For Vets wanting to travel both into, and around Australia, there is a raft of new requirements and restrictions. This information was compiled on 14th April 2020 & updated on 8th July, but requirements can change rapidly at the moment – please check for up to date information before making travel plans.
- For Vets wanting to come from overseas into Australia: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia
- For Interstate Travel, information can be found on the Australian Interstate Quarantine website at https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/
- DPI Border Info: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/home/covid-19/border-crossing-information
For Vets wanting to cross border into Queensland:
- From 12 noon 10 July any person from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration.
- QLD Gov Border info: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/border-closing
- QLD Health Border Directives: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers/border-restrictions
- QLD Border Pass Application: https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass
For Vets wanting to cross border into New South Wales:
- From 8th July NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria.
- NSW Border Pass Application (from Victoria) https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-covid-19-nsw-border-entry-permit
For Vets wanting to travel into ACT:
- From Wednesday 8 July 2020 the ACT will be closing its border for anyone travelling into the ACT from Victoria, unless they have an exemption to enter.
- ACT Border Restrictions: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/act-border-restrictions#act-border-restrictions
- Travelling interstate: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/help-and-advice/travellers
For Vets wanting to cross border into Victoria:
- From 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July, if you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell then Stay at Home restrictions will apply.
- Restrictions: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19
- If you cross into Victoria at the moment, you may face restrictions & quarantine on leaving the State.
For Vets wanting to cross border into Tasmania:
- Current Public Health advice is that Tasmania is setting the date to open their borders on 24 July.
- Restrictions: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/current-restrictions
- All travellers are currently screened on arrival and must demonstrate they meet the essential traveller criteria.
- All non-essential travellers departing for Tasmania are required to quarantine for 14 days.
For Vets wanting to cross border into South Australia:
- Travel Restrictions: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions
- A pre-approval process is in place for travellers wishing to enter South Australia – The Cross Border Travel Registration. All travellers intending to enter SA should register for pre-approval.
- Application for pre-approval: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application
- Non-essential travellers will still be able to enter South Australia, but will be required to identify a suitable place of quarantine, travel directly to that location & self-quarantine at that location for 14 days.
- Police will be stopping travellers at checking points.
For Vets wanting to cross border into Western Australia:
- Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. You cannot enter Western Australia without an exemption. Most regional travel restrictions within WA were removed on Friday, 5 June 2020.
- Border Control: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa
For Vets wanting to cross border into Northern Territory:
- If you are arriving in the Northern Territory from interstate, you must complete 14 days of forced quarantine unless you are eligible for exemption.
- Border Controls: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/domestic-travel
Thanks to Jo Edwards of Kookaburra Veterinary Employment for compiling this list of links.
Kookaburra Veterinary Employment
Updated 8th July 2020
This information includes the views and opinions of Kookaburra Veterinary Employment and is of a general nature only. Factual information is believed to be correct at the time of writing, however, should not be relied upon and any person should confirm details with the relevant authorities and through their own research prior to acting on any of the suggestions in this article.