Covid Borders

Use the map and table below to find information about Australia's interstate border restrictions and changes. There have been more than 300 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 > WA. Changed from Go to Mild. Travellers who have been to an exposure site during the relevant times are required to get tested and self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure. This applies to both close and casual contact exposure locations. [Update June. 17]

  • NSW > VIC. Changed from Go to Mild. Travellers from City of Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra LGAs must obtain orange zone permit, get tested upon arrival and stay isolated until negative result received. [Update June. 17]

  • NSW > ACT. Remains Go. Non-residents who have been to close contact exposure locations must not enter without exemption. Non-residents who have been to casual exposure locations must complete declaration form, get tested and isolate until negative result received. ACT residents who have been to close contact locations must call ACT Health on (02) 5124 6209, complete declaration form, quarantine 14 days, get tested. ACT residents who have been to casual contact locations must follow public health directions of origin.   [Update June. 17]

  • ALL > QLD. Travel declaration pass required for all travellers arriving in QLD.    [Update June. 17]

  • VIC > SA. Changed from Closed to Strict. Travel from Greater Melbourne not permitted unless exempted (self-quarantine for 14 days; test on days 1, 5, and 13; and wear a mask in public required). Travellers from regional VIC are permitted - must be tested and quarantine until negative result received; do not not attend a COVID Management Plan event or high risk setting for 14 days. No restrictions on Cross Border Community Members (with 70kms of border) unless you have left the area in previous 14 days. [Update June. 16]ALL > QLD. Travel declaration pass required for all travellers arriving in QLD. [Update June. 17]

  • VIC > NT. Correction. Changed from mild to strict. Greater Melbourne declared a hotspot. Travellers from declared hotspots must complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at own expense. [Update June. 15]

  • VIC > ACT. Remains mild. Traveller self-declaration form required within 24 hours prior to entry. [Update June. 12]

  • VIC > NT. Remains mild. Border entry form required. Greater Melbourne declared a hotspot. Travellers from Greater Melbourne must isolate and test. Travellers who have returned from OS and quarantined interstate must undergo Day 17 test. [Update June. 12]

  • See all tracked changes to interstate borders