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What are the current travel restrictions between states?

Each state and territory has different travel restrictions in place. Some states have closed their borders and will only allow exceptions for emergency services, freight delivery, medical appointments, employment and compassionate reasons. What you need to do to access one of these exemptions also varies state to state.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT doesn’t have border restrictions between states – except Victoria.

However, they do have recommendations and restrictions for people who have visited hotspots in Queensland. Anyone who has visited coronavirus-affected areas in New South Wales must also quarantine in their homes for 14 days.

New South Wales

NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria. Anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days can’t enter NSW unless they’re eligible and have a border entry permit.

Anyone returning from Victoria (unless they live on the border) must go through a NSW airport. You will then go into 14 days hotel quarantine, which you will need to pay for.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has strict border controls for all access points.

Anyone arriving in the Northern Territory must fill in and submit a Border Entry Form online.

If you have travelled from or through a coronavirus hotspot, you must go into hotel quarantine for 14 days, which you need to pay for.


Queensland borders are closed to all of Victoria, the ACT and most of NSW, unless you are a Queensland resident. (There are different restrictions for the zone around the NSW and Queensland border.)

Queensland residents can return home from hotspot areas, but must go through hotel quarantine at their own expense for 14 days.

You can only enter Queensland from a hotspot if you travel by air.

South Australia

Border restrictions with NSW were lifted on 24 September. This leaves Victoria as the only state from which coronavirus travel restrictions still apply.

Most people can't enter SA from Victoria – including SA residents.

You can only enter from Victoria if you’re an essential traveller or a cross-border community resident.

If you’re coming from a state other than Victoria, before entering SA you must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration on the SA Police website at least 14 days before you depart.

Authorities will assess your application and decide if you can enter SA, travel without restriction, or if you must self-quarantine on arrival.


If you’re not a Tasmanian resident, aren’t an essential traveller and have been in a high-risk area, you won’t be able to enter Tasmania. This includes all of Victoria and parts of Sydney.

All travellers arriving in Tasmania need to apply for an electronic G2G (‘Good to go’) PASS.

All non-essential travellers must go into quarantine for 14 days either in your home if you’re a resident or in a hotel where you will have to pay a fee.


Most states and territories are closed to travellers from Victoria.

There are also travel restrictions for people living in Victoria. People in Melbourne aren’t allowed to travel more than 5 kilometres from their homes and aren’t allowed to travel to regional Victoria.

Western Australia

No one can enter Western Australia, including WA residents, from another state. Unless they've been granted an exemption. If you are granted an exemption, you will have to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive.

Original resource

You can read more about each state and territories travel restrictions on the Health Direct website.

23 September 2020
Applies to all states