Queensland state borders opened this week and Western Australia has announced that they are opening as well, but there are some rules between borders that you need to be aware of.
Looks like summer might be back on with state borders easing throughout Australia. There are still a bunch of conditions that you need to know if you are planning a getaway as it isn’t as simple as just driving over state lines.
So let’s make things simple shall we? Here’s a list of everything you need to know when travelling to each state.
State borders in Queensland are open to travellers coming from anywhere in Australia – as long as you are coming from an area that isn’t a declared hotspot. However, if you aren’t then you can enter without any conditions.
If you are coming from a hotspot, don’t fret, you can still enter Queensland but you have to:
- Be fully vaccinated,
- Present a negative COVID test 72 hours before your flight
- And agree to be tested again five days after your arrival into Queensland
If you do not comply with these three requirements you can still get into Queensland, but you will have to perform hotel quarantine for 14 days.
This may shock some readers, but Victoria has no conditions of entry. Anyone in Australia can visit Victoria regardless of where they’re from or their vaccination status. The only catch is that you can only do so if you haven’t been overseas in the past 14 days.
Australia’s strictest state border will be open on February 5, 2022. In order to enter though, travellers will need to be:
- Fully vaccinated (unless medically exempt)
- Tested depending on the length of your trip
- If you’re staying for six days or more, you need to get a test within 72 hours before leaving you place of origin, then again within 48 hours of arriving in WA.
- If you’re staying five days or less, you need a negative test 72 hours before you leave but then you don’t need a test when you get to WA.
From December 15, any fully vaccinated travellers are allowed in Tasmania but everyone needs to have a negative COVID test 72 hours before arrival.
There are no border entry requirements for NSW either as long as you haven’t visited any places of concern in other states. If you have made a visit and are also considered a close contact, then you will have to delay your arrival for seven days if you are fully vaccinated. You will have to wait 14 days if you are not vaccinated BUT if you are already in NSW then you don’t need to isolate.
If you’re a casual contact, you just need to present a negative PCR test before you jump on your flight.
As long as you aren’t from NSW or Victoria and don’t have any close COVID contacts, you can enter the ACT with no issues at all. If you are from NSW and Victoria, then you will need to apply for an exemption within 72 hours of travel.
These restrictions will apply to those from close contact locations in Queensland and South Australia.
Basically, anyone in Australia can get into the Northern Territory but there are some different requirements for travellers from red and green zones.
From a green zone? No worries, just show a negative test result.
Red zone? You’ll have to home quarantine for seven days.
From December 20 there will be no quarantine requirements for the fully vaccinated. The unvaccinated are not permitted to cross the border at all.
Once the new requirements take effect, you’ll need to test negative within 72 hours of your arrival and then again on day three and six of your trip. Thankfully, you don’t need to isolate while you wait for the results.
When you get into the Northern Territory, you need to stay within the “high-vaccination zones” for the first 14 days. That means you have to stay in Greater Darwin, Katherine, and Alice Springs. These will change as time goes on.
South Australia is only permitting the fully vaccinated into the state. There are conditions for those from Victoria, ACT, and NSW which include:
- A negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival
- Another test upon arrival – quarantine required while test is performed
- Another test on day six
- Monitor your symptoms for the first 14 days of your stay
And that’s it. Follow these rules and you’ll be setting out all over Australia in no time.
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