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Australia Coronavirus outbreak has led to more border restrictions. See where you can travel and what is now a hotspot

13:23  29 july  2020
13:23  29 july  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries and regions have imposed quarantines, entry bans, or other restrictions for citizens of or recent travelers to the most affected areas.

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a police car parked in a parking lot: All around the country, border restrictions are being ramped up. (ABC South East SA: Isadora Bogle) © Provided by ABC Health All around the country, border restrictions are being ramped up. (ABC South East SA: Isadora Bogle)

As coronavirus begins to spread around Australia again, state and territory governments are taking action at their borders and looking to significantly limit interstate movement.

And, as has generally been the case through the pandemic, each government has handled the situation differently, meaning the rules vary from state to state.

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It's also very much a moveable feast as the situation is changing rapidly.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, this is how things currently look.

Victoria's border is closed, right?

Somewhat surprisingly, Victoria's borders are technically open, meaning people within the state are theoretically free to come and go.

But of course, every other state and territory has basically shut up shop entirely for people coming from Victoria, which largely renders its own border rules irrelevant.

South Australia has locked down its border with Victoria, not allowing any travellers in and even imposing greater restrictions on residents returning home from Victoria, and every other state and territory has made 14-day quarantine mandatory for anyone coming from Victoria.

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Basically, Victoria is off limits for travel at the moment.

Where else can I definitely not travel?

Western Australia still has one of the stricter set of border restrictions, banning anyone from any state from entering unless they are classified as "exempt travellers', and even those face quarantine if they are coming from Victoria or NSW.

It's a position that Clive Palmer has said is a constitutional violation, and he is taking the case to the Federal Court — and Prime Minister Scott Morrison thinks he has a good chance of winning.

But most other states and territories have been allowed some form of access, and have been using "hotspots" to guide their policy.

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What is a hotspot?

A good question, because every state and territory government has its own definition.

As mentioned, all of Victoria is considered a hotspot in all other states and territories, but from there things get a little more varied.

Coronavirus outbreak has led to more border restrictions. See where you can travel and what is now a hotspot

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Let's go through it state by state:

  • New South Wales: Victoria classified as a hotspot
  • Queensland: Victoria and Greater Sydney classified as hotspots
  • South Australia: Victoria, NSW and ACT classified as hotspots
  • Tasmania: Victoria, NSW, Queensland and ACT classified as hotspots
  • ACT: Victoria classified as a hotspot
  • Northern Territory: Victoria and NSW classified as hotspots
  • Western Australia: Closed to all
  • Victoria: Technically open to all

What if I have a trip booked?

Plenty of people would have made plans for a quick getaway or to visit some loved ones once restrictions started being eased, but a lot of those plans have now been put in jeopardy.

According to the ACCC, getting your money back for holidays you are no longer legally permitted to take "isn't straightforward".

"Whether consumers are entitled to a credit note or a refund for travel bookings cancelled due to government restrictions will depend on the terms and conditions of their booking," an ACCC spokesperson said.

Airlines such as Qantas and Jetstar say their policy is generally to offer flight credit to customers to use at a later date, while guests who have booked accommodation using Airbnb are at the mercy of their hosts' individual policies.

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Queensland borders close to COVID-19 hotspots Victoria, NSW and ACT. Here's what it means for you .
Who can enter Queensland has changed. As of Saturday August 8 Queensland's borders will close to people coming from Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Here's what it could mean for you.Border residentsPeople living in communities on the Qld-NSW border are exempt. "This includes both sides of the border — people who live in Queensland but work or go to school in their neighbouring border town, or people who live in New South Wales but come to work or school in their neighbouring border town in Queensland," Queensland Health said.Residents in this zone can cross the border for any purpose.

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