Travel Tip Updated as at 12th January 2021.
The Year 2021 is starting out to be just as confusing as 2020! With all the border closures and restrictions I thought I’d lay it out right here for you to see where you can currently travel to dependent on what state you are in.
Australia still has a hard border closure on all international travel going to and from Australia. If you are an Australian citizen needing to travel overseas you are required to apply to the Australian government for an exemption. (If you manage to get one of these please take me with you !!!!LOL)
All international arrivals are required to have a Covid 19 negative test result no longer than 72 hours before departure and then are required to quarantine for 14 days in a government designated hotel on arrival in Australia.
The Victorian border is now operating off a traffic light system. Due to the recent out breaks in Sydney and Brisbane with the new UK strain of Covid 19, everyone entering Victoria (whether you are a Victorian resident or visitor) will be required to fill out a permit request that can be found at the following website: https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home . This will determine whether you will be granted entry to Victoria and if you may be required to quarantine on arrival. The traffic light system as explained by Services Victoria is as follows:
If you have been in:
- a green zone, you will be able to apply for a permit and enter Victoria. Once in Victoria you should watch for symptoms and get tested should you feel unwell.
- an orange zone, you will be able to apply for a permit and will have to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within 3 days of your arrival in Victoria and isolate until you receive a negative test result.
a red zone, you will only be able to apply for a permit as a
, or to transit through Victoria to another state or territory. You may also apply here for an
. Exemptions are only granted in special cases. If you try to enter Victoria by road without a valid permit, exemption or exception you will be turned away. If you attempt to enter via an airport or seaport without a valid permit, exemption or exception you will be fined $4957. Victorians will be required to quarantine at home, and others will be sent back.
- a NSW-Victorian cross-border community. If you are a resident, you will be able to enter Victoria without a permit, but you must carry photo ID and proof of your address.
Red Zones for Victoria are currently: Greater Sydney and Greater Brisbane areas. Regional NSW is currently classed as an orange zone.
International arrivals are now allowed in Victoria but the arrivals are capped to 1150 per week. All international arrivals are required to have a Covid 19 negative test result no longer than 72 hours before departure and then are required to quarantine for 14 days in a government designated hotel on arrival in Australia.
New South Wales
Is open to all states. You currently can not visit NSW if you have been to City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Region, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City, Scenic Rim Region or Somerset Region since January 2.
Is currently open to all states and territories except for Greater Sydney in NSW. If arriving Greater Sydney you are required to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine at your own expense. If you have been in Victoria for the past 2 weeks you are currently required to take a covid 19 test on arrival and quarantine at your accommodation until you receive a negetive test result.
Currently open to all States. However if you are from the Greater Sydney Area you will be required to go into supervised quarantine at your own cost for 14 days on arrival. All arrivals in the Northern Territory are required to fill in an exemption form on arrival.
To enter South Australia you must completed a Cross Border Travel Registration Form. If you are from Greater Brisbane or NSW you are not permitted to travel to South Australia. If you do you must enter self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested for Covid 19 on days 1,5 and 12.
If you are from TAS, Act, South Australia or the Northern Territory you can currently travel to WA without the need to quarantine on arrival as long as you fill in a form and complete a health screening on arrival. If you are from NSW, VIC or QLD you are not permitted to enter Western Australia.
With the exception of the Greater Sydney Area, all other states and territories can travel to Tasmania without quarantine requirements. if you arrived from Greater Sydney area you will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine on arrival either at a suitable approved residence or government accommodation.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
All states are currently welcomed to travel to the ACT. However if you are from or have been to the Greater Sydney area recently you are not permitted to enter the ACT.
Along with the border restrictions, even if you are able to enter the state without quarantine, most states require you to apply for a exemption to enter the state. These are applied for online and should be completed between 2 weeks to 3 days before arrival.