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Domestic travel – Australian Capital Territory

Current as of 10 July 2020, at 15:00 AEST

The Australian Capital Territory doesn’t have domestic border restrictions other than with Victoria.

Anyone travelling from Victoria to the ACT must have an exemption to enter.

Exemptions include to:

  • visit a critically ill immediate family member
  • provide essential services, which authorities will assess
  • attend an immediate family member’s funeral
  • provide urgent care to an immediate family member
  • receive urgent medical care

You can also enter if you left Victoria in air transit from another jurisdiction and did not leave the airport.

ACT residents in Victoria can return home if they quarantine for 14 days. If you can’t self-quarantine safely, authorities can help you arrange accommodation at your own expense.

To apply for an exemption so you can enter the ACT, email at least 48 hours before you want to travel.

You’ll need to provide the following details:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Travel details (flight number, by car etc)
  • Date of entry to ACT
  • Date you were last in Victoria
  • Details of address where you plan to quarantine in the ACT.

You should consider travel both to and from the Canberra region very carefully. You should not travel if you’re unwell.

All ACT residents should reconsider non-essential travel to Melbourne and should avoid other COVID-19 ‘hotspots’. For an up-to-date list of Victorian hot spots, go to Metropolitan Melbourne is currently considered a hotspot.

Passengers arriving at Canberra Airport from Melbourne will be asked to provide identification.

ACT Health advises people who work in high-risk settings — and who’ve travelled to a Melbourne hotspot — to not attend their workplace for 14 days after leaving the hotspot.

This includes all staff, volunteers and visitors in hospitals, residential aged-care facilities and correctional facilities. It also affects residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to disease.

People who work in other health settings — such as GPs and other community health practitioners — can continue to work. But if they develop symptoms, they should isolate and get tested.

You must practise physical distancing and good hygiene.

Only use public transport if necessary.

International Travellers

Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family can enter the ACT from overseas. They're quarantined on arrival in designated accommodation for 14 days. They’ll be required to pay for this expense in the near future.

The number of international arrivals to the ACT is set to reduce.

For more information on restrictions in the ACT, visit and click on ‘FAQs’. Select 'Latest restriction changes'. You can also call the COVID-19 helpline for Canberrans on (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

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