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COVID-19 UPDATES AUSTRALIA

- RESTRICTIONS -

- GENERAL - 19.09.21

- 19.09.21 -

National

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today released the roadmap for Victoria & at the same time announced a seven-day lockdown for several LGA's...The lockdown should end on 28 October based on projected figures of vaccination reaching 80% of the population in Victoria. Exercise area limits will be extended & some forms of exercise will be permitted next weekend.

NSW is looking to ease restrictions in some LGA areas

VIC - 

FULL DETAILS

PRESS RELEASE on the Roadmap

The Victorian Government, based on public health advice from the Chief Health Officer, has announced that at 11:59pm 19 September:

  • The local government areas of City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire  will enter lockdown.
  • This means there are only 6 reasons to leave home, a 10km travel limit and other restrictions.
  • A curfew does not apply to these local government areas

For information about restrictions in lockdown areas, see the How We Live page.

For information about restrictions in non-lockdown areas in the remainder of regional Victoria, see the How We Live in Regional Victoria page.


NSW - 


Restrictions in local government areas of concern will start to align with other lockdown areas, as vaccination rates continue to rise in Sydney’s West and South-West. 

From 12.01am Monday, 20 September, the following restrictions will ease for those who live in LGAs of concern:

  • No limit on the duration of outdoor exercise and recreation (previously a two-hour limit);
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated people (not including children aged 12 and under) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home (previously only fully vaccinated household members could gather outdoors, or up to two fully vaccinated people from different households);
  • Shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation can be done 5km from home or within your LGA (previously only 5km from home);
  • Attend a small wedding (maximum 11 people) in Greater Sydney as a guest (previously only allowed in their LGA); and
  • A person’s single’s bubble buddy can live in Greater Sydney (previously must have resided within 5km of a person’s home). A person from a LGA of concern can also now be a buddy for someone in Greater Sydney.

Nearly all restrictions in the LGAs of concern are now aligned with other lockdown areas, with the main differences being authorised worker conditions and travel permit requirements which remain in place in the LGAs of concern. 

From 12.01am Monday, 27 September outdoor pools across NSW will be able to open, provided councils have a stringent COVID safety plan approved by NSW Health. Natural pools are already permitted to be open.

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- 10.09.21 -

National

Regional Victoria has changed dropped restrictions & has no curfew in place. However, if you travel into the Melbourne Metropolitan area, you have to abide by their restrictions.

VIC - 

FULL DETAILS

PRESS RELEASE on regional VIC


From 11:59pm on Thursday 9 September 2021, restrictions in regional Victoria (except Greater Shepparton) are easing:
  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • Residents of regional Victoria must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne or Greater Shepparton, other than for permitted reasons. These include:
    • for authorised work or permitted education
    • to visit an intimate partner
    • for care and compassionate reasons, including permitted child minding
    • to access necessary goods and services provided they are from the facility that is closest to where you live;
    • other limited reasons such as moving house



Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham (except Little River), Yarra City, Yarra Ranges.


From 11:59pm Thursday 9 September, some restrictions change for Metropolitan Melbourne and Greater Shepparton

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

You cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary).

A stay-at-home curfew is in place for Metropolitan Melbourne. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:

  • authorised work
  • health and medical purposes
  • care and support of a child or someone with special needs
  • in an emergency or to escape harm.

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- 06.09.21 -

National 

The start of a new week & COVOD numbers have jumped in Victoria, numbers remain steady in NSW & seem to be declining in ACT. The vaccination rate in NSW & Victoria is rolling along well but slightly down on average around Australia. The has been deliveries of Pjhizer vaccine from Singapore & the UK on swap deals so the current states in lockdown should receive more for an added boost to their numbers of vaccine available. Most states & territories list NSW, VIC & the ACT as hotspots and have banned travel unless on an exemption.

The Federal Government is relying on the vaccination level of 70% & then 80% of the population which will allow all states to open without lockdown restrictions. Lets hope all states follow & use the same rules.


All states - links to their travel pages

NSW
Restrictions into New South Wales are in place - DETAILS HERE
QLD
Restrictions into Queensland are in place - DETAILS HERE
TAS
Restrictions into Tasmania are in place - DETAILS HERE
SA
Restrictions into South Australia are in place - DETAILS HERE
ACT
Restrictions into ACT are in place - DETAILS HERE
VIC
Restrictions into VIC are in place - DETAILS HERE,  Travel Updates
NT
Restrictions into NT are in place - DETAILS HERE, HOTSPOTS HERE
WA
Restrictions into WA are in place - DETAILS HERE



International 

NEW ZEALAND -
Auckland is at Alert Level 4. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 3.

No travel bubbles are available & no scheduled date is set for a re-open.

MEDIA CONFERENCE LINK

FULL LOCKDOWN RULES


EUROPE -
The European Commission has created a site - Re-open EU for its travel restrictions.

EU countries have agreed on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes a colour code for the classification of regions, based on the epidemiological situation there.

RE-OPEN EU SITE


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- 01.09.21 -

National 

COVID cases continue to rise around Australia. The vaccine rollout is underway as new age groups become eligible for the vaccines. The downside is that the lockdowns are being extended with some restrictions being lifted.


ACT - 

PRESS RELEASE

The ACT’s lockdown measures will be extended until midnight on Friday 17 September due to the ongoing public health risk in the Territory


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- 22.08.21 -

National 

Lockdowns continue to be extended around Australia. Regional Victoria has entered a lockdown as cases have developed in regional areas.

VIC - 

FULL DETAILS

PRESS RELEASE on regional VIC


Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that all metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – will be implemented across regional Victoria from 1.00pm 21 August 2021 until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September.


MELBOURNE METRO

From 12:59pm Saturday 21 August 2021, restrictions across Victoria change:

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

You cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary).

A stay-at-home curfew is in place for Metropolitan Melbourne. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:

  • authorised work
  • health and medical purposes
  • care and support of a child or someone with special needs
  • in an emergency or to escape harm.

If you are in Regional Victoria, the curfew does not apply. If you travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria for a permitted reason, you will be required to adhere to the curfew whilst you are in metropolitan Melbourne.

Victorians may also leave home to visit their intimate partner or their single social bubble buddy outside curfew hours, or in an emergency – including those at risk of family violence at any time. You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to permitted work or education, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.

Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.

You can remove your mask in a public place when consuming food, medicine or non-alcoholic drinks.

You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.

Face masks are recommended for primary school aged children, but they are not mandatory.


- 18.08.21 -

National 

The current COVID situation seems to be ongoing without drastically rising or falling. This means that we will keep going with lockdowns...

VIC - 

FULL DETAILS

PRESS RELEASE

From 11:59pm Monday 16 August 2021, restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne change.

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.


A stay-at-home curfew is now in place. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:
  • authorised work
  • health and medical purposes
  • care and support of a child or someone with special needs
  • in an emergency or to escape harm

Outside of curfew hours, you cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

Victorians may also leave home to visit their intimate partner, their single social bubble buddy, or in an emergency – including those at risk of family violence.

You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to permitted work or education, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.

Residents of Metropolitan Melbourne must not travel to regional Victoria other than for permitted reasons. These include:

  • for authorised work or permitted education
  • to visit an intimate partner
  • for care and compassionate reasons
  • to access COVID-19 vaccination provided it is to the closest facility where vaccination can be obtained, or
  • to access necessary good and services provided this is to the closest facility where these can be obtained.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.

Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.

You can remove your mask in a public place when consuming food, medicine or non-alcoholic drinks.

You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.

These actions will protect our loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care workers and the community.


ACT - 

PRESS RELEASE

The current public health measures in place across the ACT will be extended for a further two weeks until Thursday 2 September.


International 

NEW ZEALAND -

With a mystery case in Auckland New Zealand, the Prime Minister has ordered a snap lockdown. Auckland and Coromandel will go into a seven-day lockdown from 11.59pm on Tuesday 17 August, while the rest of the country will be in lockdown for three days. Travel is limited & the bubble with the Cook Islands will be suspended.

MEDIA CONFERENCE LINK

FULL LOCKDOWN RULES


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- 16.08.21 -

National 

Victoria has extended its restrictions & tighten them to include a curfew. Premier Daniel Andrews said the new restrictions would come into effect 11:59pm tonight and be in place until September 2 and come amid concerns about compliance with current lockdown restrictions.

Northern Territory  - NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced a snap three-day lockdown for Greater Darwin and the Katherine region to limit possible spread.


NT - 

NT Govt Site here

Effective from 12.01pm today 16 August 2021, the below areas will enter a full lockdown for 72 hours:

  • City of Darwin
  • City of Palmerston
  • Litchfield Council
  • Wagait Shire
  • Belyuen Shire
  • Dundee
  • Bynoe
  • Charlotte
  • Cox Peninsula
  • Municipality of Katherine including Tindal

From 12:01pm today, residents from affected areas must stay at home for the 72-hour lockdown period and people are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries and medications
  3. For work that is considered essential
  4. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other person or people from your house
  5. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.

Schools in affected areas will remain open only for the children of essential workers.

For everyone in the lockdown area, masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence for one of these five reasons.

Your place of residence is where you live right now.

Anyone caught breaching today’s directions – including not wearing a mask – faces a $5,000 fine.

Police will be establishing interception points to control travel in and out of these regions.

Territorians in the lockdown areas should not travel – including out of the Territory – unless it is for one of the five reasons.

Non-Territorians are permitted to leave the Territory.


VIC - 

Updates coming

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- 12.08.21 -

National 

ACT to go into a snap lockdown from 17.00pm tonight 12 August 2021 for seven days as a person has travelled, while infected, around the Territory.

ACT - 

PRESS RELEASE

Canberrans are being asked to stay at home to assist in our response to a positive case of COVID-19 in the ACT.

The lockdown restrictions will come in to effect from 5:00pm today, 12 August 2021, for 7 days.

These restrictions are to help slow the spread of the virus and allow contact tracers to do their work.

The restrictions will also ensure that we don’t put additional pressure on our health services.

The six essential reasons you can leave your home during this lockdown are:

  • to buy essential groceries and medicine
  • to access essential healthcare including in-home care
  • for essential work
  • to exercise outdoors for one hour per day in your region
  • to get a COVID-19 test
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccinated.

You can view more details on the reasons you can leave home here.

Essential retail will remain open for the duration of the lockdown. We encourage all Canberrans to buy only what they need, maintain social distancing and be considerate.

Anyone aged over 12 years must wear a mask at all times upon leaving home. For some people this is not possible. For full details on face masks and exemptions here.

FULL DETAILS


All states - links to their travel pages

NSW
Restrictions into New South Wales are in place - DETAILS HERE
QLD
Restrictions into Queensland are in place - DETAILS HERE
TAS
Restrictions into Tasmania are in place - DETAILS HERE
SA
Restrictions into South Australia are in place - DETAILS HERE
ACT
Restrictions into ACT are in place - DETAILS HERE
VIC
Restrictions into VIC are in place - DETAILS HERE,  Travel Updates
NT
Restrictions into NT are in place - DETAILS HERE, HOTSPOTS HERE
WA
Restrictions into WA are in place - DETAILS HERE

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- 11.08.21 -

National 

NSW keeps updating its Local Government Areas (LGA's) almost every day with new restrictions and different steps for lockdown. This can be very confusing, unfortunately. If you live in NSW & are unsure please check the NSW Govt Site. The Premier of NSW has said that if the number of people vaccinated reaches a certain level the restrictions could change on 31 August. This number & the restrictions are not fixed so let's keep our fingers crossed.

VIC has just been extended for another week... Too many cases in the community which are un-identified. The good news is they have a clear break from the Melbourne Metro area to Regional Victoria which makes it easier ( but again not necessarily fair).

QLD has dropped restrictions in the Cairn's area which is great news as the economy is struggling with no travellers.


NSW - 

New Areas

Rules and restrictions for the regional and rural affected areas in NSW where stay at home rules are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

NSW Regional & Rural Rules


VIC - 

From 8:00pm Thursday 5 August 2021 restrictions across Victoria have changed. - extended to 19 August.

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

This means that you cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination

Victorians may also leave home to visit their intimate partner, their single social bubble buddy, or in an emergency – including those at risk of family violence.

You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to permitted work or education, when giving or receiving care, getting a

COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.

Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.

You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.

These actions will protect our loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care workers and the community.

FULL DETAILS HERE


QLD - 

Cairns & Yarrabah Lockdown ends

The lockdown for Cairns Regional Council and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council has now been lifted.

However, a range of restrictions are still in place in these areas as well as in the 11 local government areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim) which also recently had lockdown lifted.

Find out more about the easing of restrictions.

For more information on restrictions:

  • read more on restrictions in place in South East Queensland – including movements and restrictions, mask-wearing requirements and community sports
  • read more on restrictions in place for the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas (LGAs)
  • Find out about home quarantine if you’re a close or casual contact.


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- 09.08.21 -

National 

Sad news for Queensland. As the South-East area came out of lockdown yesterday, a three-day lockdown started in the Far - North Queensland area of Cairns. 

The Cairns area has a venerable community & limited hospital space if a large outbreak was to occur so with one case recorded they are acting fast. Hopefully, no more cases are recorded. Also, the dive industry is aligned with the tourism industry in this area & such a lockdown no matter how small or long will have devastating effects economically & mentally, on everyone.

QLD - 

South East Queensland LGAs lockdown Ends - Cairns & Yarrabah Lockdown begins...

From 4:00pm Sunday 8 August 2021 until 4:00pm Wednesday 11 August 2021 the Cairns Regional Council and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will be in a 3-day lockdown


Cairns Regional Council and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council 3-day lockdown

Residents in these areas must stay at home except for the following key reasons:

  1. Obtaining essentials such as groceries or medications
  2. Essential work if you can’t work from home
  3. Exercise within your local area (within a 10km radius of your home, with no more than one person from outside your household)
  4. Healthcare, including to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination, or to provide help, care or support to a vulnerable person, or for an end-of-life visit to a hospital or aged care facility.

Restrictions on aged care, disability accommodation, hospital and corrective services visitors are in place for these areas. All shared parenting, child contact and sibling contact arrangements can occur (not just court determined).

Gatherings
  • 2 visitors allowed to your home (excluding those who live there). No visitors to those in home quarantine.
  • Weddings and funerals can take place where they are ordinarily held, maximum 20 people on site including those officiating.
Businesses

All restricted businesses and activities in the locked down areas must close during the lockdown period unless an exception applies.

  • Schools and childcare: can only open for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.
  • Universities and TAFEs: online learning only.

The following businesses may not open:

  • Non-essential businesses
  • Restaurants and cafés – takeaway or home delivery service only
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, hairdressers, beauty and personal care services, gyms and places of worship.
Masks

A mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times:

  • Outdoors: (including public transport or rideshare) unless: alone or with members of your household; eating or drinking; doing strenuous exercise or it is unsafe.
  • Indoors: (including workplaces, even where physical distancing is possible) unless: working alone in a closed office; you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with; eating or drinking or it is unsafe.
  • Schools: If permitted to be at school masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school.
Travel

If you have been in Cairns Regional Council or Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Local Government Areas since the lockdown commenced, but have since returned to your home outside these areas you must observe the lockdown rules.

Find out more


South East Queensland LGAs

Lockdown for 11 local government areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim) has been lifted, however a range of restrictions are still in place to keep Queenslanders safe.

Find out more about the easing of restrictions for South East Queensland.

The roadmap outlining restrictions for lockdown areas, the easing of restrictions for 11 SEQ LGAs and current restrictions for the rest of Queensland is now available.

View the full roadmap.

For more information on restrictions during lockdown:

Borders and travelling to Queensland

Restrictions are in place on travelling to Queensland:

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- 06.08.21 -

National 

Victoria has entered into yet another snap lockdown

The Victorian Government has announced that Victoria will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm, Thursday 5 August.

VIC - 

From 8:00pm Thursday 5 August 2021 restrictions across Victoria have changed.

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

This means that you cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination

Victorians may also leave home to visit their intimate partner, their single social bubble buddy, or in an emergency – including those at risk of family violence.

You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to permitted work or education, when giving or receiving care, getting a

COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.

Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.

You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.

These actions will protect our loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care workers and the community.

FULL DETAILS HERE

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- 02.08.21 -

National 

Queensland entered a snap lockdown for a planned three days on Saturday 31 July. This has now been extended as more cases are coming to light. The lockdown will end

Is a dynamic situation & changes each day to each week...


QLD - 

South East Queensland LGAs lockdown

From 4:00pm Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4:00pm Sunday 8 August 2021, 11 local government areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim) will be in lockdown to keep Queenslanders safe.

The roadmap outlining restrictions for lockdown areas as well as current restrictions in place for all of Queensland will be updated soon to reflect the extended lockdown.

Find out more


Borders and travelling to Queensland

Restrictions are in place on travelling to Queensland:

Find out more.


