Covid Borders

Use the map and table below to find information about Australia's interstate border restrictions and changes. There have been more than 400 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 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 
 
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
  • NSW > QLD. Changed from Strict to Closed. All NSW declared a hotspot; travel not permitted except for QLD residents or exemptions. Anyone allowed to enter will need to go into hotel quarantine. [Update July 23]

  • SA > ACT. Changed from Mild to Closed. Non-ACT residents not permitted to enter without exemption. Stay-at-home requirement in place for anyone who has left VIC since 15 July. [Update July 22]

  • SA > QLD. Changed from Go to Closed. All SA declared a hotspot; travel not permitted except for QLD residents or exemptions. Anyone allowed to enter will need to go into hotel quarantine. [Update July 22]

  • SA > WA. Changed from Strict to Closed. Medium risk allocation. Travel from QLD not permitted unless you are an exempt traveller. Applies to anyone who has travelled through NSW in the last 14 days. G2G Pass (entry form) required for exemptions. [Update July 22]

  • SA > NT. Changed from Go to Mild. Adelaide declared a hotspot - travellers must complete 14 days supervised quarantine at own expense. All travellers must follow public health directions in that state. Day 17 test required for arrivals who have returned from OS and quarantined interstate. [Update July 21]

  • NSW > QLD. Remains Strict. Orange, Blayney and Cabonne added to hotspots. [Update July 21]

  • SA > TAS. Changed from Go to Closed. SA declared a high-risk area. Travellers not permitted to enter unless approved as an Essential Traveller. Apply for exemptions via G2G Pass. [Update July 20]

  • SA > WA.  Changed from Go 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 July 20]                                                                                            

  • VIC > NT. Changed from Go to Strict. Greater Melbourne, Mildura, Bass Coast, Greater Geelong and Moorabool declared hotspots - travellers must complete 14 days supervised quarantine at own expense. All travellers from VIC must follow public health directions in that state. Day 17 test required for arrivals who have returned from OS and quarantined interstate. [Update July 19]

  • NSW > TAS. Changed from Strict to Closed. NSW declared a high-risk area. Travellers who have been to metro or regional NSW - including returning Tasmanians - not permitted to enter unless approved as an Essential Traveller. Apply for exemptions via G2G Pass. [Update July 19]

  • VIC > WA. Changed from Strict to Closed. Medium risk allocation. Travel from VIC not permitted unless you are an exempt traveller. Applies to anyone who has travelled through NSW in the last 14 days. G2G Pass (entry form) required for exemptions. [Update July 17]

  • See all tracked changes to interstate borders