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Domestic travel - Western Australia

Current as of 16 January 2021, at 10:45 AEST

Wearing a face mask mandatory in Western Australia when:

  • at an airport
  • travelling on aircraft
  • transporting a person under quarantine (private car, 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.

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

Penalties may apply for people who fail to comply with this requirement.

Border restrictions

Western Australia has a controlled interstate border arrangement. This replaced WA’s 'hard border measure'.

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

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 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.

New South Wales

NSW is classified as 'medium risk'. This means travel from NSW is not allowed, unless you’re exempt. Scroll down for more information on what 'medium risk' means.

Anyone in WA who has arrived from or been in NSW from 11 December 2020 must:

  • self-quarantine in suitable premises as soon as possible
  • get a COVID-19 test in the next 24 hours
  • return to self-quarantine until a negative test is confirmed
  • get another test on day 11 after they arrived in WA

The WA Police will contact anyone who has arrived from NSW since 11 December with these instructions.

Queensland

Queensland is classified as ‘medium risk’. This means travel from Queensland is not allowed, unless you’re exempt. This also applies to anyone who has been in Queensland since 2 January 2021 and has not completed 14 days in a low-risk state or territory. Scroll down for more information on what ‘medium risk’ means.

Anyone who has arrived into WA from Friday, 8 January 2021 from Queensland will be tested on arrival at the airport and must self-quarantine immediately for 14 days, and be tested again on day 11.

Anyone in WA who has arrived from or been in Queensland from 2 January 2021 must:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premises until you have spent 14 days in WA
  • get an initial COVID-19 test by Tuesday 12 January
  • 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 has arrived from Queensland since January 2 will be contacted by WA Police with these instructions, as a result of the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.

Any travellers from Queensland who are told they are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case must contact 13 COVID (13 268 43) and inform them they are a close contact

Victoria

From 12:01am on Monday 18 January 2021, Victoria will be classified ‘low risk’. This means you can travel from Victoria to WA, although you’ll need to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. You won’t be able to enter without an exemption if you’re coming from Victoria and been in or travelled through a medium-risk jurisdiction in the past 14 days.

Victoria is currently classified as ‘medium risk’. This means travel from Victoria is not allowed, unless you’re exempt. Scroll down for more information on what 'medium risk' means.

Anyone in WA who has arrived from or been in Victoria from 21 December 2020 must:

  • self-quarantine in suitable premises until you have spent 14 days in WA
  • get a COVID-19 test if any COVID-19 symptoms develop
  • get another COVID-19 test on day 11 after arrival in WA

Very low-risk states and territories

Travellers to WA don't have to quarantine if they've only been in a 'very low-risk' state or territory in the last 14 days.

If you have knowingly had contact with a person from a medium or low-risk state or territory in the 14 days before travelling to WA you’ll be subject to the same quarantine conditions as that person — and must self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to WA.

WA has classified the following as very low-risk states and territories — those which haven't had community cases in at least 28 days:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania

You can’t leave quarantine early if the low-risk area you travelled from becomes a very low-risk area during your self-quarantine period. You must complete the full 14 days of self-quarantine.

Low-risk states and territories

'Low-risk' states have had less than 5 community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average.

Travellers to WA who've been in a low-risk state or territory in the last 14 days must:

  • wear a mask as directed
  • complete a health screening when they arrive
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises of a government-approved facility if this is not available
  • get a COVID-19 test on day 11 if they’re still in WA
  • wear a mask when they arrive in WA until they reach their quarantine accommodation, if possible

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

Medium-risk states and territories

WA has classified the following states as 'medium risk':

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Victoria

People in medium-risk categories:

  • can’t enter WA unless they meet exemption requirements
  • if permitted entry, they 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 of being in 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

Travelling from New Zealand

Exempt interstate arrivals who have spent time in New Zealand in the previous 14 days will be required to self-quarantine for 14-days at a suitable premises. You’ll also need to have a COVID-19 test on Day 11 in WA.

If you have spent any time in a low-risk Australian state or territory in the previous 14 days — after leaving New Zealand — you’ll still be required to quarantine upon entry to WA.

If you have spent the past 14 days in a very low-risk Australian state or territory — after leaving New Zealand — you are not required to quarantine when you arrive in WA.

If you’re required to quarantine at a state-designated hotel, you’ll need to pay a fee.

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.

Regional travel

Regional travel throughout most of WA 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.

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.

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