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Domestic travel – Australian Capital Territory

Updated on 28 July 2021, at 19:20 AET

Domestic border restrictions

The Australian Capital Territory is currently open to every state and territory. But you may need to quarantine after arriving from certain regions, or abide by the public-health orders of the state or territory you just left.

ACT residents should reconsider interstate travel at this time. Canberrans shouldn’t be travelling to any areas subject to quarantine or stay-at-home requirements.

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.

Coming from New South Wales

The ACT Government declared Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions of NSW COVID-19 affected areas from 11.59pm Friday 9 July 2021.

Non-ACT residents who have been in the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions of NSW are not permitted to travel into the ACT unless they have an approved exemption. Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. If approved, you’ll need to quarantine at a suitable premises or at a hotel at your own expense for 14 days.

If you’re an ACT resident and left the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions of NSW on or after 11:59pm on Friday 9 July 2021, you’ll need to complete an online exemption form prior to travelling, enter quarantine immediately for 14 days or until advised by an authorised person within ACT Health upon return to the ACT.

The stay-at-home orders have been lifted for travellers from Orange, Blayney and Cabonne.

Coming from Queensland

If you have been to any of the following areas in the last 14 days, you must complete an online declaration form within 24 hours prior to your arrival:

  • City of Brisbane, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, City of Townsville (including Magnetic Island), Palm Island

Coming from South Australia or Victoria

The stay-at-home orders have been lifted for travellers from South Australia and Victoria.

Anyone who has spent any time in South Australia or Victoria in the last 14 days and is seeking to enter the ACT after 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021, must:

  • comply with all public health directions in place within the jurisdiction you are currently in

If you’re permitted to travel you must:

  • complete an online declaration form within 24 hours prior to arriving in the ACT
  • monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date last in the area, and if you experience any symptoms of COVID‑19 go to a COVID-19 clinic to be tested

Exposure locations

If you’re currently in the ACT or wish to enter the ACT and have visited an exposure site at the specified times in any state or territory, you must follow the directions at covid19.act.gov.au/updates/covid-19-areas-of-concern.

ACT high-risk settings advice

Anyone who has been in a geographical area of risk should not visit or work in a high-risk setting for 14 days after leaving the affected area. For a list of affected areas, visit health.act.gov.au and search ‘COVID-19 Testing information’.

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.

Different rules apply for travellers from New Zealand, check covid19.govt.nz for the latest information.

Face masks

Face masks are 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.

The use of face masks is encouraged when in spaces where physical distancing is not possible, such as public transport or crowded indoor venues.

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.

For more information on where and when masks must be worn, go to covid19.act.gov.au. Click ACT status and response. Then click on ‘Face mask requirements’.

Mandatory Check-in

All restricted activities, gatherings (including events), business or undertakings must use the Check In CBR app. It is also mandatory to use the Check In CBR app on Canberra’s buses, light rail, taxis, rideshare and all retail settings. Retail settings where the app is mandatory include:

  • supermarkets
  • petrol stations
  • take away services
  • clothing stores, and
  • department stores

People aged 16 years and older must check in upon entry, regardless of how long they are planning to spend in a venue.

If you don’t have a smartphone or are unable to download the app, a friend or relative that has the app on their phone can check you in as a guest.

You can also ask the business to check you in using the app’s business profile. This is just as safe as using the app on your own device.

If you are unable to check in on public transport, please ensure that you have a registered MyWay card.

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