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Domestic travel – Australian Capital Territory

Current as of 15 January 2021, at 12:50 AEST

The Australian Capital Territory is open to every state and territory, except certain parts of New South Wales.

Greater Brisbane, Queensland

The ACT Government no longer classifies Greater Brisbane as a COVID-19-affected area.

If you’re in quarantine in the ACT because you visited Greater Brisbane, you can now leave. However, you should check the Queensland Health website daily and follow any testing advice. Visit covid19.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Contact tracing alerts — locations of COVID cases’.

If you’re identified as a close contact by Queensland Health or you’ve been to one of the contact tracing locations listed, you must follow Queensland Health’s advice and also contact ACT Health on (02) 6207 7244.

If you’ve been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane since 30 December 2020, you should get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

For any non-ACT residents who have been in a COVID-19 affected area and who are intending to travel to the ACT, do not come to the ACT at this time.

Exemptions to enter will only be granted in very limited circumstances.

It’s essential that you monitor yourself closely for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and loss of sense of smell or taste. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should get tested.

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

New South Wales

The Central Coast and Wollongong are no longer considered COVID-19 affected areas.

The COVID-19 affected areas of Greater Sydney have also been reduced to 11 LGAs.

Non-ACT residents who’ve been in certain areas of Western and South-western Sydney in NSW any time in the 14 days before travelling to the ACT can’t enter the ACT — unless you have a valid exemption.

The areas include:

  • Northern Beaches
  • Blacktown City
  • Burwood
  • Canada Bay City
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield City
  • Inner West
  • Liverpool City
  • Paramatta City
  • Strathfield Municipality

This restriction will be in place until Tuesday 19 January 2021, when it will be reviewed.

You must apply for the exemption at least 3 days before travelling. To complete an exemption, visit covid19.act.gov.au then click on the ‘Community’ tab and select ‘Travel advice’.

ACT residents must notify ACT Health before travelling to the ACT from one of these areas via an online declaration form 24 hours before you travel. You’ll need to provide proof of ACT residency via the form. To fill out the form, go to covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel/nsw. You’ll also need to enter quarantine for 14 days.

For more information on quarantining in the ACT, please visit covid19.act.gov.au and click on ‘Quarantine and isolation’.

You don't need to quarantine or apply for an exemption if you've only transited directly through the ACT through Canberra airport without leaving the airport, or by road or rail if you don't stop while in the ACT.

You also don’t need an exemption if you’ve transited through Sydney airport only, or stayed overnight in an Airport Hotel without leaving the hotel.

You should wear a mask during your travel to the ACT and practise good hand hygiene.

Canberrans are advised not to travel to the Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney, Central Coast or Wollongong areas until further notice.

For a full list of COVID-affected areas, go to covid19.act.gov.au and search ‘Travel NSW’.

Call the ACT Health COVID-19 hotline on (02) 6207 7244 if you need help.

For more information on travelling to and from NSW, visit covid19.act.gov.au/travel.

Travelling from Victoria to the ACT

You can travel from Victoria to the ACT if you haven’t been in a COVID-affected area. People who have returned to the ACT from Victoria should make sure they haven’t been in contact with a confirmed case at dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks.

Anyone who’s been in one of the locations at the times listed should follow the health advice of the Victorian Government and call the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 to notify ACT Health

For a full list of COVID-affected areas, go to covid19.act.gov.au and search ‘Travel NSW’.

Travelling from the ACT to Victoria

If you’re planning on travelling to Victoria through NSW, check the latest advice on coronavirus.vic.gov.au and search ‘New restrictions and border closure to NSW’.

If you travel through NSW to Victoria you’ll need to apply for a Victorian Border Crossing Permit. Apply for a permit at service.vic.gov.au.

Travelling to the ACT from elsewhere in Australia

You can enter the ACT from any other states and territories. Travellers from South Australia are no longer required to complete an online declaration before entering the ACT.

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.

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

You're allowed 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.

At this stage, Australians aren't allowed to travel to New Zealand under the same arrangement.

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'.

If you arrived from New Zealand before 16 October and are already in quarantine, you must complete your quarantine stay.

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 the Northern Territory can generally travel on to the ACT. However, they'll be subject to the same conditions of entry for travel from another Australian state or the Northern Territory into the ACT.

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

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.

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