As the case numbers in Melbourne, and across the country decline, restrictions are being eased, including cautious easing of the Boarder Restrictions. While not universal the trend towards opening up is something that is welcomed by businesses and individuals. ACAPMA summaries the current border restrictions.

Please note that this article contains time sensative information. Last updated 25/9/2020.

Boarder Restrictions: National

  • International arrivals must undertake mandatory 14 day quarantine at designated hotels in the port of arrival. Exemptions in special circumstances apply. See; for more information

Boarder Restrictions: ACT

  • Unnecessary travel to or from ACT should be minimised
    Those travelling from listed COVID hotspots (other than VIC) are advised to not travel, or to isolate when travelling and minimise community contact. See; for the most up to date information.
  • Transit through ACT
    Transit through ACT for business or freight is exempt. Drivers transiting are advised to minimise their contact with others and to limit rest stops to no more than one overnight. Transit that will require more than a single night stay, or community contact above delivery and pick up of goods should apply for an exemption.
  • ACT Residents returning from VIC
    All returning ACT residents who were in VIC will need to notify ACT Health and enter self isolation for 14 days after arrival.
  • Visitors from VIC
    Should not be travelling to ACT. Exemptions may be granted on a case by case basis.
  • Exemptions
    See for information on exemptions

Border Restrictions: NSW

  • NSW/VIC Border Region Residents
    May now travel within the Border Region for any reason with a current permit, including Victorian residents moving through the NSW side of the Boarder Region. See: to check Border Region boundaries
  • NSW residents returning from interstate/overseas
    Must return via Sydney airport and quarantine in designated hotel for 14 days.
  • Freight
    Commercial freight may move provided that there are appropriate permits, COVID Safe Plan and driver self isolates when not providing the critical service.
  • Other critical services
    May enter NSW, provided they meet criteria including; entry via Sydney airport, self isolation when not providing the critical service, the service not being able to be delivered remotely and/or not being available in NSW and the traveler holds a permit issued by the head of the organsiation
  • Exemptions, Permits and General Information

Border Restrictions: Tasmania

Border Restrictions: Queensland

Boarder Restrictions: South Australia

  • All Travelers
    Are required to register prior to arrival in SA. See;
  • Border Communities
    Cross border community members on the SA/VIC border are now permitted to enter SA if they reside within 40km of the border with a recent COVID Test.
  • Travelling from NSW
    Visitors from NSW may now enter SA without the requirement to quarantine, provided they have not been in or through VIC in the preceding 14 days.
  • Travelling from ACT, NT, QLD, TAS and WA
    Visitors are able to enter SA directly without restriction, provided they have not been in or through VIC in the preceding 14 days.
  • Travelling from VIC
    Essential exemptions apply.

Boarder Restrictions: WA

Boarder Restrictions: NT

  • Any traveler who has been in a COVID Hotspot will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a designated location. Additional requirements apply for travel to remote regions. Exemptions apply and must be approved PRIOR to travel. See;

Boarder Restrictions: VIC