Entering 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 27 Oct 2021 5:29pm
Victoria COVID-19 affected areas declared for all of Victoria - Check for details 27 Oct 2021 5:31pm
Queensland Exposure locations in Queensland - Check for details 27 Oct 2021 5:32pm
South Australia Exposure locations in South Australia - Check for details 27 Oct 2021 5:33pm
Northern Territory No restrictions
Tasmania No restrictions
Western Australia No restrictions
Jervis Bay No restrictions
New Zealand Quarantine free travel between South Island of New Zealand and the ACT - Check for details 26 Oct 2021 1:10pm
Flights No flights

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 page.

Entering the ACT from overseas

Overseas travel advice is available on the Overseas travel page.

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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: October 27 2021