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Domestic travel – Australian Capital Territory

Updated on 4 April 2021, at 12:25 AET

Mandatory face masks

Wearing a face mask is mandatory when travelling on domestic flights and in airports — except when you’re eating or drinking. Air crew must also wear masks on flights and in airports.

Children under 12 and those with exemptions do not need to wear a mask. Toddlers under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

Check the ACT Government's website for more information on mask requirements.

Border restrictions

The Australian Capital Territory is open to every state and territory, except where detailed below.

For more information about travel in the ACT, visit covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel. You can also call the COVID-19 helpline for Canberrans on (02) 6207 7244, between 8am and 8pm daily.

Travelling from Queensland

Greater Brisbane is no longer declared a COVID-19 affected area. However, it’s still a COVID-19 area of concern.

Anyone in Greater Brisbane can travel to the ACT without needing to fill out a declaration or exemption form.

People currently quarantining in the ACT due to being in Greater Brisbane will receive direct communication from ACT Health to advise they can leave quarantine if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result during their quarantine period.

If you have already received a negative test result during your quarantine you do not need another one.

If you are leaving quarantine and it’s less than 14 days since you left Greater Brisbane, please look out for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms develop — no matter how mild — immediately self-isolate and get tested.

Exposure-site requirements

There are still several exposure sites in Queensland and northern NSW.

If you are now in the ACT after having visited an exposure site at a time identified by public health authorities, you’ll need to follow public health advice.

If you were at a close contact exposure site at a specified time, contact ACT Health on (02) 6207 7244, quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure and get tested for COVID-19.

If you were at a casual contact exposure site at a specified time, get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

To learn if you’ve been at an exposure site at a specified time, visit covid19.act.gov.au/updates/covid-19-areas-of-concern and click on ‘View latest ACT COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice’. Scroll down to the ‘COVID-19 Places of Concern’ list.

Travelling from New South Wales

Both Australian Capital Territory residents and non-residents coming from New South Wales can enter the ACT.

However, please be aware that there are several exposure sites in northern NSW and Queensland.

If you are now in the ACT after having visited an exposure site at a time identified by public health authorities, you’ll need to follow public health advice.

If you were at a close contact exposure site at a specified time, contact ACT Health on (02) 6207 7244, quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure and get tested for COVID-19.

If you were at a casual contact exposure site at a specified time, get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

To learn if you’ve been at an exposure site at a specified time, visit covid19.act.gov.au/updates/covid-19-areas-of-concern and click on ‘View latest ACT COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice’. Scroll down to the ‘COVID-19 Places of Concern’ list.

Travelling from Victoria

Victoria is no longer declared a COVID-19 affected area.

However, if you travel from Victoria to the ACT, keep up to date with the latest case locations in Victoria on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au and click ‘Health’. Then click ‘Case alerts - public exposure sites’.

If you’ve been in a public location at the same time as a confirmed case, please follow the Victorian Government’s advice, and call the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 to notify ACT Health.

You must also get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms.

Travelling from elsewhere in Australia to the ACT

You can enter the ACT from any other states and territories.

If you're driving to the ACT, keep your stops to a safe minimum. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while in the ACT, get tested immediately.

For more information about getting tested and clinics, visit covid19.act.gov.au. Click on ‘Symptoms and getting tested'.

You shouldn't work in or visit a high-risk setting in the ACT for 14 days after leaving any geographical area of risk. For more information, visit covid19.act.gov.au.

International travellers

Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family can enter the ACT from overseas. Those people are quarantined on arrival in government-designated accommodation for 14 days.

Travelling from New Zealand

The Australia-New Zealand travel bubble arrangement allows people to travel from New Zealand to the ACT without needing to quarantine.

Travellers must have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to travel. You must also travel on a quarantine-free flight.

As of 11.59pm AEDT 19 March 2021, the ACT Government has also removed the additional testing requirement for travellers from Auckland, which was previously in place due to community transmission COVID-19.

Before flying to Australia from New Zealand, travellers will need to complete the Australia Travel Declaration online and print and complete the COVID-19 Declaration form.

To download the form or for more information, visit covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au and search ‘New Zealand safe travel zone' and ‘Australia Travel Declaration'.

You shouldn't travel if you're feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have travelled from New Zealand to the ACT and develop COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • visit a testing clinic near you and get tested
  • self-isolate until you have been informed that the test is negative

For more information about getting tested and clinics, visit covid19.act.gov.au. Click on ‘Symptoms and getting tested'.

Currently there are no direct flights from New Zealand to the ACT. People who have travelled from New Zealand to another state or territory can generally travel on to the ACT. However, they'll be subject to the same conditions of entry pertaining to travel from that state or territory into the ACT.

Visit the government's Smartraveller website at smartraveller.gov.au for more information on travel restrictions.

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