COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA

Exemptions for entering WA from interstate or overseas.

Last updated: 31 May 2020 at 7.05am

Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

You cannot enter Western Australia without an exemption.

Anyone who thinks they meet the criteria outlined in the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions may apply for an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of duties
  • members of the Commonwealth Parliament and their staff
  • active military personnel on duty in WA
  • specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency service workers
  • judicial officers or staff members of a court, tribunal or commission
  • persons carrying out a function under a Commonwealth law
  • health services, when requested by the Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health
  • FIFO workers and their family members
  • urgent and essential medical treatment
  • attending a relative’s funeral or visiting a relative who is critically ill or whose death is imminent
  • transport, freight and logistics (not including airline and maritime crew members)
  • compassionate grounds
  • otherwise seeking approval to enter WA.

How do I apply for an exemption?

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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 at least 3 days prior to travel. By applying online, you can track your application status and will receive an email with the outcome of your application.

Alternatively, you can submit a paper-based exemption application form with supporting documentation.

If you are requesting entry on compassionate grounds or otherwise seeking approval to enter WA, you must not enter WA until you have received approval from WA Police via the G2G PASS app or email. Submitting an application for the reasons above does not constitute approval.

If you apply for approval to travel via the G2G PASS app, a QR code will be generated which can be displayed on a mobile phone and/or through a vehicle window without human contact.

If you apply for an exemption, you must carry your exemption form and proof of its submission when travelling. You may be asked to produce these documents at a checkpoint or by WA Police patrolling the area.

If your exemption category requires further documentation or proof, you must produce this on request. Failure to do so may result in penalties including imprisonment or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $250,000 for organisations.

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Returning to WA from international travel

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident arriving back in Australia, you’ll be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at your first Australian destination.

You will be provided with suitable accommodation to stay in during this period.

However, you will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections until you have completed the 14 day mandatory quarantine period.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller.

Returning to WA from domestic travel

If you are a Western Australian wishing to return home from domestic travel, before travelling, you will need to apply for an exemption to enter the State.

You can apply for an exemption to enter WA by applying for a G2G PASS.

If your application is accepted, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days once back in Western Australia. Authorised officers will tell you where and how to self-isolate. You need to comply with any other terms and conditions they impose.

If you are not an exempt traveller, you may commit an offence and be directed to leave Western Australia immediately, at your own expense.

It is highly recommended that you read the information on travel restrictions to determine if you meet the exempt traveller criteria.

Page reviewed 31 May 2020
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