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

All states - links to their travel pages

NSW
Restrictions into New South Wales are in place - DETAILS HERE
QLD
Restrictions into Queensland are in place - DETAILS HERE
TAS
Restrictions into Tasmania are in place - DETAILS HERE
SA
Restrictions into South Australia are in place - DETAILS HERE
ACT
Restrictions into ACT are in place - DETAILS HERE
VIC
Restrictions into VIC are in place - DETAILS HERE,  Travel Updates
NT
Restrictions into NT are in place - DETAILS HERE, HOTSPOTS HERE
WA
Restrictions into WA are in place - DETAILS HERE

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- 01.08.21 -

National 

Queensland has entered a snap three-day lockdown from 4:00pm Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4:00pm Tuesday 3 August 2021. The Delta strain is very contagious & spreads fast. This ha smeant that with cases being found on Saturday the QLD Government went hard & fast. There is more cases being identified each day in QLD.

Is a dynamic situation & changes each day to each week...


QLD - 

South East Queensland LGAs 3-day lockdown

From 4:00pm Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4:00pm Tuesday 3 August 2021, 11 local government areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim) will be in lockdown to keep Queenslanders safe.

A new roadmap outlines restrictions for lockdown areas as well as current restrictions in place for all of Queensland.

Find out more.


Residents in these areas must stay at home except for the following key reasons:

  1. Obtaining essentials such as groceries or medications
  2. Essential work if you can’t work from home
  3. Exercise within your local area (within a 10km radius of your home, with no more than one person from outside your household)
  4. Healthcare, including to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination, or to provide help, care or support to a vulnerable person, or for an end-of-life visit to a hospital or aged care facility.

Restrictions on aged care, disability accommodation, hospital and corrective services visitors are in place for these areas.

Anyone who has left the affected LGAS on or after 1:00am Saturday 31 July 2021 must follow the lockdown rules wherever they are in Queensland.

Link to QLD Web Site


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- 28.07.21 -

National 

VIC has ended its lockdown today as has SA. Each state continues to have restrictions though. NSW looks like it will extend its current lockdown until the end of August.

VIC - 

FROM 11:59 PM ON TUESDAY 27 JULY 2021, RESTRICTIONS HAVE CHANGED:
  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no restrictions on travelling across the state or to regional Victoria.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors. You do not need to wear a mask in your own home, or if a lawful exception applies.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you should get tested for COVID-19.


FULL DETAILS HERE

NSW - 

PRESS RELEASE HERE

Given low vaccination rates, the current stay at home orders will remain in place for another four weeks (until Saturday, 28 August at 12.01am) across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

NSW COVID RULES


SA - 

SA UPDATES

The Stay at Home orders for South Australia will be lifted from 12:01 am on Wednesday 28 July 2021.

While some restrictions will ease across the state from tomorrow, for those who have visited an exposure site or have been directed by SA Health to quarantine will need to stay in quarantine for the required period.

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- 24.07.21 -

International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL FROM AUSTRALIA HAS BEEN SUSPENDED

Quarantine-free travel from Australia has been suspended. If you're currently in Australia (except for in NSW) and you usually live in New Zealand, you have until 11:59pm (NZT) Friday 30 July to return home.

If you return before 11:59pm (NZT) 30 July, you will not need to go into managed isolation (MIQ) when you arrive in New Zealand. 

After 30 July, eligible travellers in Australia will need to book red flights, however this may not happen immediately. These travellers will also have to book a space in MIQ.

The suspension will continue for a further 8 weeks and will be reviewed in September.

Travel information if you're in NSW

NZ GOVT page


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- 21.07.21 -

National 

The situation of community transmission is worsening with cases increasing in VIC, NSW remains high & now cases starting to appear in SA. VIC has extended its lockdown for another seven days from last night with the end scheduled for Tuesday, 27 July at 11.59pm. NSW is continuing with its scheduled lockdown until 30 July but for it to come out it has to bring its numbers down. SA has entered into a lockdown as of 18.00pm 20 July 2021 as numbers of community transmissions are increasing. This shall be for seven days at the moment.

Overall Australia needs to increase its vaccination rates as currently of about 10% of the population are fully vaccinated. Without this states will continue to go into lockdown. 


SA - 

SA UPDATES

Level 5 restrictions ( SA Term used for lockdown)

As of 6:00 pm 20 July 2021:

  • Stay at home requirement, except for the following:
    • Essential work
    • To obtain essential goods or services
    • Essential Health Services including getting COVID-19 tested or vaccinated
    • Care and compassion grounds
    • Exercise with those in your household
  • Closure of community activities
  • Masks for high risk settings
  • Masks for health care services
  • Masks for passenger transport services
  • Masks for public places

FULL DETAILS HERE


VIC - 

PRESS RELEASE HERE

"Due to the current level of community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria from the recent New South Wales (NSW) incursions, the current lockdown will be extended and travel to Victoria using Red Zone Permits will be temporarily paused, to ensure we run this Delta outbreak to ground. This means that current settings will continue for the next seven days until Tuesday, 27 July at 11.59pm. There are only five reasons to leave home: getting the food and the supplies you need, exercising for up to two hours, care or caregiving, work or education if you can’t do it from home, or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location."

FULL DETAILS HERE


NSW - 

PRESS RELEASE HERE

Given the ongoing number of infectious cases in the community, the current lockdown is until 11:59pm on Friday, 30 July. 

NSW COVID RULES


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

All states - links to their travel pages

NSW
Restrictions into New South Wales are in place - DETAILS HERE
QLD
Restrictions into Queensland are in place - DETAILS HERE
TAS
Restrictions into Tasmania are in place - DETAILS HERE
SA
Restrictions into South Australia are in place - DETAILS HERE
ACT
Restrictions into ACT are in place - DETAILS HERE
VIC
Restrictions into VIC are in place - DETAILS HERE,  Travel Updates
NT
Restrictions into NT are in place - DETAILS HERE, HOTSPOTS HERE
WA
Restrictions into WA are in place - DETAILS HERE


International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL from SOME AUSTRALIAN STATES
  • Quarantine-free travel from South Australia to New Zealand is paused. The Government will review the pause on Tuesday 27 July.
  • Return green flights are running from South Australia.
  • Quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand remains paused. The Government will review the pause on Wednesday 21 July.
  • If you have been outside New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria for 14 days or more and you meet all other criteria, you can travel to New Zealand from elsewhere on a quarantine-free flight.
  • Quarantine-free travel from NSW remains paused. Managed return flights from NSW are running. These travellers have to go into MIQ.

Note:

  • NZ Govt page was updated with information for people wishing to travel to New Zealand but who were in NSW after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June or in Victoria after 1:59am (NZT) on 16 July.
  • At 8pm, the NZ Govt page was also updated to advise that quarantine-free travel from South Australia has been paused from 11:59pm 20 July 2021.


QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL BETWEEN AUS & NEW ZEALAND DETAILS HERE


All other international travel is still banned.



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- 14.07.21 -

National 

NSW has just extended its lockdown for another two weeks with community COVID-19 cases fluctuating from 80 to 100 per day. Unfortunately, some infected cases have travelled outside of NSW and infected parts of the state of Victoria. As of today there are growing cases linked to the NSW outbreak. Hopefully, numbers will be low as Victoria can not sustain another lockdown no matter how long or short.


NSW - 

PRESS RELEASE HERE

Given the ongoing number of infectious cases in the community, the current lockdown will be extended for at least another two weeks until 11:59pm on Friday, 30 July. 

We are constantly reviewing the health advice and will continue to update the community if any changes are required. 

This means the restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place until this time.

In these areas, online learning for students will also continue for an additional two weeks.

We understand this is a difficult time for the community and appreciate their ongoing patience. 

It is vital people continue to come forward for testing to help us find any COVID-19 cases in the community. 

Restrictions in regional NSW remain unchanged. 

Read the latest COVID-19 information.


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

All states - links to their travel pages

QLD
Restrictions into Queensland are in place - DETAILS HERE
TAS
Restrictions into Tasmania are in place - DETAILS HERE
SA
Restrictions into South Australia are in place - DETAILS HERE
ACT
Restrictions into ACT are in place - DETAILS HERE
VIC
Restrictions into VIC are in place - DETAILS HERE
NT
Restrictions into NT are in place - DETAILS HERE, HOTSPOTS HERE
WA
Restrictions into WA are in place - DETAILS HERE

International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL RESUMES FROM SOME AUSTRALIAN STATES
  • Quarantine-free travel from Queensland has resumed.
  • Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales (NSW) remains paused.
  • Return green flights from Queensland have stopped now that regular quarantine-free travel is running.
  • Managed return flights from NSW begin on Tuesday 13 July. These travellers have to go into MIQ.

Managed return flights from NSW

Travel information for Queensland


All other international travel is still banned.

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- 06.07.21 -

National 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -

 The Australian Federal Government announced a four-phase or step plan. Although this gives direction it, unfortunately, does not give any time frames or vaccination numbers to be reached for the next phase to start.


LINK TO FEDERAL GOVT SITE


National Plan to transition Australia's National COVID Response

National Cabinet agreed to formulate a National Plan to transition Australia's National COVID Response from its current pre vaccination settings, focussing on continued suppression of community transmission, to post vaccination settings focussed on prevention of serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality, and the public health management of other infectious diseases.

National Cabinet agreed in-principle that the plan consists of the following phases, each triggered by the achievement of vaccination thresholds expressed as a percentage of the eligible population (16+), based on the scientific modelling currently being conducted for the COVID-19 Risk Analysis and Response Task Force.


A. CURRENT PHASE - VACCINATE, PREPARE AND PILOT

Continue to suppress the virus for the purpose of minimising community transmission. Measures include:

  • Implement the national vaccination plan to offer every Australian an opportunity to be vaccinated with the necessary doses of the relevant vaccine as soon as possible;
  • Temporarily reduce commercial inbound passenger arrivals to all major ports by 50 per cent from current caps by 14 July to reduce the pressure on quarantine facilities, due to the increased risks of the Delta strain of the virus;
  • Lockdowns to be used only as a last resort;
  • Commonwealth to facilitate increased commercial flights to increase international repatriations to Darwin for quarantine at the National Resilience Facility at Howard Springs;
  • Commonwealth to extend additional support through the International Freight Assistance Mechanism to ensure maintenance of essential freight supply lines impacted by the reduction of commercial caps at international airports;
  • Trial and pilot the introduction of alternative quarantine options, including home quarantine for returning vaccinated travellers;
  • Expand commercial trials for limited entry of student and economic visa holders;
  • Recognise and adopt the existing digital Medicare Vaccination Certificate (automatically generated for every vaccination registered on AIR);
  • Establish digital vaccination authentication at international borders;
  • Prepare the vaccine booster programme; and
  • Undertake a further review of the national hotel quarantine network.
B. POST VACCINATION PHASE

Seek to minimise serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality as a result of COVID-19. Measures may include:

  • Ease restrictions on vaccinated residents - such as lockdowns and border controls;
  • Lockdowns only in extreme circumstances to prevent escalating hospitalisation and fatality;
  • Restore inbound passengers caps at previous levels for unvaccinated returning travellers and larger caps for vaccinated returning travellers;
  • Allow capped entry of student and economic visa holders subject to quarantine arrangements and availability;
  • Introduce new reduced quarantine arrangements for vaccinated residents; and
  • Prepare/implement the vaccine booster programme (depending on timing).
C. CONSOLIDATION PHASE

Manage COVID-19 consistent with public health management of other infectious diseases. Measures may include:

  • No lockdowns;
  • Continue vaccine booster programme;
  • Exempt vaccinated residents from all domestic restrictions;
  • Abolish caps on returning vaccinated travellers;
  • Allow increased capped entry of student, economic, and humanitarian visa holders;
  • Lift all restrictions on outbound travel for vaccinated persons; and
  • Extend travel bubble for unrestricted travel to new candidate countries (Singapore, Pacific).
D. FINAL PHASE

Manage COVID-19 consistent with public health management of other infectious diseases. Measures may include:

  • Allow uncapped inbound arrivals for all vaccinated persons, without quarantine; and
  • Allow uncapped arrivals of non-vaccinated travellers subject to pre-flight and on arrival testing.

National Cabinet agreed that the COVID-19 Risk Analysis and Response Task Force be tasked to make recommendations on finalising the plan, including recommended vaccination targets for each phase of the plan based on the modelling.

Phases will continue to maintain simple risk mitigation and prevention measures such as hygiene, tracing and testing.


International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL RESUMES FROM SOME AUSTRALIAN STATES


All other international travel is still banned.


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

All states - links to their travel pages

QLD
Restrictions into Queensland are in place - DETAILS HERE
TAS
Restrictions into Tasmania are in place - DETAILS HERE
SA
Restrictions into South Australia are in place - DETAILS HERE
ACT
Restrictions into ACT are in place - DETAILS HERE
VIC
Restrictions into VIC are in place - DETAILS HERE
NT
Restrictions into NT are in place - DETAILS HERE
WA
Restrictions into WA are in place - DETAILS HERE

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- 30.06.21 -

National

NORTHERN TERRITORY -

NEW - COVID-19: Lockdown restrictions in place

Alice Springs
Alice Springs entered a 72-hour lockdown at 1pm 30 June 2021
Darwin
The COVID-19 lockdown across the Greater Darwin Area has been extended for a further 72 hours until 1pm on Friday 2 July 2021. This includes the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield Council areas, and Wagait and Belyuen Shires.
FULL DETAILS HERE


QUEENSLAND -

Lockdown for parts of Queensland
3 -Day lockdown for South East Queensland, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island is in effect from 6pm AEST Tuesday 29 June.
FULL DETAILS HERE


WESTERN AUSTRALIA -

Perth and Peel will enter a minimum 4-day lockdown from 12.01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021 until 12.01am, Saturday 3 July, 2021.


Travel from Perth and Peel to other regions will not be permitted, unless for essential purposes.

Anyone who has been to one of the potential exposure locations will need to get tested and quarantine as per the instructions they are given. 

Exposure locations are being updated so people are encouraged to check the information regularly.

For more information visit the COVID-19 coronavirus: Circuit breaker 4-day lockdown Perth and Peel frequently asked questions

Stay home

You are required to stay home unless you need to:

  • work because you are an essential worker and it is not reasonably practicable to work from home. Refer to list of essential workers;
  • shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies, including click and collect, within 5km from your home or closest practicable location
  • attend to medical or health care needs including emergencies, compassionate requirements, looking after the vulnerable, or donate blood or plasma,
  • exercise with a maximum of two adults from the same household (children under 18 years are not counted), limited to one hour per day within a 5km radius from home, and masks must be worn, except for vigorous exercise.
  • receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • leave due to an emergency (e.g. emergencies, fleeing domestic violence).

Masks

  • Masks are mandatory:
    • indoors
    • outdoor spaces (except for vigorous exercise)
    • and on public transport.
  • Mask-wearing mandatory except for primary school students and those who are exempt.
  • Anyone who has travelled outside of the Perth and Peel regions since Sunday, 27 June must continue to wear face masks in public, as per the existing directions.


FULL DETAILS HERE


International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL RESUMES FROM SOME AUSTRALIAN STATES


All other international travel is still banned.

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- 27.06.21 -

National

NSW - 

The Greater Sydney area has gone into a Stay-at-home order ( lockdown).

Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, 9 July 2021.


UPDATED NSW COVID-19 RULES


Summary of some Current restrictions:

REASONABLE EXCUSE TO LEAVE HOME

A reasonable excuse is if you need to

  • obtain food or other goods and services
    • for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
    • for vulnerable people
    • if the food or goods and services are not available in the local government area that you live in
  • travel for work or education if it is not possile to do it at home
  • exercise and take outdoor recreation in Greater Sydney
  • go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
  • donate blood
  • access childcare
  • continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children
  • attend a wedding or funeral
  • provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance
  • access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services
  • move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence
  • undertake legal obligations
  • avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
  • in case of emergencies
  • for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not necessarily live together
  • to provide pastoral care if you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order. 

Taking a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.

FACE MASKS

The requirement to wear a face mask in all indoor areas of non-residential premises that was recently applied in Greater Sydney has been extended to all of NSW. 

As well as wearing a face mask in all indoor areas, you must also wear a face mask

  • at certain outdoor gatherings
  • if you are on public transport
  • in a major recreation facility such as a stadium or
  • if you are working in a hospitality venue.

Full restrictions here for Greater Sydney

What you can do in regional and rural NSW



NORTHERN TERRITORY -

NEW - COVID-19: Lockdown restrictions in place

From 1pm on 27 June 2021 residents from Darwin, Palmerston and the rural areas must stay at home for a 48 hour lockdown period.

People are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons. Masks must be worn at all times when leaving  home:

  1. To receive health care or attend medical appointments. Including to get the COVID-19 vaccine
  2. To undertake shopping and get necessary goods and services. Supermarkets will stay open, so there is no need to stock up on groceries.
  3. To exercise for up to one hour a day within 5km of your home and only with members of your household or one other person.
  4. To undertake essential work. If you can work from home – you must work from home.
  5. In case of an emergency or if there is family violence or to provide essential care to a loved one or dependent.

FULL DETAILS HERE


WESTERN AUSTRALIA -

Effective 12pm, Sunday 27 June, restrictions will be introduced for Perth and Peel for a minimum 3 days.

This follows a community case of COVID-19 being detected overnight in WA, relating to NSW travel.

People are encouraged to check the locations in WA visited by confirmed cases.

