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Travel – Australian Capital Territory

Updated on 13 January 2021, at 15:20 AET

Domestic border restrictions

There are no longer restrictions on entering the ACT from interstate, unless you’re a confirmed COVID-19 case or a close contact.

Active COVID-19 cases and household or close contacts

If you are not an ACT resident, you should not travel until your isolation period has ended.

ACT residents

If you are an ACT resident and currently in isolation due to being a confirmed case of COVID-19, only return to the ACT if there is no safe way for you to continue isolating at your current location and you are within 4 hours travel radius of your home by private vehicle.

If you are not a confirmed case of COVID-19, you can asses your isolation and testing requirements using the ACT’s assessment tool at covid19.act.gov.au/stay-safe-and-healthy/exposed-to-covid19.

If you are a household contact or confirmed case of COVID-19, you must notify ACT Health of your arrival. Household contacts can do this using the self-declaration form available at covid19.act.gov.au/travel/online-travel-forms. Confirmed cases should call ACT Health on (02) 5124 4988. Only travel to the ACT if you are permitted to do so by the state or territory you are currently in. For further advice on travelling to the ACT as a household contact or confirmed case, go to covid19.act.gov.au/travel/entering-the-act.

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/travel/entering-the-act.

Mandatory face masks

To learn about the face-mask rules that apply to you, see ‘Face masks — Australian Capital Territory' in the Restriction Checker.

International travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers

Vaccinated travellers arriving the ACT within 7 days of their arrival to Australia must:

  • complete an online declaration form within 24 hours of arrival into the ACT. Travellers aged under 12 years and 2 months don’t require a separate declaration form and should be included on the form of their parent or guardian
  • do a rapid antigen testing (RAT) within 24 hours of arrival in Australia. A PCR test can be used if a RAT is not available
  • travel directly to their ACT residence or other suitable accommodation and quarantine until they receive a negative result

You can leave quarantine once you’ve received confirmation of a negative test result, either via PCR test or RAT. You don’t need to wait to be formally advised that you can leave quarantine by ACT Health.

All household members where the returned traveller is quarantining must also quarantine during this period, if appropriate separation cannot be maintained.

For more information, go to covid19.act.gov.au/travel/overseas-travel.

International travellers who are not fully vaccinated

18 years and over

International travellers who are aged 18 years and over and not fully vaccinated must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period at their port of entry. If travel to the ACT is required for exceptional or compassionate reasons, they will need to obtain an exemption from ACT Health.

Travellers may need to seek approval from their port of entry to enter the ACT.

To apply for an exemption, please email COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au. Your email should include who you are, the reasons for requesting an exemption, where you propose to stay for your quarantine period and how you plan to get to your quarantine accommodation.

12 to 17 years

Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 to 17 years who are travelling unaccompanied or with a vaccinated parent or guardian will need to quarantine for 7 days. This applies even if the quarantine period for the vaccinated parent or guardian is 3 days.

These travellers must complete the International notification of arrival form (DOC 99KB) and email it to COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au.

All residents in the household where the returned traveller is quarantining must also quarantine during this period — unless they can remain separate from the traveller.

For more details, go to covid19.act.gov.au/travel/overseas-travel.

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