WA introduces hard border with Queensland

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Western Australia will introduce a hard border with Queensland following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak.
Changes to WA entry conditions for Queensland in text alongside a map of Australia showing Queensland

Western Australia will introduce a hard border with Queensland following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak.

Based on the latest updated advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, Queensland will transition from a ‘low risk’ State to a ‘medium risk’ State under WA’s controlled interstate border, from 12.01am tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30 2021.

Travel from Queensland into WA will no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller. This also applies to anyone who may have been in Queensland since March 27 and has not completed 14 days in a ‘very low risk’ State or Territory.

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 Queensland recently and need to return to WA.

Exempt travellers arriving into WA from 12.01am Tuesday, 30 March 2021 must:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premise for 14 days;
  • present for an initial COVID-19 test on arrival at Perth Airport;
  • 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 arrived from Queensland since Saturday March 27 is required to do the following:

  • You are required to self-quarantine in a suitable premises for 14 days from the date and time you were last in Queensland;
  • 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 arrived in WA from Queensland between Saturday, March 20 and Friday, March 26 (inclusive) will be contacted by WA Police, using the G2G Pass system, with the latest advice of new Queensland and Byron Bay locations.

It is important these people familiarise themselves with the latest exposure sites:

People who have been to these exposure locations must get tested immediately, self-quarantine for 14 days and present for a day 11 test.

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

Page reviewed 7 April 2021