Masks

  • Masks mandatory:
    • Indoors
    • Public transport
    • Outdoor public areas where physical distancing is not possible.  
  • Mask-wearing mandatory except for primary school students and those who are exempt.

Gatherings

  • Limit of 30 visitors to the home.

FULL DETAILS HERE


VICTORIA - 

Two different sets of restrictions are in place - Melbourne Metro Area & Regional Victoria. These are easing as case numbers per day are dropping.


Details below in the VIC Section or follow the VIC Govt Site Here


International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel with Australia is PAUSED


Check before booking flights on the New Zealand governments site


All other international travel is still banned.


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

Other States:

QLD
Restrictions into Queensland are in place - DETAILS HERE
TAS
Restrictions into Tasmania are in place - DETAILS HERE
SA
Restrictions into South Australia are in place - DETAILS HERE
ACT
Restrictions into ACT are in place - DETAILS HERE


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- 17.06.21

National

VICTORIA - Restrictions eased further

VIC Gov Site

Melbourne Metro:

From 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no limits on the distance you can travel, and you can travel to regional Victoria.
  • You can travel to Victoria’s Alpine Resorts if all visitors have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne and receive a negative test (children under 12 years not included). Visitors must be able to show evidence of a negative test as a condition of entry, such as a text message from a testing provider.
  • You can have up to two adults plus dependants visit your home per day.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you must get tested for COVID-19.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit, no matter how long you spend at that location.

More details here

Regional Victoria:

From 11:59 pm on Thursday, 17 June 2021, if you live in regional Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no restrictions on travelling to metropolitan Melbourne. 
  • You can have up to 5 adults visit your home once per day.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you must get tested for COVID-19

More details here


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

Other States:

Melbourne & the State of Victoria is easing restrictions but at the time of writing NSW is facing an outbreak. Queensland has introduced restrictions for NSW residents now as well. Please follow the links below to the State Government websites if you are thinking about travelling anywhere in Australia.


International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

The pause in New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria is ongoing. No date set for a re-opening. All other state travellers are allowed to fly into New Zealand but should check before booking flights on the New Zealand governments site

( I was recently in New Zealand and the requirements for testing are different in each city or regional area. You will need to ring or go online to book an appointment in most areas. Here is the link)


All other international travel is still banned.



- 11.06.21

National

VICTORIA - Restrictions eased

VIC Gov Site

From 11:59 pm on Thursday, 10 June 2021, restrictions will be eased within the Melbourne Metro Area & Regional Victoria:

Melbourne Metro:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave your home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • You cannot have visitors to the home.
  • You cannot travel more than 25km from your home except for work, care, study or to travel your nearest vaccination centre. Travel into regional Victoria is not permitted, except for a number of limited reasons – work, education, care and caregiving, and to get vaccinated (if this is your nearest vaccination location).
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors.
  • Restrictions follow you, for example if attending a funeral in regional Victoria that funeral must apply metropolitan Melbourne rules.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you must get tested for COVID-19.

More details here

Regional Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • You can have up to two adults visit your home per day.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, and outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you must get tested for COVID-19.

More details here


The Victorian Government hopes to balance Melbourne Metro restrictions to the same as Regional Victoria's restrictions over the coming weeks.


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

Other States:

Each state will release details on their restrictions over the coming few days. Links to each states sites below.


International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

The pause in New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria is ongoing. No date set for a re-opening. All other state travellers are allowed to fly into New Zealand but should check before booking flights on the New Zealand governments site

All other international travel is still banned.


GENERAL - UPDATES

- 02.0.21

National

VICTORIA - EXTENDED - circuit breaker restrictions for Victoria will continue from Thursday 3 June 2021 11:59 pm until Thursday 10 June to 11:59 pm ( current lockdown continues).

Updated restrictions from 11.59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021

For Melbourne, there will still be only five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and study, care and caregiving, exercise, and getting vaccinated.

There are also no changes to mask-wearing restrictions.

Here is what has changed:

  • The five-kilometre radius around the home will be increased to 10 kilometres
  • Students in year 11 and year 12 will return to face-to-face learning, along with other students doing a Unit 3/4 VCE subject
  •  A number of outdoor jobs will be added to the authorised worker list, including painting, landscaping and letterboxing


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

Each state has introduced restrictions to those that have been in the Great Melbourne Area & their listed Public Exposure Sites - NEW SITES ADDED in NSW

International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

The pause in New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria will be extended until 11:59 pm Thursday 10 June. 


- 27.05.21

National

VICTORIA - New circuit breaker restrictions for Victoria will be in place from 11:59 pm Thursday 27 May to 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021.

Details here:

INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

Each state has introduced restrictions to those that have been in the Great Melbourne Area & their listed Public Exposure Sites

International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

The pause in New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria will be extended until 7.59 pm on Friday 4 June 2021.


- 26.05.21

National

Victoria -  VICTORIAN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS HAVE TIGHTENED IN MELBOURNE

The stricter rules came into effect at 6:00pm Tuesday 25.05.21 and will stay in place until at least June 4. 

Under the new rules, there can only be five visitors per day to a household.

A fitted face mask must be worn in all indoor settings, with some limited exemptions. This rule applies to all adults and all children aged 12 and over. It includes workplaces, shopping centres, public transport and basically anywhere else with a roof.

For private gatherings outside of the household, like a picnic or barbecue, the limit is a total of 30 people.


INTERSTATE TRAVEL - 

Each state has made statements with most restricting entry from Victoria travellers. Check each states individual website for updates ( links are below in each state section) as this will continue to change over the next few days

International

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

New Zealand has stopped the travel bubble with the State of Victoria for 72 hours. The pause will come into force from 7.59pm NZT Tuesday and be in place for 72 hours.

Travel is still possible into other states for the time being.


- 26.04.21

National

Western Australia

The lockdown of the Perth and Peel region will end at midnight tonight 26.04.21, after Western Australia recorded no new community spread of coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

But Premier Mark McGowan said while people were free to leave their homes and return to work and schools would be open as usual, some interim restrictions would remain for the next four days, including the mandatory wearing of face masks in public.

Masks will not be mandatory for primary school students, but secondary school students will need to wear them.

Staff at primary and secondary schools will need to wear masks.

INDIVIDUAL STATES WILL ISSUE TRAVEL RESTRICTION CHANGES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

- 24.04.21

National

Western Australia

WA GOV Lockdown details page

Perth and Peel are in a 3-day lockdown from 12.01am, Saturday 24 April 2021 until 12.01am, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

These measures are based on health advice following, a positive COVID-19 case from hotel quarantine who was active in the community.

ALL STATES issue travellers returning from Perth & Peel areas into 14-day quarantine. - Check your destination state pages

- 14.04.21

National

Victoria -  NSW & QLD were declared "green zones" under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system effective 11:59 pm, 11 April 2021. All Travellers into Victoria need a permit. International flights have also resumed. 

All interstate travel now possible - check each individual state before leaving for exact details as each state operates with different entry requirements.

International

The travel bubble from New Zealand is confirmed with the start date set for 19 April 2021. This means Australians can fly into NZ without quarantine. 

Details here: 

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

From 19 April 2021, people who have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel quarantine-free to New Zealand. This includes people who have spent all 14 days in Australia, or people who have travelled from New Zealand to Australia and are returning within 14 days.

To travel quarantine-free you must meet the New Zealand Government’s health pre-conditions and all other normal entry requirements, like customs, immigration and biosecurity, apply.

Be aware that quarantine-free travel could be paused or suspended at any time, so stay up to date. Australian citizens and permanent residents who have been in Australia for 14 days before departure can travel to New Zealand without applying for an outwards travel exemption.

Note: This only applies when New Zealand is the destination of travel. If you are transiting through New Zealand to another destination, you must apply for an outward travel exemption.


Other International Destinations:

No date set yet to resume international flights departing Australia as yet. Qantas is speculating the end of October but this may be on hold due to the vaccination rollout being stalled.


- 02.04.21

National

Queensland - From 12.00pmAEST 01 April 2021 the three-day lock-down was lifted from the Brisbane area. Everyone in Queensland is required to carry a mask, wear it indoors & outdoors ( if social distancing is not possible). Other restrictions apply, see the link to the Queensland Govt site.

The other Australian states are adjusting their restrictions in various ways. Please check each Govt states sites directly ( links below to each state) as they are changing it almost on a daily basis.

- 30.03.21

National

Queensland- From Monday 29 March at 5pm the Brisbane area entered into a three-day lockdown. The situation will be reviewed on Wednesday as they are several cases of community transmissions. Other states have implemented restrictions for those that have been in several hotspots & travelled through the Brisbane region. Please see separate state sites below.

- 25.03.21

National

Victoria - From Thursday 8 April International flights will return to flying into Melbourne., Victoria.

- 23.03.21

National

Victoria - From 6pm on Friday 26 March, Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, including allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask-wearing and an increase in the number of people allowed in live music venues and other settings Full details here. Travellers into Victoria now need a permit. No international arrival flights are permitted. 

International

The travel bubble from New Zealand is still on hold, no new date for re-commencement has been set.

No date set yet to resume international flights departing Australia as yet. Qantas is speculating the end of October.

- 27.02.21

National

Victoria - Has further reduced restrictions as from 11.59 pm 26.02.21. Full details here. Travellers into Victoria now need a permit. No international arrival flights are permitted. 

International

The travel bubble from New Zealand has been put on hold due to new cases in Auckland. No date set yet to resume flights.


- 20.02.21

Interstate:

Victoria is out of lockdown and reverts to a COVIDSafe Summer program. ( Details here & below)

- 12.02.21

Victoria is going into a five-day lockdown from 23.59pm 12.02.21

Statement from the VIC Premier


- 04.02.21

Interstate

VICTORIA has a new community transmission case from a hotel worker. New directives have been issued today 04.02.21. Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 location needs to be tested & isolate for 14 days. DETAILS OF LOCATIONS ARE HERE

MEDIA RELEASE HERE

Other states will release restrictions with travel into & out of VIC as details of contact tracing comes to hand.

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no international travel destinations open unless with authorisation. NZ travel bubble is only for NZ to travel to Australia.


- 02.02.21

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no international travel destinations open unless with authorisation. NZ travel bubble is only for NZ to travel to Australia.

Interstate

WESTERN AUSTRALIA has entered into a lockdown (certain areas) as a case of the UK strain of COVID-19 was found in a hotel security worker.

Official announcement: " From 6 pm, Sunday, 31 January 2021 until 6 pm Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area & the Peel and South-West regions will enter a 5-day lockdown. These measures are based on health advice & is being implemented due to a fast-evolving situation in Western Australia with the positive COVID-19 case detected in a hotel quarantine worker."

ALL OTHER STATES HAVE A QUARANTINE PROCEDURE IN PLACE FOR ALL ARRIVING WA TRAVELLERS.

- 19.01.21

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no international travel destinations scheduled to open as yet. A travel bubble with New Zealand has been confirmed but dates are TBA.

Interstate

The state of Victoria has started a "traffic light system" for hotspot recognition. The areas around Sydney has changed into what's known as "orange". Details below.

States are regularly updating with current info below & links ti their sites.

- 08.01.21

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no international travel destinations scheduled to open as yet. A travel bubble with New Zealand has been confirmed but dates are TBA.

Interstate

Updates are happening regularly in each state. Victoria has listed areas, that if you visited, you will need to be tested. Queensland has a hotel quarantine worker test positive for the UK strain of COVID so will be sending the Brisbane area into a three-day lockdown from 18.00pm tonight 08.01.21 until 18.00pm Monday the 11 January 2021.

If you are thinking of travelling please visit that states website details as they are continually updated.

- 04.01.21

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no international travel destinations scheduled to open as yet. A travel bubble with New Zealand has been confirmed but dates are TBA.

Interstate

NSW has currently two clusters with steading infection numbers. This has lead to concern from all states with travel restrictions to all states, in place for all NSW travellers. It's a dynamic evolvement so please check each individual state links below.

- 22.12.20

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no international travel destinations scheduled to open as yet. A travel bubble with New Zealand has been confirmed but dates are TBA.

Interstate

NSW has experienced an outbreak on their Northern Beaches area of Sydney. This has lead to the Greater Sydney Area being declared a Hotspot. States have introduced restrictions of travel into their states from NSW & this hotspot. (details in the state areas below). Travel from Sydney & NSW to another state is not recommended by state governments

- 06.12.20

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no international travel destinations scheduled to open this year.

Interstate

All states are open for travel interstate.

- 24.11.20

International

Restrictions still remain in place with no word on whom Australia will first be allowed to travel bubble with. Speculation with New Zealand & several other Asian countries but nothing set yet

Interstate

Victoria has opened its borders with New South Wales but closed (under permit) with South Australia. Queensland has just announced an opening of its borders on the 1 December.

 - 18.10.20

International

Saturday the 17 October saw the start of the Travel Bubble with New Zealand. It seems it has hit a few issues as some travelers have entered the State of Victoria which originally was not part of the travel bubble. The Victorian government was not happy & seems everyone is blaming the other. Let's see how that pans out.

States

Victoria announced the lifting of several restrictions from midnight tonight the 18 October. Some businesses will be happy others ( cafes & restaurants ) not so happy with more restrictions being lifted on the 2 November.

Many other states have or are looking at lifting restrictions on their borders some as Victoria starts to become less or not a COVID Hotspot.

Details are listed below.

UPDATES BY STATE

VICTORIA

VICTORIA: 27.06.21 Update

VIC Govt Exposure Sites Here


VIC Gov Site Travel Updates here


Restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne
Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham (except Little River), Yarra, Yarra Ranges.

If outside these areas, refer to the regional Victoria information.

From 11:59 pm on Thursday, 24 June 2021, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne: 
  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no limits on the distance you can travel, and you can travel to regional Victoria.
  • You can travel to Victoria’s Alpine Resorts. It is recommended that all visitors have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne and receive a negative test (children under 12 years not included) before arriving in the Alpine region.
  • You can have up to 15 people visit your home per day (cap includes dependants other than infants under 12 months).
  • Patients at hospitals and care facilities can have two visitors at a time and up to five visitors per day. End of life patients can have two visitors at a time and there is no total limit per day.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home or if a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria QR code app, no matter how long you spend at that location.

Social gatherings 

  • Up to 15 people can visit your home per day (cap includes dependants other than infants under 12 months).
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 50 people. A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard at home.

Work and education

  • You aren’t required to work or study from home.
  • Schools and universities remain open.
  • Workplaces like offices can increase to 75% capacity or 30 people, whichever is greater.

Religion and ceremony

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 300 people per venue (indoors and outdoors) with density limits.
  • You can have a wedding at a venue with up to 300 people subject to the density limit of the venue. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. The celebrant and a photographer are in addition to the cap. Dancefloors remain closed. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 300 people. This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply. 
  • There are no restrictions on those travelling from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria for weddings and funerals.

Sport and recreation 

  • Community sport can continue for all ages, including training and competition. Spectators are allowed. Density limits apply.
  • Indoor physical recreation can continue, with maximum capacity of 300 people per indoor space and 1000 people per outdoor space. Density limits apply. Group sizes are limited to 50 per session indoors and outdoors, plus the trainers.
  • For activities other than community sport (like exercise classes in the park) you can exercise outdoors with up to 50 people, plus the trainer.

Retail and hospitality 

  • Shops are open with density limits. 
  • Beauty and personal care services are open with density limits. Workers must wear a face mask, but customers can remove their face mask for the service.
  • Restaurants and cafes are open for seated service and density limits apply. No limits on group bookings and a venue cap of 300 persons. Density limits and venue caps vary for smaller venues.

Entertainment

  • Community facilities including libraries can open with density limits and cap of 300 per venue (indoors and outdoors). No limits on group sizes.
  • Bars, karaoke facilities and nightclubs are open with seated service only, density limits apply and venue cap of 300 people. Dancefloors remain closed.
  • Entertainment venues such as cinemas can have 75% seated capacity and up to 300 people per indoor space. Density limits apply to indoor non-seated areas and a cap of 300 people per indoor space.
  • Outdoor seated spaces at entertainment venues can have 75% seated capacity and up to 1000 people per outdoor space. Density limits apply to outdoor non-seated areas. 
  • No limits on group bookings.

Restrictions for regional Victoria
From 11:59 pm on Thursday, 24 June 2021, if you live in regional Victoria:
  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no restrictions on travelling to metropolitan Melbourne.
  • You can have up to 15 people visit your home per day (cap includes dependants other than infants under 12 months).
  • Patients at hospitals and care facilities can have two visitors at a time and up to five visitors per day. End of life patients can have two visitors at a time and there is no total limit per day.
  • Eased density limits apply at restaurants, venues, community and sporting facilities and other locations when a COVID Check-In Marshal is present.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home or if a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria QR code app, no matter how long you spend at that location.

Social gatherings 

  • Up to 15 people can visit your home per day (cap includes dependants other than infants under 12 months).
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 50 people. A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard at home.

Work and education

  • You aren’t required to work or study from home.
  • Schools and universities remain open.
  • Offices can have 75% capacity or 30 people, whichever is greater with a density limit of 1 person per 2 sqm.

