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 being changed.
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 and borders are open with all states and territories. Restrictions in place for the Northern Beaches residents. Click for more.
Intrastate travel is allowed and borders are open with all states and territories except for certain NSW zones.
Borders are open to all states and territories. Restrictions in place for Northern Beaches and Greater Sydney residents. Click here for more.
The Northern Territory is open to all Australians, except those from the City of Sydney and its surrounding suburbs. Here's where you can go and what you can do in the NT.
Regional travel is allowed and state borders are open to all except NSW and Victoria. Find out more here.
Which borders are open?
The domestic travel rules and regulations are changing constantly. The latest border statuses are below:
Interactive map courtesy of Tourism Australia.
|State||Border status||Who can enter without restrictions?||Do I need a permit?||More information|
|Australian Capital Territory||Open||All states and territories except select Sydney suburbs.||No, everyone may enter freely except South Australians who must fill in a delcaration before entering.||ACT Government website|
|New South Wales||Open||All states and territories.||Everyone may enter freely except those from Sydney's northern beaches.||NSW Government website|
|Northern Territory||Partially open||All states and territories except Sydney hotspots.||Yes, all arrivals must complete a border entry form||Northern Territory Government website|
|Queensland||Partially open||All states and territories, except Sydney's northern beaches and Greater Sydney.||Arrivals from hotspots must complete a border declaration pass||Queensland Government website|
|South Australia||Partially open||All states and territories, except New South Wales and Greater Brisbane.||All eligible visitors must fill out a Cross Border Travel Registration||South Australia Government website|
|Tasmania||Partially open||All states and territories, except Sydney's northern beaches and Greater Sydney.||All eligible visitors must complete a G2G pass||Tasmania Government website|
|Victoria||Partially open||All states and territories, except select areas of NSW.||All visitors need to apply for a permit||Victoria Government website|
|Western Australia||Partially open||Open to all states and territories except NSW and Victoria.||All visitors must present a G2G pass||Western Australia Government website|
Key domestic border opening dates
Borders to Victoria are closed due to rising COVID-19 cases. If you enter Victoria you will likely have to quarantine when you return home.
Future border openings and closures for other states, territories and destinations that have been announced are below:
- 6pm on 18 January: Victoria removes travel restrictions on Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions that are NOT in the red zone. Current red zone localities are Blacktown City, Burwood, Canada Bay City, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield City, Inner West, Liverpool City, Parramatta City and Strathfield Municipality.
Previous key dates for domestic travel
- 3pm on 12 January: Travel restrictions from NSW to Canberra reduced to 11 local government areas. These are Northern Beaches, Blacktown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Inner West, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield.
- 11:59pm on 1 January: Travellers from New South Wales are banned from entering Victoria.
- 31 December: Travellers from Greater Sydney are banned from entering the Northern Territory from midnight.
- 31 December: Travellers from Victoria are banned from entering Western Australia from midnight.
- 31 December: Travellers from New South Wales are banned from entering South Australia from 12:01am, 1 January 2021.
- 21 December: Greater Sydney residents must enter a 14-day quarantine upon entry in South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Queensland and Victoria have shut their borders to Sydney residents. The Northern Territory is placing any travellers from the Northern beaches into quarantine for the 14-day period.
- 17 and 18 December: Western Australia closes its borders to NSW. Queensland, Victoria, the NT, ACT and Tasmania have imposed a 14 day quarantine on Sydney's northern beaches and Greater Sydney residents.
- 3 December: Tasmania reopens its borders to South Australia.
- 8 December: Western Australia reopens its borders to NSW and Victoria.
- 27 November: Tasmania opens its borders to Victorians.
- 1 December: The South Australia/Victoria border reopens.
- 1 December: The Queensland/NSW border reopens.
- 23 November: The Victoria/NSW border reopens.
- 11:59pm 19 November: Victoria imposes hard border on South Australia for 48-hours. A permit system will be in place from 11:59pm on 21 November to only allow exempt travellers
- 17 and 18 November: Queensland and Western Australia re-close their borders to South Australians following new cases.
- 16 November: Tasmania and the Northern Territory re-closes its borders to South Australians following new cases.
- 14 November: Western Australia's border reopens to Queensland, Tasmania, Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmania. All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter.
- 11.59pm 8 November: The border between Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria has been removed, allowing for full intrastate travel.
- 6 November: Tasmania's borders reopen to NSW.
- 3 November: Queensland borders reopen to NSW, except those from Greater Sydney.
- 2 November: Northern Territory borders reopen to regional Victoria, pending low COVID case numbers.
- 26 October: Tasmania reopens its borders to the ACT, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
- 9 October: Northern Territory borders reopen to Greater Sydney, pending low COVID case numbers.
- 3 October: Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island for domestic tourism from other cities in New South Wales and from the ACT.
- 24 September: South Australia reopens borders with New South Wales.
- 25 September: Queensland reopens borders with the ACT.
- 16 September: South Australia reopens borders to the ACT.
- 19 August: Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein announces Tasmania extends border closure until 1 December.
- 13-17 August: ACT residents travelling home from Victoria are cleared to travel by road via Wodonga only. Crossings must be made between 9am and 11.30am to ensure their return to the ACT by 3pm.
- 3 August: Tasmania reconsiders opening its borders to Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory on 7 August. The state will remain closed until 31 August.
- 1am on 8 August: Queensland closes its borders to all of NSW and the ACT. This is on top of its current border closure to Victoria and Greater Sydney.
- 1 August: Queensland borders close to anyone from Greater Sydney. All arrivals from this date onward will need to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense. Queensland's borders are currently also closed to Victorians.
- 9 July: South Australia closes its borders to Victoria. The only exceptions are South Australians returning home and essential travellers. The state has no set date on when it'll open up to NSW, ACT and Victoria. For now, NSW and ACT travellers who do enter must self-quarantine for 14 days.
- 7 July: NSW closes its borders to Victoria.
- 6 July: Canberra closes its borders to Victoria.
Dates are correct as at 21 December 2020.
Frequently asked questions about the domestic travel restrictions in Australia
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When will international travel resume?
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