COVID-19 doctor travel updates – Australian border restrictions and conditions for doctors
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.
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
A number of Australian states and territories have closed their borders in an effort 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 and in some cases may still be required to self-isolate.
2. Border restrictions and self-isolation information by State:
Border is closed to people from Victoria but open to travellers from any other State. However, if you travel from the certain NSW locations you need to self-isolate for 14 days. See this link for Current NSW Hotspots: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
For updates, see: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel
The border is closed to anyone coming from Victoria (except NSW residents), and open to people travelling from all other states. NSW residents returning from Victoria must go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
All returning NSW residents, unless they live within the NSW border regions, will only be allowed to return to NSW through Sydney Airport. The cost of hotel quarantine will be the same as for returning international travellers ($3,000 per adult).
All people travelling to the NT must complete a border entry form.
See Google map with current hotspots. Current hotspots are:
- all of VIC
- all of Sydney (31 areas) and Newcastle
Anyone travelling from a hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine (cost of $2500) at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.
For updates, see: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine
The ACT will no longer be considered a COVID-19 hotspot, if there are no new cases between 18 and 25 September. Travellers from ACT will not need to quarantine upon their arrival, as long as they have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.
If you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days, you will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at the border. This applies to everyone, except people needed in Queensland for essential activities.Queensland residents can return home but will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation at their expense. ($2800)
For updates and a list of specific hotspots, see: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/border-restrictions/border-restrictions-8-aug-2020
You can only enter Queensland from a hotspot if you travel by air. The only people allowed to enter Queensland by road are:
- truck drivers and workers related to the transport of freight and logistics
- people performing essential activities*
- border zone residents
You do not have to quarantine if you are arriving from a COVID-19 hotspot if you:
- need to come to Queensland to complete an essential activity
- arrive into Queensland by air and you transfer directly to another flight to leave Queensland or quarantine until your flight out of Queensland
- were in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport, excluding Melbourne Tullamarine airport
- can provide evidence that you completed mandatory hotel quarantine in a COVID-19 hotspot and immediately transited to Queensland, unless you flew out of Melbourne Tullamarine airport are a border zone resident and have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days.
*Regarding essential activities, only specialist health workers approved by the Chief Health Officer are exempted. We believe this only refers to doctors who have been requested to enter a state by the State DoH. It is likely that most of our doctors will not fall into the essential activity category.
People arriving from other States must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before you come to Queensland.
The border will be opening to NSW residents without the need to quarantine from midnight 23 September, provided that there are no new cases reported. See https://www.9news.com.au/national/south-australia-border-reopening-nsw-coronavirus-restrictions/c61f9e1f-bc6b-4e87-b897-35cba0390013.
The border is open to people travelling from ACT, NT, QLD, TAS and WA – however, you will need to complete pre-approval form.
Cross Border Community Members on the VIC border are permitted to enter SA for essential purposes only.
For further updates, see: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#restrictions
The border is open, however, everyone must have pre-approval before entering the state. This can be done via the G2G PASS system at least 3 days prior to travel.
If you have been in an “affected region or premises” and are not an Essential Traveller, the 14 day quarantine requirement will apply and this will occur in government-designated accommodation at a fee of $2800. Essential Travellers are not required to quarantine but must undertake health screening on arrival and comply with the conditions described in Conditions for Essential Travellers.
Tasmanian residents who have not spent any time in a “affected region or premises” are required to quarantine for 14 days at their primary residence.
The following regions and premises in VIC and NSW are considered hotspots: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/g2g-pass/current-high-risk-locations
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5th August, essential workers in Melbourne will now be required to carry a new ‘Worker Permit’ when travelling to and from work. It is the employer’s responsibility to issue these permits.
Employees must carry the worker permit and should carry photo identification when travelling to and from the workplace. A worker permit can be shown electronically to authorities such as a photo, or scanned copy, on a mobile device.
The border is closed unless you are an Essential Worker who can also get an exemption to enter as an essential worker by applying for a G2G Pass System.
For updates, see: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa
As always, our team of medical recruitment consultants and 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.