Queensland to transition to ‘low risk’ under border controls

  • Latest health advice allows for adjustments to WA’s controlled interstate border
  • Change is effective from 12.01am Wednesday, April 7
  • Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Latest adjustment to controlled border based on expert health advice 
  • Queensland will transition from a ‘medium risk’ to a ‘low risk’ State from 12.01am Wednesday (April 7) following the latest health advice.

    Western Australia’s controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted to permit travel from or via Queensland under strict conditions:

    • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
    • present for a COVID-19 test on day 11;
    • all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test;
    • be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals);
    • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise;
    • complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days. 

    Jurisdictions considered ‘low risk’ are permitted to enter WA without an exemption but are subject to strict conditions including COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine.

    The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future.

    WA’s border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals.

    More information on WA’s controlled borders is available at https://www.wa.gov.au

    As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “Western Australia has always taken a cautious approach to its border controls.

    “This has proved to be extremely effective in keeping WA safe from COVID-19.

    “On March 27, Queensland was moved to a medium risk rating following a community outbreak.

    “Since then Queensland authorities have done an excellent job to contain the virus.

    “So it is pleasing that we can now act on the latest health advice to change the risk rating to low.

    “We will continue to act in the interests of all Western Australians to ensure our State remains as safe as possible.”

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