Victorian Arrivals Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance
Frequently asked questions about WA border rules for people arriving from Victoria.

Last updated: 12 October 2020 at 7.30am

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 currently in hotel quarantine. On Monday, 5 October, am I able to check out and finish my quarantine from home?

No. People currently undergoing their hotel quarantine will not be able to check out of the hotel on Monday, 5 October, (unless this is the end of their 14-day quarantine period and they have received a Completion of Quarantine letter).

Centre Directions under the Emergency Management Act 2005 are legal and enforceable.

I arrived from Victoria just before 5 October, am I able to be exempt from hotel quarantine a few days early to quarantine from my private residence?

No. Travellers from Victoria who have arrived in Western Australia prior to Monday, 5 October 2020, and who have been placed in centre quarantine at a State quarantine hotel, must complete their full 14-days quarantine at that facility.

I am a WA resident and recently travelled to Victoria. What should I do?

Most people will not be allowed into WA if they have been in, or transited through, Victoria in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. The only travellers who do not need to do this are those who fall within certain categories of exempt travellers.

If I am flying from Victoria, will I be able to enter at any airport in WA?

Anyone permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria within the previous 14 days will only be allowed to arrive by air at Perth airport. They will be required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine at suitable premises.

I have been in Victoria 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 am a WA resident who has been in Darwin for the past 3 days working however, I was in Victoria 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 WA if they have been in Victoria within the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

Anyone permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria 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 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, am I still exempt to travel to WA? Can I still travel to WA as a FIFO worker from SA, TAS, NT, NSW and ACT?

No, FIFO workers from Victoria are not allowed into WA 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.

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

Why are these rules in place for only Victoria?

Given the level of community spread in Victoria, the tightening of these hard border measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading in WA. 

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

Returning to WA after living in Victoria 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 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 WA who has been to Victoria at any point in the past 14 days will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, unless exempt.

Anyone permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria 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 need 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 been providing care to a family member in Victoria 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 WA who has been to Victoria at any point in the past 14 days will be required to self-quarantine, where possible, for 14 days, unless exempt.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria 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 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.

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

Yes, transiting through a Victorian airport is included as being in Victoria during the past 14 days.

Page reviewed 12 October 2020