COVID-19 doctor travel updates – Australian border restrictions and conditions for doctors
Last updated: 9.32 a.m 25/02/21
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:
Non-ACT residents who have been in some affected areas in Victoria are not permitted to enter ACT unless they have an exemption.
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
VIC is declared an affected area. Arrivals by air or rail must complete a declaration form. If you are not a NSW resident and you have been in a place of high concern you must not enter NSW. If you are a returning NSW resident and you have been in a place of high concern at the time, you must
Get tested immediately if you have been to these Covid-19 hotspots.
For updates see: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
Border now open to all 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
There are currently border restrictions for some affected areas in Victoria, check the website for details of which LGAs are prohibited to travel to QLD: 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.
Any arrival from Greater Melbourne Area is still prohibited. 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.
Certain locations in VIC 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
All 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)
The border is open to travellers from VIC however you will be subject to 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing upon arrival. 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, QLD, ACT, 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 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.