COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA

Exemptions for entering WA from interstate or overseas.

Last updated: 12 August 2020 at 10.34am

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

You cannot enter WA unless you are an exempt traveller. If you meet the criteria outlined in the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions, you may apply for an exemption via G2G PASS.

All people entering WA are asked to bring their own masks. This includes essential workers with an exemption to enter WA. If travelling for work, your employer should provide masks. However, it is your responsibility to ensure you have and wear a mask when working in WA.

Entering WA from, or transiting through, Victoria or NSW

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Travel Exemptions

You will not be allowed into WA, unless you meet new exemption requirements.

In very limited circumstances, you may be granted approval to travel on compassionate grounds if you provide adequate supporting evidence. Please include as much detail in your G2G PASS application as possible.


You must quarantine for 14 days, unless there are exceptional circumstances. In most cases you will be required to quarantine at a quarantine centre (quarantine hotel) for 14 days.

The following exempt travellers are not subject to additional exemption criteria or 14-day hotel quarantine:
•    certain senior Government Officials
•    certain active military personnel
•    a member of the Commonwealth Parliament or their staff
•    a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth
•    a person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
•    a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
•    flight crew
•    transiting aircraft passengers.


You must quarantine for 14 days, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you do not have suitable premises to self-quarantine, you will be directed to quarantine in a quarantine hotel.

Mandatory testing

You must take a COVID test upon arrival at Perth Airport or within 48 hours of arrival.

You will also be required to take a COVID test on day 11 of quarantine, or at any point if symptoms develop.

Arrival by air only at Perth Airport

If arriving by air, you can only arrive at Perth Airport. 

For more information please see our frequently asked questions for people arriving from Victoria and NSW.

Entering WA from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory

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Western Australians wishing to enter WA from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory must have an exemption to enter Western Australia.

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

If your application is accepted, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Authorised officers will tell you where and how to quarantine. You need to comply with any other terms and conditions they impose.

If you do not have suitable premises to self-quarantine, you will be directed to quarantine in a quarantine hotel for 14 days following arrival.

If you are returning via a flight to a regional area, you may be directed to quarantine in Perth for 14 days, before returning to your regional destination.

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

Entering WA from overseas

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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 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.

Cap on international arrivals to Perth Airport

From Sunday, 12 July, Western Australia will receive a maximum of 525 international passengers per week, or about 75 a day. The cap has been extended from 12 July, 2020 until 24 October, 2020. 

This will slow the flow of international arrivals to ensure WA can continue to manage quarantine arrangements to the highest standard. Any increase in arrivals into Perth Airport puts pressure on resourcing and quarantine systems.

Exemption and quarantine requirements

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


Most people who enter WA must complete 14 full days of quarantine, unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

The date you arrive in WA will be treated as day zero. For example, if you arrive in WA on 1 January:
•    day 1 of quarantine will be on 2 January
•    day 11 of quarantine will be on 12 January
•    the 14-day quarantine finishes at 23.59hrs (11.59pm) on 15 January.

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.

Isolation after testing

Anyone who has had a COVID test and is waiting for the test result must comply with strict isolation requirements until they get the test result or are told that they do not have to isolate.

How do I apply for an exemption to enter WA?

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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 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.

Apply for a G2G PASS if you are travelling into Western Australia.

All adults need a G2G PASS. Children under the age of 18 will only need their own individual G2G PASS if they are travelling unaccompanied.

get started

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 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.

For more information visit G2G Pass for Travel Exemptions frequently asked questions.

Page reviewed 12 August 2020