From 1 November, ACT will lift COVID Affected Area restrictions on travel to and from NSW and Victoria
Restrictions on travel to approved postcodes within NSW will no longer apply.
Travel restrictions will be managed by identifying high risk geographical areas in other states and territories. These identified high risk geographical areas will have exemption and quarantine requirements depending on your vaccination status.
- Vaccinated travellers will be permitted to enter the ACT for any reason. Exemption documentation will be automated, so there is no delay in response.
- Unvaccinated travellers will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons. Exemption applications will be considered on a case by case basis and certain conditions (testing and/or quarantine or stay at home) may be applied.
Travellers who are under the age of 12 years should follow the same requirements as that provided to their parents/guardians, dependent on their vaccination status.
Interstate travel, outside of high risk geographical areas can occur freely for any reason.
More detailed information on identified high risk geographical areas and requirements for travellers will published ahead of 1 November.
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.
|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|
|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|
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.