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Domestic travel – Australian Capital Territory

Current as of 20 September 2020, at 16:00 AEST

You should consider travel both to and from the Canberra region very carefully. You should not travel if you’re unwell. If you need to travel, it’s important to practise physical distancing and good hygiene.

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

Coming from Victoria

ACT residents are strongly advised not to travel to any parts of Victoria unless absolutely necessary.

Entry to the ACT from Victoria is now only possible through Canberra Airport, by air. You can no longer enter the ACT from Victoria by road.

If you’ve already applied for an exemption to enter the ACT by road, you’ll need to reapply and request to travel by air.

ACT residents in Victoria can return home by air if they quarantine at home — or in a hotel approved by ACT Health — for 14 days. They must notify ACT Health that they're returning at least 72 hours before their intended travel date.

Non-ACT residents who wish to enter the ACT from Victoria by air must apply for an exemption at least 72 hours before their intended travel date. You can apply for an exemption at covid19.act.gov.au/exemption-application.

Non-ACT residents who have been granted an exemption will also need to quarantine at home — or in a hotel approved by ACT Health — for 14 days.

Arrivals from Victoria will be required to provide evidence that they:

  • are an ACT resident; or
  • have an exemption; and
  • they notified ACT Health of their travel to the ACT

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.

For information about COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, go to vic.gov.au/coronavirus..

Coming from Queensland

People who have been in the following Queensland local government areas, which have a greater risk of community transmission, should not visit or work in high-risk settings — including aged-care facilities, hospitals and correctional facilities — for 14 days after leaving them.

  • Brisbane City
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire
  • Gold Coast City
  • Goondiwindi Region
  • Ipswich City
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Region
  • Somerset Region
  • South Burnett Region
  • Southern Downs Region
  • Toowoomba Region
  • Western Downs Region

There is no requirement for these people to quarantine. However, if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately quarantine and get tested.

For more information about aged-care facilities, visit covid19.act.gov.au and search for 'Aged care'.

For more information about COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland, visit covid19.qld.gov.au.

Coming from New South Wales

ACT residents are strongly advised not to travel to any parts of Greater Sydney and other locations in NSW where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring unless absolutely necessary.

If you’ve been to any of the COVID-19-affected locations identified by NSW Health, you must immediately quarantine at home and get tested as soon as possible — even if you don’t have any symptoms. If you get a negative test result, you still need to quarantine for the full 14 days from your visit.

You can find the affected locations at nsw.gov.au/covid-19. Scroll down to 'View latest news and updates'.

People who have been in the Greater Sydney Area should not visit or work in high-risk settings — including aged-care facilities, hospitals and correctional facilities — for 14 days after leaving these areas.

There is no requirement for these people to quarantine. However, if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately quarantine and get tested.

For more information about aged-care facilities, visit covid19.act.gov.au and search for 'Aged care'.

For information about COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Travelling to the ACT from elsewhere in Australia

If you’re from interstate and choose to travel to the ACT — depending on your state’s or territory’s rules — you may need to quarantine when you go home.

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.

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.


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

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

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