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Travel - Western Australia

Updated on 29 September 2021, at 10:25 AET

WA border restrictions

Western Australia has a controlled interstate border arrangement.

The WA Government classifies areas as either very-low, low-, medium-, high- or extreme-risk jurisdictions — depending on the risk of COVID-19 in those areas.

People can enter WA depending on where they’ve been and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days before they travel to WA.

Very low-risk jurisdictions

The following are very low-risk jurisdictions:

  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania

A ‘low-risk jurisdiction’ can move to a ‘very low-risk’ designation after 14 days of no community transmission of COVID-19.

You can enter WA if you’ve been in a very low-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in WA, but you need to:

  • complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration before travelling to WA
  • complete a health screening on arrival at Perth Airport
  • scan your G2G PASS to exit the airport

Low-risk jurisdictions

The following are low-risk jurisdictions:

  • Queensland

You can enter WA if you’ve been in a low-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in WA, but you need to:

  • complete a G2G PASS registration and declaration before travelling to WA
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises — If you don’t have suitable accommodation you’ll be directed to enter a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of your arrival and on day 12 of quarantine, if still in WA — you must wear a mask to and from a COVID-19 testing clinic
  • undergo a health screening and temperature test at the border if required

Even if you travel through a low-risk jurisdiction — including via a connecting flight — you must still self-quarantine on arrival.

Medium-risk jurisdictions

The following are medium-risk jurisdictions:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New Zealand

Approved travellers from the ACT aged 12 and older are required to undertake a pre-travel COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure from this date.

If you've been in a medium-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in WA:

  • you can’t enter WA unless you meet exemption requirements — use the GTG Pass to seek approval
  • if permitted entry, you must self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises, or a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense
  • you must get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12, or at any point you develop symptoms — you must wear a mask to and from a COVID-19 testing clinic
  • you must wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at suitable self-quarantine premises or government-arranged quarantine facilities. Further, if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight, and while inside the airport — with some exceptions, for example, children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask

Even if you only transited through a medium-risk area airport in the 14 days before travelling to Western Australia, you must still follow the rules applying to a medium-risk area.

Those exempt from the ban on entering WA include:

  • certain senior government officials
  • certain active military personnel
  • Commonwealth parliament members
  • people fulfilling duties under Commonwealth law
  • people carrying out specialist responsibilities for time critical maintenance where the skills are not available in WA — excludes FIFO
  • people coming to WA at the chief health officer’s request
  • people responsible for transport freight or logistics
  • people approved by the state emergency coordinator or an authorised officer — this category includes compassionate reasons, such as WA residents who recently travelled to Victoria and need to return home

High-risk jurisdictions

If you've been in a high-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in WA, you are subject to the following rules:

  • You can’t enter without WA Government approval — use the GTG Pass to seek approval.
  • If you’re allowed to enter, you must:
    • self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premises is not available, you must quarantine at a government-arranged quarantine facility at your own expense
    • show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 72 hours before departure
    • show proof that you’ve received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, where eligible
    • use the G2G Now app on arrival in WA
    • receive a COVID-19 test on day 2 and 12
    • wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at suitable self-quarantine premises or government-arranged quarantine facilities. Further, if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight, and while inside the airport — with some exceptions, for example, children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask

Extreme-risk jurisdictions

The following are extreme-risk jurisdictions:

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria

People who’ve been in an extreme-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days before they intend to arrive in WA are subject to the following rules:

  • You can’t enter without WA Government approval — use the GTG Pass to seek approval.
  • If you’re allowed to enter, you must:
    • quarantine for 14 days at a government-approved hotel quarantine facility at your own expense
    • show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 72 hours before departure
    • show proof that you’ve received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible
    • use the G2G Now app on arrival in WA
    • get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12
    • wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at a government-arranged hotel quarantine facility. Further, if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight, and while inside the airport — with some exceptions, for example, children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask

The WA Government will only grant Commonwealth and state officials, members of parliament, diplomats and people in a specialist or extraordinary circumstance with an exemption to enter WA.

Transport, freight and logistics workers

From 12:01am 24 October 2021, transport, freight and logistics workers from ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ risk jurisdictions must have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter WA. This means they must be fully vaccinated by 12:01am 24 December 2021.

Go to wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus and click on ’Latest updates’ for more information.

Regional travel

Regional travel throughout most of Western Australia is allowed. The Kimberley, Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and parts of the East Pilbara have reopened to tourists and travellers.

However, there are travel restrictions to remote Aboriginal communities to protect the health and wellbeing of residents. Breaches of restrictions could result in a fine of up to $50,000.

You can only enter a remote community if you are:

  • a resident
  • entering for family or cultural purposes
  • providing essential services or supplies
  • entering in an emergency
  • otherwise exempt to enter

The above exemptions only apply if the person entering the remote community:

  • is not displaying symptoms or awaiting a COVID-19 test result
  • has not been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • has not been exposed to COVID-19 or been in an environment where they could be exposed — such as hospitals or aged care facilities — 14 days before entry.

Western Australia mandatory mask requirements

You must wear a face mask at an airport, on aircraft or when transporting a person under quarantine.

For more information on face-mask restrictions and exemptions, see ‘Face Masks — Western Australia' in the Restriction Checker.

International arrivals

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident returning from overseas, you’ll be placed in mandatory 14-day quarantine wherever you arrive in Australia. Arrivals from New Zealand are currently exempt from quarantine.

If you arrive in WA from overseas, you must:

  • quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at your own expense
  • have a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arriving and on day 12 of quarantine

If you’re required to quarantine in a state-designated hotel, you’ll need to pay a fee for the room, meals and cleaning. Children under 6 are not charged for the meal component of the fee. Hardship and payment plans are available.

The fees are:

  • 1 adult — $2,520
  • 2 adults — $3,360
  • family of 4 (e.g. 2 adults, 2 children) — $5,040

G2G registration requirement

All travellers to WA must complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration before they enter.

Visit g2gpass.com.au or download the G2G PASS app to apply for approval to enter WA and receive proof of your exemption before you travel. You must not enter WA until WA Police approve your travel via the G2G PASS app or by email.

In your application, you must declare:

  • where you’ve been in the 14 days before you plan to enter WA
  • whether you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • whether you’ve knowingly had contact with people from ‘low-risk’ or ‘medium-risk’ jurisdictions.

It can take up to 6 business days for the WA Police to process your application.

SafeWA contact register app

The SafeWA check-in app is mandatory across most businesses, venues and events. See wa.gov.au and click on ‘SafeWA: Online contact register’ for more details.

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