COVID-19 Travel Updates

Business travel is bouncing back as more restrictions ease and CBT is here to help you navigate the changes.

This portal provides an overview of information from trusted sources and news of the latest requirements that could impact your business travel. We will be updating it frequently, so you can check back any time for current information.

BORDER REQUIREMENTS

The following Australian border information is for the benefit of travellers planning to enter a state or territory. This does not cover intrastate restrictions, which may apply within some states and territories and we recommend viewing the latest advisories for local details.

Queensland – All arrivals, including Queensland residents, must complete a declaration to enter from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand that is not a declared COVID-19 hotspot. Queensland has two types of declarations, a Queensland Travel Declaration and a Queensland Border Declaration Pass. You must complete the right declaration for your situation before you enter Queensland. If conditions change or you need to update your travel plans, you’ll need to complete a new declaration with updated details.

The state has a travel category system that allows areas across Australia and New Zealand to be categorised as green, orange or red. Find out more about travelling to Queensland and current travel zones on Queensland’s website.

Red: If you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot (red zone) in the last 14 days you will not be allowed to enter Queensland, except for a limited range of essential services.
Orange: Arrivals who have been to an interstate exposure venue at the relevant time will have to quarantine on arrival in Queensland.
Green: Arrivals from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand that is not a declared COVID-19 hotspot must complete a Queensland Travel Declaration or Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families
On 18 October, the Queensland Government released its plan to open borders. We recommend reading the full details on the website, but below is an outline of the key elements with dates determined by what percentage of Queensland’s eligible population is fully vaccinated.

70% vaccinated – From 15 November:
– Domestic arrivals from hotspots must be fully vaccinated, arrive by air only, have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival & quarantine at home for 14 days. See the website for home quarantine conditions.
– Domestic arrivals from non-hotspot areas have no restrictions and no quarantine requirements, as long as you have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days.
– International arrivals on a direct flight into Queensland must undertake 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility. Arrivals via other states or territories will still be required to quarantine in a government-nominated facility until 14 days has passed since arriving in Australia.

80% vaccinated – From 13 December:
– Domestic arrivals who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine, but must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
– Domestic arrivals from hotspots who are fully vaccinated will be required to have a COVID-19 test on day 5.
– Domestic arrivals from non-hotspot areas have no restrictions and no quarantine requirements, as long as you have been fully vaccinated. If not vaccinated, then quarantine conditions apply.
– International arrivals for permanent residents or Australian citizens on direct flights into Queensland must be fully vaccinated, have a negative test and undertake a period of home quarantine. Arrivals via other states or territories will still be required to quarantine for a Queensland-specified period of quarantine at home or in a government-nominated facility.

View & download a copy of the full plan here.

COVID-19 Hotspots:

  • ACT – is a declared COVID-19 hotspot
  • NSW – the state is a declared COVID-19 hotspot and a NSW border zone is in place
  • VIC – the state is declared a COVID-19 hotspot
  • NT – Greater Katherine and Robinson River areas have been declared COVID-19 hotspots
  • Full details of restricted local government areas can be viewed on the Queensland Government website
  • Updated 19 November 2021 at 2:30pm

New South Wales – Borders are open to all states and territories with no permit required, unless you are entering NSW from an affected area or have been to a place of high concern during the time period specified in the concerns notice.

Entry from interstate affected areas: If you are 16 years and over, you must complete a traveller self-declaration form before entering NSW and carry it with you to show an enforcement officer if requested.
Interstate place of high concern: If you have been in a place of high concern within the time specified in a COVID-19 concerns notice, you must not enter NSW unless you are a NSW resident.

COVID-19 Concerns Notices:

  • VIC – the state has places of high concern. People who live in Victoria cannot travel to NSW for a holiday or recreation if they are over 16 years of age and not fully vaccinated.
  • ACT – the territory has places of high concern.
  • QLD – the state has places of high concern.
  • Visit the NSW Government website to view the NSW Chief Health Officer COVID-19 concerns notices for specific details
  • Updated 15 November 2021 at 10:00am

Victoria – A state permit system applies to all domestic travel to Victoria and is based on areas across Australia being designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. More information on permit system can be found on the Victorian Government website and please see the latest travel updates for details on hotspot locations.

Red: Non-Victorian residents from red zones are not allowed to enter Victoria without an exemption.
Orange: In addition to obtaining a permit to enter Victoria, you must self-quarantine, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and remain in self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
Green: Regions of Australia classified as ‘green’ have no restrictions, but those travelling from a designated green zone must apply for a permit to enter Victoria.

