COVID-19 doctor travel updates

Australian border restrictions and conditions for doctors

Last updated: 11:00 a.m. 16/02/2022

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

However, in recent weeks there has been some great news as the Prime Minister has announced that Australia's borders will be fully reopened on 21 February 2022 to all double vaccinated travellers, business people, and visitors.

As individual state restrictions may still apply, 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 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

    There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT.

    If you have recently arrived in Australia from overseas, refer to information for overseas travellers.

    If you are currently under isolation or quarantine in another state or territory as a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a household contact or have been declared a close contact by another state or territory, and are seeking to travel to the ACT, you should follow the guidance 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. 

  • NSW

    There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to NSW, however, there are other rules in place that you must follow while in NSW.

    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. 

  • NT

    All people entering the Northern Territory must complete a Border Entry Form before arrival

    Fully vaccinated visitors are welcome to enter the Northern Territory without having to quarantine. Only Therapeutic Goods Administration approved and recognised COVID-19 vaccines are accepted for the purpose of travel to Australia and the Northern Territory and proof of vaccination will be required on arrival.

    For updates, see the NT Government website

    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. 

  • QLD

    If you are a fully vaccinated international arrival to Queensland, you must get a COVID-19 test (PCR or RAT) within 24 hours of your arrival in Queensland and quarantine at your residence, accommodation or boat until you receive a negative result.

    Unvaccinated travellers permitted to enter Australia by the Commonwealth will need to quarantine on arrival at Queensland in government-nominated accommodation.

    You can enter Queensland from elsewhere in Australia without restrictions.

    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. 

  • SA

    You can travel to South Australia from overseas if you have completed a course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), or you are under the age of 12 years and 2 months.

    You are required to have a pre-arrival negative test result in line with the information specified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

    For full details on interstate travel rules, check out 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. 

  • TAS

    Fully vaccinated travellers, or those with an exemption, do not need to register to enter Tasmania or undertake COVID-19 testing prior to arrival. See the definition of fully vaccinated.

    Unvaccinated travellers must apply for approval to enter Tasmania. If approved, testing and quarantine conditions will apply. See the unvaccinated entry conditions.

    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. 

  • VIC

    There is no permit required to enter Victoria from interstate unless you have been overseas in the past 14 days. There are no domestic testing requirements for interstate arrivals.

    All international travellers, including travellers who first arrived in another Australian state or territory, are required to hold an international passenger travel permit to enter Victoria and must comply with the requirements for international travellers.

    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. 

  • 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.

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

    To enter WA directly from overseas, you must meet the Commonwealth requirements to enter Australia under the arrivals cap.

    The Australian Government’s Department of Health website (external link) has information about travelling in and out of Australia, and proof of vaccination requirements.

    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. 

     

3. 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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