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.

Which state do you live in?

Which borders are open?

The domestic travel rules and regulations are changing constantly. The latest border statuses are below:

StateBorder statusWho can enter without restrictions?Do I need a permit?More information
Australian Capital TerritoryPartially openAll states and territories, except NSW and MelbourneThe 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 WalesOpenAll states and territories, but some restrictions apply to ACT and VictoriaTravellers 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 TerritoryPartially openAll states and territories, except the ACT, NSW, Melbourne and some parts of regional VictoriaAs 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
QueenslandPartially openAll states and territories except NSW, Victoria and the ACTAnyone 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 AustraliaPartially openOpen to Tasmania, NT, WA and Queensland; testing required for travellers from Brisbane; travel not permitted from ACT, NSW or VictoriaTravellers 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
TasmaniaPartially openAll states and territories, except ACT, NSW and VictoriaAll 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
VictoriaPartially openAll states and territories except the ACT and NSWAll 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 AustraliaPartially openOpen to Tasmania, NT and SA; closed to the ACT, NSW and Victoria; travellers from Queensland must self-quarantineAll 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?

Domestic travel has resumed between states with few cases of COVID-19. As of September 2021 due to clusters in NSW, Victoria and the ACT most states have closed their borders to travellers from these jurisdictions.

When will international travel resume?

Australians and New Zealanders could freely travel across the ditch without needing to quarantine until New Zealand temporarily suspended the bubble due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia.

Everything you need to know about the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble.

International travel outside of the bubble is still banned for Australians but the government has indicated international travel may resume before Christmas. National carrier Qantas has set the date for international flights to resume from 18 December.

Are there any rules or regulations I should expect when travelling?

Travelling in a post-COVID-19 environment is quite different to travelling during normal times. You can expect venues, restaurants and attractions to have COVID-safe measures in place. This may include having to provide your contact details to the venue, mandatory sanitisation, physical distancing measures such as spaced-out tables and contactless payments and the need to pre-book tickets. Yes, even if the entry is free. This is generally to comply with current maximum gathering limits.

For a full list of what you can expect per state, check out the guides above.

Will I be covered by domestic travel insurance during the coronavirus pandemic?

Yes, you can still get domestic travel insurance, but if you need to claim anything that has directly impacted you due to coronavirus (for example, you got sick while travelling interstate and have needed to self-isolate where you are or your flight has been cancelled due to border closures), you won't be covered. That said, Medicare may cover you for any coronavirus-related medical care.

Can I visit beaches?

Yes. Beaches around Australia are open. However, due to social distancing there may be restrictions regarding what you can and can't do on them. Beaches may also be patrolled and some are closed once they reach their maximum capacity limits.

Check with your state or the specific beach for full details.

Can I visit amusement and theme parks?

Yes. Most states have been given permission to reopen their theme parks. Some of Australia's top theme parks including Dreamworld, Sea World and Movie World on the Gold Coast have all re-opened.

Can I visit my holiday home?

Yes. Most states and territories allow you to visit your private holiday home or shack.

The exception is if you are living in a hotspot and have been placed under lockdown in which case you are not permitted to travel to your holiday home. This includes parts of NSW, the ACT and parts of Victoria.

Can I go camping?

Yes. Most states and territories now allow camping, with restrictions attached. Generally, communal facilities such as kitchens and showers are closed, so if you don't have a self-contained vehicle you may want to consider booking a cabin. Gathering limits apply.

If you live in a hotspot and are in lockdown you are not permitted to go camping as it is a non-essential activity. This includes parts of NSW, the ACT and parts of Victoria.

Check with your state for a full list of permissions.

Can I stay in hotels?

Yes. Most states now allow you to stay in hotels, hostels and other accommodation as long as you're not in quarantine or lockdown. To keep in line with social distancing, any communal facilities such as dining rooms, gyms and swimming pools in hotels and kitchens and bathrooms in hostels, may be restricted or closed.

During lockdown, people are only permitted to stay in accommodation they were already booked into when lockdown commenced or for the purpose of sheltering in place. Communal facilities are closed.

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