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Travelling interstate? The latest guide to border rules

Travelling interstate? The latest guide to border rules
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With case numbers reaching record levels across Australia and vaccination rates on the rise, too, the rules for interstate travel have changed once again. Below is a guide to the latest entry rules.

Despite the increase in Omicron cases, Queensland announced that border restrictions for hotspots will be removed from Saturday.

The requirement to submit a negative test on arrival will be removed and there will be no need for a border declaration to enter Sunshine State.

The rules are set to stay in place until the state reaches 90 per cent of full vaccinations, but will be dropped early as at least 88 per cent of Queenslanders have had both doses.

The 90 percent target is expected to be met in the next week, at which point the country’s international borders may also be relaxed.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said border restrictions “did their job” by allowing Queenslanders the opportunity to get vaccinated.

“Now the virus … as expected is spreading across Queensland, but with the immune population, so the job is done and that border is no longer required,” he said on Thursday.

Some places in Queensland will continue to refuse entry to non-vaccinated recipients, subject to current health restrictions.

Health Minister Yvette Dath said it should be assumed that anyone traveling domestically could be infected with COVID-19.

“We still want to make sure that only people who are fully vaccinated are entering those places and those events that are likely to see rapid transmission,” she said.

For those wishing to visit Queensland and Queenslanders eager to return home, this relaxation of the rules would be a welcome relief.

For other travelers across states, here’s an update to the rules by state and territory.

Western part of Australia

From February 5, the rules for international and interstate travel to Washington will change.

Meanwhile, there are five categories for interstate travel to Australia – from very low to high risk – each with their own requirements.

But all states and territories are rated high-risk, meaning only approved travelers are allowed in.

New South Wales

The rules regarding travel to NSW depend on where the travelers are located.

Anyone who has not visited an Area of ​​Concern within the 14 days prior to arrival may enter without restriction.

But those who have been to an affected area or area of ​​concern or are in close contact will need to complete an entry declaration for NSW and may be subject to isolation requirements.

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Australian Capital Territory

Interstate travelers can come and go from the ACT freely, unless they have close contact or a confirmed case.

Non-residents should not travel to the ACT until their isolation period is over, but residents are allowed to return home in the ACT.

Active cases and close contacts returning home must report their arrival to ACT Health and follow isolation rules.

You can find these rules and a self-report form here.

Victoria

Victoria is open to all domestic travelers, with no permit or testing rules unless you have traveled abroad in the previous 14 days.

Residents returning from active COVID-19 cases are allowed to enter the state, but they must go home directly to complete their isolation.

Tasmania

Rules for entering Tasmania from the US depend on vaccination status, but all travelers are required to complete a Tas e-Travel registration form.

Travelers who have been in a high-risk area need to submit a negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or RAT), while those who live in a high-risk area must self-quarantine.

Unvaccinated travelers, including residents, will not be allowed entry unless they meet special requirements – you can find them here.

South Australia

South Australia has removed restrictions on interstate travel, but travelers must download the mySA GOV app prior to arrival.

Most travel is permitted throughout the state, but there are some rules regarding travel to Indigenous communities.

Northern Territory

Cross-state travelers 16 or older who have been fully vaccinated in NT are welcome, but the following rules apply.

They must complete the Declaration of Borders form five days prior to arrival and must take the RAT within two hours after arriving there.

NT provides RAT kits on arrival and travelers also need to take tests on the third and sixth day.

This article was first published by New Daily. Read the original article here.

– with AAP

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