WA introduces hard border with New South Wales

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Western Australia has introduced a hard border with New South Wales following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak.
A map of Australia showing NSW with text alongside saying 'NSW: Travel to WA restricted'

Western Australia has introduced a hard border with New South Wales following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak.

Following updated advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, NSW will transition from a 'very low risk' state to ‘medium risk’ under WA’s controlled border, effective from 11.00am, Wednesday 23 June.

Travel from NSW will no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller.

This also applies to anyone who may have been in NSW and has not subsequently been in a ‘very low risk’ state or territory for 14 days, including travellers who have been in NSW since 12.01am Friday June 11, 2021 who arrive after the hard border has been introduced.

ACT arrivals who have been in NSW in the past 14 days and after June 11 will also be subject to 'medium risk' requirements.

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 responsible for transport freight or logistics; and
  • anyone who is given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

The final category includes compassionate reasons - including those Western Australians that may have travelled to NSW recently and need to return to WA.

Anyone who has been in NSW since June 11 is not permitted into WA unless exempt.

Exempt travellers arriving to WA from 11.00am Wednesday June 23, 2021 must:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premises for 14 days after the day you were last in NSW
  • 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 11 after arrival in WA (if still in WA).

Anyone who has recently arrived from NSW prior to the hard border should continue to comply with their existing Directions provided to them upon entry to the State.

That is anyone who has recently arrived from NSW, prior to the hard border being reintroduced and has been to an exposure site during the relevant times must self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure and be tested immediately (within 48 hours) and at day 11. 

Recent arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor the NSW Health website for updated exposure sites.

For anyone who has come into contact with someone who recently arrived from NSW, self-quarantine is not necessary and COVID-19 testing is only required if symptoms develop.

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Page reviewed 24 June 2021