COVID-19 doctor travel updates – Australian border restrictions and conditions for doctors
Last updated: 1.30 p.m. 29/03/21
Thank you for your continued commitment to support the healthcare of all Australian communities during this challenging time.
The current advice relating to travelling between Australia’s States and Territories is complex and ever-changing. We are working closely with our network of healthcare employers to provide you with the most up to date information.
If you are looking for international travel details, please see our blog article about international travel restrictions for doctors here.
Please note that this detail is not a guaranteed source, as the advice is changing constantly. Please check government websites/links for the latest information and how this relates to your personal circumstances. Alternatively, speak with your Wavelength recruitment consultant for more personalised advice.
1. Travel between Australian states and territories
Some interstate borders have opened but others remain closed and all borders are subject to change at short notice to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Before you travel interstate for your next job, we recommend that you check relevant government websites for the latest travel advice. You should also take the following with you:
- Your current ID
- Evidence of your AHPRA registration
- A printed copy of your Job Confirmation Letter with the hospital contact information
- A copy of the Hospital Locum Contract
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- A printed copy of any relevant border pass information or self-quarantine exemption decisions (State by State requirements)
State and Territory health boards and individual hospitals and practices are continually updating their policies. You may be subject to a risk assessment on arrival. With the announcement of 2 cases in NSW, anyone who has visited a listed site should isolate and get tested.
2. Border restrictions and self-isolation information by State:
ACT border is open to all States without restriction apart for travellers from QLD and NSW:
- If you have been to a current COVID-19 Place of Concern, and are not an ACT resident, you are legally not permitted to enter the ACT without a valid exemption. If you need to travel due to extraordinary circumstances, you will need an approved exemption from ACT Health, and this exemption must be granted prior to travel.
- When you arrive in the ACT, you must immediately Contact ACT Health on (02) 5124 6209, quarantine at your home for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19.
For updates, see: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel
If you have arrived in NSW after 5pm on the 29th of March and have been in the suburbs covered by Brisbane city council, Logan City, Moreton Bay Regional, Ipswich City or Redland City, you must complete a self-declaration form.
Otherwise, the border is open to all other states with no permit required.
For full details please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
The NT border is open to all states, however, anyone who has visited a listed site in NSW has to enter 14 days supervised quarantine. Anyone who has entered the state since 30th April needs to isolate and get tested. Everyone travelling to the NT must complete the border entry form prior to arrival.
See Google map with current hotspots.
For updates, see: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine
The QLD border is open to all other states and a permit is not required to enter.
Click here for full details: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19
The SA border is open to all other states, however, there are restrictions in place for travellers from certain locations in QLD and NSW. See the website here for a detailed list of restricted/prohibited locations and requirements. All travellers must complete the Cross-Border Travel Registration form at least 7 days prior.
Certain locations in NSW have been added to the high risk list. Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or premise will be denied entry to Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller. Anyone who has entered the state since 30th April needs to isolate for 2 weeks and get tested.
If entry is approved, there may be a quarantine requirement in government-designated accommodation (fees can apply). All travellers must apply for a G2G PASS system.
Border is open to all other states.
For more information see https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania
Certain locations in QLD and NSW are orange zones. All travellers from orange zones must apply for an orange zone permit. On arrival in VIC, orange zone permit holders must immediately self-isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours of arriving, and stay isolated until a negative result is received. See here for updates.
All other states are green zones under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system. All travellers must apply for a permit before entering Victoria.
For updates and information about each zone please visit: COVID-19 border entry (service.vic.gov.au)
Anyone arriving from Queensland will need to complete 14 days of self-quarantine and present for COVID-19 testing. The border is open to all other states without needing to quarantine.
The border is open to all other states with quarantine. See here for more information.
- International arrivals
- must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at own expense
- subject to mandatory COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of quarantine.
For full updates see: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-controlled-interstate-border
As always, our team of medical recruitment consultants, plus our in-house Regulatory and Migration experts are here to help. If you are working with Wavelength and have further questions about travelling as a doctor for a new locum/job in Australia, please contact us.