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COVID-19 doctor travel updates – Australian border restrictions and conditions for doctors

Last updated: 09:00 a.m. 22/09/21

Doctors are still needed throughout Australia for locum and permanent jobs, but navigating the ever-changing state restrictions and border regulations is an almost impossible task. 

As always, our team of medical recruitment consultants plus our in-house Regulatory and Migration experts are here to help. We are keeping track of the changes daily so you have access to accurate advice on where you can travel to for work. We will also help you apply for border permits and exemptions where required. 

You can find a summary for each state and territory below. If you have any questions, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant.

Please note, this is not a guaranteed source, as the advice is changing constantly. Please check government websites for the latest information or contact your Wavelength recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 


1. Travel between Australian states and territories top tips

When travelling to and from work, make sure you have the following: 

  • 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)

2. Travel restrictions and self-isolation information by state:

  • ACT

    The ACT is currently in lockdown.

    You may only leave your house for essential reasons, and face masks must be worn at all times upon leaving your home.  

    You must also quarantine for 14 days if you have been in a Covid-19 affected area within the last two weeks. 

    These rules also apply to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    As restrictions are ever-changing, please check the government website here for the most up to date news. 

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in ACT, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

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  • NSW

    Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney which includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour. Stay-at-home orders have also been introduced for the Kempsey, Byron Shire and Tweed Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today (21/09/21) for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk. You must stay within 5km of your home unless the essential service you need is not reasonably available locally. Greater Sydney is operating under stricter rules including wearing a mask at all times outside the house.  

    The rest of NSW is also currently under a stay-at-home order. Stay at home rules apply, and if you must leave home, do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it. 

    You can enter New South Wales from interstate provided you have not been to an area of concern within a specified time. Areas of concern are posted here. Some states have closed their borders to NSW, please check with each state before entering if you have been in Sydney or NSW recently. 

    If you enter NSW by air or rail, you’ll need to fill out a traveller self-declaration form. People who work or travel within NSW-Victoria border communities don’t need to complete a traveller self-declaration form.

    These rules also apply to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For full details please visit the Government website here.

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in NSW, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

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  • NT

    To enter the Northern Territory, you’ll need to complete a border entry form seven days before your arrival. Visitors to the Northern Territory (NT) will not be permitted entry if they are from a declared Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site.

    The Northern Territory Government advises cancelling your plans if you’re travelling from, through, or to a Covid-19 hotspot. You must complete 14-days supervised quarantine (this costs $2,500 per person) on arrival if you have recently been in a Covid-19 hotspot.  

    These rules also apply to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For updates, see the NT Government website here.

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in NT, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

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  • QLD

    South-East Queensland is currently experiencing stage 3 restrictions. Other parts of Queensland are also currently experiencing some restrictions including on gatherings and the wearing of face masks.

    You can travel to Queensland, provided you have not been to a Covid-19 hotspot within the last 14-days. Current hotspots include all of NSW, parts of Victoria, the NT and the ACT. 

    Border zone residents who have been to Byron and Tweed LGAs will only be allowed into Queensland for limited essential purposes.

    If you have recently been in a hotspot, you can only travel to Queensland if you are a resident or meet another exemption; you will need to quarantine at government-arranged accommodation at your own expense on arrival. 

    For full details, visit the Government website here.  

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in QLD, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

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  • SA

    South Australia is currently under Level 1 restrictions with some additional restrictions, which includes seated food and beverage consumption only, caps on the number of people allowed at events/activities, and masks that must be worn in high-risk settings. 

    To enter South Australia from other states, you’ll need to complete Cross Border Travel Registration seven days before you travel. You’ll receive confirmation of your status within 72 hours and be given a unique number, which you’ll need to have ready when crossing the border.

    These rules also apply to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For full details, visit the Government website here.

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in SA, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

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  • TAS

    Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the State, to help manage the risk of COVID-19 at Tasmania’s borders. 

    Tasmania’s border entry conditions depend on where each traveller has spent time prior to their day of arrival. 

    To travel to Tasmania, you'll need to complete the Tas E-travel form if you've travelled from a low-risk area. You'll need to complete a G2G PASS if you're travelling from a high or medium risk area.

    These rules also apply to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For more information see the Government website here. 

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in TAS, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

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  • VIC

    Victoria has a hard border and is currently experiencing restrictions. Metropolitan Melbourne currently has a stay-at-home curfew from 9:00 pm until 5:00 am and is enforcing strict rules outside of this time.

    If you are in Regional Victoria, the curfew does not apply. If you travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria for a permitted reason, you will be required to adhere to the curfew whilst you are in metropolitan Melbourne.

    You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. Wearing a face mask is mandatory indoors and outdoors, except for at your home throughout Victoria. 

    These rules also apply to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For updates and information visit the Government website here. 

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in VIC, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

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  • WA

    Western Australia has interstate border controls in place. If you need to travel, you’ll have to apply for a G2G PASS. 

    You’ll need to quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premises is not available, you will be directed to a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense. 

    Downloading (and using) the G2G Now mobile application is another requirement – this enables you to complete virtual quarantine checks. 

    These rules also apply to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For full updates visit the Government website here.

    If you are a locum doctor and would like to work in WA, please get in touch with your dedicated recruitment consultant for tailored advice. 

     

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If you have further questions about travelling as a doctor for a locum or permanent job in Australia, please get in touch.    

 

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