COVID-19 coronavirus: Controlled border frequently asked questions

Guidance
Find answers to your questions about the WA controlled border.

Changes have been made to a number of jurisdictions in WA’s controlled border arrangement. Refer to the Controlled border page and Latest updates for more information.

 

Entry from the Australian Capital Territory

Travel from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will no longer be permitted, unless you are an approved traveller.

Anyone who has recently arrived from the ACT prior to the hard border taking effect should continue to comply with their existing Directions, under the ‘low risk’ settings provided to them upon entry to the state.

Recent arrivals into WA from the ACT should monitor the ACT’s COVID-19 exposure sites.

Transport, freight and logistics drivers who enter WA by road must comply with the Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions (No 4). For more information about what this means, visit the Transport, freight and logistics workers page.

Who is an approved traveller from ACT coming into Western Australia?

A list of approved travellers is available in the Controlled border arrangement section of these FAQs.

If you fall under an approved traveller category, you must complete a G2G Pass Declaration and obtain a G2G Pass QR Entry Code through the G2G Pass website (external link) before you enter WA.

What do I do if I have recently returned from ACT?

If you have arrived in WA from or via the ACT and have visited any of the exposure sites at the relevant times, you are required to:

  • self-quarantine at a suitable premise for 14 days
  • get tested within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12
  • wear a face covering and practise physical distancing while attending a COVID clinic for testing.

If you arrived in WA from or via the ACT after Sunday 27 June but before Saturday 14 August, you should:

  • Continue to comply with existing Directions provided upon entry to WA:
  • self-quarantine at a suitable premise for 14 days
  • present for day 12 COVID-19 testing.

I have recently left WA, have a strong connection to WA and am currently in ACT. What should I do?

If you have completed a G2G Pass declaration, your current pass will no longer be valid and you will need to submit a new application and meet one of the specified approved traveller categories.

Anyone who has recently left WA and can demonstrate a strong connection to WA may be eligible for approval to enter on compassionate grounds. Only travellers who are approved travellers will be able to enter WA.

I am flying to WA from another state or territory, will I be allowed in?

Restrictions apply to people who have visited a jurisdiction classified as ‘low risk’ or ‘medium risk’ in the past 14 days, or who have visited any listed exposure sites in any jurisdictions.

If you are travelling from a medium risk jurisdiction, you will not be permitted entry unless you are an approved traveller.

Anyone who has recently left WA and can demonstrate a strong connection to WA may be given approval to enter WA on compassionate grounds. You should apply for this approval when you submit your G2G application to travel to WA.

I am a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker but live in ACT, am I approved to travel to WA? Can I still travel to WA as a FIFO worker from ACT?

No, FIFO workers from the ACT are not allowed into WA unless they are a specialist required for the performance of time critical services where the specialist’s skills are not otherwise reasonably available in WA. Specialist workers require approval before travelling.

Affected WA companies will need to source their workforce from Western Australia, or a lower risk jurisdiction.

If I have been in contact with someone who has been in or transited through the ACT, am I required to self-quarantine and get tested?

If you are well and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to get tested, even if you have been in direct contact with people from the ACT.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should immediately present for COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine until a negative test result is received.

If, however, you are notified that you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be directed to self-quarantine at a suitable premise for 14 days since your last contact with the positive case.

I’m a West Australian but have had family/friends stay with me who have recently travelled from the ACT. Can I go to work?

Yes. Unless otherwise advised, other household members not subject to self-quarantine directions can go about their normal routine, including going to work (this includes health care workers).

People in quarantine should practise physical distancing and stay in a separate part of the house. You must have your own bedroom and use a separate bathroom if you can.

See the ‘What is self-isolation and self-quarantine’ tab on the Healthy WA page for more information.

Visitors should check the ACT Government’s website regularly for exposure location information to identify any possible contact with confirmed cases.

Does transiting through an ACT airport (even if I don’t leave the airport) count as being in the ACT?

Yes, transiting through an ACT airport is considered being in the ACT.

Can I leave self-quarantine to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

No. If you have an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination you should reschedule it to a date after you have completed your self-quarantine.

Where can I get tested?

A list of the COVID-19 test locations (external link) is available.

Entry from Victoria

Victoria transitioned to a high risk jurisdiction under WA’s controlled border arrangement at 12:01am, Monday 6 September, 2021.