Travel Permit Zones:

  • All Australian states and territories are currently green zones
  • Zone ratings change at different times and you can view the website to see if you have been in a red or orange zone at any time.
  • Updated 14 November 2021 at 10:00am

Tasmania – Visitors and returning residents need to provide contact and travel details prior to entering the state. Border entry conditions depend on where travellers have spent time prior to arrival and areas are assessed as either low, medium or high risk based on Public Health advice.

High-risk areas: Travellers who were at a high-risk (Level 1) location at the specified dates and times listed on the website will not be permitted to travel to Tasmania.
Medium-risk areas: Arrivals are required to quarantine in suitable premises or in government-designated quarantine (fees can apply).
Low-risk areas: Register through the Tas e-Travel system if you have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania.

Travel Alerts & Border Restrictions:

Western Australia – A controlled interstate border in place which requires completion of a G2G Pass before entry. The government website has more information state-by-state on current high, medium, low or very low-risk areas.

Extreme-risk areas: Not permitted to enter without an approval through G2G Pass. Exemptions are restricted to Commonwealth, State and specialist functions only and once approved, will undertake 14 days hotel quarantine at own expense. See the website for full requirements
High-risk areas: Are not permitted to enter without an approval through G2G pass. If permitted entry, you must quarantine for 14 days at your own expense if you do not have a suitable premises to self-quarantine. Arrivals must provide proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure and show proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, where eligible. COVID-19 tests are required on days 2 and 12 of quarantine and you can see the details of full high risk requirements on the WA controlled border website.
Medium-risk areas: Are not permitted to enter without an approval through G2G pass (quarantine conditions apply to travellers with an exemption).
Low-risk: Arrivals from ‘low risk’ jurisdictions must complete a health screening on arrival and self-quarantine or quarantine in a government-approved facility at their own expense for 14 days.
Very low-risk: Travellers from ‘very low risk’ states and territories who have not had contact with people from higher risk areas are permitted to travel into WA without having to quarantine.

WA’s Controlled Border Jurisdictions:

  • QLD, SA & TAS – are all very low risk with no quarantine required
  • NT – low risk and therefore arrivals must be fully vaccinated, complete a health screening, self-quarantine for 14 days and meet other low risk requirements
  • ACT – medium risk and therefore arrivals are not permitted without approval
  • NSW – high risk and entry is not permitted without approval
  • VIC – the state is extreme risk. See the website for extreme risk jurisdictions
  • Updated 19 November 2021 at 2:00pm

South Australia – Visitors from all eligible states and territories must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. You will be notified by email of your status and receive a unique number within 72 hours.

All air travellers should download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia and are required to use the COVID Safe Check-In to scan a QR code specific to the Adelaide Airport immediately after their arrival. See more information on South Australia’s travel restrictions.

SA Travel Restrictions:

  • ACT – arrivals are prohibited from entering South Australia
  • NSW – arrivals are prohibited from entering and the NSW Cross Border corridor no longer applies
  • NT – restrictions are in place. Only fully vaccinated arrivals are permitted with Level 3 requirements, including presenting for COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine until returning a negative test
  • VIC – arrivals are prohibited. Please view the website for cross border definitions.
  • QLD, TAS or WA arrivals are permitted to enter South Australia without restriction as long as they have not been in a restricted zone in the past 14 days.
  • Updated 15 November 2021 at 10:00am

Northern Territory – All arrivals must fill in a border entry form. Visitors to the Northern Territory will not be permitted entry if they are from a declared Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site. Any visitors from these areas will be turned around and may be subject to a fine.

Declared hotspots can be viewed on the Northern Territory Government website.

COVID-19 Hotspots:

  • ACT – the territory is declared a hotspot and entry is not permitted from current hotspots or exposure sites
  • NSW – all of the state is a declared hotspot and entry is not permitted
  • VIC – all of the state is a declared hotspot, therefore entry is not permitted.
  • WA – testing and quarantine directions have been declared for anyone who has been in a COVID-19 public exposure site
  • Updated 15 November 2021 at 10:00am

ACT –¬†Travel rules and restrictions are identified in the current Public Health (COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice 2021), and include high risk geographical areas (listed as COVID-19 Affected Areas), COVID-19 places of concern and close and casual exposure locations.

What you are required to do is dependent on your vaccination status and whether you have been to an identified high-risk area in the last 14 days or an exposure location in the ACT or any other state or territory.

Fully vaccinated travellers: If arriving from a high-risk geographical area in the last 14 days are permitted to enter the ACT with a completed exemption form at least 72 hours prior to arrival. See the ACT website for other conditions applicable to travel from high-risk areas.

COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notices:

  • NSW – the state has High Risk Geographical Areas
  • VIC – the state has High Risk Geographical Areas
  • QLD – the state has exposure locations
  • NT – the territory has exposure location
  • Visit the ACT website for details of high risk areas and exposure locations
  • Updated 19 November 2021 at 2:20pm

TRAVEL UPDATES

Here you’ll find the latest updates from airlines, hotels, car hire companies and other travel suppliers, as well as information on international travel restrictions.

From 6 December, 2021, the USA has made it mandatory that all international arrivals (regardless of vaccination status) show a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 1 day before travel. Read more information on the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website.

The CDC recommends that vaccinated arrivals get tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. It’s also important to follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

If you are not fully vaccinated, in addition to the testing recommendations above the CDC requests that you stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Update 7 December 2021.

Quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel from Australia to New Zealand remains suspended. The New Zealand government intends to review this in mid-November, when they expect that the vaccination rates will be higher.

For travel from New Zealand to Australia, arrivals from New Zealand’s North Island are currently required to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days due to COVID-19 cases in the north. However, travel from the South Island is now permitted.

Quarantine-free travel from the South Island of New Zealand to Australia began on Tuesday 19 October 2021. Travellers must have a negative PCR pre-departure test result, administered no more than 72 hours before departure and carry evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (if you are eligible for a vaccine). Also arrivals cannot have been in the North Island or at a location of interest in New Zealand during the 14 days before travel.

When travel to New Zealand can resume, all visitors will need a negative pre-departure test to enter New Zealand if you have been in Australia for more than 72 hours. Pre-departure tests and result certificates for travel clearance are provided by private pathology clinics, not free community testing clinics.

You can find more about quarantine-free travel and pre-departure testing requirements on the New Zealand website.

Update 20 October 2021.

The Federal Government has announced that from the start of November, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents will be able to leave Australia without requiring a reason or exemption to travel.

At this time, there will be no limits on the number of people allowed into the country via NSW. NSW will also cease quarantine requirements, so providing that people are vaccinated and have returned a negative COVID-19 test they will be able to disembark in Sydney as normal.

In accordance with the national vaccination plan agreed to by National Cabinet, the reopening of the international border is linked to states and territories reaching 80 per cent full vaccination rates. As these rates are reached, individual states and territories may still impose restrictions or isolation measures for international arrivals.

Update 18 October 2021.

From 17 May 2021, Australia and New Zealand will be included on England’s new ‘green list’ of countries that are rated as coronavirus-safe and travellers from these destinations will not need to quarantine on arrival to the UK.

Arrivals who have been in ‘green list’ countries or territories for the previous 10 days will be required to complete a passenger locator form, take a COVID-19 test before arrival and book and pay for another coronavirus test on day 2 in England. Please note that Australian Government travel restrictions remain in place for overseas departures from Australia and New Zealand.

For more information, see the UK website about rules for travelling from green, amber and red list countries: Gov.UK rules for entering England.

Update 11 May 2021.

Passengers travelling to, or connecting through, the United States are now required to get a viral test within 3 days before their flight.

Written documentation (in either paper or electronic format) of a negative COVID-19 laboratory test result is required for all travellers aged 2 years and over and must be supplied to the airline prior to boarding. The laboratory documentation must display the passenger’s full name (as per travel documents) and date of birth. Results via text message will no longer be accepted at check-in. Passengers who do not provide this necessary documentation will be denied boarding.

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.

Update 5 February 2021.

It’s now a requirement to wear a face mask at all Australian airports and on all aircraft for the duration of the flight.

In addition to enforcing the mandatory wearing of face masks, airports are continuing with a range of measures to improve passenger safety. These include increased cleaning of high tough areas, installation of hand sanitiser units and practicing social distancing.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an airline self-assessment health checklist to improve safety for travellers and staff. The checklist is aimed to support the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.

See more about the checklist.

Update 19 August 2020.

From 1 August, all travellers arriving in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must have a negative COVID-19 test result up to 96 hours before departure. This includes passengers on Emirates and Etihad Airways flights. See full details.

Update 29 July 2020.

The Qantas Group has announced additional wellbeing measures to make people feel more comfortable about flying. These include contactless check-in and passengers will be given masks and sanitising wipes.

More flexible booking conditions will also be available to increase customer confidence. See more information.

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HEALTH AUTHORITY WEBSITES

Please find below links to the health authority websites for each State and Territory in Australia. These links provide specific coronavirus information relevant to each State and Territory and details of local health clinics and hospitals. Some State / Territory governments have their own contact centres and the toll-free numbers. You can also call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

ACT Health
NSW Government
Queensland Government
Victoria Government
Western Australia Government
South Australia Government
Tasmanian Government
Northern Territory Government