Easter is just around the corner, but a raft of new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Brisbane has thrown a spanner into the travel plans of thousands.
With Greater Brisbane in a three-day lockdown, most of the restrictions are preventing residents in those areas from leaving – but some go two ways.
State-by-state, here’s how fresh COVID-19 containments will disrupt your Easter travel.
The Queensland border is open to all Australian states and territories, and you do not need a border pass to enter Queensland.
You are free to enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory for any purpose.
Brisbane’s three-day lockdown ends at 5pm on Thursday – just one day before Good Friday.
At this stage, there is no confirmation on whether restrictions will extend into the Easter weekend.
“Those who transit into Greater Brisbane from surrounding areas for work, healthcare, study or to support a vulnerable person may do so if it is not reasonably practicable to make other arrangement, such as work or study from home,” Queensland Health advises.
There are no restrictions around travelling to NSW and the border is open.
NSW Health is advising people in NSW against non-essential travel to the Greater Brisbane area at this time.
Those from the Greater Brisbane area must not enter NSW.
Returning NSW residents from that area must quarantine upon arrival.
Victoria’s border is open, but all entrants must have a valid permit under the state’s Victorian Travel Permit system.
Currently, the Greater Brisbane area (including City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City) is designated as a “red zone” for travel permits.
This means anyone who was in these areas since March 12 must isolate and get tested.
Victorian residents in a red zone can apply for a red zone permit to return home.
From the day you enter Victoria, you must return straight home and self-quarantine for 14 days.
You must get a coronavirus test within 72 hours of arriving, and again on day 13 of self-quarantine.
WA’s border is currently open to all states except Queensland.
Queenslanders wishing to travel to Western Australia at this time are not permitted to enter without an exemption through the G2G Pass system.
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.
South Australia’s border is open without restrictions to everyone except for those living or visiting the Greater Brisbane area during a specified time.
Travellers who arrived in South Australia between March 20 and 5pm on March 29 from the City of Brisbane, Logan City, City of Ipswich, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City must self-quarantine until they get a negative COVID-19 result.
Travellers from these locations are also not allowed to attend any event with more than 1000 people present for a period of 14 days after their arrival in the state.
The Northern Territory currently has an open border, with some restrictions for Brisbane residents.
All arrivals to the NT must fill in a border entry form, and complete 14 days of quarantine if they recently returned from a COVID-19 hotspot.
The NT has declared the following areas hotspots:
- City of Brisbane
- City of Ipswich
- Logan City
- Moreton Bay Region
- Redland City
- Toowoomba Region
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT has an open border, with some restrictions in place for those arriving from Greater Brisbane.
ACT residents are advised not to travel to Greater Brisbane as it is a declared COVID-19 affected area.
Travellers entering the ACT from the City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City must seek an approved exemption from ACT Health until 6pm on Thursday.
It’s not known what restrictions will remain on Good Friday.
Tasmania is open to all states and territories, with some restrictions applying to travellers from high-risk areas such as Greater Brisbane.
Travellers from Greater Brisbane are not allowed to enter unless they are approved as an essential traveller.