On ITC Lane Cove Chat we have noticed some questions about interstate travel requirements. It’s very confusing so we thought we would put together a list of requirements to make it easier for you.
Please note this list is up to date as of 16 December 2021. However, if you are a close contact or close contact of places of high concern, you should not travel until you have finished isolation and checked with the relevant state what other steps you need to do.
If a state requires you to be tested prior to entering the state, it must be a PCR test obtained from a COVID testing centre, not a rapid antigen test. Find out about testing stations and turnaround times in our article here.
Travelling Within New South Wales
There are no restrictions unless you are a close contact or a close contact of places of high concern.
Interstate travellers to Victoria no longer need to get a travel permit to enter the state, regardless of their vaccination status, unless they have been overseas in the past 14 days. You do not need to obtain a PCR test before you enter Victoria. More details here.
All travellers must register through the Tas e-Travel system.
You will be required to scan your QR code on arrival in Tasmania.
You must have evidence of your vaccination certificate and – if required – a negative result from your COVID‑19 PCR pre-departure test.
You are considered a vaccinated traveller if you:
- are fully vaccinated – read the definition ; or
- have acceptable proof you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons; or
- are under the age of 12 years and two months.
You must check the list of high and extreme-risk areas to know if you are required to have COVID-19 testing and/or quarantine on arrival in Tasmania. If you have been in an extreme-risk area in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in Tasmania, you will need approval to enter the State.
You must register to travel to Tasmania up to seven days before you intend to arrive.
Link to register here
South Australia has opened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers.
You must complete an EntryCheck SA application 14 days prior to arrival in the state.
If you are unvaccinated and do not have an approved exemption, you cannot travel to South Australia
For all travellers, a negative PCR test result received within 72 hours before arrival, test upon arrival and quarantine until this test is taken and test on day 6 after arrival. More details here
Everyone travelling to the NT is required to complete an online Border Entry Form. Complete this online form 5 days or less before entering the NT. Paper copies are not required but your reference number will need to be available, and you must have current photo id. Read more here
If you have been in a declared hotspot ( note the Lane Cove Council Area is a hotspot) in the past 14 days you may travel to Queensland provided you:
- are fully vaccinated
- have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival into Queensland.
- agree to get a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 following your arrival into Queensland.
If it’s not practical for you to get a PCR test on day 5 (for example, you’re staying on an island and there are no testing clinics open, or day 5 for you falls on Christmas Day), you can have your test on day 4, or as soon as practicable after day 5.
You may arrive into Queensland by any means, including by road.
There is no quarantine required if you meet these criteria.
You can return or relocate to Queensland, including from the border zone (restricted and unrestricted) if you meet these criteria.
However, Queensland residents, or those relocating to Queensland, who do not meet these criteria will continue to need to arrive by air, and complete 14 days of hotel quarantine.
Travellers will need to submit supporting documentation when they apply for a Queensland Border Pass. This may also require travellers to upload evidence documents. For further details please refer to Entry to Queensland.
If a person is entering Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot, they will be required to show results of a negative test within the last 72 hours upon arrival if asked for by an emergency officer. This can be in the form of a text message from the pathology provider on their phone.
There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT, except for persons identified as close contacts who are seeking to travel to the ACT. Close contacts require an exemption to travel to the ACT.
Really forget about travelling there until next year unless you fall within the very limited exemptions.