COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel and transport advice

Advice for travel and transport regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.

Last updated: 29 March 2020 at 7.55am

WA border controls

The WA Government will implement new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel to Western Australia from other Australian States and Territories — by road, rail, air and sea- in response to COVID-19.

  • Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Exemptions will apply to essential services and essential workers, including health and emergency services, defence and policing, mining industry workforces, flight crews and freight of essential goods, via ports and trucks – with strict guidelines in place to monitor and manage this.
  • There will also be exemptions granted on compassionate grounds and where people live near border communities.
  • Arrivals will have to show they meet the essential arrival criteria to be granted an exemption.
  • Enforcement of the border restrictions will be rolled out with checkpoint stops.

This has been enacted through a formal declaration under the Emergency Management Act. Effective from 1.30pm (WST) Tuesday, March 24 2020.

More information and forms for WA border controls.

Travel

From 1.30pm Tuesday, 24 March 2020 — the WA Government will implement new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel in Western Australia from other Australian states and territories in response to COVID-19.

The WA Government has now put in place a 'do not travel' ban on Western Australians travelling overseas.

This is in addition to the Level 4 - Do Not Travel advice.

Exemptions include for those citizens ordinarily resident overseas, where travel is essential or necessary, where travel is in our national interest, and on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

Intrastate

The WA Government will introduce further restrictions on travel within Western Australia from Tuesday night 31 March 2020 (12.00am AWST Wednesday morning 1 April 2020), to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Western Australian intrastate travel is defined as movement through the boundaries of the regions of Western Australia.

These regions are:

  • Perth and Peel (due to their close proximity, the Perth and Peel regions will combine into one region)
  • South West
  • Great Southern
  • Goldfields-Esperance
  • Mid-West
  • Wheatbelt
  • Gascoyne
  • Pilbara
  • Kimberley.

Western Australians will not be permitted to leave their regional boundary. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued.

Exemptions will apply for:

  • employment purposes
  • medical reasons
  • health and emergency services
  • people living in ‘border communities’, who may not have access to groceries or supplies within their region
  • freight
  • compassionate grounds.

Access to designated regions including the Kimberley, including the entire Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, parts of the Shire of East Pilbara (that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra) have additional stronger restrictions in place. This is to help curb the spread of COVID-19 into our very vulnerable communities, which could have catastrophic consequences.

Further details on how the restrictions will operate and application process for exemptions will be provided before the restrictions come into force.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Parks and Wildlife Service sites and all new online campground bookings are suspended until further notice.

Domestic

  • From 1.30pm (AWST) Tuesday, March 24 2020, Western Australia will implement strict border controls for all access points — by road, rail, air and sea.
  • Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Exemptions will apply to essential services and essential workers, including health and emergency services, defence and policing, mining industry workforces, flight crews and freight of essential goods, via ports and trucks – with strict guidelines in place to monitor and manage this.
  • There will also be exemptions granted on compassionate grounds and where people live near border communities.
  • Arrivals will have to show they meet the essential arrival criteria to be granted an exemption.
  • Enforcement of the border restrictions will be rolled out with checkpoint stops.
  • Restrictions have been placed on travel to WA’s remote Aboriginal communities, with exceptions for delivery of essential services, medical reasons, family or cultural reasons.

International

  • On Friday, 20 March 2020, the Premier authorised the Police Commissioner to stop any non-Australians who arrive at WA ports, from disembarking the ship. Those people will be required to stay on the ship, until arrangements have been made for them to be privately transported to the airport to fly to their home country. These orders will be made under the Emergency Management Act.
  • Australia’s borders are closed to everyone except for Australian residents, citizens and their family members — effective from 6.00pm or 1800 AWST from Friday, 20 March 2020.
  • The Australian Government announced level-four travel advice for Australia: Do not travel.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued advice recommending Australians abroad return home as soon as possible via commercial flights.

Cruise ships

The WA Government will continue to deal with the fast moving and internationally complex issues around cruise ship arrivals in Western Australia.

No passengers will be allowed to disembark at Fremantle.

The plan to deal with cruise ship arrivals at Fremantle Port will be as follows:

  • All crew and foreign nationals will remain on the ship until arrangements are made to fly them directly out of the country
  • They will not be allowed to disembark at any time, unless it is to travel under strict supervision directly to the airport, or they need urgent medical attention to survive.
  • Passengers who need to travel home to New Zealand will also remain on the ship, and a plan is being worked up with the New Zealand Government to get those passengers back home, as safely as possible.
  • All Australians, including the Western Australians, will be immediately transferred to Rottnest Island for 14 days of self-isolation.

Other transport methods and public transport

The Public Transport Authority and Transperth are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

For further information relating to public transport please visit the Transperth website for updates. (external site)

For further information relating to intra-state (travel within Western Australia) public transport visit the Transwa website for updates. (external site)

Travel cancellations and changes

Information regarding your consumer rights from Consumer Protection (external site)

Page reviewed 29 March 2020
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