COVID-19 coronavirus: Controlled interstate border

Information on WA’s controlled interstate border arrangement, conditions of entry and quarantine.

Last updated: 21 November 2020 at 11.43am

Changes to Western Australia's border arrangements with South Australia

On further advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, South Australia has moved from the ‘very low risk’ category to a ‘medium risk’ category. This is the highest rating of any other state or territory.

Given this emerging situation, WA’s border with South Australia has been strengthened.

No one will be allowed into WA if they have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

For more information about the strengthened border with South Australia, see the South Australia arrivals - Frequently asked questions.

Anyone seeking approval to enter WA who has been in South Australia in the previous 14 days will need to apply through G2G PASS (see G2G Pass for Travel to WA - Frequently asked questions).

The WA Government understands these changes will cause frustration for many people, but these steps are being taken on the best health advice to protect everyone.

State-by-state

Conditions for quarantine

As part of our safe and sensible controlled border arrangement, conditions of quarantine will apply to travellers coming into WA. These conditions apply to travellers arriving from a very low risk or low risk state or territory. Travellers from medium risk states and territories are not permitted to enter unless exempt.

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days — currently includes TAS, QLD, ACT and NT)

  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
  • On arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.
  • Scan your G2G PASS to exit the airport.
  • Travellers from very low risk states and territories are not required to quarantine.

Travellers from a very low risk state or territory who have knowingly had contact with a person from a medium or low risk state or territory in the 14 days before travelling will be subject to the same quarantine conditions as that person and must self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to WA.

Low risk states and territories

    (Less than 5 community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average — currently includes NSW and VIC)

    • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
    • You should wear a mask as directed.
    • On arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.
    • Scan your G2G PASS and then verify you have suitable premises for self-quarantine.
    • If you have suitable premises, enter self-quarantine for 14 days. If not, you will be directed to enter a Government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.
    • You must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA.

    The G2G Now app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk states and territories are encouraged to download and use the app.

    Medium risk states and territories

    (Currently includes South Australia)

    • You are not permitted to enter without an exemption through G2G PASS.
    • If permitted entry, you must self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premises is not available, you will be directed to a Government approved quarantine facility at your own expense.
    • Approved travellers are subject to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 11 of quarantine, or at any point when symptoms develop.
    • You must wear a mask if practicable and available until arriving at suitable self-quarantine premises or Government approved quarantine facilities.

    The G2G Now app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk states and territories are encouraged to download and use the app.

    International arrivals

    • You must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at your own expense.
    • You will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of quarantine.

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    Page reviewed 26 November 2020