COVID-19 and Cross Border management

Directions on travel and gatherings apply in all states and territories. Conditions are changing and you need to personally seek advice from the relevant state or territory. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

If you’re seeking information on COVID-19 and restrictions in NSW please contact Service NSW on 13 77 88. Staff are contactable around the clock to point customers in the right direction via the 24/7 hotline. A one stop shop for information on COVID-19 in NSW is available at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Find out What you can and can't do under the rules in NSW.

You should continue to practise physical distancing and good handwashing hygiene. If you have even the mildest symptoms, you should stay at home.

  • The National Coronavirus Health Information Line number is 1800 020 080.
  • Advice for Australians overseas: DFAT’s Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 from Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas. For non-urgent inquiries, email smartraveller@dfat.gov.au.

Some states are also applying restrictions on travel across borders and within regions. If a person fails to comply with the directions, an emergency officer may use reasonable force to enforce the direction. If the person does not comply directions, significant penalties can also apply.

Approaches from jurisdictions to border closures

  • QLD, Tasmania, SA, WA and the NT have enacted movement restrictions across state and territory borders, while NSW, Victoria and the ACT have not.
  • Some exemptions for cross-border travel allow for cross-border movement from NSW to QLD and SA for border residents, essential travel, workforce movements, freight, and on specific compassionate grounds.
  • States and territories have all committed to the continued provision of services and freight operations and that cross-border travel for workers in occupations delivering essential goods and services is to be maintained.
  • For those states and territories with border restrictions, individuals will need to demonstrate legitimate need for travel and onus on proof is with the individual. Checking officers in these jurisdictions have discretionary authority.
  • Vehicle checkpoints and random checks are being established by jurisdictions imposing cross-border movement restrictions.

Border status

Australian Capital Territory

  • No border restrictions.
  • The ACT is taking a regional approach to travel within the Capital region
  • Detailed advice is available at covid19.act.gov.au and ACT Public Health Directions provide advice on what you can and can’t do in the ACT.
  • ACT Public Health Directions prohibit non- essential gatherings in order to limit the spread COVID-19
  • National restrictions and advice on non-essential gatherings applies.
  • For information on tests or to report symptoms during quarantine , contact the ACT Communicable Disease Control (CDC) team on (02) 5124 9213 during business hours or (02) 9962 4155 after hours.

New South Wales

Northern Territory

  • Strict border controls apply in the Northern Territory (NT) for all access points. All non-essential travellers will be required to go through a police control checkpoint to verify their medical status and purpose of their travel.
  • People not eligible for exemption arriving at a Northern Territory border must complete 14 days of forced quarantine.
  • Detailed advice on border controls is available here. For additional advice email doh.exempt@nt.gov.au or call 1800 490 484.
  • You can apply for an exemption to quarantine online. Additional advice on current restrictions on events and gatherings. For more information, call 1800 518 189 from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, Sat and Sun.
  • National restrictions and advice applies.

Queensland

  • Detailed advice on travel into Queensland is available here.
  • Entry into Queensland is temporarily prohibited unless the travel is exempt under the Chief Health Officer’s Border Restrictions Direction.
  • Entry into Queensland is only permitted to persons who are eligible for an exemption.
  • People intending to travel across the border should apply for a Queensland Entry Pass to avoid delays at the border.
  • A separate application is required for each individual, including children, and all travellers in your party must be eligible for an exemption.
  • From 12.01am on Saturday 11 April 2020, Queensland residents, or residents of a border community, who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in Australia in the last 14 days, must self-quarantine.
  • These restrictions allow for the freight of essential goods and services.
  • Advice on what you can and can’t do in Queensland is available at the new Home Confinement, Movement and Gatherings Direction.
  • The latest advice from the Queensland Government is available from https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/
  • National restrictions and advice on non-essential gatherings applies.
  • Border road closures will be in place for some roads, and police checks are taking place.
  • Applications for a Queensland entry pass are available online.
  • All people entering will be required to isolate for 14-days unless exempt.
  • Everyone who wishes to cross the border to work must obtain a permit, whether you live in the cross border communities or not.
  • Some exemptions apply for QLD residents, essential services, public and community transport, workers in border communities who are going to and from work, border residents accessing essential goods and services, freight and supply chain operations, travel of a relative/carer of a dependant individual, specific compassionate circumstances, and for police, emergency services and ambulance.
  • Termination of cross-border rail services at Casino.

South Australia

  • SA Government Advice is available at sa.gov.au/covid-19 or call the South Australian COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787
  • You can find out more about restrictions and responsibilities in South Australia here.
  • A direction is in place regarding traffic entering South Australia. Border control check points are operating for traffic entering South Australia. All people entering SA will be required to isolate for 14-days unless exempt as an essential traveller.
  • Travel and border advice is available here. This includes advice on who is an essential traveller.
  • Exemptions will apply for essential transport, workers providing essential goods and services, medical needs, freight and supply chain operations, residents of border communities, travel of a relative/carer of a dependant individual, and for police, emergency services and ambulance.
  • Other travellers (eg FIFO workers) may be exempt provided suitable evidence is established (NB the onus of proof is on the applicant).

Tasmania

  • Border restrictions are in place and detailed travel advice is available at tas.gov.au.
  • For border enquiries call 1300 292 292
  • Tasmanian COVID-19 advice at coronavirus.tas.gov.au which includes advice on Tasmanian restrictions on gatherings and travel.
  • National restrictions and advice applies.
  • All visitors must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form.
  • Can be completed online prior to arrival or upon arrival at terminals in Tasmania.
  • All Non-Essential Travellers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Essential Travellers may be exempted from quarantine but must still comply with specified conditions.
  • Applications as an Essential Traveller on compassionate or medical grounds, if work is identified as essential, or for other reasons considered on individual merit.
  • Police and Biosecurity Tasmania will ensure compliance.

Victoria

Western Australia