COVID-19 coronavirus: WA’s Safe Transition Plan

WA will safely transition and ease border controls once a 90 per cent double dose vaccination rate is achieved.

90 per cent vaccination target

WA’s Safe Transition Plan outlines the State’s transition and easing of border controls once 90 per cent of people aged 12 years and over are double dose vaccinated.

The Plan will minimise the impact of the virus and keep Western Australians safe for the long term.

Achieving 90 per cent double dose vaccination coverage means fewer people will become very sick, need hospital care or die from COVID-19.

It is expected WA will achieve a 90 per cent double dose vaccination around late‑January to early‑February 2022. This date will be confirmed after 80 per cent of WA has received both doses.

Interstate border post-transition

Vaccinated travellers

Permitted to enter without quarantine, provided they:

Unvaccinated travellers

Not permitted to enter, unless they provide proof they are exempt for medical reasons (external link). Children under 12 years of age are also considered exempt.

International border post-transition

Vaccinated travellers

Permitted to enter without quarantine, provided they:

No caps on the number of vaccinated arrivals.

Unvaccinated travellers

The Australian Government has primary responsibility for managing the international border, and National Cabinet has agreed to facilitate the return of Australians from overseas.

Unvaccinated returning residents will be permitted to enter WA from overseas, however they will be required to:

  • Provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to travel
  • Complete 14 days of supervised quarantine at their own expense at a designated facility and undergo COVID-19 testing.

Public health and social measures post-transition

Health advice is that high rates of vaccination alone are not enough to manage COVID-19 when borders transition.

Baseline public health and social measures play an important part in reducing community transmission, and these will apply at the time of transition based on the latest health advice and include:

  • Mask-wearing in higher risk indoor venues, including public transport, hospitals, and aged care facilities
  • Using the SafeWA app or manual contact registers
  • Revised COVID Safety Plans for workplaces and Event Plans for large events
  • Requirement to show proof of vaccination to attend large events, of 1,000+ people, nightclubs and the casino.

Increased public health measures could be introduced based on up to date health advice.  

The majority of countries and other jurisdictions in Australia who have eased restrictions and are now ‘living with COVID-19’ have retained similar public health measures.

Page reviewed 22 November 2021