Covid Borders

Use the map and table below to find information about Australia's interstate border restrictions and changes. There have been more than 250 border changes since November, 2020. If you have a suggestion or correction, please get in touch. View the spreadsheet where we track changes.

NEW: HOW WE GRADE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
 
Green (Travel freely or minor restrictions) 
  • Minor restrictions affecting a widely defined group. e.g. All travellers from a state, city or area must complete an entry form or undergo a simple health screening such as a temperature check
  • Mild to strict restrictions affecting a narrowly defined group so long as the restrictions are not more onerous than those faced in state of origin. e.g. Anyone who has been to an exposure location must selt-isolate and follow  health advice of origin state
Blue (Mild restrictions)
  • Mild conditions affecting a widely defined group. e.g. Mandatory PCR testing for all people from a state, city or area
  • Mild to strict restrictions affecting a narrowly defined group so long as the restrictions are more onerous than those faced in state of origin. e.g. Anyone who has been to any exposure site must isolate 14 days regardless of site tiers
Orange (Strict restrictions)
  • Strict restrictions affecting a widely defined group. e.g. Mandatory quarantine (self or supervised) for all travellers from a state, city or area
Red (Closed border)
  • Hard border closure to entire state unless traveller has exemption 
 
Editor's note: The key outlined here includes a slight change in methodology. Restrictions for people who have been to exposure locations are now categorised as minor (green), rather than mild (blue), if they are not more onerous than the restrictions faced in the state of origin.
RECENT UPDATES TO BORDERS
 
  • VIC > ACT. Changed from Go to Mild. Greater Melbourne declared Geographical Area of Risk. Do not visit high-risk settings for 14 days if you have been in Greater Melbourne since 5 May. Residents who visited close contact exposure sites must call (02) 5124 6209, get tested, quarantine 14 days. Non-ACT residents who visited close contact sites must not enter ACT without exemption, quarantine 14 days. Anyone who visited casual contact site must get tested and self-isolate until negative result received. [Update May. 12]

  • WA > NT. Editorial decision. Changed from Mild to Go. Travellers who have been to exposure sites must monitor for symptoms, in line with WA Health instructions. [Update May. 12]

  • VIC > NT. Remains Go. Travellers who have been to exposure sites listed by VIC Health must follow instructions that mirror those of VIC Health relating to Tier 1, 2 and 3 exposure sites. [Update May. 12]

  • WA > TAS. Changed from Mild to Go. High and Medium risk premises removed. [Update May. 12]

  • VIC > TAS. Changed from Go to Mild. Travellers who have been to high-risk premises may not travel, unless approved as an Essential Traveller (in which case G2G PASS required). Travellers in TAS who have been in VIC since May 5 must review exposure sites and if you were at any, self-isolate and call  Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. [Update May. 12]

  • VIC > WA. Changed from Go Mild. Very low risk allocation. G2G Pass (entry form) + Health screening required. Travellers who have been to exposure sitesmust get tested immediately and self-quarantine for 14 days from date of exposure. This applies irrespective of whether the exposure site is considered Tier 1 or Tier 2 by VIC Health. [Update May. 12]

  • VIC > QLD. Changed from Go to Mild. Travellers who have been to exposure locations must: a) for entry before 1am AEST 13 May - self-quarantine for 14 days and contact 134 COVID (134 268); or b) for entry after 1am AEST 13 May 2021, enter supervised quarantine for 14 days. [Update May. 12]

  • WA > NSW. Changed from Mild to Go. All restrictions removed. [Update May. 12]

  • VIC > NSW. Changed from Go to Mild. Greater Melbourne identified as an 'affected area' - complete travel declaration within 24 hours before entering NSW, or on entry. Exposure locations listed by VIC Health are 'areas of concern' - stay at your residence unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave, until 14 days since you visited the area of concern. [Update May. 12]

  • See all tracked changes to interstate borders