COVID-19 doctor travel updates – Australian border restrictions and conditions for doctors
Last updated: 1.30 p.m. 29/03/21
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.
2. Border restrictions and self-isolation information by State:
If you have been in the City of Brisbane and Moreton Bay in Queensland from the 11th of March, you will need to get tested and self isolate until you receive a negative result.
ACT residents who have been in COVID-affected areas must notify ACT Health of your intention to travel to the ACT via their online declaration form and enter quarantine for 14 days.
If you have not been in any COVID-affected areas, you can visit the ACT.
For updates, see: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel
If you have arrived in NSW after the 27th of March and have been in the Brisbane city council or the Moreton Bay city council since 11th of March, you must complete a self-declaration form.
If you have been in an area of high-concern in Brisbane and Moreton Bay, you are not allowed to enter NSW unless you are a NSW resident. You are not allowed to transit through NSW. You must immediately self isolate and get tested.
For full details please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
Anyone who has been in the high-risk areas below must immediately get a Covid-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
- You have arrived since 20 March and were in the QLD Local Government Areas of City of Brisbane or Moreton Bay Region from 20 March onwards; or
- You arrived between 12 March and 11:59pm on 19 March and you were in the QLD Local Government Areas of City of Brisbane or Moreton Bay Region between 12 March and 19 March and you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
- You have been in any of the LGAs City of Ipswich, Logan City, Redland City or Gladstone Region since 25 March 2021 and/or you have been in the Byron Shire Council LGA since 27 March 2021.
Click here to check out the full list of high-risk areas.
Border now open to all other states, everyone travelling to the NT must complete the border entry form prior to arrival.
See Google map with current hotspots.
For updates, see: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine
Greater Brisbane will enter a 3-day lockdown from 5pm Monday 29th of March 2021 to Thursday 1st of April.
If you have been to a Covid-19 hotpspot area in another state, you will only be allowed to enter Queensland if you are a Queensland resident or required to enter for essential reasons. Click here for full details: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19
At this stage the border is open to all other states.
If you have been to a high-risk area you will need to quarantine. Please visit this website for a detailed list of restricted/prohibited locations and requirements: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#restrictions
The border is open to all other states.
Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands in Queensland has been added to the high-risk list. 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. If entry is approved, there may be a quarantine requirement in government-designated accommodation (fees can apply).
If the travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons, travellers can apply, via the G2G PASS system to enter the State as an Essential Traveller.
For more information see https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania
The Queensland LGAs of Brisbane and Moreton Bay are now classified as an 'orange zone', anyone who has been in these areas must immediately self isolate and get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours and stay isolated until you get a negative result. Click here for a full list of the affected areas: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/updates
Except for some areas in Queensland, all other Australian states are now green zones under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system. All travellers must apply for a G2G PASS system.
For updates and information about each zone please visit: COVID-19 border entry (service.vic.gov.au)
Anyone arriving from Queensland will need to complete 14 days of self-quarantine and present for COVID-19 testing. The border is open to all other states without needing to quarantine.
EVERYONE entering WA must apply for an exemption via G2G PASS prior to travel.
- Low risk states and territories
- not required to quarantine
- currently includes NSW, WA, TAS, ACT, VIC, NT, and SA.
- International arrivals
- must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at own expense
- subject to mandatory COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of quarantine.
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.