Vets and Interstate Travel

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Travel Information for VetsFor Vets wanting to travel both into, and around Australia, there is a raft of new requirements and restrictions. This information was updated on 5th August, but requirements can change rapidly at the moment – please check for up to date information before making travel plans.

For Vets wanting to cross border into Queensland:

For Vets wanting to cross border into New South Wales:

For Vets wanting to travel into ACT:

For Vets wanting to cross border into Victoria:

  • Metropolitan Melbourne is currently at stage 4 restrictions; Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire) will be at stage 3 restrictions from 11:59pm 5 August.
  • From 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August stay at home restrictions will apply to the whole of Victoria. Face coverings must be worn away from home.
  • Metropolitan Melbourne: From 2 August there is a curfew in Metropolitan Melbourne from 8pm to 5am every evening. From 11:59pm 5 August only permitted businesses can open – Vet clinics are permitted industries, with a COVID Safe Plan. Employees must carry a Permitted worker permit. – this is the employer’s responsibility to organise
  • Restrictions:
  • 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:

For Vets wanting to cross border into South Australia:

  • Travel Restrictions:
  • A pre-approval process is in place for travelers 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:
  • From 29 July, travellers from Victoria are not permitted to travel to South Australia, including South Australians.
  • Essential travellers living in cross border communities have distance based travel restrictions.
  • Non-essential travellers from NSW and ACT must self-quarantine for 14 days, AND submit for COVID-19 testing on the first and 12th days of arrival
  • Travellers from NT, Qld, Tas and WA are able to enter SA directly without restriction.
  • 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.
  • From Sunday 19th July, no one will be allowed into Western Australia if they have been in Victoria or New South Wales in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. If they do meet requirements, they need to quarantine for 14 days and have a COVID test on arrival and on day 11.
  • Border Control:

For Vets wanting to cross border into Northern Territory:

  • From 17th July, all arrivals must fill in a Border Entry Form
  • From 17th July, if you are arriving in the Northern Territory from a delcared COVID-19 hot spot (currently the whole of Victoria, plus Sydney, the South Coast NSW, Port Stephens, Brisbane, Ipswich & Logan in QLD), you must complete 14 days of forced quarantine.
  • If an area you have been in within 14 days of your arrival in the NT is declared a COVID-19 Hotspot you must contact the COVID-19 Hotline 1800 008002
  • Hotspots:
  • Border Controls:

Thanks to Jo Edwards of Kookaburra Veterinary Employment for compiling this list of links.

Wendy Nathan
Kookaburra Veterinary Employment

Updated 5th August 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.

08/07/2020 |

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