Covid Borders

Page last updated: 30 August, 6pm

Use the map and table below to find information about Australia's interstate border restrictions and changes. There have been more than 450 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
  • QLD > ACT. Changed from Mild to Go. Restrictions removed. [Updated by covid19data August 30]

  • QLD > SA. Changed from closed to mild. Level 3 restrictions for travellers from Greater Brisbane - get tested on days 1, 5, & 13, self-quarantine until negative result received, to not go to high risk settings or large events for 14 days. [Updated by covid19data August 30]

  • QLD  > WA. Changed from closed 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. [Updated by covid19data August 30]

  • SA > TAS. Remains Go. Specific premises declared high-risk (no travel allowed). [Update Aug 28 2021]

  • SA > WA. Changed from strict to Go. Very low risk allocation. G2G Pass (entry form) + Health screening required. [Update Aug 26 2021]

  • NSW > WA. Remains closed. NSW designated an extreme risk zone. No entry without G2G Pass. Exemptions for Commonwealth, State and specialist functions only. Exempted travellers must - provide proof of at least one dose 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 Aug 26 2021]

  • ACT > QLD. Remains Closed. Pause on Hotel Quarantine intake. QLD residents and relocations from hotspots may not enter without exemption. Exemptions granted only in extreme exceptional circumstances. [Update Aug 25 2021]

  • VIC > QLD. Remains Closed. Pause on Hotel Quarantine intake. QLD residents and relocations from hotspots may not enter without exemption. Exemptions granted only in extreme exceptional circumstances. [Update Aug 25 2021]

  • NSW > QLD. Remains Closed. Pause on Hotel Quarantine intake. QLD residents and relocations from hotspots may not enter without exemption. Exemptions granted only in extreme exceptional circumstances.    [Update Aug 25 2021]

  • QLD > VIC. Changed from Mild to Go. All restrictions removed. [Update Aug 25 2021]

  • NT > TAS. Changed from Strict to Go. Downgraded to low risk. Quarantine restrictions removed. [Update Aug 23 2021]

  • VIC > NT. Changed from Strict to Closed. Regional VIC made hotspot. Entry prohibited unless exempted.[Update Aug 21 2021]

  • QLD > TAS. Changed from Strict to Go. Downgraded to low risk. Quarantine restrictions removed. [Update Aug 18 2021]

  • ACT > VIC. Remains Closed. Upgraded from Red to Extreme risk zone. Travel not permitted, including VIC residents. Exemptions (very rare and only granted in special circumstances) must quarantine 14 days.    [Update Aug 16 2021]

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