COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA

Information about entering WA from interstate or overseas.

Last updated: 20 July 2021 at 4:35pm

Changes have been made to a number of jurisdictions in WA’s controlled border arrangement. Refer to the Controlled border page and Latest updates for information about each jurisdiction.

G2G PASS and G2G Now

This page provides important information about regional, interstate, and international travel and arrivals to WA. This includes advice on controlled border arrangements, hotel quarantine, suitable premises for self-quarantine, and the G2G PASS and G2G Now process. 

Interstate arrivals

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Travel Advice

 

Depending on where they are travelling from, interstate travellers are permitted to enter WA, subject to strict conditions. These conditions are based on public health advice and outlined as part of WA’s controlled border arrangement.

If you are a traveller coming from NZ, please see our Travelling to WA from New Zealand page for further information.

If you are an interstate transport or freight driver, please see our Interstate transport, freight and logistics drivers section for further information.

Ensure you have a face mask, as they are mandatory on aircraft and at airports in WA unless you are under 12 or approved. If you are subject to a quarantine direction, you must also wear a mask while travelling to your quarantine premises.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your specific situation, please call 13 COVID (13 26843) or 1800 595 206 for interstate callers.


Before you travel

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All interstate arrivals must complete a G2G PASS declaration to enter WA.

To set up an account and complete your application, visit the G2G PASS website.

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If you are required to enter self-quarantine upon arrival, you should also download the G2G Now app before you travel. G2G Now is a mobile application that enables you to easily complete virtual quarantine check-ins when prompted.

Download the G2G Now app from Apple App Store and Google Play store.


On arrival

By air

If you are arriving by plane, you must:

  • Complete a health screening on arrival at Perth Airport.
  • Scan your G2G PASS and, if applicable, verify if you have suitable premises for self-quarantine.

If you are required to self-quarantine, you must complete your quarantine period before you can travel by air to a regional area of WA or by road to a regional area, unless your destination can be reached without stopping except as required by law or necessary for fuel or rest.

If you use a taxi or ride-sharing service to get to your self-quarantine premises, you must wear a mask and inform the driver and any fellow passengers of your quarantine direction. They will also be required to wear a mask.

You are not permitted to use public transport, such as a bus or train, to get to your self-quarantine premises.

If you do not have suitable premises to self-quarantine at, you will be directed to enter a Government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.

By land

If you are entering WA by road, you will be met at the WA border checkpoint to ensure your travel has been registered via the G2G PASS. You will also be subject to a health screening.

An assessment of your travel and final destination (including quarantine suitable premises if required) occurs as you enter Western Australia and can be subject to change without notice.


When you are here

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If you are directed to self-quarantine at a suitable premises, you are encouraged to download and use the G2G Now app to enable virtual check-ins and testing reminders.

A number of COVID clinics are available in Perth metropolitan and regional areas. A list of clinics, GP respiratory clinics and private pathology collection centres is available on the WA Health website.  

To assist with contact tracing, mandatory contact registers have been put in place for most businesses and venues.

If you are visiting these businesses and venues, you are required to check in. The WA Government has developed SafeWA, which is a digital contact register system and is a free, efficient and safe way to check-in.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

International arrivals

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 Travel advice 

 

Unless you are travelling from New Zealand, Australia’s international border is closed. Information for New Zealand travellers is available on the Travelling to WA from New Zealand page.

The Australian Government is responsible for Australia’s international border. To enter WA from outside Australia, you may require approval from the Australian Government. Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for further information on travel restrictions for international arrivals. You will also require a G2G PASS declaration to enter WA.

Ensure you have a face mask, as they are mandatory on aircraft and at airports in WA unless you are under 12 or approved. You must also wear your mask while travelling to your quarantine premises. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your specific situation and you are calling from overseas, please call +61 8 9118 3100. This is the international number for the 13COVID hotline.
 


Before you travel

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All international arrivals need to complete a G2G PASS declaration to enter WA. This must be completed and submitted prior to travel.

To complete your application and set up an account , visit the G2G PASS website. If you have an existing G2G Pass Account please use the “Login” button in the top right corner of the website to make a new application from your Dashboard.

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You should also download the G2G Now app before you travel. G2G Now is a mobile application that enables you to easily complete virtual quarantine check-ins when prompted.

Passengers travelling to Australia must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result at the time of check-in. The PCR test must have been taken 72 hours or less, prior to departure.

The approved testing method used to diagnose COVID-19 involves obtaining nose and throat swabs, which are sent to the laboratory for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.

If a positive test result is returned by any members of a travelling party, none of the group will be permitted to travel to Australia until all members of the party are no longer infectious.  

COVID-19 testing varies from country to country. It is your responsibility to find out where you can get tested and display evidence of a negative test prior to departure from overseas to Australia.

The Smartraveller website has more information about testing and a list of exemptions determined by the Commonwealth. 

Travellers from New Zealand are not required to comply with this testing requirement.


On arrival

All people arriving into WA from overseas, except New Zealand, are subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days in a State Quarantine Facility (hotel quarantine) at their own expense, except in cases of extreme hardship.

An authorised officer will meet you upon arrival to check your G2G PASS and arrange your accommodation and the transport required.

The WA Health Department has more information about paying for hotel quarantine, and a detailed document  (external link) with information and advice for when you are in quarantine.

You will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 tests:

  • On the day following your arrival in WA
  • On day 5 of quarantine
  • On day 13 of quarantine
  • On day 17 (after you have left quarantine)
  • On day 21 (after you have left quarantine).

You will not be permitted to travel domestically or continue on any domestic connections until you have completed your 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

If you travel on any domestic connections after you have completed your 14-day mandatory quarantine period, you must present for day 17 and day 21 testing in the jurisdiction you have travelled to.


