WA introduces hard border with Queensland

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Western Australia has introduced a hard border with Queensland following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak.
Half a map of Australia with text alongside that reads Changes to WA entry conditions for QLD

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

Following updated advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, QLD will transition from 'low risk' to ‘medium risk’ under WA’s controlled border, effective from 3.00pm, Tuesday 29 June.

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

This also applies to anyone who may have been in Queensland since Sunday 20 June and has not subsequently been in a ‘very low risk’ State or Territory for 14 days.

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 QLD recently and need to return to WA.

Exempt travellers arriving to WA after 3pm Tuesday, 29 June 2021 must:

  • 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; and
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 12 after arrival in WA (if still in WA).

Anyone who has recently arrived from Queensland prior to the hard border should continue to comply with their existing Directions, under the low risk settings provided to them upon entry to the State.

Recent arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor:

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

Anyone who is unwell or experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until they return a negative test result.

For more information visit the Entry from Queensland frequently asked questions.

Page reviewed 20 July 2021