All recent arrivals from Victoria into WA should continue to monitor the Victorian Health and Human Services website (external link) for updated exposure sites and must continue to follow the instructions provided to them on entry to WA.

Transport, freight and logistics drivers who enter WA by road must comply with the Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions (No 4). For more information about what this means, visit the Transport, freight and logistics workers page.

Who is an approved traveller from Victoria coming into Western Australia?

The list of approved travellers includes:

  • 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
  • transport, freight and logistics drivers, and flight crew
  • anyone who is given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer (this includes compassionate grounds).

Can I enter WA for compassionate reasons?

Compassionate guidelines have been adjusted to ensure that people who recently left WA, have a significant connection to WA and a legitimate right to return, are offered a pathway to return to WA, subject to the relevant quarantine conditions and required evidence.

The State Emergency Coordinator and authorised officers will assess each application against the controlled border restrictions at the time, after consideration of all circumstances – including the public health risks. It is the responsibility of each applicant to provide relevant evidence to support their position on a case by case basis.

What are the conditions of entry for approved travellers?

The following strict conditions of entry apply for travellers who are permitted entry through G2G Pass:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 72 hours prior to departure
  • Provide proof of receipt of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, where eligible
  • Self-quarantine at suitable premises for 14 days. Any other person residing in that premises is also required to quarantine for 14 days. You may not be granted entry to WA if you do not have a suitable self-quarantine address available.
  • Use the G2G Now app on arrival in WA during quarantine for compliance checks.
  • Present for COVID-19 testing on days two and 12.
  • Wear a mask in the following scenarios unless exceptions apply:
    • from when you enter WA until you arrive at your quarantine premises
    • when on your flight and inside the airport,
    • when leaving your home to get a COVID-19 test
    • when opening the door to your suitable premises to speak with or interact with any person who does not live at the premises
    • whenever you open a door to your bedroom or bathroom at the suitable premises and speak with or interact with any person who lives at the premises.

If I have been in contact with someone who has been in or transited through Victoria, am I required to self-quarantine and get tested?

If you are well and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to get tested, even if you have been in direct contact with people from Victoria who have arrived on or since Thursday 8 July. If however, you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should immediately present for COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine until a negative test result is received.

I’m a West Australian but have had family/friends stay with me who have recently travelled from Victoria or have someone from Victoria coming to quarantine at my suitable premises. Can I go to work?

No. Under the high risk category, if someone from Victoria enters a suitable premises for quarantine, any other occupants in that premises will also be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date the person from Victoria entered the premises. Occupants in the suitable premises must also present for testing on day 12, and must contact 13 COVID to advise they are subject to the requirements and provide their details.

People in the suitable premises where someone from Victoria is quarantining will also be required to use the G2G Now application. If you have a valid reason for being unable to use the app, you may apply to an authorised officer to consider an exemption from this requirement. If granted, you will be subject to physical checking by WA Police.

I am a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker but live in Victoria, am I still approved to travel to WA? Can I still travel to WA as a FIFO worker from Victoria?

No, FIFO workers from Victoria are not allowed into WA unless they are granted approval from the State Emergency Coordinator and authorised officers.

What if my suitable premises for self-quarantine is located more than 200 kilometres away from my point of entry?

You are not permitted to travel more than 200km to self-quarantine at a suitable premises. If you cannot provide evidence of having access to such suitable premises, it is highly unlikely you will be approved for entry into WA.

What if I don’t have a suitable premises?

You may not be granted entry to WA if you do not have a suitable self-quarantine address available.

How do I show proof of having received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and a negative COVID-19 test result?

You can upload screenshots or documents of your vaccination information and negative test results to your G2G Pass application.

Ensure you allow enough time for your results to be processed before travelling to WA.

You can also get an immunisation history statement or a COVID-19 digital certificate to show proof of your vaccinations, which can be uploaded as part of your G2G Pass application.

Visit Services Australia ‘How to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations’ for more information.

What if I can’t receive a COVID-19 vaccine for health reasons? Can I still enter WA?

You may be able to get an exemption from having a vaccine if there is a valid medical reason.

Visit Services Australia ‘Immunisation medical exemptions’ for more information.

It is at the discretion of the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer to approve your entry into WA if you have not received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Do children under 12 years old need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

No.

I don’t have a smart phone so I can’t use G2G Now. What should I do?

