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Australia What are the COVID travel restrictions for each state as school holidays start?

05:30  23 june  2021
05:30  23 june  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Community cases of COVID-19 have been detected in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, so travel restrictions are changing almost every day ahead of the imminent school holidays.

If you've planned to travel interstate in the coming weeks, we've compiled a list of the latest restrictions.

Remember:

  • Restrictions can change quickly if a new case or cases are detected
  • Border restrictions can be enforced with little notice
  • Quarantine directives can be retrospective if you have been in COVID hotspot
  • Face masks are mandatory at all Australian airport terminals and on domestic flights

With that in mind, here's a breakdown of the COVID restrictions for each state and where residents can travel.

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Click a link below to jump to the state or territory relevant to you.

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Northern Territory
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania

New South Wales

The New South Wales winter school holidays are from Saturday, June 26 to Sunday, July 11.

NSW currently requires travellers who have been in Victoria in the previous 14 days to complete a NSW entry declaration form.

Travellers who have been in Victoria at a close contact or casual contact venue must follow testing and self-isolation requirements.

Many states and territories have advised their residents against travelling to Sydney, given the chance for further spread of COVID-19 in parts of the city.

Anyone who lives or works in the below local government areas has been told not to leave metropolitan Sydney except for essential reasons:

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  • City of Sydney
  • Waverley
  • Woollahra
  • Bayside
  • Canada Bay
  • Inner West
  • Randwick

States and territories have imposed some restrictions on travellers who have visited the affected areas, and warned those restrictions may be tightened if necessary.

Victoria has named seven local government areas in Sydney as red zones, meaning travel from those areas is heavily restricted.

Queensland has also closed to the seven LGAs from 1:00am on Thursday June 24, and South Australia has introduced restrictions for arrivals.

The restrictions for each state and territory are listed in the relevant sections of this article.

Victoria

The Victorian winter school holidays are from Saturday, June 26 to Sunday, July 11.

All travellers to Victoria, who do not have an exemption, must apply for a Victorian Travel Permit before entering the state.

The permit system works on a traffic light system, with areas designated as green, orange or red zones depending on COVID outbreaks.

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A map showing the zones across Australia and New Zealand can be found on the Victorian Government's website.

Parts of Sydney are currently classified as red zones, meaning non-Victorian travellers will not be allowed to enter without an exemption. Victorian residents who need to return home can apply for an exemption but will have to quarantine on arrival.

Queensland is due to lift its travel restrictions on people travelling from Victoria at 1:00am on Friday, June 25.

South Australia is also due to reopen its border to travellers from Greater Melbourne on Friday.

Queensland

The Queensland winter school holidays are from Saturday, June 26 to Sunday, July 11.

Queensland has closed its border to seven local government areas in Sydney. People who have been in those areas who are not Queensland residents will not be allowed to enter.

Anyone entering Queensland who has not been to a COVID-19 hotspot must complete a travel declaration form up to three days prior to arrival.

Anyone entering Queensland who has been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, or since the date it was identified, must complete a border pass form three days before arrival.

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Travel restrictions imposed on Greater Melbourne are due to be lifted at 1:00am on Friday morning.

You can find a list of current COVID-19 hotspots here.

Queensland currently has two active community cases, after a woman was apparently infected with COVID-19 in hotel quarantine and passed it on at a family centre.

Anyone who has been to an exposure site is required to follow health advice, but there are no broad restrictions on entries to other parts of the country from Queensland.

However people in Queensland have been told to reconsider their need to travel to anywhere in Greater Sydney or Wollongong

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT winter school holidays are from Saturday, June 26 to Sunday, July 11.

Non-residents who have been at close contact locations in Queensland, NSW or Victoria are not permitted to enter without an exemption. Residents are required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of exposure.

For people who have been to casual contact locations, all entries into the ACT must get a COVID-19 test and isolate until a negative result is returned.

There are currently no restrictions in place for people wanting to enter other parts of the country from the ACT.

However, ACT Health advises residents to "carefully consider" their need to travel to NSW and Victoria.

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Northern Territory

The Northern Territory winter school holidays are from Saturday, June 26 to Monday, July 19 (students return on the Tuesday).

The NT is open to most parts of Australia, but has declared two LGAs in Sydney — Waverley and Woollahra — as hotspots.

It means travellers from those hotspots need to undertake supervised quarantine on their arrival.

As with other states and territories, the NT also has restrictions in place for people who have been to exposure sites in Victoria, NSW, the ACT and Queensland.

There are currently no restrictions in place on people from the NT visiting other parts of the country.

However, Territorians with plans to visit the above hotspots have been told to cancel their plans.

Western Australia

The Western Australia winter school holidays are from Saturday, July 3 to Sunday, July 18.

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WA currently classifies all of Australia as "very low risk" except for Victoria.

People from that state are required to quarantine for 14 days either at home or in a hotel.

People arriving in WA from NSW are required to get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and isolate until a negative result is returned. They must wear a mask while transiting.

People arriving from the rest of the country need to follow public health advice around exposure sites.

There are currently no restrictions on people from WA travelling to other parts of the country, however, Premier Mark McGowan has warned restrictions for NSW could become stricter.

South Australia

The South Australian winter school holidays are from Saturday, July 3 to Sunday, July 18.

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All travellers to South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form at least seven days before arriving.

A separate registration form must be completed for every person, including children.

South Australia is due to reopen its border to travellers from Greater Melbourne from 12:01am on Friday, June 25.

Travellers who in the previous 14 days have been in the New South Wales council areas of Randwick City, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner, West; City of Sydney, and Woollahra are required to:

  • Get a COVID test on days 1, 5 and 13
  • Self-isolate until they’ve had their first COVID test
  • Not enter high-risk settings for 14 days
  • Not enter events where more than 1000 people are likely to attend for 14 days

However, all arrivals from Greater Melbourne will be required to:

  • Self-isolate until they have a COVID test and get a negative result
  • Not enter high-risk settings for 14 days including aged care homes and large events

There are currently no restrictions for travellers leaving South Australia.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian winter school holidays are from Saturday, July 3 to Monday, July 19.

All travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, must register with Tas e-Travel no more than three days before entering the state.

However, those who have been in a medium-risk area in the previous 14 days are required to quarantine at a suitable premise for 14 days. They must also complete a G2G Pass.

Travellers who have been in a high-risk area are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless they are an approved essential traveller.

The Tasmanian Government has currently declared a number of premises in the ACT, NSW, Victoria and Queensland as high-risk.

The current risk status of each state and territory can be found on the Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus website.

There are currently no restrictions for travellers leaving Tasmania.

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Perth's post-COVID lockdown rules explained, from masks to travel during the WA school holidays .
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