Travel advice: the latest on border closures

Australia is mostly open internally, so now's the time to head out on your next adventure. Picture: Shutterstock
Australia is mostly open internally, so now's the time to head out on your next adventure. Picture: Shutterstock

Travel restrictions within Australia are finally easing but border controls can change quickly so check before you book and be prepared to do extra paperwork.

The big news this week was that Western Australia announced it would reopen to travellers from New South Wales and Victoria on December 8, since closing its border to both states on March 24.

Unfortunately a positive test result for a hotel quarantine worker in Sydney on Thursday threatened to disrupt those plans. WA Premier Mark McGowan said the NSW border decision would be deferred until Monday, after further consideration - and further COVID testing results came in. South Australia will continue to be considered a "medium risk" jurisdiction until at least December 11. No one will be allowed into WA if they have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

Borders to the ACT, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia are currently open to all domestic travellers without restriction.

Victoria and Queensland are also open, although restrictions apply to those who have been in metropolitan Adelaide.

Tasmania is still classifying South Australia as "medium risk", requiring 14 days quarantine in suitable premises or government-designated accommodation. All visitors must register in the Tas e-Travel system.

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