It is a requirement of entry that you use the G2G Now system. If you have a valid reason for being unable to use the app, you may apply to an authorised officer to consider an exemption from this requirement. If granted, you will be subject to physical checking by WA Police.

For more information, visit the G2G Now frequently asked questions.

Does transiting through a Victoria airport (even if I don’t leave the airport) count as being in Victoria?

Yes, transiting through a Victorian airport is considered being in Victoria.

Where can I get tested?

A list of the COVID-19 test locations (external link) is available

Entry from New South Wales

New South Wales transitioned to an extreme risk jurisdiction under WA’s controlled border arrangement at 12.01am 26 August 2021.

Who is an approved traveller from New South Wales coming into Western Australia?

Under this category, the exemptions for approved travellers has been further restricted to: Commonwealth, State officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomats and specialist functions determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer, and these approved travellers are subject to the following conditions, unless otherwise advised:

  • Undertake mandatory hotel quarantine at a State quarantine facility for 14 days at their expense
  • Undergo COVID-19 testing on days 1, 5 and 13
  • Have returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the past 72 hours
  • Receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible.

What is a specialist function and who is an approved traveller performing a specialist function?

A specialist function relates to a person with a specialised skillset that cannot be obtained in WA and is needed to maintain critical infrastructure or services determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer.

Approved travellers in this category are assessed on a case by case basis.

Can I enter WA for compassionate reasons?

Under the extreme risk category and based on public health advice, compassionate reasons are not considered a valid reason for entry into WA.

This is difficult situation for people separated from their loved ones, but given the worsening situation in the eastern states, WA’s border controls are more important than ever in keeping Western Australians safe. These decisions will be made based on the health advice at the time.

Visit the Think Mental Health website (external link) for information, tips and resources on looking after yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker but live in New South Wales, am I still approved to travel to WA? Can I still travel to WA as a FIFO worker from New South Wales?

No, FIFO workers from New South Wales are not permitted into WA.

How do I show proof of having received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and a negative COVID-19 test result?

As part of your G2G Pass application, you will be asked to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination and negative COVID-19 PCR test result in the 72 hours prior to your departure. To do this, you can upload screenshots or documents of your vaccination information and negative test results to your G2G Pass application.

Ensure you allow enough time for your results to be processed before travelling to WA.

You can also get an immunisation history statement or a COVID-19 digital certificate to show proof of your vaccinations, which can be uploaded as part of your G2G Pass application.

Visit Services Australia ‘How to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations’ for more information.

What if I can’t receive a COVID-19 vaccine for health reasons? Can I still enter WA?

You may be able to get an exemption from having a vaccine if there is a valid medical reason which has been determined under national health guidelines.

Visit Services Australia ‘Immunisation medical exemptions’ for more information.

It is at the discretion of the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer to approve your entry into WA if you have not received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I apply for an exemption from 14 days of quarantine?

No.

Can I choose which hotel I will be sent to for my quarantine period?

No. You cannot choose which hotel you will be quarantining at. This is due to operational factors and various capacity limits at each hotel.

Can I have visitors at my hotel?

No. You must remain in self-quarantine in your room throughout your entire quarantine period to protect others.

How do I pay for my hotel quarantine stay?

Find out more information about payment plans and quarantine fees by visiting COVID-19 coronavirus: Paying for hotel quarantine in WA frequently asked questions.

Does transiting through a New South Wales airport (even if I don’t leave the airport) count as being in New South Wales?

Yes, transiting through a New South Wales airport is considered being in New South Wales.

Where can I get tested?

A list of the COVID-19 test locations (external link) is available.

Controlled border arrangement

The controlled border arrangement provides a system for safe travel into WA from interstate.

Under this arrangement, Australian states and territories are categorised as either very low risk, low risk, medium risk, high risk or extreme risk based on the latest public health advice. These categories determine whether travellers can enter WA and their conditions of entry.

The Chief Health Officer continues to closely monitor community transmission in other jurisdictions and advises whether they need to be reclassified under the controlled border arrangement.

Each risk category is outlined in more detail on the Controlled border page.

All travellers, regardless of where they are travelling from, must complete a G2G Pass before travelling.

If you are travelling from a medium, high or extreme risk jurisdiction, you will not be permitted to enter WA, unless you are an approved traveller.

Everyone arriving into WA from overseas or interstate, including returning WA residents, must complete a G2G Pass online application.

