Safe quarantine-free travel from QLD starts 12.01am Wednesday

  • From 12.01am Wednesday (October 27) Queensland is set to transition to ‘very low risk’ category
  • Chief Health Officer has reviewed border controls after the reclassification was paused late last week following a new case in QLD
  • Monitoring of COVID-19 situation in Queensland to continue and border controls will strengthen quickly, if necessary
  • Cautious and careful approach, based on latest health advice, keeps WA safe
  • From Wednesday, quarantine-free travel will be permitted from Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland
  • Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia’s controlled interstate border is set to be safely adjusted, pending no further outbreaks, with quarantine-free travel from Queensland to be permitted from 12.01am Wednesday, October 27.

    For almost two months travel has been allowed from QLD without approval, but 14 days of self-quarantine has been required.

    After a short pause in the reclassification of the QLD border last week, the Acting Chief Health Officer has advised from 12.01am Wednesday (27 October) Queensland will safely transition from ‘low risk’ to ‘very low risk’. Under the ‘very low risk’ settings, safe travel is permitted into WA subject to the following conditions:

    • completion of a G2G Pass declaration before travel, stipulating the traveller does not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions they have visited in the previous 14 days;
    • all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening;
    • travellers to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing also available); and
    • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked.  

    The Australia Capital Territory is a ‘medium risk’ jurisdiction, while Victoria and New South Wales are both classified as ‘extreme risk’ jurisdictions.

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

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “Western Australia’s border controls are safe and sensible, allowing WA to remain open without importing the virus from high-risk locations like New South Wales and Victoria.

    “With the inclusion of Queensland as a ‘very low risk’ jurisdiction about 10 million Australians are free to come and go from WA, quarantine-free.

    “As a priority, I ask those Western Australians who haven’t yet been vaccinated to do so immediately, to protect yourself, your family and the rest of the community from this dangerous virus.”

    As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “WA has a controlled border in place on health advice to protect the health of Western Australians.

    “Late last week we paused the reclassification of the border when a new case emerged in QLD.

    “The Acting Chief Health Officer has advised the border controls can safely transition to ‘very low risk’ from Wednesday, pending no new cases.

    “WA’s border controls with ACT, NSW and Victoria remain in place.”

    Premier’s office – 6552 5000

    Health Minister’s office – 6552 6500​

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