Last updated: 31 October 2020 at 12.05am
Changes to WA border arrangements
From Saturday, 14 November, WA will transition to a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement based on the latest public health advice. Every state and territory in Australia will need to record a 14-day rolling average of less than 5 community cases per day of COVID-19 for Western Australia’s new controlled interstate border arrangement to be introduced. Find out more about WA's Controlled Interstate Border.
Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19
You cannot enter WA unless you are an exempt traveller. The Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions, as amended, set out exempt traveller categories. Entry into WA may be subject to terms and conditions, including a requirement to quarantine for 14 days. You may apply for an exemption via G2G PASS.
If coming from overseas, you'll be subject to the Australian Government's mandatory 14 day quarantine period at your own expense in the first Australian port of entry.
Who must not enter Western Australia?Show more
Even if you are an exempt traveller, you must not enter WA if you have:
- symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever of 38 degrees or above and/or symptoms of acute respiratory infection including shortness of breath, a cough or a sore throat)
- have been notified you are a close contact (more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact in any setting or more than 2 hours in the same room as a person who has tested positive or otherwise been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the 24 hours before that person's symptoms began)
- been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the test result
- tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet received a certificate from a medical practitioner or responsible officer certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19
Who is exempt?Show more
The categories of "exempt traveller" are set out in detail in the Directions. It is important that any person who is seeking to enter Western Australia reads and understands the categories of exempt traveller that are set out in the Directions. In summary, the categories include:
- any person performing a function under a Commonwealth law
- truck drivers who deliver goods to Western Australia as part of their normal duties
- FIFO workers, subject to requirements to isolate for 14 days at an approved location at their employer's expense
- emergency service workers
- compassionate grounds – including urgent and essential medical treatment, visiting a relative who has suffered a serious medical episode, or whose death is imminent, and to attend a funeral
- members of the House of Representatives and Senators of the Commonwealth Parliament
- carers and relatives who need to care for a dependent person in Western Australia
- dependent persons who need to enter Western Australia to be cared for by a carer or relative because they can no longer be cared for interstate
- people whose residential facility, such as a boarding school, has closed, who need to return to Western Australia to stay with family or a carer
- people who need to enter Western Australia to comply with a court order
- specialists with skills not otherwise available in WA, who are required to undertake time-critical services required for industry or business continuity or maintenance of competitive operation. This does not include anyone who performs their duties according to an established work schedule.
How do I apply for an exemption to enter Western Australia?Show more
If you meet the above exemption criteria, the quickest and simplest way to apply for an exemption is via the G2G PASS online form. Please submit your application as soon as possible. We aim to process applications within 6 business days.
Recent developments have led to a significant increase in G2G PASS applications.
The WA Police Force has increased staff numbers to address this demand. All applicants must supply clear evidence to justify why their travel into WA is essential.
By applying online, you can track your application status and make changes to your personal details. You will also receive an email with the outcome of your application.
Alternatively, you can submit an exemption application form via email with supporting documentation. These paper-based application forms take longer to process. If you choose to submit an application using the WA Entry Form, please submit your application at least 4 weeks prior to travel.
You should receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org once your application has been received.
You should ensure you receive approval to travel from WA Police before entering WA.
You will need to carry evidence of this approval with you, when you travel. If you have a G2G Pass, your unique QR code can be scanned at border checkpoints for this purpose. Authorised officers will scan the code to confirm you are travelling for your approved purpose.
If your exemption category requires further documentation or proof, you must produce this on request. Failure to do so may result in your application being refused.
It is recommended that anyone in quarantine download the G2G NOW app. This app helps WA Police better protect the WA community by conducting more remote checks on people in quarantine. As a further measure to physical checks conducted on people in quarantine, WA Police will use the app to request virtual, in-app check-ins. For more information visit G2G NOW FAQs.
For more information visit G2G Pass for Travel Exemptions frequently asked questions.
What are the quarantine requirements?Show more
Those entering a State Quarantine Facility (hotel quarantine) include:
- all international arrivals
- interstate arrivals who don’t have an appropriate place to self-quarantine
- anybody considered a high risk and must complete hotel quarantine – as determined by WA Police
- interstate arrivals who are declined entry to the state and WA Police consider a risk are to remain quarantined until they leave the state.
Quarantine at a quarantine hotel will be at your own expense, except in cases of extreme hardship. For more information visit paying for hotel quarantine in WA Frequently Asked Questions.
Travellers entering WA from New Zealand via another state
All travellers who enter WA on domestic flights are required to complete 14 days’ mandatory quarantine.
This includes travellers who arrive in WA from New Zealand via another state, who are deemed to be international travellers.
Upon arriving in WA, they will be issued Centre Directions and be required to quarantine at a State-run hotel quarantine facility, unless exempt. The traveller will be liable for the associated costs with their stay, as per all other international travellers.
If a traveller who enters WA has proof that they have spent two weeks in another Australian state or territory, they may be eligible to complete their 14 days’ quarantine at a suitable residential facility.
Requests to transit from hotel quarantine to complete quarantine in another Australian state or territory
In the interests of protecting all Australians, requests for interstate transit prior to completion of Centre Quarantine at a State-run quarantine facility will not be considered by the Department of Health.
The 14 days’ quarantine period is set to ensure that travellers are not incubating the illness. There is therefore a risk that a person may be COVID-19 positive at any time within the 14-day period. Allowing people to travel to other states or territories within the 14-day period would not be responsible and therefore will not be granted.
Will interstate transport and freight drivers be tested for COVID-19 upon entering Western Australia?Show more
From midnight Friday, 14 August, any transport or freight worker entering Western Australia will need to show evidence of having received a negative COVID-19 test result in the last 5 days.
If they have not been tested in the last 7 days, they will be directed at the WA border to undertake a COVID-19 test within 48 hours.
They will also need to present for another COVID-19 test within 7 days of their first test if they are staying in WA.
For more information visit Freight and logistics drivers frequently asked questions .
G2G NOWShow more
G2G NOW is an app that enables WA Police to conduct quarantine compliance checks using facial recognition and mobile location data. To complement physical checks conducted on people in quarantine, police can send virtual check-in requests through the app.
When users receive a push notification to check-in, they will have a five minute window to take a photo of themselves. The app then matches the photo and location with the person’s registered details to ensure compliance with their quarantine direction.
Anyone with a smartphone and an approved G2G PASS can download and use the app by logging in with their G2G PASS account information. It takes less than two minutes to set up an account. Simply follow the prompts to take a photo and set up your profile and you’re ready to go.
If you miss your window to check-in, the app will prompt you to give a reason. If this happens multiple times, or you do not provide a valid reason, Police may attend your address to check on your welfare. If police arrive at your registered address and you are not there, you may have committed an offence under the Emergency Management Act which can result in fines and imprisonment.
G2G NOW is voluntary, it allows people subject to quarantine to play their part in keeping WA safe and limits the risk of COVID-19.
It will significantly reduce the cost of quarantine management and enforcement to the WA community and frees up more police resources.
For more information visit G2G NOW FAQs.