If the jurisdiction you are travelling from is reclassified, your conditions of entry into WA will change. You will be advised of any changes through SMS messaging and email, via the contact details you provided in your G2G Pass application.

Who is classified as an approved traveller?

The controlled border arrangement does not allow travellers to enter WA from medium, high or extreme risk jurisdictions unless approved, and strict conditions of entry apply to those travellers. Exemption categories may be tightened depending on the COVID-19 situation in medium, high or extreme risk jurisdictions.

Approved travellers from medium risk jurisdictions:

Approved travellers include:

  • 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 specialist or category of specialist required for the performance of time critical services where the specialist's skills are not otherwise reasonably available in Western Australia who is approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer; or
  • any person or category of persons who has been approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

WA residents returning home from medium risk jurisdictions may be eligible for an approval on compassionate grounds. These people should apply for this approval when they submit a G2G Pass application to travel to WA.

Approved travellers from high risk jurisdictions:

Approved travellers include:

  • certain senior Government officials
  • certain active military personnel
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament
  • a specialist or category of specialist required for the performance of time critical services where the specialist's skills are not otherwise reasonably available in Western Australia who is approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer; or
  • any person or category of persons who has been approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

People who enter Western Australia from a high risk jurisdiction must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • have had at least one done of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. If they are not eligible or are exempt, they need to produce evidence of this to the satisfaction of a relevant officer on request
  • if the person is aged 12 or older, they must be tested for COVID-19 using an approved testing methodology in the 72 hours before leaving the high risk jurisdiction and be able to provide evidence of a negative test result to the satisfaction of a relevant officer on request
  • download the G2G Now app to a suitable device which will be accessible to that person while they remain in quarantine, unless they are an exempt child.

Compassionate guidelines ensure that people who recently left WA, and have roots in WA and a legitimate right to return, are offered a pathway to return, subject to the relevant quarantine conditions and required evidence.

The State Emergency Coordinator and authorised officers will assess each G2G Pass application on a case by case basis, after consideration of all circumstances – including the public health risks.

Travellers from extreme risk jurisdictions:

People who can enter Western Australia from an extreme risk jurisdiction include:

  • 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
  • skilled specialists required to perform time-critical services, who are specifically approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer or who belong to a specified class of specialist worker that been approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer.

People who enter Western Australia from an extreme risk jurisdiction must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • have had at least one done of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. If they are not eligible or are exempt, they need to produce evidence of this to the satisfaction of a relevant officer on request
  • if the person is aged 12 or older, they must be tested for COVID-19 using an approved testing methodology in the 72 hours before leaving the high risk jurisdiction and be able to provide evidence of a negative test result to the satisfaction of a relevant officer on request
  • download the G2G Now app to a suitable device which will be accessible to that person while they remain in quarantine, unless they are an exempt child.

The State Emergency Coordinator and authorised officers will assess each G2G Pass application on a case by case basis, after consideration of all circumstances – including the public health risks.

What happens if someone is caught lying on their declaration form?

Failure to follow lawful directions under the Emergency Management Act 2005, including those directions that implement the controlled border arrangements, may be enforceable by law. Penalties range from a $1,000 infringement to a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals.

WA residents

If I am a WA resident and have been in contact with someone who has been in or transited through medium or high risk jurisdictions, am I required to self-quarantine and get tested?

If you are well and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to get tested, even if you have been in direct contact with people from medium or high risk jurisdictions. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should immediately present for COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine until a negative test result is received.

However, if someone who has travelled from a high risk jurisdiction is staying in the same suitable premises as you for self–quarantine and you are a household contact, you are required to undergo the same self-quarantine conditions as that traveller.

If you are notified that you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be directed to self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days since your last contact with the positive case.

I’m a WA resident and have had family/friends stay with me who have recently travelled from a medium risk jurisdiction. Can I go to work?

Yes. Unless otherwise advised, other household members not subject to self-quarantine directions can go about their normal routine, including going to work (this includes health care workers).

People in quarantine should practise physical distancing and stay in a separate part of the house. You must have your own bedroom and use a separate bathroom if you can.

See the ‘What is self-isolation and self-quarantine’ tab on the Healthy WA page for more information.

I’m a WA resident and have had family/friends stay with me who have recently travelled from a high risk jurisdiction, or have someone from a high risk jurisdiction coming to quarantine at my suitable premises. Can I go to work?

