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Domestic travel - Western Australia

Updated on 24 June 2021, at 10:45 AET

WA border restrictions

Western Australia has a controlled interstate border arrangement.

Under this arrangement, people coming from interstate can now travel into and around WA by air, road or rail — subject to certain conditions.

Coming from Queensland

COVID-19 exposure sites have been identified in Queensland. Recent arrivals into WA from Queensland who have been to one of the listed exposure sites during the relevant times are required to:

  • get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours
  • self-quarantine for 14 days from date of exposure
  • present for a day 11 COVID-19 test

These travellers should continue to monitor the Queensland Government site for updated exposure sites. Go to covid19.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Contact tracing alerts – sites of exposure’.

Coming from NSW

The Western Australian Government has declared New South Wales as a medium-risk state.

You aren't allowed to enter Western Australia from NSW, unless you’re an exempt traveller.

This direction also applies to anyone who may've been in NSW and has not subsequently been in a ‘very low risk’ state or territory for 14 days, including travellers who’ve been in NSW since 12.01am Friday 11 June 2021 who arrived after the hard border was introduced.

ACT arrivals who’ve been in NSW in the past 14 days and after 11 June 2021 are subject to 'medium risk' requirements.

The exemption list is limited to:

  • certain senior Government officials
  • certain active military personnel
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
  • anyone who is given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer

People are also exempt if they have compassionate reasons — including those Western Australians who may’ve travelled to NSW recently and need to return to WA.

Anyone who’s been in NSW since 11 June 2021 is not allowed into WA unless exempt.

Exempt travellers must:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premises for 14 days
  • get an initial COVID-19 test within 48 hours
  • get a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine
  • get a COVID-19 test on day 11 after arrival in WA — if still in WA

Anyone who’s recently arrived from NSW before the hard border being reintroduced and has been to an exposure site during the relevant times must self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure and be tested within 48 hours and at day 11.

Recent arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor the NSW Health website for updated exposure sites. Go to health.nsw.gov.au and search ‘Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW’.

If you’ve come into contact with someone who’s recently arrived from NSW, you don’t need to self-quarantine and you only need to get a COVID-19 test if you develop symptoms.

Coming from Victoria

Victoria is currently listed as a low-risk state. This means all travellers who have been in Victoria or have travelled through Victoria can enter WA subject to the following strict conditions.

Travellers must:

  • complete a GTG PASS declaration stating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, and which jurisdictions they have been in over the previous 14 days
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 11

Arrivals entering WA at Perth Airport must:

  • undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival
  • be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing is available for all airport arrivals)

Arrivals entering WA by land must:

  • be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G PASS declaration checked before proceeding to a premises for self-quarantine

To view the exposure sites in Victoria, go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au. Click on ‘Case alerts — public exposure sites’.

Coming from New Zealand

If you’ve recently arrived into WA from New Zealand and have been to one of NZ’s listed exposure sites at health.govt.nz during the relevant times, you must:

  • get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours
  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test on day 11

Anyone who’s arrived into WA from the Wellington area after 18 June 2021, but hasn’t visited any exposure sites should:

  • monitor for symptoms
  • get tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop

Very low-risk states and territories

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 from a very low-risk state or territory, but 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

Travellers from very low-risk states and territories are not required to quarantine.

Currently, the Western Australian Government has listed all Australian states and territories and New Zealand as very low risk, except NSW and Victoria.

Low-risk states and territories

The Western Australian Government has listed Victoria as a low-risk state.

You can enter WA from a low-risk state, but need to:

  • 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
  • have a COVID-19 test on day 11 after your arrival in WA, if still in WA
  • complete a G2G PASS registration
  • undergo a health screening and temperature test at the border if required
  • wear a mask as directed

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

Medium-risk states and territories

The Western Australian Government has listed NSW as a medium-risk state.

People coming from medium-risk states:

  • can’t enter WA unless they meet exemption requirements
  • if permitted entry, must self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises, or a government-approved quarantine facility at their own expense
  • must get a COVID-19 test on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival and on day 11 — or at any point they develop symptoms
  • must wear a mask from when they arrive to WA until they reach their quarantine accommodation, if possible

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

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 prior to entry.

Western Australia mandatory mask requirements

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in Western Australia when:

  • at an airport
  • on aircraft
  • transporting a person under quarantine, via a private or hired car, ride-share vehicle or taxi

Air crew must also wear masks on flights and in airports.

When transporting someone subject to quarantine, everyone in the vehicle, including the driver, must wear a mask.

Anyone subject to a quarantine direction must also wear a face mask when presenting for a COVID-19 test (including when travelling to and from the COVID-19 clinic).

Quarantine centre workers must wear a face mask and keep 1.5 metres away from other people when visiting residential aged-care facilities.

Children under 12 and those with exemptions do not need to wear a mask. Toddlers under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks since they are a choking and suffocation risk.

Penalties may apply if you fail to comply.

Check the Western Australian Government's website, wa.gov.au, and the WA Department of Health website, healthywa.wa.gov.au, for more information on mask requirements.

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. 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

International arrivals to Perth Airport have been capped at 525 people per week, or around 75 people per day. This ensures that hotel quarantine is manageable and effective.

Travelling from New Zealand

New Zealand is categorised as ‘very low-risk’. Travellers from New Zealand don’t need to quarantine on arrival in WA if they’ve only been in Australia or New Zealand in the previous 14 days before entering WA.

Travellers who manage to transit through New Zealand will be placed in quarantine if they have been in other countries within 14 days of arrival into WA.

If you have been in another Australian state or territory for more than 14 days before arriving in WA, you will be subject to the same conditions of entry as all domestic travellers, depending on which state you are arriving from. This includes the mandatory completion of a G2G PASS.

See above for restrictions currently in place for each Australian state and territory.

People who must quarantine at a state-designated hotel, as stated below, will need to pay a fee.

For more information on restrictions in Western Australia, visit wa.gov.au. You can also call the WA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Helpline on 13 COVID (13 26843). If you're interstate, call 1800 595 206. If you're overseas, call +61 8 9118 3100.

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’ states and territories. See below for more information on state and territory risk levels

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

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