Covid Borders

Page last updated: 22 December 2021, 3.40pm {Page archived}

Use the map and table below to find information about Australia's interstate border restrictions and changes. There have been more than 500 border changes since November, 2020. If you have a suggestion or correction, please get in touch. View the spreadsheet where we track changes

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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 self-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 
Black (Extreme border closure) - new category
  • Hard border closure to entire state, including residents. Exemptions very rare.
 
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
  • TAS > WA. Changed from Strict to Closed. Medium risk allocation. Travel from ACT not permitted unless you are an exempt traveller. G2G Pass (entry form) required for exemptions. [Update Dec 22 2021]

  • NT > WA. Changed from Strict to Closed. Medium risk allocation. Travel from ACT not permitted unless you are an exempt traveller. G2G Pass (entry form) required for exemptions. [Update Dec 22 2021]

  • NSW / VIC / ACT > SA. Remains Mild. Vaccinated travellers not required to have a test on arrival or day 6, but must receive negative result within 72 hours prior to arrival in SA. Unvaccinated travellers from moderate risk LGAs require: negative test within 72 hours prior to arrival; test within 24 hours of arrival in SA; quarantine until test taken; daily symptom check for 14 days using HealthCheck SA. [Update Dec 21 2021]

  • ALL > NT. Changed to Go. Border entry form required. Fully vaccinated visitors permitted. Proof of vaccination required on arrival. No vaccination required for under 15s. Unvaccinated visitors not permitted. Unvaccinated returning Territorians and exemptions must do supervised quarantine for 14 days.    [Update Dec 20 2021]                                                                                            

  • NSW > WA. Changed from Closed to 'Extreme' risk allocation. Exemptions for Commonwealth, State and specialist functions only. Complete G2G Pass. Exempted travellers must - provide proof of full vaccination, be tested 72 hours prior to departure, stay in supervised quarantine for 14 days at own expense, be tested on days 1,5  and 13, wear a mask. [Update Dec 18 2021]

  • TAS > WA. Changed from Open to Strict. Low risk allocation. Mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. G2G Pass (entry form) + Health screening required. You must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA. [Update Dec 18 2021]

  • QLD  > WA. Changed from Strict to Closed. Medium risk allocation. Travel not permitted unless you are an exempt traveller. G2G Pass (entry form) required for exemptions. [Update Dec 18 2021]

  • ALL > TAS. Changed to Open. Tas e-Travel registration required. Vaccinated travellers may travel. Vaccinated travellers who have been to a high-risk area must show evidence of negative test within 72 hours before arrival. Unvaccinated travellers must self-quarantine for 5-14 days, show evidence of negative test wihin 72 hours before arrival and be tested on days 1 and 5. [Update Dec 15 2021]

  • ALL > WA. Border controls to change on Feb 5. [Update Dec 13 2021]

  • QLD > WA. Changed from Mild to Strict. Mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. [Update Dec 13 2021]

  • NT > QLD. Remains Mild. Travellers from hotspots must be fully vaccinated; return a negative test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival; get tested on day 5 following arrival. No quarantine required. [Update Dec 13 2021]

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