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Full explanation on ACT travel restrictions to contain COVID-19

As COVID-19 wrecks havoc in Australia, states and territories are closing borders and imposing stringent travel restrictions. ACT is also doing the same .

What are the implications to Canberrans? This is the question on everyone’s mind.

The ACT Government is urging Canberrans to reconsider all interstate travel and stay away from all COVID-19-affected areas. Sydney is on the top of the list of the places to avoid at the moment.

Those who can’t avoid interstate travelling should must abide by the public health directions of their hosts and ACT.

“This includes changing travel plans and adhering to public health instructions upon your return.

“If you are returning to the ACT, please be extra vigilant when monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested immediately if you experience even the mildest of symptoms.” reads part of the ACT Health statement.

ACT Health will be updating exposure locations at 10am and 6pm every day on the ACT’s COVID-19 website.

Here are the current ACT travel restrictions in place for the rest of Australia and New Zealand.

New South Wales

There are currently no restrictions in place for travel from the ACT to NSW, but given the situation, ACT authorities are warning against interstate travel of any kind, and especially to Greater Sydney.

With Greater Sydney’s lockdown now extended for at least another week to 16 July, the ACT has kept its border shut to Greater Sydney as well as the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions.

The requirements in place for ACT residents returning from Greater Sydney have been tightened, with all arrivals from the area now required to complete 14 days of quarantine. Non-residents will need an approved exemption to enter the Territory. Find the details here.


Victoria has declared the ACT and surrounds an orange zone in response to the outbreak in Greater Sydney.

Victorian health authorities say anyone travelling from an orange zone will need a permit to enter Victoria – you cannot apply for a permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have visited a red zone. However, transit through a red zone is allowed.

Upon entry to Victoria, ACT residents will need to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.

There are still some travel restrictions that apply to people entering the ACT from Victorian exposure sites. Find those details here.


Queensland currently lists the ACT and regional NSW as a ‘green zone’, which means there’s no restrictions on entering from the ACT.

Travellers will need to complete a declaration form and keep tabs on interstate exposure sites while in the state.

The ACT’s stay-at-home requirement has ended for travellers from Queensland. Anyone who has been in certain LGAs must complete a declaration form before travelling to the Territory, with some travel restrictions still in place for people who have visited exposure sites.

More information here.

Western Australia

While Western Australia considers travel from the ACT to be ‘low risk’ at this point in time, travellers are still required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine on arrival into the state, as well as:

  • Complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
  • Complete a health screening on arrival.
  • Verify you have suitable premises for self-quarantine. If you have suitable premises, enter self-quarantine for 14 days. If not, you will be directed to enter a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.
  • Wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at suitable self-quarantine premises or government-approved quarantine facilities. If travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight while in WA airspace, and while inside the airport.
  • Present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA.

The ACT’s stay-at-home requirement has ended for travellers from Perth and Peel. Anyone who has been in the Perth and Peel areas must complete a declaration form before travelling to the Territory, with some travel restrictions still in place for people who have visited exposure sites.

Find more information here.

Northern Territory

Health advice from the NT says all arrivals into the state must complete mandatory 14-day quarantine if they have been in any declared hot spots. There are currently no declared hot spots for the ACT or surrounding regions.

All travellers need to fill in a border entry form on arrival, as well as monitor their health and keep up to date with declared hot spots in case the situation changes.

The ACT’s stay-at-home requirements for affected areas in the NT have ended, too. Travellers from affected areas must complete a declaration form before entering the ACT, and restrictions apply to those who have been in exposure sites. All the details are here.

South Australia

South Australia has shut its borders to the ACT, preventing Canberrans from entering the state as at 8.26pm on Sunday 27 June due to the NSW COVID-19 situation.

Exceptions include essential travellers, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping domestic violence. They will be permitted to enter from the ACT subject to: 14-day self-quarantine; COVID-19 tests on days one, five, and 13; and wearing a mask when they come into contact with the public. Find all the details here.

All travellers must complete a travel registration form before arrival.

Transiting through Canberra Airport is allowed, provided travellers wear a mask at all times and do not exit the airport.

The ACT has not imposed any restrictions on travellers entering from South Australia as a whole, however restrictions will apply for anyone who has been to a South Australian exposure location. Find that information here.


There are currently no restrictions on ACT residents travelling to Tasmania.

Travellers will need to provide their contact and travel details on arrival to assist with contact tracing.

Tasmanian travellers are also free to enter the ACT.

New Zealand

Quarantine-free flights to New Zealand have resumed from the ACT, Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria as of 11.59pm yesterday, Sunday 4 July.

To be eligible to travel quarantine-free to New Zealand, you must:

  • have proof of a negative pre-departure test
  • not have been in New South Wales on or after 11:59pm (NZT) on 22 June
  • not have been in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia on or after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June

You will not be able to transit through New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia by air or road to get to New Zealand. 

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the ACT continues, however restrictions will apply for anyone who has been in New Zealand exposure sites.

Get those details here and here.

The ACT Government’s COVID-19 website has all the details on travel advice and requirements for the ACT.


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