Religion and ceremony

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed with density limits in place but there is no longer an overall venue cap.  can have a wedding with up to 300 people at a venue. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. The celebrant, and a photographer are in addition to the cap. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 300 people. This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply. 
  • There are no restrictions on those travelling from regional Victoria to metropolitan Melbourne for weddings and funerals.

Sport and recreation

  • Community sport continues for all ages, including training and competition. Spectators allowed within venue and density limits.
  • Indoor and outdoor physical recreation is open, with class sizes of up to 50 people, plus the trainers.
  • Maximum capacity of 300 people per indoor space and 1000 people per outdoor space for all community sport and physical recreation venues.
  • Equipment must be cleaned between uses. You should wear a face mask when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, unless you are out of breath.

Retail and hospitality

  • Shops are open with density limits.
  • Beauty and personal care services are open with density limits. Workers must wear a face mask, but customers can remove their face mask during the service.
  • Restaurants and cafes are open for seated service with density limits and no venue cap. There are no limits on group bookings. Food courts are open with density limits and no venue cap.
  • Eased density limits apply to retail and hospitality when a COVID Check-in Marshal is present.

Entertainment

  • Community facilities including libraries are open with density limits and no venue cap.
  • Bars, karaoke facilities and nightclubs are open with density limits and no venue cap.
  • Dancefloors are not permitted.
  • Entertainment venues such as cinemas can have 75% seated capacity and up to 300 people per indoor space. Density limits apply to indoor non-seated areas and a cap of 300 people per indoor space.
  • Outdoor spaces at entertainment venues can have 75% seated capacity and up to 1000 people per outdoor space. Density limits apply to outdoor non-seated areas.
  • There are no limits on group bookings.
  • Eased density limits apply to community facilities and entertainment venues when a COVID Check-in Marshal is present.



VICTORIA: 27.05.21 Update

New circuit breaker restrictions for Victoria will be in place from 11:59 pm Thursday 27 May to 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021.

Vic Govt Site

New changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

This means that you cannot leave your home unless you are doing it for one of the five following reasons: 

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • care and caregiving 
  • exercise 
  • authorised work and permitted study
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Victorians may also leave home to visit their intimate partner, their single social bubble buddy, or in an emergency – including those at risk of family violence. 

As of 11:59 pm Thursday 27 May, you will be required to remain wherever you stay that night. There will be exemptions for some situations, including authorised work, medical care and compassionate reasons.

You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to authorised work, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.  

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.

Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone. 

You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.

These actions will protect our loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care workers and the community.


VICTORIA: 14.04.21 Update

VIC Gov Site Travel Updates here

All states have been declared "Green Zones" which allows travel into & out of Victoria. However, a permit system is still in place for travel into Victoria. Check the above link.


VICTORIA: 30.03.21 Update

VIC Gov Site Travel Updates here

Queensland travel permit zone update

The Chief Health Officer has declared that Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands City) will be designated a red zone under Victoria’s travel permit system at 6:00pm Victorian time yesterday 29 March 2021.

Victorian residents in a red zone can apply for a ‘red zone’ permit to return home. From the day you enter Victoria, you must return straight home and self-quarantine for 14 days. You must get a coronavirus test within 72 hours of arriving, and again on Day 13 of self-quarantine.

This excludes people who have attended a high-risk exposure site (listed on website links below), who cannot apply for a ‘red zone’ permit and must instead apply for an exemption. Exemptions are limited and will only be granted in special cases.

The Chief Health Officer has also declared the Gladstone Region in Queensland as an orange zone under the travel permit system.

People entering Victoria from an orange zone (excluding people who have only passed through an orange zone during transit to the airport) must apply for an orange zone permit. 

You cannot obtain an orange zone permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms. On arrival in Victoria, orange zone permit holders must immediately self-isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours of arriving, and stay isolated until a negative result is received. 

The rest of Queensland is a green zone. 

You cannot enter Victoria without a green zone or orange zone permit unless you have an exemption, Specified Worker Permit, Freight Worker Permit, or an exception applies. You cannot apply for a permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, nor if you have visited a red zone. 

To apply for a travel permit to enter Victoria, visit Service Victoria.


VICTORIA: 24.03.21 Update

VIC Gov Site here

From 6pm on Friday 26 March, Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, including allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask-wearing and an increase in the number of people allowed in live music venues and other settings. For more information, see Acting Premier James Merlino's statement


The VIC Govt website has not been updated yet to reflect the changes as at the time of update - 24.03.21.


VICTORIA: 27.02.21 Update

VIC Gov Site here

COVIDSafe Settings– restrictions apply from 11:59pm Friday 26 February 2021

Victoria returns to COVIDSafe from 11:59pm on Friday 26 February 2021.

These restrictions are designed to balance getting Victorians back to doing the things they love while also putting in place measures to protect all that Victorians have worked so hard for.

Face masks

  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear a mask.
  • Face masks must be worn:
    • on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
    • indoors at markets and market stalls, shopping centres, and retail facilities with 2000 or more square metres of indoor space
    • by visitors to a hospital
    • by visitors to a care facility
    • on flights to and from Victoria
    • indoors at airports
    • if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, at all times while away from your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested
    • while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
    • while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people, including outdoors.

Social gatherings

  • You can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. The visitor cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people can come from. It is strongly recommended you host visitors in outdoor spaces wherever possible.
  • Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. The cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people can come from.

Travel

  • TRAVELLERS TO VICTORIA FROM OTHER AUSTRALIAN STATES OR TERRITORIES OR FROM NEW ZEALAND MUST ALSO NOW APPLY FOR A VICTORIAN TRAVEL PERMIT.

Work, study and volunteering

  • Office-based workplaces will be able to increase the return to onsite work with up to 75 per cent of workers onsite.
  • Workplaces with 40 or more workers can have 75 per cent of workers on site at any one time.
  • Workplaces with fewer than 40 workers can have up to 30 workers on site at any one time.

Hospitals and care facilities

  • There are no limits on the number, duration or purpose of visits to hospitals or care facilities, except for excluded persons. Individual facilities may impose their own limits on visitation.
  • Face masks must be worn by visitors to hospitals and by visitors and staff while indoors at care facilities.

Entertainment and culture

  • Fixed-seated venues, such as theatres, cinemas or arenas, can open for up to 75 per cent capacity of the total venue with a maximum of 1000 patrons in each space. Density quotients apply to non-seated areas.
  • Indoor non-seated venues can open for up to 50 per cent of capacity, with a maximum of 1000 patrons in each space. Density quotients also apply to non-seated areas.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues can operate subject to density caps. Seated spaces in these venues are limited to the lesser of 75 per cent of seated capacity or 1000 patrons. No more than 1000 patrons are permitted in any indoor spaces.
  • Venues exceeding the cap of 1000 persons per space must operate under the Public Events Framework.

Sport and exercise

  • Indoor physical recreation and community sports facilities can operate subject to density caps. Seated areas are limited to 75 per cent of their seating capacity up to a maximum of 1000 patrons per space.
  • Venues exceeding the cap of 1000 persons per space must operate under the Public Events Framework

Accommodation

  • Private gatherings at accommodation are capped at the booking household (and the intimate partners of anyone in the booking household) plus up to 30 people from any number of households. Infants 12 months and under are excluded from booking and private gathering limits.
  • There are no restrictions on different bookings sharing rooms (for example, at a hostel).

Religion and ceremony

  • Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur in commercial venues.
  • The density and capacity limits will depend on the type of venue.
  • If conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (30 visitors, the celebrant and a photographer are not counted).

Record keeping

  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service.



VICTORIA: 20.02.21 Update
COVIDSafe Summer – restrictions apply from 11:59pm 17 February 2021

From 11:59pm 17 February 2021 Victoria returns to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions – with some revised conditions.

These restrictions are designed to balance allowing Victorians to get back to doing the things they love while also putting in place measures to protect all that Victorians have worked so hard for.

This means that:

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home.
  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
  • Face masks continue to be mandatory indoors (other than residential homes). This includes workplaces.
  • Face masks are also mandatory outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people (except with people from your own home).
  • You can have up to 5 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • Up to 20 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • No limits on travel to regional Victoria.
  • No limits on interstate travel (but you need to check the visiting state’s entry conditions).
  • Schools and education providers are open.
  • Workers able to return onsite if required. Return to work for up to 50 per cent of office-based workers.
  • There are still limits on visiting and accessing hospitals and care facilities, but some of the earlier restrictions have been eased.
  • Large indoor venues, such as the NGV and Princess Theatre, can open for up to 50 per cent capacity of the total venue with a maximum of 300 patrons in each space. Density caps apply to non-seated areas.
  • Indoor seated entertainment venues also have limits of 50 per cent of seating capacity and up to 300 patrons per space.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues have limits of 75 per cent capacity and up to 1000 patrons. Density caps apply to non-seated areas.
  • Hospitality and retail venues can re-open. This includes personal services like beauty and hairdressing.
  • Gyms can re-open, along with community facilities and community sport.
  • Accommodation providers can also re-open, in line with private gathering requirements. That means a booking can be made by a household, or by five friends.
  • Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur with no limits on guests or attendees in commercial venues. To ensure people can keep 1.5 metres distance, the venue must apply the two square metre rule. If conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (5 visitors, the celebrant and a photographer are not counted).
  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service.

Staying COVIDSafe

Everyone wants to get back to normal but we also need to stay safe. We are asking Victorians to stay safe by getting tested and practicing COVIDSafe behaviours. This is especially important as we see friends and family, celebrate together, travel together and move around Victoria and Australia. Coronavirus is still present in Australia and we must all be vigilant and play our part to reduce the spread


VICTORIA: 19.01.21 Update

Several updates on masks & office workers have been updated. Travel restrictions with NSW has also been updated.

Summary

Victoria is establishing a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

From 5:59pm on 11 January 2021, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.

The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones here.

The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel.

Greater Sydney update
  • Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has now declared that only 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Greater Sydney will remain in the red zone.
  • These are Blacktown City, Burwood, Canada Bay City, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield City, Inner West, Liverpool City, Parramatta City and Strathfield Municipality.
  • If you have been in one of these 10 LGAs in the last 14 days (other than for transit) you cannot travel to Victoria without an exemption, exception or Specified Worker Permit.
  • From 6pm on Monday 18 January, travellers from all other areas of Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong, can apply for an orange zone permit and enter Victoria, as long as you have not been in any other currently listed red zone in the past 14 days and agree to the conditions of an orange zone permit – self-quarantine, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within 72 hours and remain in self-quarantine until you receive a negative result.
  • Exemption applications will no longer be required if you have been in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong in the 14 days prior to 6pm Monday 18 January – excluding the 10 red zone LGAs in Greater Sydney.
  • If eligible, you can apply for an orange zone permit on the Victorian Travel Permit System page.
  • However you may still request an exemption based on your specific and general circumstances, if you have been in a current red zone in the last 14 days other than for direct and short term transit purposes or if you do not meet the relevant requirements of the orange zone permit.
New South Wales border towns
  • Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has now declared all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wale’s border bubble to be green zones.
  • From 6pm on Monday 18 January anyone who has been in Albury City, Balranald Shire, Bega Valley Shire, Berrigan Shire, City of Broken Hill, Edward River Council, Federation Council, Greater Hume Shire, Hay Shire, Lockhart Shire, Murray River Council, Murrumbidgee Council, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Snowy Valleys Council, City of Wagga Wagga, Wentworth Shire for the last 14 days will not be required to self-quarantine, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.
  • Cross border community residents are not required to obtain a green zone travel permit as long as they provide a valid form of ID with their address – like a driver licence.
  • However, if you have been in a current orange zone in the last 14 days – such as the Greater Sydney area excluding the 10 red zone LGAs, you must apply for an orange zone permit and agree to the conditions including the requirement to self-quarantine, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result. 
  • If you have been to a current red zone area in the last 14 days you cannot travel to Victoria without an exemption, exception or Specified Worker permit.
Permit system update

Anyone who has arrived into Victoria from 30 December 2020 must get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result. They should call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800675398 immediately.

A permit system has been established for all domestic travel into Victoria.

From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. 

The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red zones according to their risk.

The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel. For more information visit our Victorian Travel Permit System page.

How long will restrictions last?

The VIC Govt is reviewing the situation daily and will keep you updated. Via their site


INSIDE VICTORIA
Update on face masks

From 11.59pm on Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings.

These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • inside supermarkets
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores or hardware stores
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores 
  • inside indoor markets 
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals.

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Update on office workers

From Monday 18 January 2021 more office workers will be able to make a partial return to the office.

In line with previous announcements, up to 50 per cent of office workers who are not in the public service will be able to return to on-site work as well as up to 25 per cent of public service workers.

Offices with fewer than 40 staff can have 20 staff on-site subject to density quotients.

Additionally, from Monday 18 January 2021 face masks will no longer be required to be worn in offices.

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.


VICTORIA: 22.12.20 Update

From 11.59pm 18 December 2020 a permit system will be in place for all NSW residents travelling to Victoria. For more information visit Victorian Border Crossing Permit.

Travel restrictions NSW
WHAT IS CHANGING?  
  • From 11:59pm Sunday 20 December the Victorian Border Crossing Permit is changing to restrict travel from a number of areas in New South Wales.  
  • The permit or restrictions on travel that apply to you are determined by where you live, have travelled through or visited in the last 14 days.  
  • Northern Beaches – do not travel to Victoria.  
  • Greater Sydney or Central Coast, known as “red zone” – Victorians can return to Victoria from this area until 11:59pm on 21 December. People who are not Victorian who have visited this area or live here are no longer able to enter Victoria. If you are returning to Victoria you must get tested within 24 hours of entering Victoria and quarantine at home for 14 days. 
  • Regional New South Wales – you can travel with a permit. 
  • Victorians who are in, or have been in or travelled through since 11 December 2020,  Greater Sydney (not including those in the Northern Beaches) or the Central Coast, will be given until 11:59pm Monday 21 December to return home to Victoria.  You will require a border permit to enter Victoria and must get tested within 24 hours of returning to Victoria and self-quarantine at home or another suitable premises for 14 days from the last time you were in Greater Sydney or the Central Coast. Random spot-checks will be undertaken. 
  • Victorians should not travel to Sydney. Without mandatory face covering rules and stay at home restrictions, the Victorian Government and our health authorities do not have confidence that the situation remains safe. 
  • The current outbreak in the Northern Beaches area of New South Wales has, in all likelihood come from New South Wales hotel quarantine. There are currently missing links in the chains of transmission and case numbers continue to grow. 
  • The Victorian Government is working with the ACT Government to determine requirements for ACT residents to travel through NSW to enter Victoria.  

Victoria Police will establish checkpoints along the major road routes into Victoria from New South Wales to check those coming into Victoria are carrying the appropriate permit. Border communities will be exempt from obtaining and carrying a permit to support them in going about their daily lives. Instead, they will be able to use their driver licence, or other forms of ID with their address.  The local government areas in the border zone on the Victorian side are: Alpine, Benalla, Bendigo, Buloke, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yarriambiack. 

The NSW local government areas are: Albury City, Balranald, Bega Valley, Berrigan, Broken Hill, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Hay, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Wagga Wagga, and Wentworth.  

There are two zones in place a "RED" & "GREEN" zone. Full details are here

From 11.59pm 18 December 2020 a permit system will be in place for all NSW residents travelling to Victoria. For more information visit Victorian Border Crossing Permit.


VICTORIA: 06.12.20 Update

Statement from the Premier

Keynotes from it:

"Our new "COVIDSafe Summer" will be in place until at least the end of January, giving Victorians a bit more certainty about what the next couple of months will look like.

These are the restrictions that will see us through the summer months – and living as normally as we can until we get a greater sense of what the rest of 2021 will look like.

Under the changes, and from tonight at 11:59pm, masks will only be required in a limited number of places: on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in some retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.

While masks are no longer mandated in most circumstances, the evidence is clear wearing a face covering makes a real difference in slowing the spread of the virus – so masks continue to be recommended indoors or outdoors when distancing can’t be maintained.

As has been previously announced, Victorians will be able to host up to 30 people in their home. Outdoor gatherings in public places – the beach, the park – can increase to 100.

Density limits in our pubs, restaurants and cafes will shift to 1 person per 2sq metres for both indoors and outdoors with no other cap. The use of electronic record keeping – a QR code – will be mandatory.

And for small operations, there'll be no density limits if the patron number is under 25."

- Premier Daniel Andrews


VICTORIA: 24.11.20 Update

The wearing of a mask has been eased.

Victoria moves to Last Step restrictions from 11:59pm 22 November 2020.

Face masks remain mandatory in some settings, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear one

  • face masks are no longer mandatory when you are outdoors, if you can stay 1.5 metres away from people that you don’t live with
  • use of face masks outdoors is required if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with, such as at public transport stations, outdoor markets, walkways and thoroughfares. Face masks remain mandatory when indoors – for example the supermarket or on public transport.
  • you must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times.

You can find more information on the face masks page.

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home.  During the Last Step restrictions on gatherings remain in place.
  • There will be a phased return to workplaces.
  • Contact and non-contact sport and recreation can resume for all ages, with limits applying to numbers of people. 
  • Shops, recreational facilities, entertainment, hospitality and cultural venues will be open, although there are still restrictions. These include operating with a COVIDSafe Plan, density limits (the number of people allowed in a venue depends on its size so that people can keep at least 1.5 metres distance apart), record keeping and cleaning.

