  • entry on compassionate grounds
  • people otherwise seeking approval to enter WA

Tasmania

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

South Australian residents, who are not classified as essential travellers and who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

From Friday 7 August, travellers from South Australia will be allowed to enter Tasmania without entering quarantine. People travelling from these areas must not have spent time in a high-risk location in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers still need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory does not have domestic border restrictions with South Australia.

Northern Territory

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from South Australia before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory – must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

If you’re intending to travel to the NT from an identified hotspot you’re strongly urged to reconsider your plans. Likewise, Territorians should reconsider travel to a hotspots.

You’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot if you were only in the airport – for a stopover, for example – and did not leave the airport.

To find the locations of declared hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au and search for ‘hotspots COVID-19’.

Who can enter South Australia?

Before entering South Australia you must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration on the  SA Police website at least 3 days before you depart.

Authorities will assess your application within 72 hours to determine if you can enter SA, travel without restriction, or you must self-quarantine on arrival.

Victoria arrivals

You can only enter from  Victoria  if: 

  • you’re an SA resident and you self-quarantine for 14 days. 
  • you’re an essential traveller

From 12:01am Wednesday 29 July, South Australian residents who are coming from Victoria won’t be allowed to enter SA unless they’re an essential traveller.

Arrivals from Victoria must get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arriving in SA, and 12 days after arriving. If you return a negative result, you still need to quarantine for 14 days.

If you enter SA from Victoria as an essential traveller, you must wear PPE while undertaking your essential work in the community. You must self-quarantine at all other times.

NSW and ACT arrivals

Arrivals from the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales who are not essential travellers must self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA.

If you enter SA as a non-essential traveller from the ACT or NSW, you’ll be required to take 2 COVID-19 tests: on the day you arrive in SA and on your 12th day in SA.

This applies to anyone who has arrived in SA on or after Wednesday 8 July. It is mandatory for anyone 16 years or over and strongly recommended for children under 16.

Other state and territory arrivals

Travellers from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia can enter South Australia without restriction if they travel direct.

Tasmania

Where can Tasmanian residents go?

Note that if a Tasmanian resident leaves the state, they will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival back into Tasmania.

New South Wales

New South Wales does not have border restrictions with Tasmania.

Victoria

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions with South Australia but make note of the restrictions for intra-Victoria travel shown under ‘Who can visit?’ under the Victoria heading.

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering, such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Queensland

Tasmanian residents can come to Queensland if they haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.

Western Australia

Tasmanian residents cannot enter Western Australia unless they’ve been granted an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of their duties
  • people with specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency workers
  • entry on compassionate grounds
  • people otherwise seeking approval to enter WA

South Australia

Travellers from Tasmania can enter South Australia without restriction if they travel direct.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory does not have domestic border restrictions with Tasmania.

Northern Territory

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from the Tasmania before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory – must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

Who can enter Tasmania?

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Tasmanian residents can self-isolate in their home. Non-Tasmanian residents must quarantine in accommodation provided by the Government.

Non-Tasmanian residents — who are not classified as essential travellers — who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’. 

Tasmanian residents who’ve been to a high-risk location — including families with children and fly-in, fly-out workers — will need to quarantine in government-designated accommodation.

People who’ve transited through an airport or seaport in a high-risk location — but not left the port — are not considered to have been in a high-risk location.

Essential travellers who’ve been to a high-risk location may not need to quarantine. But they’ll need to comply with public health rules such as limiting their movement and wearing a face mask. 

From Friday 31 July, essential travellers who’ve been in a high-risk location will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival.

Changes from 7 August

From Friday 7 August, travellers from South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory will be allowed to enter Tasmania without entering quarantine. People travelling from these areas must not have spent time in a high-risk location in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers still need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

Visitors will have a health check when they arrive in Tasmania — including a temperature check. This health screening will be conducted at all Tasmanian airports and ports — including King and Flinders Islands.

Travellers from NSW, Qld and the ACT will still need to quarantine. Travellers from Victoria will still not be allowed to enter Tasmania — since it’s a high-risk location.

The Spirit of Tasmania will not be available to travellers from SA, WA or the NT — only Tasmanians returning home or essential travellers.

Australian Capital Territory

Where can residents go?

New South Wales

New South Wales does not have border restrictions with the Australian Capital Territory.

Victoria

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions with the Australian Capital Territory but make note of the restrictions for intra-Victoria travel shown under ‘Who can visit?’ under the Victoria heading.

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering, such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Queensland

Queensland has declared all of the ACT a hotspot. From 1am on Saturday 8 August 2020, Queensland will deny entry to all visitors — except for rare exemptions, which will include limited compassionate reasons.

Only essential workers such as truck drivers will be allowed to cross the border.

Western Australia

Australian Capital Territory residents cannot enter Western Australia unless they’ve been granted an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of their duties
  • people with specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency workers
  • entry on compassionate grounds
  • people otherwise seeking approval to enter WA

South Australia

Arrivals from the Australian Capital Territory who are not essential travellers must self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA.

