Some people who have been in a COVID-19 affected area or an area of concern are able to enter the ACT without needing to complete a declaration or exemption form. Before completing a declaration or exemption form, please read the standing exemptions information.
ACT residents must complete the declaration form in the 24 hours before they arrive in the ACT, if they have spent any time in:
- Victoria in the last 14 days,
- South Australia in the last 14 days, or
- Parts of South East Queensland from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast areas on or after 21 July 2021
Travellers who are already in the ACT and who have spent any time in parts of South East Queensland from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast areas on or after 21 July 2021 are asked to complete the online declaration form, regardless of whether they have previously completed the form.
Anyone who has been to a casual contact exposure site at the times specified, or anyone already in the ACT who has been to a close contact exposure site at the times specified must complete the online declaration form within the 24 hours from the commencement of an area of concern notice.
Please note: Once you have successfully completed your online declaration form we will send you a confirmation email and SMS.
ACT residents who have been in Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions of NSW must complete the exemption form within 72 hours prior to arriving in the ACT. Exemptions will be granted to ACT residents once there has been verification of identity and residency in the ACT and confirmation of the location and suitability of a quarantine premises.
Non-ACT residents are not permitted to travel to the ACT unless they have an approved exemption from ACT Health prior to travelling if you were in:
- Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions in the previous 14 days.
- City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Region, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council or Sunshine Coast Regional Council areas of QLD on or after 21 July 2021
Non-ACT residents who have been in an identified close contact exposure site at the times specified will need an approved exemption from ACT Health prior to travelling to the ACT. You must not enter the ACT before an exemption is granted.
Please note: Applications for exemption from non ACT residents should be submitted at least 72 hours prior to planned travel. Once you have successfully completed your online exemption form we will send you a confirmation email. Once we have reviewed your application, we will send you an email to tell you whether or not we have granted your exemption.
Information about applying for an exemption
Exemptions will be granted to ACT residents once there has been verification of identity and residency in the ACT and confirmation of the location and suitability of a quarantine premises.
We will only consider applications from non-ACT residents to enter the ACT in the following circumstances:
- essential workers in healthcare, government, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure, construction and manufacturing, and members of parliament and staff
- compassionate grounds such as attending the funeral of an immediate family member or visiting a family member receiving palliative care
- urgently requiring a service only available in the ACT
- entering for child access or critical care arrangements
- requiring to attend court or legal proceeding
- moving permanently to the ACT.
If you are in quarantine in the ACT and are seeking to leave quarantine for an exceptional circumstance, you must also apply for an exemption through the online exemption form.
We will only consider applications that have identification documents and supporting documentation attached.
Further information about required supporting documentation is available on the form.
You should submit your applications for an exemption as early as you can.
Construction sector exemption form
The Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing and Critical Infrastructure Maintenance or Repair Sectors can seek an exemption for workers engaged in significant projects to enter the ACT when travel restrictions are in place.
The Head Contractor or Asset Owner for each specific site or project is required to submit a completed application form. The form should include a full list of all individual employees for which an exemption is being sought.
Under the exemption application process:
- Exemption applications must be signed by the Head Contractor at the site where the individual proposes to work.
- Exemption applications are for specific project sites only. If an exemption is granted, exempted workers cannot work at other project sites.
Completed applications should be submitted to COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au
In the application form, the Head Contractor must show awareness of the risks associated with the movement of people from COVID affected areas and describe the risk mitigation measures they have in place on the worksite.
If the Head Contractor is seeking entry within a 14-day quarantine period, the application must provide evidence of a suitable quarantine premises, such as a long term rented stand-alone property in which employees can stay for the duration of their quarantine period, or an approved hotel facility.
If the Head Contractor is seeking entry with employees to be on the worksite within the 14-day quarantine period, the application must:
- Outline the reason why the work must be completed without a 14-day quarantine period being undertaken by employees.
- Outline the risk mitigation measures that will be in place to protect all employees on the worksite (refer to risk mitigation guidance listed on the form).
- Provide a commitment that employees will only be permitted to work at the approved site, and no other worksite, until 14 days have passed since they were last in a COVID-19 affected area.
Projects such as single dwelling residential projects, or a construction or fit out project for single small business are unlikely to be considered significant.
Should an exemption be granted, ACT Health will provide the Head Contractor or Asset Owner and individual workers with an exemption certificate that sets out the specific conditions that must be complied with. This will include advice on travel into the ACT, quarantine requirements, testing requirements, access to public spaces, and conditions on access to the specific worksite that is permitted to be accessed by workers.
ACT Health has established this specific process for receiving exemption applications from this sector due to the high number of individual exemption applications we receive from people wishing to travel to the ACT to work in this sector.