State Border Restrictions
To help you make an informed decision about the safety and wellbeing of your travellers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak we have prepared the following information. It is your responsibility to ensure your travellers comply with any government travel restrictions.
With the recent changes to state border controls we have prepared a summary of these restrictions and what exceptions are in place for essential services.
Please note this is a guide only – it is your responsibility to ensure you have checked the relevant Government advice in the links provided.
The Northern Territory border has now been closed since 4pm Tuesday 24 March. This covers all access points: road, rail, air, sea.
Anyone who arrives in the Territory must be quarantined for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID019, except for special exemptions.
The Queensland Government is implementing restricted entry to Queensland from 12:01am on Thursday, 26 March 2020.
Anyone who arrives in Queensland (via air, sea, rail or road) from another State or Territory (including returning Queensland residents) from 26 March 2020 must self-isolate for 14 days, unless they are an exempt person.
Sunday 5 April
As of 11.59pm on Saturday, Queensland borders are closed to interstate FIFO workers. The two exemptions are critical roles, such as those responsible for worker health and safety, as well as FIFO or DIDO workers travelling from within Queensland.
New South Wales
The NSW border remains open at the time of writing. The NSW Government’s advice is that all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. They are enforcing lockdowns on non-essential services.
Information from the NSW Government on border restrictions and non-essential services is limited at this time. Please keep checking their COVID-19 page for the latest information.
The ACT border remains open at the time of writing, however a public health emergency has been declared. The ACT Government’s advice is that all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. They are enforcing lockdowns on non-essential services.
The Victoria border remains open at the time of writing. The Victoria Government’s advice is that all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. They are enforcing lockdowns on non-essential services.
All people entering South Australia are now required to isolate for 14 days from their arrival. This applies to South Australians, other Australians and other travellers and will be supported by border control from Tuesday 24 March at 4.00 pm.
From 1.30pm (WST) Tuesday, March 24, Western Australia will implement strict border controls for all access points – by road, rail, air and sea.
Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
Intrastate Travel Restrictions
From 12.01am (WST) Tuesday, March 31, Western Australia will introduce further restrictions on intrastate travel within Western Australia.
Unless exempted, movement through the boundaries of WA regions including; Perth and Peel, South West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance, Mid-West, Gascoyne, Pilbara, Kimberley will not be permitted.
Thursday 2 April 2020:
WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced a hard border closure for Western Australia.
The border closure comes into effect from 11.59pm on Sunday 5 April 2020. FIFO workers and their families will be allowed into WA but will need to undergo 14 days of self-isolation. There will be exemptions for health services, emergency workers, transport, freight, logistics, national and state security and judicial services. Residents will not be able to leave their Local Government area – Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham-East Kimberley – except for exempted reasons.
From Saturday 21 March 2020, all non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form and quarantine for 14 days. The Arrivals Form can be completed upon arrival at terminals in Tasmania.
Essential travellers that meet strict criteria need to comply with other specific quarantine conditions.