Returning Home / Border Restrictions

Guidelines to follow when returning home

When returning home from a trip, whether it is local or international, following the quarantine guidelines is of utmost importance. These rules vary by country when returning from international travel and by state, province and city when travelling domestically.

When returning to Australia or New Zealand from any international destination all travellers will need to follow the Government's quarantine directions.

Domestic travel may also require a quarantine period depending on the state you have visited or returned home to.

Check out the latest state border restrictions for Australia and New Zealand requirements below. Please note this is a guide only – it is your responsibility to ensure you have checked the relevant Government advice in the links provided.

Australian State Requirements

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  • Northern Territory
    Quick links: 
    Northern Territory Government 


  • Queensland
    Quick links: 

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD border restrictions 

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries apply for an entry pass

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD border restrictions fact sheet


    • Queensland is open to all states and territories, except New South Wales.
    • The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Currently, specific parts of New South Wales are hotspots.
    • Queensland residents returning home from a hotspot have to quarantine for 14 days in government-arranged accommodation at their own expense.

    • If you have been in Victoria during the past two weeks, you need to get tested once you arrive in Queensland and quarantine at home until you receive a negative test result.

    • Find out more:
  • New South Wales
    Quick links: 

    Department of Primary Industries COVID-19 advice 

    Department of Primary Industries COVID-19 border crossing information

    • New South Wales is open to all states and territories.
    • No permit is required for travellers from other states entering NSW, except for those coming from South Australia. They will require a NSW entry travel declaration form.
    • Find out more:
  • ACT
    Quick links: 

    ACT Government COVID-19 advice


    • The ACT is open to all states and territories except parts of New South Wales.
    • On January 12, the ACT removed the Central Coast and Wollongong from their list of COVID-19 affected areas in New South Wales.

    • The state also reduced their list of COVID-19-affected areas in Greater Sydney down to 11 local government areas, which are: Blacktown City, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield City, Inner West, Liverpool City, Northern Beaches, Parramatta City and Strathfield Municipality.

    • Greater Sydneysiders or people who have visited that region are still not permitted to enter the ACT. However, returning ACT residents who have been in Greater Sydney can return as long as they undertake a 14-day quarantine period. All other NSW residents are free to go to the ACT without declaring travel or quarantining.

    • Find out

  • Victoria
    Quick links: 
    Victoria Government


    • All interstate travellers will require a permit to enter Victoria under the state's new travel permit system, which allows travel from "green zones" and "orange zones".

    • Travellers from "orange zones" will be required to be tested within 72 hours of arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result.

    • Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the state is relaxing its restrictions on travel from Queensland, downgrading Greater Brisbane from a "red zone" to an "orange zone" from 6:00pm on Saturday 16 January 2021.

    • Find out more:

  • South Australia
    Quick links: 

    Government of South Australia COVID-19 advice 

    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development COVID-19 and primary industries


    • Anyone who wants to go to South Australia has to fill in a form, known as the Cross Border Travel Registration.

    • From January 14, the Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Central Coast are prohibited from entering SA unless they are an essential traveller or an exempt person, while people from the rest of NSW may travel but need to have a COVID-19 test on days one, five and 12.

    • If a person lives within 100 kilometres of the NSW and South Australian border, they're free to travel anywhere within SA as long as they haven't been anywhere else in NSW during the past two weeks.

    • Anyone planning travel to SA must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.
    • Find out more:

  • Tasmania
    Quick links: 

    Tasmania Government COVID-19 advice

    Tasmania Government COVID-19 Advice: Coming to Tasmania


    • Tasmania has eased its quarantine requirements for people who arrived in the state from the Greater Brisbane area before Friday, January 8.
    • Health Minister Sarah Courtney said people who arrived in Tasmania prior to 9:00am on Friday, January 8, would no longer need to quarantine as they posed no risk.

    • People who arrived from the Greater Brisbane area after that time are required to continue to quarantine, with a review due on Monday, January 18.

    • Greater Brisbane remains classified as a high-risk area, with anyone arriving in Tasmania from the region still required to quarantine.

    • Travellers are not allowed into Tasmania if they have been to several Victorian venues recently, including a Nandos restaurant and a Sikh temple.

    • People coming from the Greater Sydney area into Tasmania are also required to quarantine for 14 days, either at a suitable premises or government accommodation.

    • Travellers heading for Tasmania should register their travel and contact details via the Tas e-Travel system.
    • Find out more:
  • Western Australia
    Quick links:

    Western Australia Government Coronavirus COVID-19 state of emergency declarations

    G2G Pass


    • Western Australia will move to a controlled border with Victoria from Monday with the state to be reclassified as "low-risk".
    • It means people will be able to enter the state without needing a special exemption but they will still be required to self-quarantine for a fortnight and get a COVID-19 test.

    • Anyone coming from Victoria who has been in, or travelled through, a medium-risk jurisdiction in the past 14 days will not be able to enter WA without an exemption.

    • Travel from anywhere within Victoria or NSW is not permitted either unless the person is exempt — for example, they are a diplomat or military personnel.

    • People from the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania can visit as long as they fill in a form and complete a health screening on arrival.

    • Find out more:

New Zealand Requirements

  • New Zealand

    Please note the New Zealand Government currently advises New Zealanders not to travel overseas. Updates can be found on the SafeTravel website here.

    If you are overseas and returning or recently returned home to New Zealand following the quarantine guidelines is of utmost importance.

    These include:

    • Only New Zealand citizens and residents with valid travel conditions can enter New Zealand. There are a small number of limited exceptions. The most up to date information can be found here.
    • Travellers – or their travel agents – will need to use the Managed Isolation Allocation System before booking flights to New Zealand. The system generates a voucher once the traveller’s place in managed isolation is confirmed, and the traveller will then need to present their voucher to airlines in order to board their flight. See more information here.

    • You will be placed in a hotel under what is called managed isolation.
    • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 will be taken to a different hotel for quarantine.
    • You will need to stay in the hotel for at least 14 days.
    • There will be strict conditions around access to the outdoors and interactions with others; this will not change as the New Zealand alert levels go up or down.
    • More details can be found here.


    Domestic travel is allowed at level 1, details can be found here

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Australia State Border Map

To help you make an informed decision about the safety and wellbeing of your travellers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic we have included a link to this map. It is your responsibility to ensure your travellers comply with any government travel restrictions. We accept no liability for the information being incorrect or out of date.

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