If you enter SA as a non-essential traveller from the ACT, you’ll be required to take 2 COVID-19 tests: on the day you arrive in SA and on your 12th day in SA.

This applies to anyone who has arrived in SA on or after Wednesday 8 July. It is mandatory for anyone 16 years or over and strongly recommended for children under 16.

Tasmania

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Australian Capital Territory residents, who are not classified as essential travellers and who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’.

Northern Territory

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from the ACT before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory – must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

If you’re intending to travel to the NT from an identified hotspot you’re strongly urged to reconsider your plans. Likewise, Territorians should reconsider travel to a hotspots.

You’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot if you were only in the airport – for a stopover, for example – and did not leave the airport.

To find the locations of declared hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au and search for ‘hotspots COVID-19’.

Who can visit?

You should consider travel both to and from the Canberra region very carefully. You should not travel if you’re unwell.

However, the Australian Capital Territory doesn’t have domestic border restrictions other than with Victoria.

Anyone travelling from Victoria to the ACT must have an exemption to enter.

Exemptions include to:

  • visit a critically ill immediate family member
  • provide essential services, which authorities will assess
  • attend an immediate family member’s funeral
  • provide urgent care to an immediate family member
  • receive urgent medical care

You can also enter if you left Victoria in air transit from another jurisdiction and did not leave the airport.

ACT residents in Victoria can return home if they quarantine for 14 days. If you can’t self-quarantine safely, authorities can help you arrange accommodation at your own expense.

NSW outbreaks

Several COVID-19 cases have emerged in NSW. You’re urged not to travel to areas where there are outbreaks.

If you’ve been to the following locations identified by NSW Health, you must self-quarantine for 14 days from the day you were there.

  • Batemans Bay Soldiers Club in Batemans Bay between Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 July
  • Crossroads Hotel in Casula between Friday 3 July and Friday 10 July 2020
  • Picton Hotel in Picton on Saturday 4, Sunday 5, Thursday 9 or Friday 10 July
  • Planet Fitness in Casula between Saturday 4 and Friday 10 July

Northern Territory

Northern Territory

Where can residents go?

New South Wales

New South Wales does not have border restrictions with the Northern Territory.

Victoria

Victoria doesn’t have any border restrictions with the Northern Territory but make note of the restrictions for intra-Victoria travel shown under ‘Who can visit?’ under the Victoria heading.

People out in public in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a mask or face covering, such as a cloth or surgical mask.

You don’t need to wear a mask if:

  • you’re a child under 12
  • you have a medical reason
  • it would interfere with your job — such as if you’re a teacher
  • you’re undertaking strenuous exercise — such as jogging or running, but not walking

If you’re in your car alone or with someone from your household, you also don’t need to wear a face covering, but you should put your face covering on before you leave your car.

However, if you’re driving your car for work — such as to deliver items — or you’re with people from outside your household, you must wear a face covering.

You should carry your face covering at all times. The fine for not wearing it is $200.

Queensland

Northern Territory residents can come to Queensland if they haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.

Western Australia

Northern Territory residents cannot enter Western Australia unless they’ve been granted an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of their duties
  • people with specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency workers
  • entry on compassionate grounds
  • people otherwise seeking approval to enter WA

South Australia

Travellers from Tasmania can enter South Australia without restriction if they travel direct.

Tasmania

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Northern Territory residents, who are not classified as essential travellers and who have been in a high-risk location such as Victoria in the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Tasmania. They’ll be turned back at their own expense.

From Friday 7 August, travellers from the NT will be allowed to enter Tasmania without entering quarantine. People travelling from these areas must not have spent time in a high-risk location in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers still need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS from g2gpass.com.au.

For a list of high-risk locations, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au and search for ‘Current high-risk locations’.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory does not have domestic border restrictions with the Northern Territory.

Who can visit?

Strict border controls apply for all access points to the Northern Territory.

Anyone arriving in the Northern Territory must complete a Border Entry Form. You can do this online up to 72 hours before entering the Territory at coronavirus.nt.gov.au.

Once you submit your application online, print it and bring it with you. You must provide your printed form or application reference number on your arrival to the NT.

Interstate arrivals

If you arrived in the Northern Territory from interstate before 17 July 2020 and are currently undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine:

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who is not from a hotspot – quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria.
  • Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020 – who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory – must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • If you arrived in the NT and are already self-quarantining and your point of origin has since been declared a hotspot, you must stay in self-quarantine until your 14 days has concluded.

Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days’ mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at their own cost. 

The quarantine fee is: 

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

If you’re intending to travel to the NT from an identified hotspot you’re strongly urged to reconsider your plans. Likewise, Territorians should reconsider travel to a hotspots.

You’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot if you were only in the airport – for a stopover, for example – and did not leave the airport.

Current Australian border travel restrictions was last modified: August 6th, 2020 by Daniel Sciberras