Australia Border Restrictions by States for Covid-19

Latest Australia Border Restrictions by States for Covid-19

The Australian Government has tightened the restrictions for the Covid-19 Pandemic across all Australian states. As the Covid-10 cases have started rising again and New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland face the outbreak of Delta variant. Victoria has closed all its borders and with Queensland and puts restrictions on the residents of New South Wales (NSW) to control the deadly situation of Coronavirus.


Australia Border Restrictions by States

Premiers of all Australian states and territories have decided to put restrictions on all borders. The purpose of hardening the border restrictions is to stop the transmission of the Delta variant. The Australian states have collaborated with each other and closed their borders to control the Covid-19 situation in the country.



Victoria has tightened up the border bubble with and New South Wales (NSW) according to the public health official’s advice. People in the Victorian-NSW border bubble will be able to enter Victoria without any permission for six specific reasons. Such as, they can enter Victoria for work purposes, to get medical care, for compassionate reasons, education, sport and getting the vaccination.


Furthermore, border visitors aren’t allowed to travel other than their planned destination. The Government has also added more red zones to keep the Covid-19 infected people from the New South Wales (NSW) out of Victoria to stop the transmission of Coronavirus.


People from Greater Western Sydney and Wollongong aren’t allowed to travel to Victoria as both of these cities are considered to be the red zones. Besides, the regional areas of New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have been declared as orange zones. Therefore, according to Victoria’s Travel Permit System, people traveling from NSW and ACT will need the orange zone certification to travel to Victoria.


Statement by Australian Health Minister

The Health Minister of Australia, Martin Foley, has clearly announced that people who travel to the states illegally will be turned back right away from the airport.


He stated that,

“Do not fly into a red zone if you are from Victoria and if you are not Victorian and you have been in a red zone.”

“You may indeed have to stay in hotel quarantine if there is no return flight for you at that time.”


People residing in the restricted areas for the last two weeks who are banned to enter Victoria will need to quarantine for 14 days or they’ll have to get the red zone permit to travel to Victoria.


Western Australia

The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, has closed its borders to New South Wales (NSW) to kill the spread of Delta Variant. People who have special exemptions will be allowed to enter Victoria. Moreover, they’ll need to quarantine for 14 days at home.


Statements by Mark McGowan

Mr. Mark McGowan has addressed to people and discussed the issues of these difficult days of the Covid-19 Pandemic. He said that,

“This will no doubt cause a lot of trouble. It’s a difficult decision. We don’t enjoy this. We can’t run the risk of this being imported into Western Australia.”

He further added,

“I can’t run the risk of the virus coming in, us going into lockdown, and people potentially dying. If NSW kills it quickly, then this can all be over in a matter of weeks.”


South Australia 

The Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall, has ordered to apply all border restrictions on the travel activities for people residing in Queensland. Premier Mr. Marshall is also requesting the South Australian residents to return as soon as possible.


The SA Premier, Steven Marshall has stated that residents of South Australia who’re currently staying in South-East Queensland are allowed to come back. However, they must have to quarantine for 14 days at home after arriving in South Australia.


As he stated,

“We don’t know what this week is going to hold in Queensland.”


South Australia has reactivated all the border restrictions with New South Wales (NSW) due to the spread of Delta Variant in Sydney. As in June, the Health Department of South Australia has announced the quarantine rules. People traveling from Greater Western Sydney to South Australia around 12.01 am on the 21st of June and 11.59 pm on the 23rd of June will need to quarantine for 14 days after arriving.



As the Covid-19 cases begin to rise again in Queensland, Victoria has closed its borders to South-Eastern Queensland. According to the State’s Traffic Light Permit System, South Australia has declared 11 local government areas (LGAs) red zones. The purpose of the red zone declaration is to indicate that residents of Victoria who’re about to return from the Covid-19 affected areas after 8 pm on the 31st of July will have to quarantine for 2 weeks.


Whereas, travel restrictions for people traveling to New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and South Australia from Queensland will remain the same. All residents of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and Wollongong are restricted to travel to Queensland.


The Government of Queensland has declared Greater Sydney and all areas nearby as a hotspot. Therefore, all the people who’re returning from hotspot areas will have to quarantine for 2 weeks at their own expense.


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Northern Territory 

The Government of Northern Territory has also declared all of Greater Sydney a hotspot and restricted travelers coming from there. Anyone traveling from more than 30 local government areas (LGAs) to Northern Territory will need to quarantine for 14 days after arriving.


Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

The ACT Government has request people to avoid traveling between ACT and Sydney. However, anyone entering the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from the 25th of June, Friday, must stay at home until the 2nd of July. Moreover, the Health Department of ACT has also announced that it’ll take more actions and put more restrictions to keep its residents safe and secure.



According to the Government of Tasmania, there’re 7 local government areas (LGAs) that are labeled high-risk. Tasmania has also closed its borders for people coming from more than 30 LGAs in Greater Sydney.


The Public Health Department of Tasmania has said that,

“The LGAs of City of Sydney, Randwick, Inner West, Woollahra, Waverley, Canada Bay, and Bayside will be high-risk areas from 4pm today, Wednesday 23 June 2021.”

“Anyone who has been in these high-risk LGAs on or since 11 June 2021 will not be allowed to enter Tasmania unless approved by the Deputy State Controller.

“Tasmanians returning home who have been in any of these high-risk LGAs will be required to quarantine for 14 days at a suitable premises.

“Transit through high-risk local government areas directly to the airport is permissible under existing arrangements.

“Anyone other than returning Tasmanians who have been in any of these LGAs since 11 June will not be permitted to enter Tasmania from 4pm today unless granted essential traveller status.”


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The Government of Australia has applied border restrictions by states for Covid-19 to restrict the travel activities and closed the border of all states to control the spread of Delta Variant. New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland have reported new cases in the states, therefore, there’ll be state-by-state travel restrictions. These Australian states include Victoria, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.


These states have imposed travel border restrictions for people coming from high-risk regions and the affected local government areas (LGAs). However, if somebody gets the travel exemption to return to his homeland so he must need to quarantine for 14 days at home.


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