Full details here

VICTORIA: 09.11.20 Update

The "Ring of Steel" for Melbourne Metro areas has been lifted - Yah!

No restriction for travel, no Km limit, but please be aware that this coming weekend 14 & 15 November will be busy. please remember social distancing & hygiene rules.

Details of lifted restrictions here at the Vic Gov Site - Third Step.

Support your local businesses where you can, they need your help



VICTORIA: 18.10.20 Update

Premiers Statement from 18.10.20

Restrictions to be lifted or eased 

Metropolitan Melbourne is in Second Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 a number of restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:

  • You can NOW TRAVEL UP TO 25 KM FROM YOUR HOME OR PERMITTED WORKPLACE WITHIN METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE. This replaces the 5km rule. Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms. This means you cannot travel into regional Victoria for exercise or recreation.
  • You can leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
  • You can meet in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place to socialise (children under 12 months of age not included in the limit). An outdoor public place means areas accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches. This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
  • You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.
  • Some outdoor activities can take place in outdoor sport and recreation facilities. Outdoor sport and recreation facilities can open if:
    • they are predominantly used for outdoor sport or physical recreation
    • there is no equipment for hire or sharing
    • indoor facilities such as change rooms are not permitted for use, however toilet facilities are permitted to open
    • a limit of 10 people from 2 household per group or more than 10 if the entire group is from the same household and you must be able to keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
    • restrictions to no more than 10 people in the facility at once except where a distance of at least 100m between groups can be maintained (e.g. golf courses)
    • examples include some outdoor tennis courts, golf courses, or bowling greens
  • More people who work outdoors will be able to return to work. Groups of up to five workers who work outside, including those who do the following types of work can return to on-site work:
    • outdoor non-essential home maintenance and repairs, including painting
    • outdoor pool & spa maintenance/cleaning for private residences and other outdoor cleaning
    • external car washing. This must be contactless and administration offices must remain closed mobile pet grooming at residential properties, contactless with strict controls
    • outdoor professional photography including school photos (for purposes other than currently permitted purposes, e.g. media, real estate), they must have an ABN
    • letterboxing (for purposes other than local elections)
    • Solar power installers
  • Hairdressers and barbers will be able to recommence work. This includes operating mobile businesses and at home businesses, if they are registered, have separate entrances, and COVIDSafe practices.
  • Allied health providers that are currently listed on the permitted work premised list will be able to return to delivering all routine care
  • Hydrotherapy can resume between one health care professional and one client in indoor pools. No group sessions will be permitted and there will maximum of 10 people per pool at one time for hydrotherapy (five health care professionals and five clients).
  • The maximum number of people permitted to use outdoor swimming pools for exercise has been increased by the density quotient to a maximum of 30 people. Real estate auctions, both residential and commercial will be permitted outdoors with a limit of 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.
  • Commercial real estate pre-arranged inspections with 1 agent and 1 prospective purchaser or tenant.


  • Additional changes to retail, hospitality & personal services will be made from 1 November, in line with the advice of our public health team.


Regional Victorian remains in Third Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 some restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:

  • You can have up to two people visit you at home each day. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The two people may be from different households. This replaces the household bubbles.
  • Libraries and toy libraries can open for up to 20 people indoors. No more than 10 people can gather in a space (for example for a class). The one person per four square metre rule Signage, cleaning and record-keeping requirements apply.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings are allowed for up to 20 people plus one faith leader. This replaces the limit of ten people. This includes ceremonies, with no sharing of food, drink, crockery, utensils, vessels or other equipment by participants.
  • The limits of people in restaurants and cafes increases. You can have up to 70 people outdoors and up to 10 people per indoor space with a maximum of 40 people per venue indoors. The two and four square metre rules Indoor spaces must be separated by permanent structures (should reach floor to ceiling or be at least 2.1 metres high) or be a discrete area of the premises. Businesses must continue to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne do not eat-in.
  • Indoor swimming pools can open exclusively for those aged 18 and under. There is a limit of 20 customers in the pool or the one person per four square metre rule (whichever is the smaller number of people). One parent/guardian/carer per child is permitted for supervision purposes and not included in the limit. Swimming classes can resume.
  • Indoor pools can open for one-on-one hydrotherapy sessions with a limit of 10 people in the pool at one time.
  • Licensed tourism services that use open-air vehicles only are permitted to operate. A vehicle, inclusive of roofed vehicles, is considered an open-air vehicle if at least two sides are open to airflow at all times.


Please note this is a summary. There are still other restrictions which will apply like Reglious Gatherings & Ceremony. Update details at The Victorian State Government site.

(Scroll down on the right-hand side is to links for MEL Metro & MEL Regional).


VICTORIA: 21.09.20 Update

The State of Victoria has announced plans which will extend the stage 4 restrictions with some "reductions" until 28 September 2020, then stage 3 restrictions will apply.

Its a very complicated announcement so please refer to the State of Victoria Government site!

The Victorian Government also released a Roadmap for the progressive lifting of restrictions. Please see this link for details.


Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne

For Melbourne, new restrictions will take effect from 6 pm today (Sunday 2 August). A curfew will be in place from 8 pm this evening. Curfews will be in operation from 8 pm to 5 am every evening. People are only allowed to leave their house for work and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave your house for 1 of the following four reasons:

  • To purchase food and necessary supplies. This must be done within a 5km radius from where you live. Only 1 person per household can leave for essential goods, and only once per day. For some people, the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation, you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
  • Exercise once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of your home. Gathering sizes will be limited to 2. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
  • For care and health care including accompanying someone for essential medical care if you are a carer, guardian or necessary support person. The 5km limit does not apply to care or caregiving.
  • Work. Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely. The 5km limit does not apply to work.

Unfortunately, this means no recreational activities like diving or fishing.

The fine for not wearing or carrying a face covering will be $200.

The State of Disaster in Victoria has been declared and will be in place until the middle of September 2020. This gives move power to enforcement & monitoring of restrictions.

Travel around Victoria now banned.

Interstate travel is banned into all states with each state around Victoria manning the borders.

Regional Victoria including Mitchell Shire will move to Stage 3 restrictions

This means you must stay home except for the following four reasons:

  • For food and essential supplies
  • For study or work
  • For care and healthcare
  • And for exercise or outdoor recreation

When outside your home, you must wear a face covering.

No visitors are allowed at your home, and you are only allowed to gather with one person from outside your household in public.


OFFICIAL VIC GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: VIC Restrictions

NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW: 14.04.21 Update

Link to NSW Gov Update

No current warnings. Check the NSW Govt site above for local restrictions before travelling.


NSW: 30.03.21 Update

Link to NSW Gov Update

Current warning from NSW Government:

Under the public health order, if a concerns notice is issued identifying an affected area or place of high concern, certain rules and restrictions interstate travellers guidelines will apply if you are entering or have entered NSW.

For information visit

NSW Health is advising people in NSW against non-essential travel to the Greater Brisbane area at this time. Check Queensland's COVID-19 alerts before you travel.


NSW: 27.02.21 Update

Link to NSW Gov Update

Restrictions will be eased from 26 February

Restrictions will be eased from 12.01 am Friday, 26 February 2021 across Greater Sydney and NSW:

  • 50 visitors will now be allowed in the home
  • 30 people allowed to dance at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor
  • Increased class limits for gyms to 50 people (currently 30) subject to the 4sqm rule
  • Number of performers singing indoors increased to 30 (currently 5) subject to physical distancing requirements
  • Singing by congregants allowed in places of worship if masks are worn and subject to one person per 4sqm (currently no congregant singing allowed, with one per 2sqm permitted in places of worship)
  • Increase capacity for cinemas to 100%
  • If current trends continue, drinking while standing up at indoor venues will be allowed in three weeks’ time (from Wednesday, 17 March).

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the easing of restrictions was due to the support of the NSW community. 


NSW: 19.01.21 Update
RESTRICTIONS IN GREATER SYDNEY, CENTRAL COAST & WOLLONGONG

Link here

Face masks


RESTRICTIONS FOR REGIONAL & RURAL NSW

Link here


NSW: 22.12.20 Update
RESTRICTIONS IN GREATER SYDNEY
Northern Beaches

Public health orders apply to the Northern Beaches Local Government Area in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases up to Wednesday 23 December.

STAYING AT HOME

You must not be away from your place of residence or your temporary accommodation in the Northern Beaches unless you have a reasonable excuse.

A reasonable excuse includes

  1. shopping for food or other goods and services
  2. medical care or compassionate needs
  3. exercise
  4. work or education, where you cannot work or learn from home.
WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE STAY AT HOME ORDER

The stay at home order affects people who were residents of the Northern Beaches area at any time between Thursday 10 December 2020 at 12.01am and Saturday 19 December 2020 at 5.02pm.

It applies if you were at a place of residence or temporary accommodation in the Northern Beaches local government area during that time and

  • are still in the Northern Beaches area or
  • left the Northern Beaches area before 5.02pm on 19 December 2020, and are now staying somewhere else.
OTHER REASONS TO LEAVE YOUR HOME

You may also be away from your residence to:

  • access childcare
  • provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance
  • attend a wedding, if it is before the end of 20 December 2020
  • attend a funeral of no more than 100 people
  • move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence
  • donate blood
  • undertake legal obligations
  • access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services
  • avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • attend to an emergency or for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not necessarily live together.

Taking a holiday outside the Northern Beaches is not a reasonable excuse

Find out about the restrictions for the Northern Beaches.


GREATER SYDNEY, CENTRAL COAST AND WOLLONGONG

Residents across Greater Sydney should limit unnecessary activity with restrictions applying from Sunday 20 December 2020.

Find out about the restrictions for Greater Sydney.



NSW: 11.12.20 Update
NSW - SA Border

Update on entry to NSW from South Australia

Anyone travelling into NSW who has been to South Australia in the last 14 days must complete a NSW entry declaration form before entering NSW.

If you are a NSW resident and you have been in one of the areas of concern, ensure you get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

Non-NSW residents who have been to any areas of concern at the times specified will be unable to enter NSW unless you are transiting through. 

Find out more about entry from South Australia.


NSW - VICTORIA Border

The NSW-Victoria border re-opened at 12.01am on Monday 23 November 2020.

From this time:

  • permits are not required
  • there is no requirement to quarantine when you arrive in NSW.

People in hotel quarantine as of 12:01am on Monday 23 November because they have come from Victoria are not required to complete the mandatory hotel quarantine period unless they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine for international arrivals still applies.

People in 14-day self-isolation as of 12:01 Monday 23 November because they have come from Victoria are not required to complete the 14-day self-isolation unless they have tested positive for COVID-19.

People entering NSW should be aware of current rules and guidelines around reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.


NSW - QUEENSLAND Border

The Queensland Government has opened the Queensland-NSW border to all travellers from NSW as of Tuesday 1 December 2020. This includes travellers from Greater Sydney LGA areas.

Read more on the Queensland Government website.



NSW: 21.09.20 Update
NSW - VICTORIA Border

From 12.01am Friday 16 October you can enter NSW from Victoria if you have a permit and you are

  • driving from South Australia via the Sturt Highway
  • transiting by road, rail or air directly from the Spirit of Tasmania
  • transiting only through a Victorian airport without leaving the airport.

The current exemption to enter NSW from South Australia after transiting through Victoria on the Sturt Highway will expire at 12.01am Monday 19 October and you will need to apply for the new permit.

If you are transiting through NSW to another destination you can travel by road provided you have not been in a restricted area (Melbourne) or an area of concern in the last 14 days. You are no longer required to only transit by air. You will still need a permit to enter.


OTHER UPDATES:

The following changes take effect on Friday 16 October.

Outdoor music rehearsals and performances

A music rehearsal or performance of up to 500 people may be held in an outdoor public place. The organiser must complete and register a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

HOSPITALITY VENUES

Hospitality venues are encouraged to use electronic entry recording for recordkeeping.

Venues that use electronic systems for registering contact details may apply the one person per 2 square metre rule for outdoor areas, subject to maximum capacity limits.

All premises must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

CORPORATE EVENTS, WEDDINGS, FUNERALS AND RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Significant events held at hospitality venues that use electronic systems for registering contact details may apply the one person per 2 square metre rule for outdoor areas.

All events must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and provided there is sufficient space at the venue, the maximum capacity for these events is still

  • 300 people for corporate events
  • 150 people for weddings
  • 100 people for funerals and religious services.
TRAVELLERS ARRIVING FROM NEW ZEALAND

From Friday 16 October, you do not need to enter mandatory quarantine when you fly from New Zealand into NSW, if you have not been in a New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.


NSW: 21.09.20 Update

As per today border restrictions as still in place for Victoria, with the easing of restrictions for VIC/NSW border citizens from 17 September. ( see NSW Govt website for details)

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NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria. Only persons authorised under the public health order may enter NSW if they have been in Victoria in the last 14 days.

From Friday 7 August, NSW residents returning from Victoria will only be allowed to enter via Sydney Airport or another NSW airport. You must then immediately go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at your own expense.

Special arrangements are in place for border communities and critical services workers in the border region.

The order applies to all people who have been in Victoria in the past 14 days and wish to travel to or through NSW.

Excluding Victoria, there are no restrictions in place for all other states on crossing the NSW border. However, each state or territory has its own entry requirements and travel restrictions. You must comply with any border rules of the state or territory you are entering or leaving.

NSW Premier recommends wearing a mask while out & about

From 12:01 am Friday, 24 July 2020 the following rules will be in force as NSW enters a state of ‘COVID normal’. This includes new restrictions of numbers at bars. pubs, clubs & restaurants to 10 maximum. No lockdowns as yet but trying to stop the second wave. Full details on the link below


OFFICIAL NSW GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: Border Restrictions Guide, Latest NSW Up-dates

QUEENSLAND

QUEENSLAND: 14.04.21 Update

DETAILED RESTRICTIONS HERE AT QLD GOVT SITE

Easing of restrictions for all of Queensland

From 6am AEST Thursday 15 April 2021, restrictions for all of Queensland will ease. Read more about this easing of restrictions.


QUEENSLAND: 30.03.21 Update

DETAILED RESTRICTIONS HERE AT QLD GOVT SITE

From 5pm AEST Monday 29 March to 5pm AEST Thursday 1 April:

A contact tracing alert has been issued for locations visited 20-28 March 2021.

Visitor restrictions are again in place for aged care facilities, disability accommodation services, hospitals and correctional facilities.


QUEENSLAND: 27.02.21 Update
DECLARED HOTSPOTS UPDATE

From 1am AEST Saturday 27 February 2021 all regions of Victoria have been removed as COVID-19 hotspots.



QUEENSLAND: 19.01.21 Update

Link here

GREATER BRISBANE RESTRICTIONS

Eased restrictions and mandatory face masks are in place from 6pm Monday 11 January until 1am Friday 22 January.

Visitor restrictions for aged care, hospitals, disability accommodation services and correctional facilities

See the current restrictions for:

Updates for anyone who has travelled or is travelling to New South Wales
Anyone entering Queensland who has been in NSW since 11 December 2020

There are border restrictions in place for anyone who has been in a declared hotspot (currently Greater Sydney) in the last 14 days.

Anyone entering Queensland that has not been in a declared hotspot (currently Greater Sydney) in the last 14 days but has been in New South Wales since 11 December 2020:


QUEENSLAND: 22.12.20 Update
Important information for Queensland residents

This information is for Queensland residents who will be returning home between 1am AEST Monday 21 December and 1am AEST Tuesday 22 December, and who have been in Greater Sydney on or since 11 December.

  • Queensland residents entering Queensland during this time period will be allowed to enter by road and complete quarantine at their home.
    • The period of quarantine required will be 14 days from the time the resident left Greater Sydney.
    • Residents may complete onward travel to reach their residence by the most direct route while maintaining social distancing.
    • You must apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass (Opens in new window) before entering Queensland.
  • If you arrive in Queensland by road and there are police stationed at your point of entry, you must make yourself known to officers to receive your home quarantine notice, which will also include information on testing requirements.
  • If you arrive in Queensland by road and there are no police officers at your point of entry, you must drive directly to a testing centre near your home to have a COVID-19 test and then drive directly home to serve your period of quarantine.

After 1am AEST 22 December, Queensland residents who have been in Greater Sydney on or since 11 December will have to enter Queensland by air and will be directed to quarantine in government arranged accommodation.

See the Local Government Areas that comprise Greater Sydney.

WHAT'S CHANGED FROM 1AM AEST 21 DECEMBER 2020
  • The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Currently specific parts of New South Wales are hotspots.
  • Anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days must follow the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction.
  • Anyone travelling to Queensland who has been in NSW at any time since 1am Friday 11 December must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before they enter Queensland.
  • Anyone (including all interstate visitors and Queensland residents returning home) who was in the locations below on or since Friday 11 December 2020 must follow testing and quarantine requirements: Full details here

QUEENSLAND: 11.12.20 Update

From 1am AEST on Saturday 12 December, Queensland borders will open to all of South Australia. Full details to be loaded on the Queensland COVID site soon.

