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Domestic travel - Western Australia

Current as of 29 September 2020, at 17:30 AEST

No one can enter Western Australia — including WA residents — unless they've been granted an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of their duties
  • people with specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency workers
  • entry on compassionate grounds
  • people otherwise seeking approval to enter WA

Visit wa.gov.au and click on ‘COVID-19 Travel advice’ for the full list of exemptions.

Victoria

You won't be allowed into WA if you’ve been in Victoria in the past 14 days unless you’re:

  • a specific essential worker
  • a transport or freight worker
  • approved to enter by the state emergency coordinator on the advice of the chief medical officer

If you’re permitted to enter, but have been in Victoria in the past 14 days, you’ll need to remain in hotel quarantine for 14 days at your own expense. You’ll also need to have 2 mandatory COVID-19 tests — one when you arrive and one on day 11 of your quarantine.

From Monday 5 October, Victorian arrivals can self-quarantine for 14 days at suitable premises. WA Police will assess whether premises are suitable when you apply for your exemption.

New South Wales

If you’re permitted to enter WA and you’ve been in NSW in the past 14 days, you’ll need to take 2 mandatory COVID-19 tests — one when you arrive and one on day 11 of your quarantine.

You will only be granted an exemption if you’re:

  • a specific essential worker
  • a transport or freight worker
  • approved to enter by the state emergency coordinator on the advice of the chief medical officer

Transiting through an airport in either Victoria or NSW counts as being in Victoria or NSW during the past 14 days.

From Monday 5 October, NSW will have the same entry conditions as other states and territories, other than Victoria. Arrivals from NSW will also need to have a COVID-19 test on day 11 of their quarantine.

Other arrivals

If you're a Western Australian returning from interstate after your application for an exemption is granted, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities will advise you where and how to do this.

If you're flying to regional WA from interstate, you may have to quarantine in Perth before you can continue to your destination.

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident returning from overseas, you will be placed in mandatory 14-day quarantine wherever in Australia you arrive.

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.

Exemption application

You can’t enter WA from interstate or overseas unless you’re an exempt traveller. Apply for an exemption at g2gpass.com.au. You should submit your application at least 14 days prior to travel.

You can also submit any exemption application form via email. You should submit this at least 4 weeks before travelling.

For more information about applications, visit wa.gov.au and search for ‘COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA’.

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, and select ‘COVID-19 Information’. You can also call the WA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Helpline on 13 COVID (13 26843).

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