Travellers

From 9.00pm (local time) 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel back to Australia.

From 28 March 2020 all travellers returning home from overseas are being quarantined in a designated facility (for example, a hotel) at their port of arrival for 14 days.

All Australians are advised not to travel overseas at this time. Regardless of your destination, age or health, the advice is not to travel at this time.

Travelling interstate

The ACT borders have never been closed. However, previously only essential travel was recommended.

Canberrans should carefully consider the need to travel outside of the Canberra region, as someone bringing the virus into the Territory from interstate remains one of the biggest risks to the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the ACT.

If you choose to use travel, it is your responsibility to maintain the physical distancing measures (1.5 metres between yourself and others), and practise good hygiene.

Practising physical distancing and good hygiene are the best ways to stay healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the rate of transmission.

You should not travel if you are unwell.

You must also adhere to the rules within the state you are travelling. Check the rules for each state or territory for more information.

Travelling to NSW

Canberrans will be able to visit NSW for a holiday from 1 June 2020.

Travel is permitted anywhere in NSW.

For information about visiting NSW households, please visit the NSW government website.

For more information please view the interstate travel FAQs.

Advice for interstate travellers to the ACT

The ACT borders have never been closed. Travellers should carefully consider the need to travel to the Canberra region, as someone bringing the virus into the Territory from interstate remains one of the biggest risks to the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the ACT. If you choose to use travel, it is your responsibility to maintain the physical distancing measures (1.5 metres between yourself and others), and practice good hygiene.

You should not travel if you are unwell.

When you go home, you may need to quarantine.

Check the rules for your own state or territory for more information.

If undertaking essential travel to the ACT, keep your stops to a safe minimum.

Interstate visitors must follow current Public Health Emergency Directions in the ACT.

You must practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.

If you’re travelling from an area with active community transmission, consider quarantining.

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

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

For more information please view the interstate travel FAQs.

Travelling overseas

All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a designated facility (for example, a hotel) at their port of arrival for 14 days.

The Australian Government have implemented a ‘do not travel’ ban on Australians travelling overseas. As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult. Many countries are introducing entry or movement restrictions, and these are changing often and quickly.

You may be more exposed to contracting COVID-19 while travelling overseas. You may come in contact with more people than usual, including during long-haul flights and in crowded airports. Healthcare systems in some countries will come under strain and may not be as well-equipped as Australia’s. If you’re sick, you may not have your normal support networks.

The travel ban will also help to reduce the risks of spreading coronavirus to other countries and prevent travellers returning to Australia with coronavirus. Exemptions, which will be managed by the Australian Border Force, will apply to a range of categories of travellers, including for those citizens who usually reside overseas, where travel is essential or necessary, where travel is in the national interest, and on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

Smartraveller Travel Advice is Level 4 - Do Not Travel overseas.

Temporary visa holders

Many Canberrans have temporary visas.

This means cannot access Australian Government support or return home.

For information about support available in the ACT, please visit the Community support page.

What does it mean to quarantine?

Being quarantined at home means that you need to stay in the location you have been quarantined for the full 14-day period. You cannot go to work, school, or public areas, such as shops or cafes, restaurants. You need to tell people not to visit you while you are quarantined. For more information, see our Quarantine and isolation information page.

While in quarantine, you need to closely monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19. The key signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms within 14 days of returning from overseas, please follow the steps described on the Getting tested page.

Remember to always practise good hand and general hygiene and physical (social) distancing. This is the best defence against the spread of the virus.

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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: May 22 2020