QLD and SA to transition to ‘high risk’ from 12.01am Saturday

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Queensland and South Australia will transition from 'medium risk' to 'high risk' under WA's controlled border arrangements from 12.01am Saturday, December 25.
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Based on the latest health advice, Queensland and South Australia will transition from 'medium risk' to 'high risk' under WA's controlled border arrangements from 12.01am Saturday, December 25.

Under the 'high risk' setting, travellers must still be approved through the G2G Pass system. The exemption list is limited to:

  • certain senior Government officials;
  • certain active military personnel;
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
  • a person carrying out a limited range of specialist functions; and
  • a person given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.  

The final category includes reasons such as those Western Australians that may have travelled to Queensland or South Australia recently, have roots in WA and have a legitimate right to return, subject to the relevant quarantine conditions and required evidence.

Under the 'high risk' settings, effective from 12.01am Saturday, December 25, anyone entering from Queensland or South Australia, or who has travelled through Queensland or South Australia in the past 14 days, will be subject to the following strict conditions to enter WA:

  • proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to departure;
  • self-quarantine in a suitable premise for 14 days;
  • present for an initial COVID-19 test within 48 hours;
  • present for a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine;
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 12 after arrival in WA (if still in WA);
  • be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if eligible; and
  • a mandatory requirement to use the G2G Now app while in quarantine.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls.

For more information, visit the Controlled border page.

Page reviewed 24 December 2021