Australia’s border rules keep changing due to COVID-19 so here’s a handy explainer on each state’s current situation.

As Omicron continues to spread around the country, one state has controversially closed their border indefinitely, while another has tentatively opened theirs up just as Hollywood royalty flees the state.

Read below to find out which state will be best to visit if you fancy getting away this summer.

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Overseas: All international travellers, including travellers who first arrived in another Australian state or territory, are required to hold an international passenger travel permit to enter Victoria and must comply with the requirements for international travellers. An international traveller is someone who has been overseas in the past 14 days.

Interstate: Domestic visitors to Victoria no longer need to get a travel permit to enter the state, regardless of their vaccination status, unless they have been overseas in the past 14 days.


Overseas: Fully vaccinated international passengers arriving in NSW must self-isolate until they receive a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken within 24 hours of arrival into NSW. They no longer need to self-isolate for 72 hours. People who are not fully vaccinated arriving in NSW from overseas must continue to go into 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Interstate: There are no requirements for entry into the state. As long as a traveller hasn’t been in an “affected area” in the pst 14 days, fully vaccinated interstate travellers don’t need to quarantine or even fill out a declaration form.


Overseas: Fully vaccinated international arrivals to Queensland are not required to quarantine if they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their arrival in Queensland, and they isolate at their residence, accommodation or boat until they receive a negative result.

Interstate: Domestic travellers are able to travel to the state with no restrictions. Queensland entry passes are also no longer required for anyone travelling to the state from anywhere in Australia.


Overseas: You can travel to the state from overseas if you’re fully vaccinated. You must have evidence of a negative PCR test taken in the 3 days before departure. If you’re unvaccinated, you must quarantine as directed for 14 days upon arrival.

Interstate: Travellers entering SA are no longer required to complete an EntryCheck SA application.


Reopening: The reopening of WA’s border has been pushed back indefinitely. No new later date has yet been set but the situation will be discussed over the next month.


Overseas: All travellers who have spent time in an extreme-risk area must apply for approval to enter Tasmania.

Interstate: Fully vaccinated travellers, or those with an exemption, don’t need to register their details to enter Tasmania or undertake any pre-departure COVID testing before their arrival. Unvaccinated travellers must still apply for approval to enter the state


Overseas: Fully vaccinated international travellers will no longer need to quarantine. Unvaccinated visitors aren’t allowed to enter the state.

Interstate: A PCR test is no longer required for interstate travellers. Double jabbed visitors don’t have to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers aren’t permitted to enter the state.


Overseas: Fully vaccinated international travellers travelling to the state within seven days of their arrival in Australia need to do a PCR test or a RAT within 24 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated travellers must still undergo mandatory 14 day quarantine at port of entry.

Interstate: There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT.

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