WHAT CHANGED FROM 1AM AEST 1 December 2020
  • There are no COVID-19 hotspots in New South Wales or Victoria
    • This means you can enter Queensland from 1am AEST Tuesday 1 December, even if you have been in greater Sydney or Victoria in the 14 days prior
    • Anyone in mandatory government arranged quarantine - due to entering from New South Wales or Victoria - will be able to leave quarantine if they have a negative COVID-19 test, declare in writing they have not been in a South Australian hotspot in the last 14 days, and provide their contact details and Queensland address.
  • Specific parts of South Australia will continue to be COVID-19 hotspots.
  • You will only be required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass if in the last 14 days, you have been in a hotspot or overseas and didn’t fly into Queensland when you arrived in Australia.
  • You must fly into Queensland if you are permitted to enter from a hotspot. You will need to be granted an exemption to enter by road from a hotspot unless you are a truck driver, worker related to the transport of freight and logistics or performing selected essential activities.

Full details here

QUEENSLAND: 18.10.20 Update
WHAT CHANGED FROM 1AM THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 2020

Because of the reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission in northern New South Wales, the following changes have been made regarding the border zone:

  • The New South Wales border zone (PDF) has been extended
  • The Queensland border zone no longer exists
  • Queensland residents can travel anywhere in the New South Wales border zone for any purpose
  • New South Wales border zone residents can travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose.

The direction has also been updated to provide a right of entry to people coming to Queensland to respond to an emergency energy, drinking water, sewerage, liquid fuel, resources or telecommunications event.

WHAT CHANGED FROM 1AM 25 SEPTEMBER 2020
  • The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is no longer considered a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • Driving from the ACT through NSW to reach Queensland is not permitted as all of NSW is currently considered a COVID-19 hotspot. You must travel by air.
  • Air travellers coming from the ACT into Queensland will only have to quarantine if they have:
    • been overseas in the last 14 days
    • been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days (and you are allowed to enter)
    • COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
  • People travelling from the ACT into Queensland must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass for presentation at the border.
  • You must submit an exemption request if an exceptional reason requires you to travel by car from the ACT to Queensland.
OVERVIEW

To slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the Queensland Government has put in place border restrictions.

The restrictions mean people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will be turned away at our border. This applies to everyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days, except people needed in Queensland for essential activities. Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home but will be required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation at their own expense.

COVID-19 hotspots are updated regularly here. Currently all of Victoria & New South Wales are COVID-19 hotspots.

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before you come to Queensland. This will include agreeing to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop any symptoms within 14 days of arriving in Queensland.

You will have to quarantine when you enter if you have

  • been overseas in the last 14 days
  • been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days (and you are allowed to enter)
  • COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days
  • are a New South Wales border zone resident who traveled outside the border zone in New South Wales.

You are only allowed to enter Queensland if you have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days, if:

  • your usual residence is in Queensland or you are moving to Queensland
  • you are a New South Wales border zone resident who has not traveled outside of the border zone in the last 14 days - view the border zone map (PDF)
  • you need to comply with an order to attend a Court or Tribunal or to give effect to orders of the Court or Tribunal
  • you have to fulfill an arrangement or obligation relating to shared parenting or child contact
  • you have to assist with or participate in a State or Commonwealth law enforcement investigation or other action at the request or direction of a State or Commonwealth department or law enforcement agency
  • you need to come to Queensland to complete an essential activity
  • you arrive into Queensland by air and you transfer directly to another flight to leave Queensland and don’t leave the airport or remain in quarantine until your flight out of Queensland
  • you were in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport and didn’t leave the airport
  • you are a student at a higher education institution or boarding school and are entering Queensland for study, parents and guardians are allowed to accompany students who are minors
  • you are entering to receive essential health care, or to provide support to a person receiving essential health care.

You will have to provide evidence of the above when entering Queensland.

You will be required to complete 14 days mandatory quarantine in government arranged accommodation at your own expense unless exceptional circumstances apply.

You may not have to quarantine if you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days if you:

  • need to come to Queensland to complete an essential activity
  • arrive into Queensland by air and you transfer directly to another flight to leave Queensland or quarantine until your flight out of Queensland
  • were in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport
  • can provide evidence that you completed mandatory hotel quarantine in a COVID-19 hotspot and immediately transited to Queensland
  • are a New South Wales border zone resident and have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days.

If you are exempt from quarantine, you will need to keep and retain records of close contacts whilst you are in Queensland for two weeks after you arrive in Queensland.

Queensland GOVT Update site

QUEENSLAND: 21.09.20 Update

Restrictions still remain in place as below although NSW Border region changed on 5 September.

If ACT remains at Zero Cases then of the 25 September at 01.00am this will change too:

  • The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will no longer be considered a COVID-19 hotspot, if there are no new cases between 18 September and 25 September
  • Travellers coming from the ACT into Queensland will not need to quarantine upon their arrival, as long as they have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.

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All of Victoria, New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory are now COVID-19 hotspots.

Travel by air only no road entry allowed.

You can only enter Queensland from a hotspot if you travel by air. You cannot travel by road through a hotspot.

The only people allowed to enter Queensland by road are:

  • truck drivers
  • workers related to the transport of freight and logistics
  • people performing essential activities
  • border zone residents.

Everyone must quarantine on arrival in an approved government facility.

Flying out of Melbourne Tullamarine airport

If you have had a layover at Melbourne Tullamarine airport you will be required to quarantine for 14 days in government arranged accommodation at your own expense when you arrive. If you completed your quarantine in Melbourne Tullamarine airport you will be required to complete another 14 days quarantine upon arrival into Queensland.

If you have had a layover at an airport located in other hotspots, you will be able to enter Queensland without quarantining as long as you didn’t leave the airport.

Overview

To slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the Queensland Government is tightening its border restrictions.

Anyone can enter Queensland unless they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.

The tightening of restrictions means people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at our border. This applies to everyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days, except people needed in Queensland for essential activities. Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home but will be required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation at their expense.

COVID-19 hotspots are updated regularly here.

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before you come to Queensland. This will include agreeing to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop any symptoms within 14 days of arriving in Queensland.

You will have to quarantine when you enter if you:

  • have been overseas in the last 14 days
  • you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days (and you are allowed to enter)
  • you have COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • you have had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.

You are only allowed to enter Queensland if you have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days, if:

  • your usual residence is in Queensland
  • you need to comply with an order to attend a Court or Tribunal or to give effect to orders of the Court or Tribunal
  • you have to fulfil a legal obligation relating to shared parenting or child access
  • you have to assist with or participate in a State or Commonwealth law enforcement investigation or other action at the request or direction of a State or Commonwealth department or law enforcement agency
  • you need to come to Queensland to complete an essential activity
  • you arrive into Queensland by air and you transfer directly to another flight to leave Queensland and don’t leave the airport or quarantine until your flight out of Queensland
  • were in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport and didn’t leave the airport or transiting through the hotspot by road, without leaving a private vehicle or taxi or ride-share, unless for an emergency or as directed by police or transport authority
  • you are moving to Queensland to live
  • you are a student at a higher education institution or boarding school, along with a parent or guardian accompanying a minor, and are entering Queensland for study
  • are avoiding serious injury or escaping an immediate risk of serious harm
    • For example, you are escaping a risk of harm related to sexual or domestic and family violence

You will be required to complete 14 days mandatory quarantine in government arranged accommodation at your own expense unless exceptional circumstances apply.

There are some exceptions to the Quarantine rule, please check the main web page for details.


OFFICIAL QLD GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: For Travel, For COVID-19 hotspots,

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 14.04.21 Update
Link here
There are no current COVID-19 testing or quarantine restrictions for travellers from within Australia or New Zealand. Travellers are permitted to enter providing they have completed the Cross Border Travel Registration Form prior to entry into SA.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 30.03.21 Update
Link here

Travel from Queensland

Travellers who arrived in South Australia between 20 March 2021 and before 5:00pm 29 March 2021 from the City of Brisbane, Logan City, City of Ipswich, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City, must:

  • submit to COVID-19 testing on day 1, 5 and 13.
  • must comply with the self-quarantine requirements until they get a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia or until they get a negative COVID-19 test result unless the person is permitted to enter under Clause 9 in the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.
  • not attend any event in South Australia with an approved COVID -19 Management Plan or at which more than 1000 people are present for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Effective from 5:00pm 29 March 2021

People from the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands areas are prohibited from entering South Australia unless they are returning South Australian Residents / Genuine relocations / Domestic Violence victims) or Essential Travellers.

Note: These people are required to self-quarantine for 14 days (when not working), submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13 and wear a mask in public.


Cross Border Travel Registration

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website

For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.

Notification

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 27.02.21 Update
Link here

Travelling to SA

Cross Border Travel Registration

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website

For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.

Notification

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.

Victoria COVID-19 traveller Information

In effect from 12:01 am 26 February 2021:

Travel from Victoria and Greater Melbourne is permitted.

Travellers who arrived from Greater Melbourne and are subject to quarantine – if they have been to a high risk site are to remain segregated and isolated and contact SA Health regarding self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.

Travellers who arrived from Greater Melbourne and were not in a high risk site, can leave self-quarantine but must complete their day 1, 5 and 12 COVID-19 testing. However, if a person needs to attend a high-risk setting (health, disability, aged care or correctional facility), they need to let the facility know they have been in High Community Transmission Zone in the past 14 days and will need to wear Personal Protective Equipment.

If you are entering South Australia from a Low Community-Transmission Zone you are not required to seek approval from SA Health, however, you are still required to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 19.01.21 Update
Link here

TRAVEL WITHIN SA

Travel within most of South Australia is unrestricted.

Some restrictions are currently in place in Aboriginal communities.


TRAVELLING TO SA

Cross Border Travel Registration

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website

For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.

Notification

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.


DOMESTIC TRAVELLERS

Effective 12:01 am 14 January 2021, the following restrictions apply to travel between New South Wales and South Australia.


NEW SOUTH WALES COVID-19 TRAVELLER INFORMATION

The following areas of New South Wales are now declared Prohibited locations:

Travellers are not permitted to travel to South Australia from the above areas unless they are an essential traveller or an exempt person.

Travellers may travel to South Australia from all areas of New South Wales outside of the above areas, but must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

People escaping domestic violence, persons whom normally reside in South Australia, those relocating to South Australia and travellers who are transiting in or through NSW are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

Travellers via car from the Low Community Transmission Zones are permitted to travel through NSW to enter South Australia providing they do not stop in Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast. They must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they come into contact with the public and cannot maintain physical distance during their journey and use the most direct route, only stopping for respite and essential purposes (such as fuel).

Travellers via plane from a low community transmission zone are permitted to transit through Sydney Airport for no longer than 2 hours and must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they are in transit (this includes on the plane and in the airport terminal).


QUEENSLAND TRAVELLER INFORMATION

Effective 12:01 am 17 January 2021, the following restrictions apply to travel between Greater Brisbane and South Australia. Travellers from the Greater Brisbane Area do not have 14 day self-quarantine upon arrival in South Australia but must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12. (Please note, you must complete all 3 tests if entering SA between 12:01 am 17 January and 12:01am 21 January 2021) Effective 12:01 am 21 January 2021, travellers from the Greater Brisbane Area do not have 14 day self-quarantine upon arrival in South Australia or submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

Travellers via plane from a low community transmission zone are permitted to transit through Brisbane Airport for no longer than 2 hours and must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they are in transit (this includes on the plane and in the airport terminal).

Please see the SA Govt website for more details


SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 22.12.20 Update

Travelling to SA

Cross Border Travel Registration

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website

For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.

Notification

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.

HIGH COMMUNITY-TRANSMISSION ZONES AND PROHIBITED LOCATIONS

Arriving in South Australia before 12:01 am 21 December 2020:

If you travelled to South Australia from Northern Beaches Council (NSW) local government area or the suburbs of Cronulla, Lane Cove, Turramurra, Woolloomooloo, Lavendar Bay or Penrith between 11 December 2020 and 12:01 am 21 December 2020:

  • You are required to self-quarantine for 14 days commencing on the last day you were in one of the above locations.
  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately within 24 hours (or as soon as possible), on day 5, and day 12.
  • You may self-quarantine at a suitable location where you can be isolated. This requires complete separation from others in the household and if this is not suitable, then alternative accommodation will need to be arranged.
    Note - Excludes people who travelling through and did not get out of the vehicle. Where travelling on public transport must have been wearing a mask.

If you arrived from other locations in New South Wales (not listed above) on or after 17 December 2020:

  • You are not required to self-quarantine.
  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately within 24 hours, on day 5, and day 12 (Day 1 is considered 20 December 2020) (unless you have symptoms, in which case you must self-isolate).

Arriving in South Australia on or after 12:01 am 21 December 2020:

Prohibited locations

From 12:01 am 21 December 2020, Northern Beaches Council (NSW) local government area is a prohibited location. People who have been in the Northern Beaches Council local government area since 11 December 2020 will not be permitted entry to South Australia.

High Community-Transmission Zones

If you have visited:

OR

  • Central Coast local government area (NSW) since 20 December 2020
  • City of Wollongong local government area (NSW) since 20 December 2020

As of 12:01 am on Monday 21 December 2020:

  • You are required to self-quarantine for 14 days commencing on the last day you were in a High Community-Transmission Zone.
  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately within 24 hours, on day 5, and day 12.
  • You may self-quarantine at a suitable location where you can be isolated. This requires complete separation from others in the household and if this is not suitable, then alternative accommodation will need to be arranged.

Other locations in New South Wales

If you travelled to South Australia from any other location in New South Wales (other than a prohibited location or High Community-Transmission Zone) on or after 12:01 am Thursday 17 December 2020:

  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately within 24 hours, on day 5, and day 12. You are not required to isolate while awaiting your COVID-19 test results (unless you have symptoms, in which case you must self-isolate) (unless you have symptoms, in which case you must self-isolate).

Exclusions

The following people are excluded from the High Community-Transmission Zone arrival definition:

  • A person travelling in transit through Sydney Airport for no longer than 2 hours, and wearing a face mask for the entirety of the time they are in transit.
  • An overseas arrival who, having completed 14 days of quarantine, travels directly to Sydney Airport in a vehicle, is physically present at Sydney Airport for no longer than 2 hours, and is wearing a face mask for the entirety of the time they are present at Sydney Airport.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 11.12.20 Update

Travel within most of South Australia is unrestricted, although people are advised to avoid unnecessary travel.

Anyone planning travel to SA must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. 

SA Govt site here

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 24.11.20 Update

From 12:01 am on 22 November 2020, the Stay at Home Direction is revoked.

Also from 12:01 am on 22 November 2020, the following new Directions are now in effect:

The following existing Directions remain in effect

Current restrictions

To see how these directions are applied, visit the following pages:

See Common questions for additional information

Main SA Govt Page

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 18.10.20 Update

SA GOVT UPDATES

TRAVEL WITHIN SA

Travel within South Australia is unrestricted. People are free to visit regional areas, and travel within South Australia is a great way to support our regional communities and economies.

Border restrictions
VICTORIAN BORDER RESTRICTIONS

Travellers from Victoria, other than approved categories of Essential Travellers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia. Checkpoints or road blocks will be set up at all border crossings between South Australia and Victoria.

Note: A person can enter South Australia in a vehicle from New South Wales via Victoria if the person travels through Victoria without leaving the vehicle and only via the Sturt Highway from Mildura to Yamba or via the Calder Highway and Meridian Road between Abbotsford Bridge and the Sturt Highway and then via the Sturt Highway to Yamba.

LOW COMMUNITY-TRANSMISSION ZONE

The low community-transmission zone comprises the ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS & WA.

Travellers from ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS & WA are able to enter South Australia directly without the requirement for COVID-19 testing or 14 day self-quarantine upon arrival, as long as during the 14 days immediately before their arrival in South Australia, they have been in the low community-transmission zone (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS or WA) for that preceding 14 days.

Entry via Victoria is prohibited except for Essential Travellers or persons escaping domestic violence or providing support to a family member who is experiencing domestic violence.

Note: A person can enter South Australia in a vehicle from New South Wales via Victoria if the person travels through Victoria without leaving the vehicle and only via the Sturt Highway from Mildura to Yamba or via the Calder Highway and Meridian Road between Abbotsford Bridge and the Sturt Highway and then via the Sturt Highway to Yamba.

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL EXEMPTIONS

See the Cross border travel direction for Essential traveller schedules.

CROSS-BORDER COMMUNITIES
Victorian border community members

Cross Border Community Members on the South Australia/Victoria border are now permitted to enter SA if they reside within 70 km of the border for essential purposes only.

You must have had a COVID-19 test within the last 7 days (or on day 1 & 12).

If you are entering from VIC you cannot travel further than 70 kilometres over the border into South Australia.

Anyone wishing to enter South Australia from Victoria as an Essential traveller will need to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration form.

Note: A person can enter South Australia in a vehicle from New South Wales via Victoria if the person travels through Victoria without leaving the vehicle and only via the Sturt Highway from Mildura to Yamba or via the Calder Highway and Meridian Road between Abbotsford Bridge and the Sturt Highway and then via the Sturt Highway to Yamba.

