Christmas is just around the corner. Wouldn’t it be lovely to celebrate with a bit of travel? With most Aussies having been stuck in lockdown for so long in 2021, a holiday would be a sweet way to end such a difficult year. 

It’s not going to be as simple as packing your bags and hitting the road though – there’s still a lot of COVID-19 rules and restrictions in place.

So whether you’re planning on visiting family or just want to escape your home city with mates, we’ve made a guide to the current rules for travel in each Australian state for as Christmas approaches!

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VIC (89.2% double vaccinated)

Overseas: It’s good news for fully vaccinated international travellers as they don’t need to quarantine – they only have to produce a negative test less than 72 hours before departure. Further PCR tests must be provided 24 hours after arrival and between the 5th and 7th day.

Interstate: Fully vaccinated travellers heading between states must apply for a permit. This won’t be granted if any symptoms are present, if the individual has been to an exposure site, or they’re a close contact of another COVID-19 case.

Testing: Travelling from a “red zone” necessitates a PCR test on arrival and then the individual must isolate until a negative result is provided. If someone is unvaccinated, they must still undergo 14 days’ quarantine.

NSW (91.9% double vaccinated)

Overseas: No need for fully vaccinated international travellers to quarantine, with only a PCR test required within 24 hours of arriving in the state and again on the seventh day. Travellers are banned from high-risk areas until the negative test is produced on day seven.

Interstate: As long as they haven’t been in an “affected area”, fully vaccinated interstate travellers don’t need to quarantine or even fill out a declaration form.

Quarantine: If an interstate traveller has been to a high-risk setting within the previous two weeks, quarantine may still apply.

QLD (73.4% double vaccinated)

Overseas: Fully vaccinated international travellers must take a PCR test within the previous 72 hours before departure. They must also undergo quarantine for up to 14 days either at home or in a hotel from December 17th, or when the 80% double vaccination target is met.

Interstate: Fully vaccinated travellers heading interstate can enter by air or road without having to quarantine, as long as they can provide a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours if they’ve been to a COVID hotspot.

Testing: Once the 90% double vaccination rate is met, anyone who is fully vaccinated can travel to the state without quarantining or providing a PCR test.

SA (77.4% double vaccinated)

Overseas: Several checks remain in place for South Australia. Fully vaccinated international travellers must do a PCR test and then quarantine for seven days either at home or in a hotel from November 23rd. They must then provide a negative COVID test on the sixth day. International travellers must further provide another negative COVID test on day 13.

Interstate: If a fully vaccinated person is only travelling interstate, they’ll still have to quarantine for seven days and get tested if they’re coming from an LGA with a double vaccination rate of below 80%.

WA (72.9% double vaccinated)

Reopening: Due to its low double vaccination rate, Western Australia hasn’t yet scheduled a date for reopening. It’s likely to be announced in December once the 80% mark is met.

Overseas: Fully vaccinated international travellers must quarantine at home for 14 days and provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure. Once the state reopens, this quarantine spell will be removed, but testing will remain in place.

Interstate: Fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to travel interstate, but can only avoid quarantine if they’re coming from a ” very low risk” area (Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania).

TAS (84.8% double vaccinated)

Overseas: From December 15th onwards, fully vaccinated international travellers will no longer need to quarantine as long as they can provide a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

Interstate: Fully vaccinated travellers won’t have to quarantine or provide a negative COVID test if they’re coming from a “low risk” area (Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia).

Testing: If a Tasmanian only leaves the state for less than seven days, they won’t need to do a PCR test upon their return.

NT (73.4% double vaccinated)

Overseas: Fully vaccinated international travellers will no longer need to quarantine from December 20th, provided a negative rapid antigen test is given on arrival. Until that date, however, home quarantine for seven days is still required for those coming from hot spots.

Testing: All travellers must be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test if they’re arriving before December 20th.

ACT (97.6% double vaccinated)

Overseas: Fully vaccinated international travellers don’t need to quarantine but do need to do a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and again on the sixth day.

Interstate: Fully vaccinated interstate travellers who have been in a hotspot in the previous 14 days don’t need to quarantine, but must complete an exemption form and get tested immediately if any symptoms start to develop.

Quarantine: Fully vaccinated interstate travellers who haven’t been to a hotspot don’t need to quarantine or complete an exemption form.