Travel advice

COVID-19 affected areas

We are urging Canberrans not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring. Currently this includes:

From 1am on Saturday 8 August, ACT residents cannot enter Queensland unless they have an exemption. To get the latest travel advice for Queensland and to find out how to apply for an exemption visit the Queensland Health website.

Travelling to the ACT

You should not travel if you are unwell.

While travelling, it is your responsibility to maintain physical distancing and practise good hygiene.

If you are travelling to the ACT from within Australia it is important that you are up to date with the latest advice and Public Health Directions in the ACT.

As the situation can change rapidly you should check the latest advice as you get closer to your intended travel date.

Travellers from NSW

ACT Government is strongly advising anyone who has been in locations identified by NSW Health on the specified dates to quarantine immediately and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible - even if you do not have any symptoms.

If you get a negative test result, you need to stay in quarantine for the full 14 days from your visit. Please make contact with ACT Health through the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 so we can support you through your quarantine period.

People who have recently visited the local government areas of Fairfield, Campbelltown and Liverpool, are advised not to visit or work in high-risk settings, including aged care facilities and hospitals, for a period of 14 days after leaving these areas.

There is no requirement for these people to quarantine.

Travellers from Victoria

Under a Public Health Direction, anyone (other than ACT residents) travelling into the ACT from Victoria will be denied entry to the ACT unless they are granted an exemption by ACT Health.

You should apply for an exemption as early as possible, and at least 72 hours before your intended travel date, wherever possible.

If you are travelling by plane, you will be met at the airport and required to provide evidence that you are an ACT resident and have notified ACT Health of your return to the ACT.

ACT residents will be able to return home from Victoria, but they will be required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria, and must notify ACT Health of their intention to return.

Travel requirements for exemption for entry to ACT

As at 12:01am on Friday 7 August 2020, people seeking to enter the ACT from Victoria by road are no longer able to transit through NSW. The only way to access the ACT from Victoria is now by air to Canberra Airport.

Unfortunately, the ACT is unable to change this requirement as the ACT Government is not responsible for the border restrictions of other jurisdictions.

ACT Health will be in touch with those who have been provided with an exemption to discuss changes to their travel plans.

Quarantine arrangements

During your quarantine period, you must closely monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop, no matter how mild.

If you plan to quarantine at a private residence, it needs to allow for appropriate separation from other household members who are not in quarantine. Appropriate separation means that you need to sleep in a separate bedroom, use a separate bathroom if available, and avoid spending time in communal spaces at the same time as other people in the home who are not in quarantine. If this is not possible, the other people in your home will need to quarantine with you. If a minor (child under the age of 18 years) is in quarantine, a parent/guardian must quarantine with them.

You may also quarantine in a hotel or other approved premises. ACT Health can assist in providing details of suitable accommodation that you can book (at your own expense). We would recommend that you do not book a hotel until your exemption is granted. Please note that you will be asked to provide evidence of a valid booking if you are using hotel accommodation for quarantine purposes, following the granting of an exemption.

Please note that shared accommodation (such as university accommodation) is not a suitable quarantine facility.

Penalties and fines may apply to those who fail to comply with Public Health Directions.

These are temporary measures and will be reassessed as the COVID-19 situation in Victoria evolves.

Travellers from other states and territories

If you are from interstate and choose to travel to the ACT, depending on your state’s or territory’s rules, you may need to quarantine when you go home.

If you are driving to the ACT, keep your stops to a safe minimum.

You must follow current Public Health Emergency Directions in the ACT.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while in the ACT, get tested immediately.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.

For more information, contact the ACT’s COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

Travelling outside the ACT

You should not travel if you are unwell.

We are urging Canberrans not to travel to areas where there are known cases of COVID-19. Currently this includes:

If you return to the ACT from Victoria or NSW, you may be required to quarantine for 14 days after you depart.

From 1am on Saturday 8 August, ACT residents cannot enter Queensland unless they have an exemption. To get the latest travel advice for Queensland and to find out how to apply for an exemption visit the Queensland Health website.

While travelling, it is your responsibility to maintain physical distancing and practise good hygiene.

Adhere to the rules of the state you are travelling to. Check the rules for each state or territory.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while away or after returning to the ACT, get tested immediately.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.

For more information, contact the ACT’s COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

Overseas travel

Entering Australia

Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel back to Australia.

All travellers returning home from overseas are quarantined at their arrival port in a designated facility like a hotel for 14 days.

For more information, visit the Australian Government's update about quarantining.

Leaving Australia

There is ban on Australians travelling overseas.

The Smartraveller Travel Advice is Level 4 – Do Not Travel overseas.

Exceptions include:

  • for those citizens who usually live overseas
  • where travel is essential
  • where travel is in the national interest
  • on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

Australian Border Force manages these exemptions.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: August 07 2020