Border restrictions: what you need to know before you go

The NSW-Victorian border is set to open on November 23.
The NSW-Victorian border is set to open on November 23.

The good news is that border restrictions within Australia are finally being eased. Even the hard-line states, such as Queensland and Western Australia, are gradually reopening. But border controls can change quickly so check before you book and be prepared to do extra paperwork to enter different states.

NSW's border with Victoria is set to reopen on Sunday, November 23. The border is currently open to all other domestic travellers without restriction.

Queensland has opened its borders to residents of NSW, except for 32 council areas in the Greater Sydney region. All holidaymakers must apply for a Border Declaration Pass prior to entry. Queensland is welcoming all other states and territories, except Victoria.

WA's border will reopen from November 14 for travellers from "low-risk" areas (defined as jurisdictions in which there has been no community transmission for 28 days). This currently includes Tasmania, Queensland, SA, the ACT and the NT. If you are coming from NSW or Victoria, you will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable, approved premises, and present for a COVID-19 test on day 11.

Tasmania has already eased border restrictions for travellers from all other states and territories, except Victoria. Victorians may now self-quarantine at home in the state and there are plans to fully ease border restrictions from November 27. All visitors must Register via the Tas e-Travel system for a QR code.

The South Australian, Northern Territory and ACT borders are open to travellers from all territories and states, except Vic.

Although the Victorian border is open, travel from other states is still not advised. Travel restrictions within the state have been eased, with the ring of steel around Melbourne now open to regional Victoria. Retail and restaurants have reopened but face masks are compulsory throughout the state.

Stay safe: Holidaymakers are expected to practise social distancing, frequent hand washing and follow local advice. Information correct at press time - please check state government websites for the most up-to-date information.

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