No. If someone from a high risk jurisdiction enters a suitable premises for quarantine, any other occupants in that premises are deemed a household contact. They will also be required to abide by the same requirements as the returned traveller, including quarantine for 14 days and presenting for COVID-19 testing on day 12. They must also call 13 COVID (13 26843) to provide their details as a household contact and advise they are subject to the requirements.

Household contacts will also be required to use the G2G Now app.

If you have a valid reason for not using the app, you may apply to an authorised officer to consider an exemption from this requirement. Call 13 COVID and state you cannot use the app. If granted, you will be subject to physical checking by Police.

Travel to remote communities and around regional WA

Is travel permitted to remote Aboriginal communities?

To help keep remote Aboriginal communities safe from COVID-19, there are strict travel restrictions in place to protect the health and wellbeing of those residents.

For more information, visit the Remote Aboriginal communities travel page.

I’ll be travelling into WA in my caravan. What do I have to do at the WA border?

You must apply for a G2G Pass before you enter WA. This is required by all travellers entering WA, by both air and land. This registration will require you to declare which jurisdictions you have been in during the previous 14 days.

You will be met at the WA border checkpoint and will be subject to a health screening. For more information, see the Health section of this page.

If you have been in a medium, high or extreme risk jurisdiction in the previous 14 days, you will not be permitted entry into WA, unless you are:

  • an approved traveller in the case of people entering WA from a medium or high risk jurisdiction, or
  • a government official extreme risk traveller or skilled specialist approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer in the case of people travelling from an extreme risk jurisdiction.

You can apply for approval to enter WA through your G2G Pass.

If you have only been in a low risk jurisdiction in the previous 14 days (and not a medium, high or extreme risk jurisdiction at any time during the 14-day period), you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, and present for a COVID test within 48 hours and on day 12 (if you are still in WA). Your G2G Pass and entry requirements will be reviewed by WA Police upon arrival at the border.

In most circumstances, a caravan is not considered a suitable place for quarantine. Shared communal bathroom facilities are strictly not permitted.

Entry to Western Australia by road

All travellers entering Western Australia by road from low risk and medium risk jurisdictions must only enter via the Kununurra and Eucla border checkpoints, unless otherwise approved in writing by the State Emergency Coordinator or another authorised person.

Entry via the Eucla border checkpoint

If you are entering WA through the border checkpoint at Eucla from a low or medium risk jurisdiction, you must nominate suitable premises where you will complete your quarantine period and COVID testing requirements. You are permitted to utilise an overnight stay in order to reach your suitable premises. You must notify the accommodation provider in advance that you are subject to quarantine requirements and ensure the accommodation provider is willing to accept you. See the Health section of this page for more information about suitable premises.

Entry via Kununurra border checkpoint

If you are entering WA through the border checkpoint at Kununurra, other than as a very low risk traveller, you cannot enter without evidence of suitable premises for quarantine.

FIFO workers

I am a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker but live in, or travel to, a medium, high or extreme risk jurisdiction. Am I approved to travel to WA?

FIFO workers from medium risk and high risk jurisdictions are not allowed into WA unless they are a specialist required for the performance of time critical services where the specialist’s skills are not otherwise reasonably available in WA or unless they are otherwise approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or a person authorised by the State Emergency Coordinator.

FIFO workers from extreme risk jurisdictions are not allowed into WA unless they are granted approval from the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer.

New Zealand travellers

What is the travel arrangement with New Zealand?

The travel arrangements between Australia and New Zealand are managed by the Australian Government.

Please see the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Self-quarantine

What is a suitable premises for self-quarantine?

A suitable premises is a location where you and those travelling with you can live for up to 14 days without putting others at risk.

This means:

  • the person quarantining there has access to their own bedroom, and preferably their own bathroom, without the need to share them with any other person who is not also quarantining there
  • if the person is required to present for testing, they are close enough to a place where testing can occur in accordance with a direction to enable the person to comply with that direction
  • food and medication can be delivered as required without the need to come into contact with the person quarantining there.

You may not be granted entry to the state if you do not have a suitable self-quarantine address available.

See more information about self-quarantine on the Healthy WA website.

If I am self-quarantining, am I permitted to leave the premises at all during this time?

You are only allowed to leave in the case of an emergency and for the purposes of complying with a presentation for testing direction, or any other direction.