EMERGENCY SERVICES WORKERS

Emergency Services Workers are permitted to enter SA to attend/respond to an emergency defined as an event that causes or threatens to cause:

  • death/injury/damage to the health of any person
  • the destruction/damage to any property
  • a disruption to essential services or to services usually enjoyed by the community
  • harm to the environment/flora/fauna.

Where the emergency services worker is attending a health facility or hospital in South Australia they must inform the facility of their arrival prior to arriving at the facility.

SPECIALIST WORKERS IN ESSENTIAL SECTORS & COVID-19 WORKPLACE RISK MITIGATION

Essential sectors with the need for individual specialist workers to enter and exit South Australia need to have Workplace Risk Mitigation strategies for COVID-19. This includes identifying potential risks, hazards and the controls in place to mitigate these potential risks.


ENTERING SA FROM INTERSTATE
Before you travel

A pre-approval process is in place for travellers wishing to enter South Australia. The Cross Border Travel Registration should speed up the border crossing process and provide certainty for people who want to enter SA.

Registration

If you are planning travel to South Australia, aim to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least fourteen days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.

All travellers intending to enter SA are required to register their intention to travel. This includes:

  • people entering from unrestricted states (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • essential travellers entering from Victoria
  • SA residents returning home from any other state other than Victoria, regardless of how long they were interstate.

Note: A person can enter South Australia in a vehicle from New South Wales via Victoria if the person travels through Victoria without leaving the vehicle and only via the Sturt Highway from Mildura to Yamba or via the Calder Highway and Meridian Road between Abbotsford Bridge and the Sturt Highway and then via the Sturt Highway to Yamba.

Please be aware that you MUST NOT transit via a Victorian airport to enter SA.

Provide details in the short description of why you are travelling. If you are an essential skills worker, transport, or entering for compassionate grounds, include a summary of:

  • who you work for, or the business or person you are visiting
  • why you are entering the state
  • how long you will be in the state and whether you will return often.

If you want to apply for an Essential Traveller status then you will need a letter confirming why you are seeking this status, it could be from your employer or a funeral home for example.

If you are unable to complete registration before you leave, proceed to the border and you will be assisted by police and given an ‘interim status’ while your registration is assessed.

Health exemption

If you are seeking an essential traveller status for:

  • urgent medical, dental or health treatment
  • compassionate grounds
  • providing health services

You will require an Essential traveller health exemption from SA Health before submitting a Cross Border Travel application to SA Police.

Assessment

Your registration will be assessed to determine whether you are:

  • able to travel without restriction (including people arriving directly from ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • an essential traveller, with or without self-quarantine restrictions
  • unable to enter South Australia (Victorian residents who are not essential travellers)

South Australia Police (SAPOL) will confirm each registration and assess them to determine a traveller’s status.

Notification

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.

If your application is declined you may receive an email asking for more information, this can include documentation or adding to your description information about why you want to enter South Australia.

Complete your Cross Border Travel Registration on the SAPOL website.

Arriving in SA

There are checkpoints at roads leading into SA from other states, and at Adelaide airport. You will need to produce your pre-approval number at one of these checkpoints. Your arrival will then be recorded by police.

Video - Online pre-approval form instructions

SELF-QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS

You can only leave self-quarantine to obtain urgent medical care or medical supplies, to get tested for COVID-19, or for any other emergency situation.

You must ensure no one else enters or stays at the place you are self-quarantining unless:

  • they usually live there and you need to provide care/support to them, or receive care/support from them, or
  • they are also self-quarantining, or
  • your place of self-quarantine is appropriately set up so you do not have contact with others.

Because we need to minimise the number of people you are in contact with, you may need to make arrangements for yourself or other household members to stay somewhere else.

TESTING OF ARRIVALS

Mandatory COVID-19 testing is in place for certain essential travellers arriving from Victoria. Refer to the Essential traveller table (PDF, 101.4 KB) for details.

A person who is in quarantine and refuses a COVID-19 test must remain in quarantine for an additional 10-day period and includes other persons quarantining with that person.

A person under the age of 16 years who is required to remain quarantined at a place determined by an authorised officer (international or Victorian arrival) is required to submit a COVID-19 test on Day 1 and 12. If the child refuses or fails to submit to a test, the child must remain in quarantine for an additional 10 days (including carer).


SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 21.09.20 Update

Travel & activity in the state of South Australia is possible with social distancing & number restrictions, for South Australians.. (Diving possible still).

Numbers reduced from 100 to 50 & alcohol served while seating only.

A direction is in place regarding traffic entering South Australia.

The State of Victoria

Only essential travellers are able to enter SA from Victoria. South Australians are no longer be able to return to SA from Victoria.

If you are travelling into South Australia, by road or via the Adelaide airport, you need to complete the cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to your arrival.

Pre-approval will speed up the border crossing process and provide certainty for you about any restrictions that may apply before reaching the border.

From 12.01 am Friday 21 August, cross border community members will not be able to enter South Australia from Victoria unless they can apply under a different category of Essential Traveller.

All other states

Travellers from ACT, NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to enter South Australia directly without restriction.

Those travelling to South Australia via air from low community transmission zones can now transit through Sydney without the requirement for COVID-19 testing or 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival, providing they do not leave the airport and have been in a low community transmission zone for 14 days. (This will need to be proved on arrival see the SA Govt Website).

Travellers from NSW, other than essential travellers, will be required to:

  • self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA
  • submit for COVID-19 testing on:
    • the first day of entry to SA (the day of arrival)
    • the twelfth day of arrival.

For more details please follow below links.


OFFICIAL SA GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: Border Restrictions,   Main Restrictions page

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 26.04.21 Update

WA GOV home page

The Perth and Peel lockdown will end as planned from 12.01am, Tuesday 27 April.

A post-lockdown transition will be in place until 12.01am, Saturday 1 May.

The following measures will be in place:

  • Continue wearing a mask in public, while at work and on public transport unless exemptions apply e.g. vigorous outdoor exercise
  • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • 20-patron capacity limit and 4sqm rule for:
    • cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs for seated food and drink service only
    • beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers
    • public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools
    • places of worship
    • entertainment venues
  • No visitors to aged and disability care facilities and hospitals, except for compassionate reasons and advocacy
  • Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 100 guests, but require an exemption and COVID Event Plan
  • Professional and community sports, including training, permitted but without spectators
  • Elective surgery can proceed for category 1 and urgent category 2 surgeries only
  • Schools, childcare centres and TAFEs open - mask-wearing requirements apply for all school staff and secondary students, but not primary school students or staff when teaching
  • Universities open for online learning only
  • Fitness clubs, gyms, casinos and nightclubs remain closed

Regional travel restrictions will be removed, but restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities remain in place.

Anyone in an unaffected region who has been in Perth or Peel since 17 April must comply with mask-wearing requirements.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 24.04.21 Update

WA GOV Lockdown details page

Perth and Peel are in a 3-day lockdown from 12.01am, Saturday 24 April 2021 until 12.01am, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

These measures are based on health advice following, a positive COVID-19 case from hotel quarantine who was active in the community.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 14.04.21 Update

WA GOV Interstate border restrictions home page

Effective from 12.01 am, Monday 19 April, based on the latest health advice and pending no further outbreaks:

  • Travellers from Queensland will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions
  • Travellers from New Zealand will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 30.03.21 Update

WA GOV Interstate border restrictions home page

Western Australia's border arrangement

WA is in a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement, based on public health advice.

Interstate travel is permitted into and around WA, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel. They are also subject to conditions, including completing a G2G PASS declaration prior to entry.

WA’s Chief Health Officer continues to closely monitor community transmission in other states and territories, and will advise the WA Government if any changes to our borders are required to keep Western Australians protected.

Queensland has entered into a "Medium Risk" Category


Medium risk states and territories
  • You are not permitted to enter without an exemption through G2G PASS.
  • If permitted entry, you must self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premises is not available, you will be directed to a Government approved quarantine facility at your own expense.
  • Approved travellers are subject to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 11 of quarantine, or at any point when symptoms develop. A mask must be worn while travelling to and from the COVID Clinic.
  • You must wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at suitable self-quarantine premises or government approved quarantine facilities. In addition if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight while in WA airspace, and while inside the airport (with some exceptions – e.g. children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask).

The G2G Now app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk states and territories are encouraged to download and use the app


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 27.02.21 Update

WA GOV Interstate border restrictions home page

The State of Victoria

Pending no further outbreaks and based on the latest public health advice, Victoria is expected to move to the ‘low risk’ category from 12.01 am Saturday, February 20. See the controlled interstate border page for up to date information. 

Under the ‘low risk’ category, travel is permitted into WA, subject to the following strict conditions:

  • complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days;
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 11; 
  • all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival;
  • be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); and
  • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise;

All other jurisdictions except Victoria are considered ‘very low risk’ and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements.

The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future.

For more information:



WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 02.02.21 Update
Currently in a lockdown

From 6 pm, Sunday, 31 January 2021 until 6 pm Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South-West regions will enter a 5-day lockdown.

These measures are based on health advice and is being implemented due to a fast-evolving situation in Western Australia with the positive COVID-19 case detected in a hotel quarantine worker.

Please see the WA Govt website as it has interactive maps & detail information on what is allowed & what is restricted.

WA GOVT Site


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 19.01.21 Update

Link here

Effective 12.01am, Monday, January 18, travel from Victoria is permitted, subject to 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing. See the announcement for more information.

New South Wales and Queensland remain ‘medium risk’ and travellers from these jurisdictions are not permitted to enter WA without an exemption.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 20.12.20 Update
NSW entry to WA border measures strengthened

Travel from New South Wales into WA is now classified as ‘medium risk’. As a result, travel from NSW is no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller. This also applies to anyone who may have been in NSW since December 11 and hasn’t completed 14 days in a lower risk state or territory.

For more information see New South Wales entry to WA border measures strengthened.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 11.12.20 Update

Travel from South Australia into WA is now classified as ‘low risk’. For more information visit the Controlled Interstate Border page.

WA transitioned to a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement on Saturday, 14 November. Interstate travellers are now permitted to enter WA, subject to meeting strict conditions.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 19.10.20 Update

The arrival of New Zealanders yesterday has astounded the WA Government as they are not part of the NZ Travel Bubble. All have been placed in 14-day quarantine.

"You cannot enter WA unless you are an exempt traveller. The Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions, as amended, set out exempt traveller categories. Entry into WA may be subject to terms and conditions, including a requirement to quarantine for 14 days. You may apply for an exemption via G2G PASS.

If coming from overseas, you'll be subject to the Australian Government's mandatory 14 day quarantine period at your own expense in the first Australian port of entry."

WA GOVT Site


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 21.09.20 Update

The WA Government has declared a State of Emergency for Western Australia.

Travel is now permitted throughout all regions within WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities. Activities are allowed with social distancing & number restrictions.

STRICT BORDER CONTROLS ARE IN PLACE TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

You cannot enter WA unless you are an exempt traveller. The Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions, as amended, set out exempt traveller categories. Entry into Western Australia may be subject to terms and conditions, including a requirement to quarantine for 14 days. You may apply for an exemption via G2G PASS.


OFFICIAL WA GOVERNMENT WEBSITE:  Travel to WA Restrictions, MAIN COVID-19 Page

NORTHERN TERRITORY

NORTHERN TERRITORY: 14.04.21 Update

Link here

The Hotspot list has been updated: No current hotspots. 

All people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the border entry form.


NORTHERN TERRITORY: 30.03.21 Update

Link here

The Hotspot list has been updated:

REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERSTATE TRAVELLERS

All people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the border entry form.

If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified active coronavirus hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans. Likewise if you are a Territorian intending to travel to an active hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans.

See Google map with current hotspots.

Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot must undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. If travelling to or from an airport within a declared hotspot, point 4 from the ‘Directions for COVID-19 Hotspots’ below provides advice.

This will be at your own cost. The cost per person for supervised quarantine is $2500.

Mandatory supervised quarantine will be at the Howard Springs* quarantine facility or another approved facility elsewhere in the Northern Territory. All quarantine facilities are alcohol-free.

* Yulara or Alice Springs interstate arrivals may be transported to quarantine at Howard Springs in Darwin.


NORTHERN TERRITORY: 27.02.21 Update

Link here

No known hotspots but check the procedure below before arriving.


INTERSTATE ARRIVALS AND QUARANTINE

There are strict border controls in place for all arrivals to the Territory, including returning Territorians.

All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) must:


NORTHERN TERRITORY: 19.01.21 Update

Link here


INTERSTATE ARRIVALS AND QUARANTINE

There are strict border controls in place for all arrivals to the Territory, including returning Territorians.

All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) must:


NORTHERN TERRITORY: 22.12.20 Update

The Northern Territory has updated its "hotspots" for areas considered the Greater Sydney Area. 

Interstate Hotspots - Pre-Travel requirements for travellers

All people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the border entry form.

If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified active coronavirus hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans. Likewise if you are a Territorian intending to travel to an active hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans.

Any exemption granted before the 17 July 2020 are invalid if the person travelling has been in an identified hotspot.

See Google map with current hotspots.

Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine. If travelling to or from an airport within a declared hotspot, point 4 from the ‘Directions for COVID-19 Hotspots’ below provides advice.

This will be at your own cost. The cost per person for supervised quarantine is $2500.

Mandatory supervised quarantine will be at the Howard Springs* quarantine facility or another approved facility elsewhere in the Northern Territory. All quarantine facilities are alcohol-free.

* Yulara or Alice Springs interstate arrivals may be transported to quarantine at Howard Springs in Darwin.

Full NT Govt site details here

NORTHERN TERRITORY: 19.10.20 Update

Remains the same as below. Details & steps in link.

NT Govt Link

NORTHERN TERRITORY: 21.09.20 Update

Travel & activities are possible in the Northern Territory with social distancing & number restrictions. (Diving & tourism activities possible).

Strict border controls apply for all access points to the Northern Territory. 

All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) must:

If travelling to or from an airport within a declared hotpot, point 4 from the ‘Directions for COVID-19 Hotspots’ below provides advice.

This will be at your own cost. The cost per person for supervised quarantine is $2500.


OFFICIAL NT GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: Border restrictions, MAIN COVID-19 Page, Hotspots

TASMANIA

TASMANIA: 14.04.21 Update

Link here

There are currently no high-risk areas & no medium-risk areas listed.


Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the State, to help manage the risk of COVID-19 at Tasmania’s borders.

Tasmania’s border entry conditions depend on where each traveller has spent time prior to their day of arrival.

Areas are assessed as either lowmedium or high-risk based on Public Health advice.

Register through the Tas e-Travel system if you have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania.


TASMANIA: 30.03.21 Update

Link here

QUEENSLAND TRAVEL ALERT

If you have been in any of the below Local Government Areas in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Tasmania you will not be able to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller. If you have identified that you have been in Queensland in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Tasmania, your Tas e-Travel registration will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply to identify if you have been in any of the high-risk areas.

If you are currently in Tasmania and have been in any of the above Local Government Areas since Saturday March 20 you must immediately self-isolate and contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a COVID-19 test. If you have only been in a high-risk LGA and not visited a high-risk premises you can leave isolation if you receive a negative test result as long as you are not experiencing any COVID 19 symptoms. You are able to travel interstate but should check entry requirements of the State or Territory you are departing for as they may have quarantine or other restrictions in place for people who have been in the affected LGAs.

If you have been at a high-risk premises you will be required to complete 14 days quarantine regardless of your test result. If you have been at one of the high-risk premises on the dates and times identified, when you call the Hotline you must let the operator know.


TASMANIA: 27.02.21 Update

Link here

New Zealand - Auckland deemed a high-risk area

No medium risk areas.


HIGH-RISK AREAS AND PREMISES

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or premises in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

If entry is approved, there may be a quarantine requirement in government-designated accommodation (fees can apply).

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or premises need to provide information to help determine entry and quarantine requirements for travel to Tasmania.

The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system.

Where possible, travellers are encouraged to do this at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

If at any stage you develop cold or flu symptoms, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.

If you are currently in Tasmania and you have been in a high-risk area or premises in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Tasmania, you should monitor the above list of premises daily and contact the Public health Hotline on 1800 671 738 if you have been at any of the listed premises.

MEDIUM-RISK AREAS

Travellers who have only spent time in medium-risk areas in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are required to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designated quarantine (fees can apply) – unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

The most effective way of providing information about an intended quarantine location is via the G2G PASS system.

Where possible, travellers are encouraged to do this at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.


TASMANIA: 19.01.21 Update

Link here

Public Health has declared the below areas to be medium-risk

Any time on or after 9am Friday 8 January 2021

Brisbane (LGA), Moreton Bay (LGA), Ipswich (LGA), Redlands (LGA), Logan (LGA)



QUEENSLAND

The Greater Brisbane Local Government Areas (LGA) of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan have been declared medium-risk by Public Health.

If you have spent time in the 14 days before arriving to Tasmanian in any of these medium-risk LGAs, you will need to apply to travel to Tasmania through the G2G Pass system and quarantine at suitable premises or government-designated accommodation for 14 days (if they do not have a suitable premises available).

