COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA

Information about entering WA from interstate or overseas.

Last updated: 3 March 2021 at 11:30am 

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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 interstate border arrangement.

If you are a traveller coming from NZ, please see our Entering WA from New Zealand section 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 exempt. 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

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.

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

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 Day 11 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

Australia’s borders are closed. The Commonwealth Government is responsible for Australia’s international border. To enter WA from outside Australia, you may require approval from the Commonwealth 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.

If you are a traveller coming from NZ, please see our Entering WA from New Zealand 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 exempt. 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

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.

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. 


On arrival

All people arriving into WA from overseas are subject to the Commonwealth 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 with information and advice for when you are in quarantine.

You will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on Day 12 of your quarantine period.

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


When you are here

You are encouraged to download and use the G2G Now app over the quarantine period to enable virtual check-ins and Day 12 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’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

The travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is managed by the Commonwealth Government, and Western Australia is not included in this travel bubble. Please see the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

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 exempt. If you are subject to a quarantine direction, you must also wear a mask while travelling to your quarantine premises.

Arriving directly from New Zealand

If you are arriving in WA directly from New Zealand, you will be considered an international traveller and are subject to the Commonwealth Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days in a State Quarantine Facility (hotel quarantine) at your own expense.

To enter WA from outside Australia, you may require approval from the Commonwealth 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 to enter WA.

Arriving from New Zealand via another Australian state or territory

If you have been in another Australian state or territory for more than 14 days before arriving in WA, you will be subject to the same controlled interstate border arrangement and subject to conditions of entry as all domestic travellers, depending on which state you are arriving from. This includes the mandatory completion of a G2G PASS.

If you have been in another Australian state or territory for less than 14 days before arriving in WA, you will need to complete a G2G PASS to enter and self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises upon arriving in WA.

If you are required to quarantine upon entry to WA, 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.

If you are entering Western Australia from New Zealand, via a medium risk state – you will not be permitted entry unless you receive an exemption. 

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

This section provides information for transport, freight and logistics drivers looking to enter and travel within WA.

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 drivers FAQs.

Transport, freight and logistics drivers are encouraged to regularly update their G2G Pass Application and Declarations.


Before you travel

All travellers, including transport and freight 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 make an application and set up an account and complete your application 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.

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


On arrival

Any transport, freight or logistics worker entering WA will need to show evidence of having been tested for COVID-19 in the last 5 days if, in the previous 14 days they have been:

  • in a low or medium-risk jurisdiction
  • in New Zealand and another Australian state or territory
  • in direct contact with a person who has been in a restricted location (medium-risk jurisdiction) or place outside Australia in the previous 14 days

If you fall under any of the above categories and have not been tested in the last 5 days, you will be directed at the WA border to undertake a COVID-19 test as early as possible within 48 hours.

Authorised officers at the border will provide you with information about COVID-19 testing locations and check your G2G PASS.

If you do not fall under any of the abovementioned categories, you will need to comply with WA’s controlled interstate border.


When you are here

As a transport, freight and logistics worker, you will need to present for another COVID-19 test on the 7th day after the day of your last test if you are staying in WA, and in the previous 14 days prior to entering WA you had been:

  • in a low or medium-risk jurisdiction
  • in New Zealand and another Australian state or territory
  • in direct contact with a person who has been in a low or medium-risk jurisdiction, or place outside Australia in the previous 14 days

If you remain in WA for a period of 14 days, you may be required to present for testing again 7 days after the day of your last test.

 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.

You must carry evidence of each test that is performed and produce that evidence for inspection on request by a relevant officer.

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

If you are required to undertake COVID-19 testing while in WA because you fall under the abovementioned categories, you should take all reasonable steps to keep a written record of close contacts.

Further information on guidelines for freight and transport workers can be found at the Transport, freight and logistics drivers FAQs. 

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.

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 cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. For more information and to apply, visit Travel restriction exemption for travellers to and from Australia.

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

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

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

Interstate travellers transiting to another country

Aircraft passengers transiting from another state or territory through WA to another country are approved as exempt 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 exempt.
 

Page reviewed 4 March 2021