If you need to relocate from your registered self-quarantine address due to an emergency (such as a bushfire, flood or similar) you must update your self-quarantine address by calling WA Police on 131 444 and advising that you are subject to self-quarantine and need to change address.

If I am in self-quarantine, am I still required to present for testing on day 12?

Yes. Attending a COVID clinic for testing required under a direction applicable to you is considered a valid reason to leave your quarantine address.

You must wear a mask when leaving your self-quarantine premises to present for your test.

You must only travel by private vehicle, taxi or rideshare service to a testing clinic. Do not use public transport to travel, such as a bus or train. You may also walk to a COVID Clinic if it is within 2km of the suitable premises, provided you keep 1.5m away from other people.

Can I apply for an exemption from 14 days of self-quarantine?

In limited circumstances, travellers who have been in a low risk jurisdiction in the previous 14 days may be granted an exemption from self-quarantine, or provided with modified quarantine requirements during their self-quarantine period.

These people will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may have modified requirements for entry to WA, such as wearing a mask while in public or self-quarantining while they are not at work.

I am in self-quarantine. Do I need to stay in quarantine for 14 days if the jurisdiction I travelled from transitions from low to very low risk? Do I still need to get a day 12 test?

WA Police will advise you when you can leave quarantine with a notification via the G2G Now app.

You should still get tested for COVID-19 during and/or after quarantine if you experience any COVID-related symptoms.

Can I leave self-quarantine to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

No. If you have an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination you should reschedule it to a date after you have completed your self-quarantine.

Are there penalties if I breach self-quarantine requirements?

Yes. WA remains in a State of Emergency, and failure to comply with a direction is punishable by fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for businesses. Police officers also have the power to issue $1,000 infringements.

International arrivals

What quarantine requirements are in place for international arrivals?

Overseas travellers are subject to the Australian Government's mandatory 14-day quarantine period at the first Australian port of entry.

All international arrivals into WA must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense. They will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 tests on the day following their arrival in WA, on day five of quarantine and day 13 of quarantine.

Once travellers have left quarantine, they will be subject to COVID-19 testing on day 17 and 21 after their arrival in WA.

Do I need to self-isolate while I wait for test results for my day 17 and 21 testing?

No, you are not required to self-isolate while you wait for results from these tests, unless you have symptoms, as your risk of being infected is very low.

Do unaccompanied minors have to undertake hotel quarantine?

Unaccompanied minors (under 18 years) arriving from overseas are subject to hotel quarantine (centre direction) and arrangements must be made to have a responsible adult enter the quarantine centre in company with the child. The responsible adult and the minor (under 18) will be subject to undertake hotel quarantine.

When a parent/responsible adult enters the quarantine centre with the minor – a Children Requirement Direction must be issued to the responsible adult to accompany the child into the quarantine centre to be their carer for the duration of the quarantine period.

In the event the child is arriving from interstate and is required to enter 14 days of self-quarantine, the unaccompanied child can be collected from the airport by a responsible adult – who will be issued a Children Requirement Direction, which means the adult must self-quarantine in a suitable premises for 14 days and abide by any Presentation for Testing Directions provided.

For more information, see FAQs for carers entering hotel quarantine (PDF).

Health

What is involved in a health screening at the Perth Airport?

A health screening at Perth Airport involves a series of questions related to symptoms of COVID-19 and a temperature check.

What is involved in a health screening when arriving by land?

A health screening when arriving by land involves a series of questions related to symptoms of COVID-19.

I have arrived at Perth Airport from interstate and don’t have any symptoms. Can I choose to get a COVID-19 test?

Yes. All interstate arrivals at Perth Airport can voluntarily undertake a COVID-19 test at the Perth Airport COVID clinic.

Where can I get tested?

A list of the COVID-19 test locations (external link) is available.

Masks

Do I need to wear a mask if I am travelling into WA?

All travellers arriving into WA by air need to wear a mask on the flight while in WA airspace and while inside the airport.

If you have been directed to quarantine, you must wear a mask and practise physical distancing while transiting to the quarantine location and when you attend a COVID clinic for testing.

For more information, see Face masks - Frequently asked questions.

What type of mask is acceptable?

You must wear a disposable surgical mask or a fitted cloth mask that covers the nose and mouth (but does not include a face shield).

For more information about masks and best practices, see Face masks (external link).

Page reviewed 13 September 2021