Australia Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions are easing, but Canberrans shouldn't pack their bags for a holiday yet

00:52  28 october  2020
00:52  28 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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News of two days in a row of no new detected cases in Melbourne in the days before the city prepared to reopen was celebrated across the country.

And Tasmania has just announced it, too, is relaxing the rules on who can pay a visit.

But Canberrans eager to visit family and friends cut off by the pandemic, or who simply want to sip Australia's second best coffees (after our own, of course), might want to hold off a little while yet.

With all the changes, you might have lost track of where you can take a trip — here is a state-by-state tour of the travel rules for Canberrans.

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If you're desperate for a trip over the Murray, you can fly or drive into Victoria.

The : from today, Melburnians can invite up to two adults and their dependents into their home each day, but visitors must be from the same household.

Hospitality and retail are reopening, and requirements to leave home only for certain reasons are gone.

But people in Melbourne must still keep within 25 kilometres of their homes and not travel to regional Victoria until November 9.

There is no requirement for Canberrans to quarantine on arrival, but on return to the ACT you will have to self-isolate for a fortnight.

And, if you plan on driving, you will still need an exemption to get back over the border into New South Wales.

Strict requirements travelling through NSW to the ACT also remain in place, as the state maintains its closed border to Victoria.

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New South Wales and the Northern Territory

The ACT has always been able to leave the territory for a trip into NSW, and the Government has made clear the border will almost certainly never close.

But the continuing advice is to avoid NSW hotspots — right now, that's greater western Sydney.

Canberrans are advised to regularly check state advice for recent detected cases soon before and after travelling anywhere in NSW.


The Northern Territory also has no restrictions for Canberra travellers, and there is no requirement to self-isolate upon return.

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Things get a little more complicated from here.

Anyone seeking respite from the rain can fly to Queensland, but only if they have not been to a declared hotspot within the past fortnight.

And Canberrans looking for a road trip are not yet able to cross the border by car.

There is no requirement to self-isolate upon return.

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South Australia

If you still have your heart set on a long drive, you could head to South Australia by car.

But the rule is anyone driving to SA from Canberra must not leave their car while travelling through Victoria, and can only use approved routes, like the Sturt Highway.

There are direct flights to Adelaide, and no requirement to quarantine on arrival.

You also won't need to quarantine upon return.


Canberrans can fly to Tassie or take the ferry over from Victoria — but anyone taking the scenic route cannot stop in Victoria except to refuel.

The quirk comes if you live just over the ACT border.

For anyone in Queanbeyan or elsewhere in southern NSW, the Tasmanian border remains closed until next Friday.

But there is no requirement to self-isolate on return.

Western Australia

There is still a hard border in place preventing any travel to Western Australia.

The state's treasury has predicted — but there is no official reopening date.

The only way for Canberran's to enter WA by car or plane is with an exemption issued by the WA Department of Health.

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