Where can I travel in Australia as restrictions ease?
An up-to-date guide on where you can go and what you can do as travel restrictions due to coronavirus ease.
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Intrastate and interstate restrictions across Australia are constantly changing.
So, where can you go and what can you do right now? We've laid out each state's current domestic travel restrictions so you get it right.
New South Wales
Intrastate travel is permitted. Some restrictions apply to travellers arriving from the ACT and Victoria. Click here for more.
Intrastate travel is permitted. Borders are open with all Australian states and territories except NSW and the ACT. Click here for more.
Borders are open to all states and territories except ACT, NSW and Victoria. Click here for more.
The NT is open to all Australians except those from ACT, NSW and parts of Victoria. Here's where you can go and what you can do in the NT.
Intrastate travel is allowed and the borders are closed to all except Tasmania, NT and SA; travellers from Queensland are classified as low risk. Click here for more.
Which borders are open?
The domestic travel rules and regulations are changing constantly. The latest border statuses are below:
|State||Border status||Who can enter without restrictions?||Do I need a permit?||More information|
|Australian Capital Territory||Partially open||All states and territories, except NSW and Melbourne||The ACT is in lockdown. Non-essential travellers from NSW or Victoria are not allowed. Returning residents who have been in Victoria or NSW in the last 14 days must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arriving in the ACT. They must complete an online declaration form. Non-ACT residents from Victoria or NSW are not allowed to enter unless they have an exemption.||ACT government website|
|New South Wales||Open||All states and territories, but some restrictions apply to ACT and Victoria||Travellers from all states and territories are allowed to enter except those who have been to a designated "place of high concern" in the past 2 weeks. Those coming from ACT and Victoria are subject to more restrictions including stay-at-home requirements. People who have been to ACT, Queensland or Victoria in the past 14 days must submit a completed NSW entry declaration. The government advises against going to NSW unless travellers have a reasonable excuse.||NSW government website|
|Northern Territory||Partially open||All states and territories, except the ACT, NSW, Melbourne and some parts of regional Victoria||As of 20 September 2021, the following have been declared as hotspots: the entire ACT; the entire NSW; Greater Melbourne and Geelong; Ballarat, Shepparton and Wangaratta in regional Victoria. Canberra and Sydney airports have also been declared as hotspots.|
All travellers in Australia may enter the NT except those who have been to the declared hotspots in the last 14 days. Every traveller must complete and print a Border Entry Form within 7 days before arriving.
Those who have been to a hotspot within 2 weeks cannot enter unless they are returning residents or they have been given an exemption. They will be placed under mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
|NT government website|
|Queensland||Partially open||All states and territories except NSW, Victoria and the ACT||Anyone arriving from a hotspot is not permitted to enter without an exemption. Returning residents who are coming from declared hotspots and those with exemptions will be placed under quarantine at their own expense. Travellers from other parts of Australia are allowed to enter, but must apply for an entry pass 3 days before their arrival in Queensland.||Queensland government website|
|South Australia||Partially open||Open to Tasmania, NT, WA and Queensland; testing required for travellers from Brisbane; travel not permitted from ACT, NSW or Victoria||Travellers who have been in ACT, NSW and Victoria during the past 2 weeks are not allowed to enter SA except essential travellers, who must undergo a 14-day home quarantine. Those coming from Brisbane City or Logan council areas must get tested and self-isolate until they receive their first negative result. All arrivals must submit a completed Cross Border Travel Registration before entry.||SA government website|
|Tasmania||Partially open||All states and territories, except ACT, NSW and Victoria||All travellers may enter Tasmania without needing to quarantine for 2 weeks, except those coming from ACT, Victoria and New South Wales. Those who are permitted to enter must register with the Tas e-Travel system. Those who have been in medium or high-risk areas in the past 2 weeks must apply for a G2G Pass.||Tasmania government website|
|Victoria||Partially open||All states and territories except the ACT and NSW||All visitors need to apply for a permit and must abide by all public health restrictions put in place by the Victorian Government. Victoria has a "traffic light" system for entry. Each zone has a different set of rules that travellers need to follow. This system is based on where the traveller has been in the past 14 days.||Victoria government website|
|Western Australia||Partially open||Open to Tasmania, NT and SA; closed to the ACT, NSW and Victoria; travellers from Queensland must self-quarantine||All visitors must present a G2G Pass. Western Australia has a controlled border arrangement which classifies territories and states according to their risk level. Each classification has a different set of border entry rules. NSW is under the "extreme risk" classification. Victoria is classified under "high risk." ACT is under "medium risk." All travellers from these states need exemptions before they can enter Western Australia. The government may impose retroactive quarantine requirements if the traveller arrives from a subsequently declared hotspot during the past 14 days.||WA government website|
Frequently asked questions about the domestic travel restrictions in Australia
When will domestic travel resume in Australia?
When will international travel resume?
Are there any rules or regulations I should expect when travelling?
Will I be covered by domestic travel insurance during the coronavirus pandemic?
Can I visit beaches?
Can I visit amusement and theme parks?
Can I go camping?
Can I stay in hotels?
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