Breaking Down Borders

Updated: Jul 14

by Roland Howlett

If the rules and restrictions surrounding interstate travel have left you feeling a little foggy, don't stress, you're not alone.

It's a movable feast of a beast, so we've taken legwork out of it for you. That way you can get back to doing what you love, making plans to visit your loved ones, favourite places or destinations on your domestic bucket list.

Below is the current information according to official state and territory guidelines , but remember this information is constantly being updated so do make sure double check details or better yet, book with us and we will do it for you.

New South Wales


On June 1, residents were granted permission to travel freely and holiday within the state using all modes of transportation including flights.

NSW has temporarily closed the border between the state and Victoria due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the southern state.

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Where To Now?

When travel restrictions lifted on June 1, Destination NSW launched a campaign called "213 Reasons to Love NSW" to remind us what is on offer in the great state when it comes to travel. Everything from Food & Wine, Outdoor Adventures, Arts and Culture.


The New South Wales ski season has officially kicked off.

Thredbo Ski resort reopened on June 22 and Perisher Valley on June 24. Discover more here

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Australian Capital Territory


There are no closures or restrictions on ACT’s borders.

ACT residents currently have no restrictions on how far they can travel from home.

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In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020. 

From Wednesday 8 July, NSW temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens. In most cases, people entering NSW from Victoria will be required to have a current NSW border entry permit. Service NSW will receive and assess applications.

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As of June 1, Queenslanders could participate in unlimited travel including overnight stays throughout the entire state. Queensland borders remain closed to all other State and Territory residents, however are set to open as of July 10, pending final approval from the Queensland Government.

Queensland residents returning from interstate travel must self-quarantine if they have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days (special conditions apply).

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Northern Territory


Currently, the Northern Territory has strict temporary closure of it's borders for all non-NT residents with a self-quarantine rule in place for all interstate travellers. There are currently no restrictions on how far residents can travel from home in the Northern Territory.

From July 17, the Northern Territory will reopen it's borders to all other State and Territory residents.

New arrivals will be tested for COVID-19 within their first 72 hours of self-isolation and tested again in the final 72 hours.

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South Australia


There are no restrictions on travel within the state for South Australians.

As of June 17, South Australia reopened its borders to arrivals from Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory only.

Victorian residents, other than Essential Travellers, are currently not permitted to travel to South Australia.

From July 20, South Australia intended to reopen its borders to NSW and ACT, this has been postponed.

Non-essential travellers from outside the state can still enter SA but are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, including returning residents.

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Currently, Tasmania has the strict temporary closure of its borders for all non-Tasmanian residents.

Non-essential travel for TAS residents is discouraged.

Non-essential travellers can still enter TAS but are be required to quarantine at a government-managed accommodation facility for 14 days. Returning residents must self-quarantine at home.

As of July 24, Tasmania will reopen to all other State and Territory residents, subject to public health advice.

Specific conditions apply to residents of King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands – see Coming to Tasmania for more information.

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Western Australia


As of May 29, intrastate travel was allowed for Western Australians but with restrictions.

At present there are strict temporary closures of the Western Australian borders for all non-WA residents.

The WA Government has announced borders will not open until at least August 8, 2020.

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