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Australian Domestic Border Restrictions

By 28 July 2020September 9th, 2020No Comments

As Australia battles with the increase in COVID-19 cases, the rules around travelling and border closures continue to constantly change. At the moment, all international travellers entering Australia must be isolated in mandatory quarantine accommodation for 14 days. Since our last update, there have been some changes to the rules for travel between each State or Territory. If you have employees wishing to travel interstate, we highly recommend checking the rules for each State or Territory before booking any travel.

ACT:       The ACT border remains open. However, all travellers coming from VIC will be denied entry unless they are granted an exemption. Travellers coming from NSW who have been in high-risk areas will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. ACT residents will be able to return home, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and must notify ACT Health of their intention to return.

NSW:     The NSW border remains open to all states except for VIC. All travellers entering from VIC must apply for a permit and depending on the conditions, may be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

NT:         All travellers intending to travel to the NT must complete a Border Entry Form, no more than 72 hours before arrival. Any traveller who is arriving from a COVID-19 hotspot must complete 14 days of quarantine at a government facility.

QLD:      Anyone travelling from NSW, WA, SA, TAS, ACT and NT may enter QLD, subject to completing a border declaration. Anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days before arrival, will not be permitted to enter QLD (unless an exception applies). All arrivals from a hotspot will be required to self-quarantine at a government arranged hotel for 14 days.

SA:         All travellers entering SA must complete a cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to arriving. Travellers arriving from VIC (other than essential travellers) are not permitted to travel to SA. Travellers from ACT, NSW and other essential travellers, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.  Travellers from NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to enter without restriction.

TAS:       All travellers (including residents) wishing to enter Tasmania must apply for a G2G Pass and will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine. Tasmanian residents who have spent time in high-risk areas in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania and all non-residents will be required to quarantine at a Tasmanian government accommodation facility. All other Tasmanian residents must undertake their 14 days of quarantine at their residence.

VIC:        There are currently no restrictions on entering Victoria but of course this is highly discouraged.

WA:       Regardless of whether you are a resident or non-resident of Western Australia, all travellers must apply for a G2G Pass to enter WA. All arrivals into WA will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. All arrivals from VIC will be required to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Ajuria advisor if you have any questions on the current domestic border restrictions.

DISCLAIMER This information is current as of 14 July 2020 and subject to change. The information contained in this publication is of a general nature only. It should not be used as legal advice. To the extent permissible by law, Ajuria Lawyers and its associated entities shall not be liable for any errors, omissions, defects or misrepresentations in the information or for any loss or damage suffered by persons who use or rely on such information. Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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