Entering the ACT

The ACT is in lockdown

Please see the lockdown restriction page for more details.

The ACT is in lockdown from 5:00pm Thursday 12 August until 11:59pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

Anyone who entered the ACT after 5:00pm Thursday 12 August 2021 needs to follow the lockdown restrictions in the ACT.

If you have been in any area subject to travel directions, you must also follow the requirements of those travel directions.

ACT Policing will be undertaking compliance checks across the ACT and you will be expected to provide proof of residential address and the reason you are moving about the ACT community.

If you are travelling, regularly check the public health advice in the state or territory you are visiting or travelling from.

Whenever you travel, monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days, get tested with even mild symptoms and keep checking for updates about where you have been.

NSW/ACT border residents

Please visit the NSW/ACT border residents page for more information.

Entering the ACT from other parts of Australia

If you are an ACT resident and you have been to an area of concern, please complete the relevant entry form within 24 hours from:

  • The commencement of the Areas of Concern notice, or
  • Becoming aware that you have been to an exposure location or area of concern.

If you have a specific enquiry, contact ACT Health  prior to entering the ACT, so we can assist you with your safe return to the ACT.

JurisdictionStatus Date updated
New South Wales COVID-19 affected areas declared for all of NSW - Check for details 24 Sep 2021 7:55pm
Victoria COVID-19 affected areas declared for all of Victoria - Check for details 24 Sep 2021 8:00pm
Queensland Exposure locations in Queensland - Check for details 24 Sep 2021 12:33pm
South Australia Exposure locations in South Australia - Check for details 24 Sep 2021 12:28pm
Northern Territory No restrictions
Tasmania No restrictions
Western Australia No restrictions
Jervis Bay No restrictions
New Zealand Level 4 lockdown in New Zealand
Flights Flights identified - Click for details 23 Sep 2021 12:35pm

If you are outside of the ACT you must also follow the advice of the jurisdiction you are in.

Transiting and travel for ACT border residents

If you are transiting through an area under travel requirements and entering the ACT, transiting through the ACT, or if you are an ACT border resident a standing exemption may apply. For more information, please visit the standing exemptions page.

Declaration and exemption forms

The online declaration and exemption forms for entering the ACT are available on the Online travel form page.

NSW Region patient exemptions

Due to the rapidly changing situation in the ACT and the public health directions in place in NSW and the ACT, we’ve had to make some changes to the way we deliver health services in the ACT. All patients who need urgent or critical care whether in the ACT or surrounding NSW regions will receive this care.

For more information visit the ACT Health website.

Face masks for air travel

Face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and over when outside the home in the ACT. This includes the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra.

If you are transiting through other states or territories to reach the ACT, you must check the advice from that state or territory.

For more information on wearing a mask see the face masks requirement page.

Entering the ACT from overseas

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 about quarantine for incoming travellers visit the Australian Department of Health website

There are currently no booked international flights into Canberra, however when an international flight to the ACT is arranged, details about quarantine arrangements, including costs associated with hotel quarantine will be made available on our website for these passengers.

You should also contact the Embassy/High Commission of the Country you are currently in for the most up to date information about flights.

Can I apply for an exemption to quarantine?

You may apply for an exemption to hotel quarantine on compassionate or medical grounds. The circumstances of each application will be carefully considered to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community or the health system.

To apply for an exemption, please email COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au. This email should include who you are, where you are currently undertaking quarantine, the reasons for requesting an exemption, where you propose to stay for the remainder of your quarantine period, and how you plan to get there.

If your exemption request involves leaving the ACT to quarantine in another Australian state or territory, you will also need to seek an exemption from the jurisdiction you intend to travel to.

Antarctic Expeditioners and Crew entering Australia

Travel from Antarctica to the ACT is considered overseas travel, and therefore travellers entering the ACT are captured under the ACT Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020. This Public Health Direction requires returning travellers to enter into a mandatory 14 day quarantine period upon entry to the ACT, unless an exemption has been granted.

Exempted AAD expeditioners and crew must not enter the ACT if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Should any exempted AAD expeditioner or crew member develop symptoms of COVID-19 whilst in the ACT, they must:

  • immediately get tested for COVID-19
  • self-isolate until informed that the test result has returned a negative result.

The standing exemption can be found here.

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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: September 21 2021