The Covid-19 situation is evolving in NSW, and travel guidelines and quarantine rules across Australia are subject to change. If you have questions about travel, quarantine or coronavirus testing, check out the latest updates from the relevant state government website.
Following the growth of the northern beaches coronavirus cluster, states and territories around Australia have updated their guidelines for travellers from New South Wales. Here’s what you need to know.
Travellers who have visited the northern beaches at any time since December 11, or a Covid-affected area of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast or Wollongong (as listed here from December 21 must notify ACT Health of their intention to travel via this online declaration form. They are also required to quarantine for 14 days from when they left those areas.
For more information visit covid13.act.gov.au.
Queensland has reinstated its hard border with New South Wales, with . It will not reopen the border to greater Sydney until at least January 8. Anyone who has been in a Covid-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, or since the hotspot was declared (with the exception of returning Queensland residents, who will be required to complete their quarantine at home). Here’s a current list of hotspots as defined by the Queensland government.
From 1am on December 22, Queensland residents returning home from the greater Sydney will be required to get a Covid test and self-isolate.
Anyone who has been in NSW at any time since 1am on December 11 – but was not at a hotspot – must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before entering the state.
For more information visit qld.gov.au/health.
All new arrivals into the Northern Territory must complete a border entry form. Travellers who have been in a declared Covid-19 hotspot within the 14 days before entering the Territory must complete mandatory supervised quarantine upon arrival, ending 14 days after they left the hotspot.
For more information, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au.
Anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches Council local government area since December 11 will not be permitted entry to South Australia. Anyone who has been a high community-transmission zone (HCT) – including the rest of greater Sydney since December 11, and the Central Coast and Wollongong since December 20 – is required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last day they were in a HCT.
Travellers into SA from other parts of NSW must get a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of arriving in the state, and on day five and day 12.
For more information, visit covid-19.sa.gov.au.
Border entry conditions depend on where travellers have spent time prior to their arrival. The Northern Beaches Council local government area has been declared a high-risk area. Anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches Council local government area on or from December 11 is not permitted to enter Tasmania.
The greater Sydney region has been declared a medium-risk area. Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are required to quarantine. Quarantine locations must be registered via the G2G pass system.
Travellers from the rest of NSW do not need to quarantine when they arrive. But they must also register through the Tas e-Travel system no more than three days before arriving.
For more information, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au.
The Greater Sydney region and the Central Coast have been designated as a red zone, while the northern beaches is a designated “hot zone”. Anyone who has been in these areas is barred from entering Victoria.
All other areas of NSW are considered a green zone. Only people who have visited, been in or travelled through the green zone can apply for a Victorian Border Crossing Permit. All residents of local government areas that adjoin the Victoria-NSW border will have freedom of movement, creating a “bubble”.
Victorian residents returning from a red zone can apply for a Victorian Border Crossing Permit – but they must arrive in Victoria by 11.59pm on December 21 and isolate at home for 14 days. Victorians who arrive from red zones after that time will be placed in mandatory hotel quarantine. Travel is not allowed from a hot zone.
For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
No travellers from NSW are permitted to enter WA. Exemptions include senior government officials, active military personnel, parliament members and those working in transport freight or logistics. Anyone travelling for compassionate reasons – including WA residents travelling home from NSW – will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, visit wa.gov.a.