When you are here

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You are encouraged to download and use the G2G Now app over the quarantine period to enable virtual check-ins and testing reminders.

Once you are released from quarantine, you will be required to present for day 17 and day 21 COVID-19 testing. You are not required to self-isolate while you wait for results from these tests, unless you have symptoms, as your risk of being infected is very low.

A number of COVID clinics are available in Perth metropolitan and regional areas. A list of clinics, GP respiratory clinics and private pathology collection centres is available on the WA Health’s website.  

To assist with contact tracing, mandatory contact registers have been put in place for most businesses and venues.

If you are visiting these businesses and venues, you are required to check in. The WA Government has developed SafeWA, which is a digital contact register system and is a free, efficient and safe way to check-in.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

Entering WA from New Zealand

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 Travel advice

 

New Zealand is part of WA’s controlled border arrangement. Visit the Travelling to WA from New Zealand page for information about how this works.

When travelling into WA, ensure you have a face mask, as they are mandatory on aircraft and at airports in WA unless you are under 12 or approved.

You must complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration prior to travel. You need to scan your G2G PASS to exit Perth Airport, following a health screening.

Regional travel

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Travel advice

 

There are no restrictions on travelling within WA.

However, residents in over 200 remote Aboriginal communities in WA are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than other Western Australians. Information on which Remote Aboriginal communities are restricted or are accepting visitors is available for you to plan your trip, especially if you are going on a road trip or camping in remote areas. 

If you are an interstate traveller looking to enter WA by road, relevant information may be applicable to you in our Interstate arrivals section.  

If you are a transport, freight or logistics driver, please see our Interstate transport, freight and logistics drivers section for further information.


Before you travel

Ensure you have a face mask to wear at the airport and on your flight. Following expert health advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), masks are mandatory at smaller and regional airports.


When you are here

If you need to be tested for COVID-19, there are COVID clinics across regional areas.

If you need to be tested in a regional area where there is no COVID clinic, you should go to a public hospital, health service, or remote health clinic. Make sure you phone ahead to advise of your symptoms. 

Interstate transport, freight and logistics drivers

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 Travel advice

 

Transport, freight and logistics drivers are permitted to enter WA, subject to meeting conditions, which may include regular COVID-19 testing.

For further information on these conditions, please see the Transport, freight and logistics workers page.


Before you travel

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All travellers, including transport, freight and logistics drivers, must have a G2G Pass to enter WA. You will be subject to specified arrangements that will be outlined in your G2G PASS.

To complete an application and set up an account, visit the G2G Pass site. If you have an existing G2G Pass Account please use the “Login” button in the top right corner of the website to make a new application from your Dashboard.


When you are here

Transport, freight and logistics operators are encouraged to complete a COVID Safety Plan, to ensure they are mitigating the risks of COVID-19.

To assist with contact tracing, mandatory contact registers have been put in place for particular businesses and venues. If you are visiting these businesses and venues, you are required to check in. The WA Government has developed SafeWA, which is a digital contact register system and is a free, efficient and safe way to check-in.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Leaving WA

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 Travel advice

 

This section provides information for Western Australians leaving WA, and interstate travellers looking to transit via WA to an overseas destination.

Leaving WA for interstate travel

If you are a Western Australian, you can travel interstate for a holiday, depending on the border restrictions of the state or territory you are travelling to.

However, you should note border arrangements are constantly reviewed based on the health situation in each state and territory.

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If you are travelling to another state and plan to return to WA, it’s encouraged you submit a G2G PASS application prior to your travel.

Once your G2G PASS registration has been submitted, you can update any changes to your travel plans on your personal dashboard.

Please note that on your return to WA an assessment of your travel and final destination (including quarantine suitable premises if required) occurs as you enter Western Australia and can be subject to change without notice.

Leaving WA for another country

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, you can only leave Australia to travel to New Zealand.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you need an approval to travel to all other countries. For more information and to apply, visit Travel restriction approvals for travellers to and from Australia.

You should apply for an approval at least 48 hours before, but not more than 3 months before your planned travel.

If you are not granted an approval, you should not continue with your travel plans. If granted an approval, you must take evidence of that approval decision to the airport.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your specific situation, please call 13 COVID (13 26843).

Leaving WA for New Zealand

Visit the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 website for information about what to do before travelling, what happens while you’re travelling and how to keep yourself and others safe when you arrive.

If you are planning on returning to WA, it’s encouraged you submit your G2G PASS prior to your travel.

Once your G2G PASS registration has been submitted, you can update any changes to your travel plans on your personal dashboard.

Please note that on your return to WA an assessment of your travel and final destination (including quarantine suitable premises if required) occurs as you enter Western Australia and can be subject to change without notice.

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app to help keep track of the places you visit to help with contact tracing. There is a QR code at the airport when you arrive to scan and download the app.

Interstate travellers transiting to another country

Aircraft passengers transiting from another state or territory, or New Zealand through WA to another country are approved as approved travellers, subject to conditions, which may include quarantine during your layover..

If you are an interstate passenger from a restricted location who has a layover of less than 8 hours, you must travel directly to and remain at the departure terminal for your next flight until you are required to board your flight.

If you are an interstate passenger from a restricted location with a layover of 8 to 72 hours, you will spend your layover in self-quarantine suitable premises or a quarantine centre. An authorised officer will meet you upon arrival, make a determination, and arrange the accommodation and transport if required. You must then remain in quarantine until the time of your connecting flight, at which you must take the most direct route available to your departure terminal.

Ensure you have a face mask, as they are mandatory on aircraft and at airports in WA unless you are under 12 or approved.
 

Page reviewed 21 July 2021