Travellers who have arrived in Tasmania from or after 9am Friday 8 January (and have been in one of these local government areas) will still need to complete the 14 day quarantine requirement.

Travellers currently undertaking quarantine in government-designated accommodation can speak to the Government Liaison officer at the accommodation facility to see if they qualify to undertake the remainder of their quarantine at a suitable premises.

Anyone already in Tasmania who has spent time in Queensland since 8 January should continue to monitor the Queensland contact tracing alerts on a daily basis as the situation continues to develop. If you were at any locations identified by Queensland Health Contact Tracing Alerts, please contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice

If at any time you develop cold or flu symptoms, please contact the Public Health Hotline on to arrange a test on 1800 671 738.

NEW SOUTH WALES MEDIUM-RISK AREAS

The following Local Government Areas (LGAs) have been declared as medium-risks areas.

Added 5pm 19 December 2020

Bayside, Blacktown,Blue Mountains, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland, The Hills, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Wollongong, Woollahra


ARRIVALS IN TASMANIA

All arrivals who have spent time in NSW should regularly check the NSW Government Health website to monitor the list of locations identified by NSW Health as a risk for exposure to COVID-19 and the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for advice if they believe they may have been at one of those locations at the specified times.

If at any stage you develop cold or flu symptoms, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.


IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL TO TASMANIA

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are required to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designated quarantine (fees can apply).

The most effective way of providing information about an intended quarantine location is via the G2G pass system. Where possible, travellers are encouraged to do this at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

For more details on what is classified as a suitable premises, see suitable premises.


TASMANIA: 22.12.20 Update
Coming to Tasmania? Register your travel

Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the state, to help manage the risk of COVID-19 at Tasmania’s borders.

Tasmania’s border entry conditions depend on where each traveller has spent time prior to their day of arrival.

Areas are assessed as either lowmedium or high-risk based on Public Health advice.

Register through the Tas e-Travel system if you have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania.

Travelling from low-risk areas

Low-risk areas are:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales  (excluding the Greater Sydney Region and high-risk premises and area)
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • New Zealand

Travellers who have only spent time in a low-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania do not need to quarantine when they arrive.

Register through the Tas e-Travel system, no more than three (3) days before arriving

Read more about low-risk areas, including transiting through medium and high-risk areas and screening requirements.

Travelling from medium-risk areas

Medium risk areas are:

  • The Greater Sydney Region

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are required to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designated accommodation (fees apply).

Register your intended quarantine location via the G2G PASS system

Read more about medium-risk areas, including suitable quarantine premises and health screenings.

Travelling from high-risk areas

High-risk areas are:

High-risk domestic areas

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk domestic area or premise in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER TASMANIA, unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

If entry is approved, there may be a quarantine requirement in government-designated accommodation (fees can apply).

TASMANIA: 11.12.20 Update

Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the state, to help manage the risk of COVID-19 at Tasmania’s borders.

Tasmania’s border entry conditions depend on where each traveller has spent time prior to their day of arrival.

Areas are assessed as either lowmedium or high-risk based on Public Health advice.

Register through the Tas e-Travel system if you have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania.

Full TAS Govt site here

TASMANIA: 26.10.20 Update

The areas where travellers have spent time prior to arriving in Tasmania determine the conditions for their entry into the State.

Tasmania’s border restrictions have changed from Monday 26 October 2020.

From this date, areas are assessed as either low, medium or high-risk dependent upon the number of COVID-19 cases or level of community transmission in those areas, and subject to Public Health advice.

Low-risk areas are:
  • Queensland
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • New Zealand

Travellers who have only spent time in a low-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are not required to quarantine. People entering from these areas register their travel and contact details via the Tas e-Travel system a maximum of three (3) days before arrival in Tasmania.

Based on current Public Health advice, travel from low-risk areas directly through medium or high-risk areas (only stopping for fuel) to an airport or seaport is permitted without being subject to quarantine requirements that apply to that area.

Additional stops may be approved by the Deputy State Controller, for example for safety breaks during a long journey.

For more information, visit Low-risk areas

Medium-risk areas are:
  • New South Wales

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are required to quarantine and need to submit their intended quarantine location.

Quarantine can occur in a suitable premises or in government-designated quarantine (fees apply).

The most effective way of providing information about an intended quarantine location is via the G2G system.

If the travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons, travellers can seek to enter the State as an Essential Traveller and request a full or partial exemption from quarantine.

Where possible, travellers are encouraged to make their G2G PASS submission at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

For more information, visit Medium-risk areas.

High-risk areas are:
  • Victoria
  • Overseas (other than New Zealand)
  • a cruise ship

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area need to provide information to help determine entry and quarantine requirements for travel to Tasmania.

The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G system. Where possible, travellers are encouraged to do this at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk domestic area in the 14 days prior to arrival must quarantine for 14 days in Government-designated quarantine accommodation (fees can apply).

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk overseas area or on a cruise ship in the 28 days prior to arriving in Tasmania must complete 14 days quarantine in Government-designated accommodation, unless they provide evidence of:

  • having completed 14 days in government-designated quarantine in another jurisdiction;
  • having had a negative COVID-19 test on or after day 10 of arriving in Australia; and
  • having directly transited to an airport or seaport in that area and travelling directly to Tasmania when exiting quarantine in a medium or high-risk domestic area.

If the travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons, travellers can apply, via the G2G PASS system to enter the State as an Essential Traveller.

For more information, visit High-risk areas.

Changes may occur

Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation can change at any time, requiring restrictions or other measures to be put in place. Travellers should continue to monitor the latest situation at all times prior to travel.


TASMANIA: 19.10.20 Update

Border restrictions in Tasmania are based on the locations travellers have spent time in during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

This determines whether travellers will be permitted to enter the State, where they must quarantine and other requirements such as wearing masks and undertaking COVID-19 testing.


TRAVEL UP TO 25 OCTOBER 2020

All travellers to Tasmania are required to provide travel details on arrival. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system.

All arrivals who have been overseas, including New Zealand, in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine in Government-designated accommodation on arrival in Tasmania. Quarantine fees can apply for Government-designated quarantine.

TRAVEL FROM 26 OCTOBER 2020

People travelling from Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory will not be required to quarantine on arrival in Tasmania from October 26 based on current Public Health advice.

A further update will be provided for people travelling from NSW prior to October 26.

Border restrictions will remain in place for people travelling from Victoria and those who have spent time in an Affected Region or Premises until further notice.

People entering the State from identified low-risk jurisdictions will be required to register their travel and contact details via the Tas E-Travel online systems a maximum of 3 days prior to arrival. The registration process will be available via this website from October 23. Travellers who have been in Affected Regions and Premises will still need to apply to enter the State via the G2G PASS system.

Based on current public health advice, people travelling from low-risk jurisdictions from October 26 will be able to continue to transit directly though Victoria (only stopping for fuel) to Melbourne Airport or the Spirit of Tasmania terminal and not be subject to quarantine requirements that apply to that jurisdiction.

Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation in all States and Territories can change at any time requiring restrictions or other measures to be put in place. You should continue to monitor the latest situation at all times prior to your travel.

HEALTH SCREENING AND TEMPERATURE CHECKS

All travellers arriving in Tasmania are asked to answer health symptom questions and have a temperature check as part of COVID-19 screening measures.

Part of the questioning process can be completed online in the one hour before travelling, to ensure a quicker passage through the port of arrival. Travellers will receive a text message prior to departure with a link to the online form.

Travellers who haven’t done the questionnaire when they arrive will receive help to complete it at the port.

Anyone with symptoms will be encouraged to have a COVID-19 test.

Current screening and testing requirements for Essential Travellers remain in place.

UPDATED TAS Govt Site

TASMANIA: 21.09.20 Update

Travel & activities are possible in Tasmania with social distancing & number restrictions. (Diving & tourism activities possible).

A state of emergency has been declared.

The Tasmanian Government has announced its current border restrictions will now remain in place (no set date for opening as yet).

Border restrictions in Tasmania are based on the locations travellers have spent time in during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

This determines whether travellers will be permitted to enter the State, where they must quarantine and other requirements such as wearing masks and undertaking COVID-19 testing.

The following restrictions apply to people entering

Tasmania if they have been in an Affected Region or an Affected Premises that pose an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19. Read the list of high-risk locations.

  • Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, must quarantine in government-designated accommodation for 14 days. Read more about Quarantine, including fees payable.
  • Non-Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are not permitted to enter Tasmania and will be turned back at their own expense.
  • Essential Travellers are not required to quarantine but are required to undertake health screening and a COVID-19 test on arrival, wear a face mask and limit their movement when not in the workplace. Anyone refusing to be tested will go into quarantine at government-designated accommodation for 14 days (and be required to pay the government-designated accommodation fee) or can leave Tasmania at their own expense. See Essential Travellers for more information.

People coming to Tasmania are not considered to have spent time in an Affected Region provided they have:

  • transited directly through an airport and did not leave the airport except to board a flight; or
  • transited directly through an affected region by vehicle to an airport or seaport without breaking their journey, except to obtain fuel.

The following restrictions apply to travellers from within Australia who have not spent time in an Affected Region (currently Victoria) or Affected Premises in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania. See the above category for restrictions if you have been in these areas.

  • Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine for 14 days at their primary residence.
  • Non-Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation.
  • Essential Travellers are not required to quarantine but must undertake health screening on arrival and comply with the conditions described in Conditions for Essential Travellers. The State Controller may also apply additional conditions. See Essential Travellers for more information.

Read more about Quarantine, including fees payable for government-designated quarantine.


OFFICIAL TAS GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: Border restrictions, MAIN COVID-19 Page

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: 14.04.21 Update

Link here

ACT has eased travel restrictions from Greater Brisbane.

Public Health requirements remain in place for people who have been to identified exposure sites in QLD and NSW.

If you are now in the ACT and have been in an exposure site, you may need to quarantine, get tested and self-isolate.

Find out more about the COVID-19 areas of concern.



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: 30.03.21 Update

Link here

From the ACT Government: From 6pm on 29 March 2021, Greater Brisbane is considered a COVID-19 affected area. Please visit the COVID-19 affected areas of Queensland page for advice.

TRAVELLING FROM THE ACT TO QUEENSLAND

Currently, ACT residents should not travel to the COVID-19 affected areas in Queensland.

With Easter and the school holidays starting next weekend, it is important that anyone with upcoming travel plans is keeping up to date with the situation in Queensland and be prepared to change travel plans at short notice.

We will provide an update to the community before the Easter long weekend.

ACT residents can travel to other parts of Queensland, but are advised to keep up to date with the advice on the Queensland Government’s website.

It is your responsibility to understand any restrictions Queensland has in place, including for those transiting through NSW.

You may need to declare your travel or quarantine.

To find out if you need to declare your travel, apply for border passes, or quarantine when you arrive, visit the Queensland Government’s website.


TRAVELLING FROM QUEENSLAND TO THE ACT

Under a Public Health Direction, the Chief Health Officer has signed a new Public Health (COVID-19 Areas of Concern) Notice, that came into effect at 6pm (ACT time) on Monday 29 March 2021, declaring the Greater Brisbane area a COVID-19 affected area.

This Notice restricts travel to the ACT from Greater Brisbane, which includes the following five local councils:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redlands City.

Travel restrictions will be in place until at least 6pm (ACT time) Thursday 1 April 2021.

This aligns with the lockdown in Greater Brisbane.

ACT residents travelling from Greater Brisbane must declare their travel using the declaration form within 24 hours prior of their travel. Please note the form will be down for maintenance between 12pm and 12.30pm on 30 March 2021.

Non-ACT residents travelling from Greater Brisbane need to apply for an exemption to enter the ACT. Please note the form will be down for maintenance between 12pm and 12.30pm on 30 March 2021.

More information for ACT residents returning home and non-ACT residents in the ACT is on the COVID-19 affected areas of Queensland page.

If you are travelling from other parts of Queensland, you can visit the ACT, as long as you have not been in Greater Brisbane in the 14 days prior to your travel to the ACT.



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: 27.02.21 Update

Link here

Travel advice is general, no restrictions in or out. Check the above link for more info


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: 19.01.21 Update

Link here

Public health directions are currently in place for anyone who has been in a COVID-19 affected area of New South Wales.

ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intention to return.

Non-ACT residents cannot enter unless they have an exemption.

14-day quarantine is required.

Details can be found on the NSW travel page.

From 2pm on Monday 11 January 2021, Greater Brisbane is no longer considered a COVID-19 affected area. For more information, visit the Queensland travel page.


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: 22.12.20 Update

A new public health direction is in place from 11.59pm on Sunday 20 December 2020, legally requiring anyone who has been in a COVID-affected area of Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas notify ACT Health of their intention to travel to the ACT, via our online declaration form. Note: the affected areas have been updated 21 December 2020 as per NSW Health advice.

Anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches LGA from 11 December 2020 are required to quarantine for 14 days from when they left the area and should get tested.

Anyone who has been in the Greater Sydney, Central Coast or Wollongong areas from 21 December 2020 are required to quarantine for 14 days from when they left the area and should get tested. A full list of affected areas is on our NSW travel page.

Canberrans are advised not to travel to Greater Sydney, Central Coast or Wollongong areas until further notice.

Check the latest health and travel advice for more information.

Note: your travel may impact your ability to work in, or access high-risk settings (like aged care or health care facilities). Please visit the Chief Health Officer alerts page for more information.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: 19.10.20 Update

If you are a non-ACT resident and you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days, you will need to apply for an exemption to enter the ACT, even if you are currently in NSW or another State or Territory.

If it has been more than 14 days since you have been in Victoria, you will not require an exemption to enter the ACT.

ACT Government breaks travel to & from ACT into state landing pages. If you are traveling use this link

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: 21.09.20 Update

Travel & activities are possible in the ACT with social distancing & number restrictions. (Diving & activities possible).

Travel for Canberrans to SA is possible without quarantine on arrival if you have been in a low community transmission zone for 14 days or longer.

ACT Government urges Canberrans not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring. Currently, this includes:

Due to NSW updating their border restrictions for travel from Victoria, entry to the ACT from Victoria is now only possible through Canberra Airport, by air. The NSW Public Health Direction can be viewed at the NSW Department of Health website.

Exception: The NSW Government is allowing ACT residents with an Entry Authorisation Certificate issued by the ACT Chief Health Officer to cross the border at Wodonga at 9am each day from 13 - 17 August inclusive. After 17 August 2020, no other ACT residents will be allowed through the border by road and the ACT Government will not issue any more exemptions to drive to the ACT while the NSW/Vic border remains closed. After 17 August 2020, everyone else who has applied for an exemption will need to reapply and request to travel by air.

ACT residents can return home from Victoria by air but are required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria. ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intention to return. This notification should be made as early as possible, and at least 72 hours before the intended travel date, wherever possible.

If you return to the ACT from NSW, or current hotspots, you may be required to quarantine for 14 days after you arrive. ( Check the ACT website for specific details).


OFFICIAL ACT GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: Border restrictions, MAIN COVID-19 Page


LEAVING AUSTRALIA

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES: 14.04.21

SMARTRAVEL GOVT SITE

AUS HOME AFFAIRS WEBSITE

Travelling from Australia to New Zealand

From 19 April 2021, people who have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel quarantine-free to New Zealand. This includes people who have spent all 14 days in Australia, or people who have travelled from New Zealand to Australia and are returning within 14 days.

To travel quarantine-free you must meet the New Zealand Government’s health pre-conditions and all other normal entry requirements, like customs, immigration and biosecurity, apply.

Be aware that quarantine-free travel could be paused or suspended at any time, so stay up to date. Australian citizens and permanent residents who have been in Australia for 14 days before departure can travel to New Zealand without applying for an outwards travel exemption.

Note: This only applies when New Zealand is the destination of travel. If you are transiting through New Zealand to another destination, you must apply for an outward travel exemption.

Travelling from Australia to other international Destinations

Currently, no travel is allowed departing from Australia unless under a permit system

Link to Govt Website details 


INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES: Current

SMARTRAVEL GOVT SITE

International travel remains closed ( unless under special circumstances)

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES: 27.02.21 Update

International travel remains closed still. The Government is unsure when it will open even though a vaccination program in Australia is underway. The concern is the country's Australians will travel too, and then which countries will travel into Australia. Qantas is hoping to have International flights resuming at the end of October 2021.


INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES: 19.01.21 Update

International travel remains closed still. The Government is unsure when it will open even though a vaccination program in Australia is underway. The concern is the country's Australians will travel too, and then which countries will travel in to Australia. No date has been speculated yet.


INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES: 19.10.20 Update

So far international travel remains closed. New Zealanders are only allowed to fly into NSW. No Australians (yet) are allowed to fly into New Zealand. No word on when this may happen.


INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES: 21.09.20 Update

There is a ban on Australians travelling overseas.

Smartraveller Travel Advice is Level 4 - Do Not Travel overseas.

Exceptions include:

  • for those citizens who usually live overseas
  • where travel is essential
  • where travel is in the national interest
  • on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

Australian Border Force manages these exemptions.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.


OFFICIAL AUS GOVERNMENT WEBSITE: Smartraveller COVID Updates


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