Entering and Leaving the ACT

Entering-the-ACT-icoEntering the ACT

There are no restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT.

Follow the guidance below if you are seeking to travel to the ACT and you:

  • are currently in isolation
  • have been identified as a household, close or high risk contact in another state or territory.

Interstate school excursions

Schools travelling to the ACT from another state or territory in Australia should refer to the guidance on interstate school excursions.

Overseas (international) travellers

If you have recently arrived to Australia from overseas, refer to information for overseas travellers.

Steps for active COVID-19 cases and household, close or high risk contacts travelling to the ACT

  • If you are a non-ACT resident and you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should not travel to the ACT until your current isolation period has ended.
  • If you are currently a household, close or high-risk contact, delay travelling to the ACT if practical.
  • Check with the jurisdiction you are currently in on whether you are able to travel if you are in isolation or if you are a household, close or high-risk contact.
  • If you are an ACT resident needing to return to the ACT, you may travel but should follow the travel advice below
    • If  you are currently in isolation due to being a confirmed case of COVID-19, only return to the ACT if there is no safe way for you to continue isolating at your current location and you are within 4 hours travel radius of your home by private vehicle
    • If you are not a confirmed case of COVID-19, self-assess your isolation and testing requirements using the assessment tool for people exposed to COVID-19
      • This includes if you have returned from another state or territory and are affected by visiting an exposure location.
      • Please see state and territory websites.
    • If you are a household contact or confirmed case of COVID-19, notify ACT Health of your arrival using the household contact declaration form (for household contacts) or positive rapid antigen test result online form.
  • Follow the requirements for household contacts and confirmed cases
    • If you are not a household, close or high-risk contact or confirmed case but you have had recent contact with a case, follow the advice based on the level of your exposure risk.

Travel advice for household contacts* travelling to the ACT

Travelling to the ACT

  • Only travel to the ACT if you are permitted to do so by the state or territory you are currently in
  • You must travel directly to your home or other suitable premises in the ACT
  • You should only travel with people who are household contacts or COVID-19 cases from your household
  • Travel by private transport to the ACT. This means not travelling on a domestic flight, taxi or rideshare, like Uber
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others during your journey, and handle your own belongings and luggage
  • Ensure your vehicle has enough fuel and any necessary refreshments required for the journey.
    • If you need a rest break or to make an emergency stop, this should be taken within the car, or in an outdoor location where physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres can be maintained
    • Avoid stopping in highly populated areas
  • Avoid leaving your vehicle where possible, but if this is unavoidable:
    • Wear a disposable surgical mask that covers your nose and mouth, and practice good hygiene including using alcohol-based hand sanitiser to wash your hands before and after touching surfaces
    • Wipe down any surfaces such as petrol bowsers, toilet doors and locks with disinfectant wipes before and after use
    • If stopping for fuel, use contactless payment methods where available (e.g. using contactless-enabled credit or debit card instead of cash)

After arriving in the ACT

Please note that ACT Health’s requirements may differ from the state or territory you have travelled from.

You should refer to the information for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and follow the relevant advice based on your risk level of exposure.

*Household contact is someone who usually lives with or who has lived with a confirmed case during their infectious period.

Travel advice for active cases travelling to the ACT

Travelling to the ACT

  • Only travel to the ACT if you are permitted to do so by the state or territory you are currently in.
    • You should remain in your current state or territory until the end of your isolation period unless there is no way for you to continue to isolate safely, and you are within 4 hours drive of the ACT.
  • You must travel directly to your home or other suitable premises in the ACT
  • Only travel with people who are self-isolating or quarantining with you
  • You must travel via private transport
    • Use of public transport (including on a domestic flight), taxi or rideshare (including Uber) is not permitted for active cases
  • Avoid all contact with others during your journey, and handle your own belongings and luggage
  • Ensure your vehicle has enough fuel and any necessary refreshments required for the journey, as you cannot make stops for food or fuel
    • If you need a rest stop, this should be taken in the car, or in an isolated area with no other people.
    • If you need to stop for an emergency, avoid leaving the vehicle where possible, but if this is unavoidable:
      • Maintain physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from any other persons and inform them that you are an active case of COVID-19.
      • Wear a disposable surgical mask that covers your nose and mouth, and practice good hygiene including using alcohol-based hand sanitiser to wash your hands before and after touching surfaces.
      • Wipe down any surfaces you with disinfectant wipes before and after use.

After arriving in the ACT

Leaving the ACT iconLeaving the ACT

There are no rules or restrictions in place to prevent you from leaving the ACT for any reason, unless you are currently in isolation or are complying with the requirements for household contacts.

Each jurisdiction has their own public health directions that you must follow while you are there. This may include:

  • entry requirements such as showing evidence of a recent negative COVID-19 test
  • restrictions based on your vaccination status, including showing proof of vaccination to enter certain premises
  • wearing a mask in certain settings.

It is your responsibility to keep informed of any restrictions relevant to you in other jurisdictions and follow all public health directions.

For the latest rules on vaccination and travel, check the government website of your destination:

Hish-risk-areas-iconTravel and high-risk settings

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are not permitted to enter high-risk settings if they are in isolation following a COVID-19 diagnosis unless they are seeking urgent medical care.

For more information, please see advice for high-risk settings.

Household and high-risk contacts should not visit high-risk settings for 14 days after the last time someone tested positive in their household or the last date of exposure, unless they are attending for urgent medical care or prior approval has been granted by the facility.

Face-mask-iconFace masks for air travel

Face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 years and over while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra.

More information on face masks.

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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: April 29 2022