Australian Border Restrictions

Current as at 20 July 2020

Current border restrictions (subject to change at anytime)


Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions are currently in place for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

All other states and territories are currently advising against or prohibiting travel to Victoria without an exemption.


NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and people entering NSW from Victoria will need a NSW border entry permit.

Your permit will indicate if you need to self-isolate for 14 days, get tested for COVID-19, abide by a COVID-19 Safety Plan, or any other conditions.

Special provisions have been made for:

  • Residents of border communities
  • People performing critical services
  • Interstate residents transiting through NSW
  • Freight and transport workers require a current border entry permit to enter NSW, but will not be required to self-isolate if the employer has a COVID-19 Safety Plan


  • From 10 July 2020, any person travelling from WA, SA, Tasmania, the ACT and the NT may enter Queensland
  • Non residents of Queensland who have been in COVID-19 hotspots which include the state of Victoria and the local government areas of Liverpool and Campbelltown during the past 14 days must not enter Queensland
  • Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home but will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation at their expense
  • Those eligible to enter the state must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass online before travelling to Queensland
  • The Queensland Border Declaration Pass can be accessed at and is valid for seven days

South Australia

  • All eligible travellers to South Australia are required to complete a cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to arrival
  • People arriving from NT, QLD, WA and Tasmania and have for the 14 days prior to arrival not been in any other place other than a low community transmission zone, do not have any entry restrictions
  • NSW and ACT residents may travel to South Australia, however with the exception of Essential Travellers are subject to 14 days quarantine upon their arrival. Restrictions will not be eased 20 July as previously announced  
  • Victorian residents are not permitted to enter South Australia unless they are an Essential Travellers
  • South Australians are able to return home but will need to self-quarantine for 14 days if coming from Victoria, NSW or ACT

Western Australia

  • Western Australia’s borders remain closed unless you are eligible for an exemption
  • Exempt travellers coming from Victoria will be required to apply for an additional exemption
  • Criteria and G2G Pass application exemptions can be found on the WA Government website


  • Tasmania’s borders remain closed unless you are eligible for an exemption
  • Exempt travellers coming from Victoria will be required to apply for an additional exemption
  • Criteria and G2G Pass application exemptions can be found on the Tasmanian Government website

Northern Territory

  • From 17 July anyone travelling to the Northern Territory must complete a Northern Territory Border Application no more than 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Anyone who has recently been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot will be required to complete 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at their own expense


  • The ACT has closed its borders for anyone travelling into the ACT from Victoria or for anyone who has been in Victoria during the past 14 days. Special exemptions may be granted
  • ACT residents can return home, but they will be required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria
  • A 14 day quarantine period is enforceable for:
    * Those who entered the ACT after 11.59pm on 6 July and had been in a Victorian COVID-19 hotspot (Greater Melbourne area) within the previous 14 days
    * Those who entered the ACT after 12.01am on 8 July and had been in anywhere in Victoria at any time in the previously 14 days

Information for passengers returning from overseas

From Saturday July 18 international passengers returning from overseas will be required to pay upwards of $3,000 for their mandatory two-week stay in hotel quarantine in Australia.

Exemptions currently apply for travellers who purchased their flight before 11.59pm on July 12, regardless of when that flight is.

As border policies are subject to change at anytime please refer to the relevant state or territory government website for up to date information.

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