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Doctor Travel Updates

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

Last updated: 10:00 a.m. 16/07/21

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 | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

ACT
The ACT border is open to all states without restriction.

Please see a list of exposure locations and actions you are required to take on the COVID-19 areas of concern page.

Non-ACT residents who have been in the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions of NSW are not permitted to travel into the ACT unless they have an approved exemption.

Transiting through Greater Sydney

You can transit through Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions of NSW and enter the ACT if you:

  • did not exit the airport, motor vehicle or train you were travelling in unless to get to your next mode of transport
  • are entering the ACT for urgent medical, law enforcement or emergency purposes
  • are entering by road for transport or freight
  • completed an unbroken 14 day period of hotel quarantine and travelled directly to the ACT.

If you comply with any of the above conditions you will not be subject to the stay-at-home requirement or be required to declare or seek an exemption.

More information on transiting and our exemptions.

Non-ACT residents who have been in the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour in the previous 14 days, you must not enter the ACT unless you obtain an exemption before arriving.

Please see a list of exposure locations and actions you are required to take on the COVID-19 areas of concern page.

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

For updates, see: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel

 

NSW

The NSW border is open to all states.

If you visited a place of high concern on a date and time listed in the COVID-19 concerns notice, continue to follow the guidelines for testing and self-isolation.

Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59 pm on Friday, 16 July 2021.

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

For full details please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

 

NT

The NT border is open to ACT, SA, VIC, WA, QLD, Regional NSW and TAS.

Everyone travelling to the NT must complete the border entry form.

NSW – Greater Sydney has been added to the hotspot list. Anyone travelling from these areas must undertake 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities at their own expense. 

People may still transit through Sydney Airport as it is not considered a hotspot.

VIC – all travellers need to check the Victorian Department of Health website to see if they have been to a Tier 1, 2 or 3 site and follow the directions on the NT website accordingly.

QLD  - there are quarantine and testing directions for people who have been to a COVID-19 public exposure site in Queensland, since 11 July 2021. See info and instructions here.

See the list of specific hotspots here.

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

For updates, see: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine


QLD

The QLD border is open to all states without restriction apart from travellers from certain parts of NSW.

From 6am Friday 16 July, all of Queensland will be operating on the same restrictions.

People in home quarantine, regardless of where they are in the state, still need to follow their home quarantine requirements.

Ensuring anyone entering Queensland completes a travel declaration and expanding the mandatory Check In Qld app to more sectors means we have significantly increased our contact tracing ability and can ease the following restrictions across Queensland.

  • Anyone who has been in a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland, except for a limited range of people who can enter for essential purposes.
  • Anyone who has been permitted to enter Queensland who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot will have to quarantine for 14 days at government arranged accommodation at their own expense.

Travel categories

Queensland has moved to a travel category system that allows areas across Australia and New Zealand to be designated as green, amber or red category according to their risk level.

Click here for full details: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19

 

SA

The SA border is open to all states without restriction apart from travellers from certain parts of ACT, NSW, and areas of Brisbane.

Essential travellers, returning South Australian residents and people genuinely relocating, and people escaping Domestic Violence, who has been in ACT and NSW in the 14 days prior to arrival may enter South Australia are required to 14 days quarantine.

People who are overseas arrivals having completed 14 days quarantine in the Australian Capital Territory, who arrive in South Australia, are subject to Level 3 requirements on arrival:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13
  • Self-quarantine until negative test
  • No entry to high risk setting for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia
  • No entry to COVID Management Plan events at which more than 1000 people are present for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Transiting through Canberra, NT, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Sydney Airport on a flight from another state is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

All travellers must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form on the SA Police website prior to their travel.

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


TAS

The TAS border is open to all states without restriction apart for travellers from certain parts of NSW, ACT and QLD.

  • All travellers must apply for a  G2G PASS system.
  • Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or premise in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless approved as an Essential Traveller.
  • Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area (areas of SA and QLD) or premises need to provide information to help determine entry and quarantine requirements for travel to Tasmania. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system. Where possible, travellers are encouraged to do this at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

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

For more information see https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

VIC

All areas of Australia are designated green zones except for certain parts of NSW and ACT.

A permit is required to enter Victoria. The type of permit that you require will depend on where you have been. The travel permit system is a traffic light system that allows areas across Australia and New Zealand to be designated as green, orange or red zones according to their risk.

Refer to the map to see which zones in NSW and ACT are red, orange and green. There is also a list of LGAs and their zones (CSV).

red zone means non-Victorian residents are not allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, Specified Worker Permit, transit permit, freight worker permit, or exemption. 

An orange zone means you must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. You cannot apply for a permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, nor if you have visited a red zone. You must agree to the requirement of self-quarantine, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and remain in self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

Those travelling from a designated green zone must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. You cannot apply for a green zone permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have visited a red zone.

See: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19

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

For updates and information about each zone please visit: COVID-19 border entry (service.vic.gov.au)

WA 

Border has restrictions with all states.

NSW and VIC can no longer enter the state. The following rules apply for all travellers from NSW:

  • You are not permitted to enter without an exemption through G2G PASS.
  • If permitted entry, you must self-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.
  • Approved travellers are subject to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 11 of quarantine, or at any point when symptoms develop. A mask must be worn while travelling to and from the COVID Clinic.

Arrivals from NT, QLD and ACT must get a COVID-19 test and complete a 14-day quarantine.

Arrivals from Tasmania since Saturday, 26 June 2021 who have been to any of the listed sites here, during the relevant times are required to:

  • Get a COVID-19 test immediately (within 48 hours)
  • Self-isolate until a negative test is received
  • Wear masks when transiting to self-quarantine premises or to get a COVID-19 test
  • Present for a COVID-19 test on day 11

SA and NZ are now considered low risk. The following rules apply for all travellers from these states:

  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
  • Complete a health screening on arrival.
  • Scan your G2G PASS and then verify you have suitable premises for self-quarantine.
  • If you have suitable premises, enter self-quarantine for 14 days. If not, you will be directed to enter a Government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.
  • You must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA.

What is a suitable premises to self-quarantine?

A suitable premises is a location where you and those travelling with you can live for 14 days without putting others at risk. This means:

  • they are suitable for the person to reside in for a period ending fourteen (14) days
  • if the person is required to present for testing, they are close enough to a place where testing can occur in accordance with a direction to enable the person to comply with that direction
  • they enable the person quarantining there to have access to a bedroom, and preferably a bathroom, without the need to share them with any other person who is not also quarantining there
  • food and medication can be delivered to them as required without the need to come into contact with the person quarantining there.

All travellers must complete a G2G Pass prior to arriving in WA. 

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

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.