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

Last updated: 3:00 p.m. 26/10/21

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 still has some restrictions in place. If you have been in any area subject to travel directions, you must also follow the requirements of those travel directions.

    You must also quarantine for 14 days if you have been in a Covid-19 affected area within the last two weeks. You can view the restrictions in place for entering the ACT here.

    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

    New South Wales is currently experiencing various restrictions, which are dependant on your vaccination status.

    You can enter New South Wales from all states without a declaration except for VIC. Some states have closed their borders to parts of NSW, please check with each state before entering if you have been in Sydney or NSW recently.

    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

    The Northern Territory currently has some restrictions in place.

    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.

    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

    ACT, NSW and VIC are considered hotspots.

    Anyone who has been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since their start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland unless they are a Queensland resident, someone relocating to Queensland (ie a new resident) or have an exemption. Anyone allowed to enter will need to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

    You must apply for and receive a Queensland entry pass to enter Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand, including returning Queensland residents.

    Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan To Unite Families - A Plan For Queensland's Borders was released on Monday 18 October 2021. The plan details changes to domestic and international travel to Queensland when 70%, 80% and then 90% of Queensland's eligible population is fully vaccinated.

    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

    ACT, NSW and VIC are considered hotspots. Travellers arriving from these areas are currently prohibited from entering SA, except for Essential Travellers and some permitted arrivals.

    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

    TAS areas are assessed as either lowmedium or high-risk based on Public Health advice with ACT, NSW and VIC all considered high risk.

    Travellers who have been in a high-risk (level 1) area in the 14 days prior to their travel to Tasmania will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller. If approved, quarantine is required and must be undertaken in a government-managed quarantine facility at their own cost. Other conditions may also apply.

    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. Travellers can register their travel and contact details through the Tas e-Travel system no more than one day before they arrive.

    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

    From 11:59 pm on the 19th of October 2021, relaxed requirements apply to fully vaccinated travellers who have been in red or orange zones. 

    Orange Zones

    If you have been in an orange zone at any time over the past 14 days and you are fully vaccinated, you can get an orange zone permit at Service Victoria to enter Victoria. You must follow all directions in place and monitor for symptoms while in Victoria and get tested if any develop.

    Red zones

    If you have been in a red zone at any time in the last 14 days, and you are fully vaccinated, you can get a red zone permit at Service Victoria to enter Victoria if:

    • You test negative from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entering Victoria

    When you enter Victoria, you will have to:

    • Isolate upon arrival
    • Get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving
    • Stay isolated until you get a negative test result

    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. Depending on what risk the state you are travelling from is considered will also dictate the restrictions in place.

    Northern Territory Very low risk
    South Australia Very low risk
    Tasmania Very low risk
    Queensland Low risk
    Australian Capital Territory Medium Risk
    Victoria Extreme risk
    New South Wales Extreme risk

    Medium and extreme risk travellers will need to quarantine for 14 days at a Government approved quarantine facility at your own expense. Low and very low can isolate at suitable premises.

    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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International Travel

From Monday, November 1st, fully vaccinated Australians aged 12 and over will be able to travel overseas. That means travellers will not have to seek an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs to travel abroad but will need to show their international Covid-19 vaccination certificate at the airport check-in. We also suggest a negative covid test result within 48hours of travel will be required.

Also, from November 8th, fully vaccinated Australians will be able to enter Singapore without quarantine. However, travellers above the age of two will need to return a negative Covid test result from a pre-departure test within 48 hours of travelling. They will then have to take another test on arrival at Changi Airport.

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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