Where Can I Travel Domestically?
Updated on 8 July, 2020
In case you missed it, the Australian Government has announced a three-phase plan in May to ease up restrictions across states and territories.
So...Where can I travel domestically? Let's take a look into the conditions of each of the states and territories!
New South Wales (NSW)
UPDATE: NSW will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens. The closure will be effective from 12:01AM, 8 July 2020 and follows the concerning spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne.
From 1 June 2020, NSW residents will be able to travel anywhere in regional NSW! That's not all, NSW is welcoming interstate travellers from any state with open arms. Quarantining or self-isolating will not be required if you have travelled interstate. However, travellers will need to adhere to the rules of their home state when returning.
Caravan parks and camping grounds are also opened starting 1 June 2020. BudgetAir Australia encourages travellers to call beforehand and confirm bookings. For more information about domestic travel within NSW state, click here.
UPDATE: From 11:59PM, 8 July 2020, metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire areas will revert back to stage 3 lock down. The lockdown is for a period of six weeks. For more infomration, click here.
There will be similar lifting of COVID-19 restrictions like NSW. From 11:59 PM on 31 May 2020, regional travel will be allowed in Victoria! Travellers will have the option to stay at a holiday home or private residence. As long as there is no use of shared facilities (e.g kitchens and bathrooms), staying in a tourist accommodation such as caravan parks and camping grounds will also be allowed.
Just like NSW, no quarantine is required in Victoria after travelling domestically but some states and territories may require a 14-day quarantine period for travellers coming from Victoria. For more information about domestic travel within Victoria state, click here.
Other than Biosecurity Areas or Restricted Areas, Queenslanders will be able to travel anywhere within Queensland from 12:00 PM on 1 June 2020! You'll also be able to stay overnight anywhere in Queensland for as many night as you like.
The Queensland border will still remain closed. In other words, interstate travel is still not allowed. Travellers who have crossed the border and re-entering into Queensland are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they travelled for an essential purpose such as going to a funeral. For more information about travel restrictions within Queensland state, click here.
Travelling is allowed all through Western Australia, including the Kimberly region and excluding entry into remote Aboriginal communities. From booking a staycation to exploring the cosmolitan city of Perth - start planning your holidays within the Western Australia state!
Travel interstate is still prohibited. For more information about travel restrictions within Western Australia state, click here.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
The Australia Capital Territory (ACT) also joins NSW and Victoria state in allowing its residents to travel within the state for recreation and holidays. Interstate travel is also allowed and quarantine is not required. However, travellers who live in another state or territory may need to be quarantined when they return home. The government encourages travellers to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene if they choose to travel.
For more information about travel restrictions within ACT, click here
Northern Territory (NT)
On 5 June 2020, the biosecurity area restrictions in the Northern Territory (NT) were lifted which allow its residents to move freely across the whole territory state. Activities such as fishing, camping, boating and sailing will also be allowed - physical distancing and hygiene measures will still apply.
All travellers arriving in NT from other states before 15 June 2020 are required to be quarantine for 14 days at designated location determined by the NT Government at your own cost. From 15 June 2020, NT will move from mandatory monitored quarantine to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. This means that you will be able to choose you own self-quarantine arrangements such as in your own home, commercial or private accommodation at your own cost.
For more information about travel restrictions within NT, click here.
All Tasmanian residents are allowed to travel to King and Flinders Island without having to be quarantined, unless you travel via mainland Australia. Similarly, all King and Flinders Island residents can travel to mainland Tasmania without having to be quarantined, unless you travel via mainland Australia.
The Tasmanian border will remain closed to non-residents. Travellers arriving in Tasmania from an interstate will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Returning residents will have the option to complete their 14 days of quarantine at their home of residence in Tasmania. Non-Tasmanian residents will have to complete their mandatory quarantine at the Government provided accommodation.
For more information about travel restrictions within Tasmania, click here.
Travel within South Australia has been relaxed. South Australian residents are allowed to travel around the state. Moreover, camping at national parks and reserves is also permitted. Let South Australia take your breath away!
Travellers arriving directly from Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia are no longer needed to quarantine for 14 days. Travellers arriving from all other states, including residents, will still be able to enter South Australia but are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. For more information about travel restriction within South Australia, click here.
Disclaimer: changes in local policies are continuously unwrapping, and we will keep updating the list with more destinations and details. In the meantime, we recommend you to check the official websites of the local authorities for the most up-to-date travel information. As much as we would love to encourage you to plan your next trips, in the current situation, we urge you to be conscious about the consequences and consider the risks involved.
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