Victoria and New South Wales Arrivals Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently asked questions about WA border rules for people arriving from Victoria and New South Wales.

Last updated: 5 August 2020 at 10.29am

Questions and answers

The answers to these FAQs are drawn from the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Amendment Directions no 2 and the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Amendment Directions no 3.

That document is a legal document and it applies according to its terms. Any person who seeks to enter Western Australia from Victoria or New South Wales must read that document and comply with its terms as well as any processes put in place for determining entry to Western Australia.

I am a WA resident and recently travelled to Victoria/New South Wales. What should I do?

Most people will not be allowed into WA if they have been in, or transited through, Victoria or NSW in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. If you have submitted a G2G PASS application, you are required to delete your current application (even if it was previously approved) and submit a new application, which will be subject to a higher threshold of entry criteria. The only travellers who do not need to do this are those who fall within certain categories of exempt travellers.

I’m a WA resident in Victoria/New South Wales and have a pre-approved G2G pass to return home. Can I still come home?

Most people will not be allowed into WA if they have been in, or transited through, Victoria or NSW in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. If you have submitted a G2G PASS application, you are required to delete your current application (even if it was previously approved) and submit a new application, which will be subject to a higher threshold of entry criteria. The only travellers who do not need to do this are those who fall within certain categories of exempt travellers.

I have been in Victoria/New South Wales caring for an unwell relative. I would like to come back to WA. Will I be considered for an exemption?

You may apply for an exemption on compassionate grounds, with a decision determined by the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) or a person authorised by him.

I have been in Victoria or New South Wales for a week on holiday visiting friends but live in WA, will I be considered for an exemption to return home?

Returning to WA from a holiday in Victoria or New South Wales is unlikely to receive an exemption.

However, if you can prove in your exemption application that you will suffer undue hardship or that there are compassionate grounds for consideration, the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) will consider your application.

I am a WA resident who has been in Darwin for the past 3 days working however, I was in Victoria or New South Wales before that for a week, am I allowed to come to WA?

To enter WA, you must be an exempt traveller.

No one will be allowed into Western Australia if they have been in Victoria or New South Wales in within the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria or New South Wales within the previous 14 days and arrives at Perth airport will be required to do a COVID test on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA will be required to have a COVID test on day 11 of their time in Western Australia or at any point when symptoms develop.

As with arrivals from all places, most people will continue be subject to 14 days of quarantine.

I am a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker but live in Victoria or New South Wales, am I still exempt to travel to WA? Can I still travel to WA as a FIFO worker from SA, TAS, NT and ACT?

No, FIFO workers from Victoria or New South Wales are not allowed into Western Australia unless they are granted additional approval which is unlikely to be given unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Affected WA companies will need to source their workforce from states other than Victoria and New South Wales.

Other states’ FIFO workers, who haven’t been in Victoria or New South Wales for the previous 14 days, are still eligible to travel to WA for work with the relevant exemptions and quarantine directions applied.

Why are the rules now in place for only Victoria and New South Wales?

Given the serious situation in Victoria and New South Wales, and level of community spread there, the tightening of these hard border measures has been put in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading in WA. The measures are to ensure the safety of Western Australians and to limit the spread of COVID-19.

I’m originally from WA but just lost my job in Victoria/New South Wales, can I now come home and be with the rest of my family?

Returning to WA after living in Victoria or New South Wales is unlikely to receive an exemption.

However, if you can prove in your exemption application that you will suffer undue hardship or that there are compassionate grounds for consideration, the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) will consider your application.

I’m a Western Australian but I’ve been working in Victoria or New South Wales for the past few weeks and my flight is scheduled in coming days, should I still proceed?

You must apply for an exemption and must be an exempt traveller before entering Western Australia. If you do not have a pre-approved exemption you will most likely be turned around at the border.

Anyone arriving in Western Australia who has been to Victoria at any point in the past 14 days will be required to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, unless exempt.

As with international arrivals, this will be at their own expense, except in cases of extreme hardship.

Those permitted to enter WA from NSW will be required to undertake 14 days self-quarantine.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria or New South Wales within the previous 14 days and arrives at Perth airport will be required to do a COVID test on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA will be required to have a COVID test on day 11 of their time in Western Australia or at any point when symptoms develop.

As with arrivals from all places, they will continue be subject to 14 days of quarantine.

How do I find out if I qualify for an exemption? (G2G application)

You will to read the exemption criteria and apply for an exemption through the G2G website.

In due course, the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) or someone authorised by him will consider your application.

What happens if I get on a flight without an exemption?

If you do not have a pre-approved exemption to travel into Western Australia you will most likely be turned around at the border/airport.

I have a holiday booked to WA from Victoria or New South Wales, can I still come?

No, a holiday does not meet the criteria for a travel exemption and you will be refused entry into Western Australia.

I have been providing care to a family member in Victoria or New South Wales and live in WA, will I be able to continue to travel to and from WA?

You may be eligible to apply for an exemption on compassionate grounds, with a decision determined by the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) or a person approved by him.

Anyone arriving in Western Australia who has been to Victoria at any point in the past 14 days will be required to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, unless exempt.

As with international arrivals, this will be at their own expense, except in cases of extreme hardship.

Those permitted to enter WA from NSW will be required to undertake 14 days self-quarantine.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria or New South Wales within the previous 14 days and arrives at Perth airport will be required to do a COVID test on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA will be required to have a COVID test on day 11 of their time in Western Australia or at any point when symptoms develop.

As with arrivals from all places, they will continue be subject to 14 days of quarantine.

If I have received an exemption, will I still be directed to quarantine in a hotel or can I quarantine in my WA residence upon return?

Everyone travelling to Western Australia issued a Centre Quarantine Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2005 will need to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days following arrival.

The quarantine period means you must stay in your designated hotel room even if you are feeling well. When you are in quarantine you are not permitted to have any visitors, even if they are another traveller also in quarantine.

Those entering a State Quarantine Facility (hotel quarantine) include:

  • all international arrivals
  • all interstate arrivals who have been in Victoria in the 14 days before they arrive, except for
    • certain senior Government Officials
    • certain active military personnel
    • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament or their staff
    • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth
    • a person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
    • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
    • flight crew and
    • an aircraft passenger transiting through WA, to leave the state
  • most interstate arrivals from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory without suitable premises to self-quarantine except for:
    • certain senior Government Officials
    • certain active military personnel
    • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament or their staff
    • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth
    • a person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
    • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
    • flight crew and
    • an aircraft passenger transiting through WA, to leave the state
  • interstate arrivals who are declined entry to the State and WA Police consider a risk are to remain quarantined until they leave the state.

Effective from Friday, 17 July 2020, all international and domestic arrivals will be required to pay for their 14 days of hotel quarantine. This will be at their own expense, except in cases of extreme hardship. Legislation will soon be introduced into State Parliament to enable this to occur.

Does transiting through a Victoria or New South Wales airport (even if I don’t leave the airport) count as being in Victoria during the past 14 days?

Yes, transiting through a Victoria or New South Wales airport is included as being in Victoria or New South Wales during the past 14 days.

Page reviewed 11 August 2020