Travelling to Perth – Current Rules

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13 November 2021

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Whether you are wanting to visit family and friends in WA, needing to travel for business or simply dreaming of a fun-filled family getaway, Western Australia currently has a controlled interstate border arrangement in place which is designed to keep the state safe from potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

Before you consider travelling to WA from other parts of Australia, it’s important to understand and follow all of the necessary rules and processes.

Whether you are wanting to visit family and friends in WA, needing to travel for business or simply dreaming of a fun-filled family getaway, Western Australia currently has a controlled interstate border arrangement in place which is designed to keep the state safe from potential COVID-19 outbreaks. Before you consider travelling to WA from other parts of Australia, it’s important to understand and follow all of the necessary rules and processes.

Executive Escapes has a great range of contemporary properties available that can be used for those who are travelling from certain jurisdictions that require quarantine upon arrival. A more comfortable (and more affordable) quarantine option than standard quarantine hotels, we have short term accommodation options for couples, families and larger groups.

Here we will take a look at the current regulations surrounding travel into WA from other states and territories to help ensure smooth and seamless travelling.

WA Border Restrictions

Based on current public health advice, the controlled interstate border arrangement sees the WA Government classify areas depending on the risk of COVID-19 in those areas. They can be classified as either very-low, low-, medium-, high- or extreme-risk jurisdictions. Depending on where they are travelling from, interstate travellers may be permitted to enter WA, subject to strict conditions. The arrangement does not allow travellers to enter WA from medium, high or extreme risk jurisdictions without an approval through G2G Pass.

Very Low-Risk Jurisdictions – NT, SA, TAS & QLD

If you have been in a very low-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days prior to your intended arrival date in WA, you are free to enter WA without quarantining, however you must:

  • complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration before you travel
  • undergo health screening on arrival at Perth Airport
  • scan your G2G PASS to exit the airport

Low-Risk Jurisdictions

Similarly, you can enter WA if you’ve been in a low-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days before your intended arrival date. You will need to complete a G2G PASS registration and declaration before travelling and undergo health screening on arrival, you must also:

  • self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable accommodation. If unavailable, you must enter a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense.
  • get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of your arrival and on day 12 of quarantine.

Medium-Risk Jurisdictions – ACT

If you’ve been in a jurisdiction classified as medium risk in the 14 days before your intended arrival into WA, you CANNOT enter unless you meet exemption requirements. You must use the G2G Pass to seek exemption approval.

If permitted entry, you must self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises, or a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense. You must get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12, or at any point you develop symptoms.

**Even if you only transited through a low or medium-risk area in the 14 days before travelling to Western Australia, you must still follow the rules applying to a low or medium-risk area.

High-Risk Jurisdictions

If you’ve been in a high-risk jurisdiction in the two weeks before your WA arrival, you CANNOT enter without receiving WA Government approval via the G2G Pass.

If permitted to enter, you must:

  • self-quarantine at a suitable premises or at a government-arranged quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days
  • show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 72 hours before departure
  • show proof that you’ve received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible
  • use the G2G Now app on arrival in WA
  • receive a COVID-19 test on day 2 and 12
  • wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at suitable self-quarantine premises or government-arranged quarantine facilities.

Extreme-Risk Jurisdictions – VIC & NSW

People who’ve been in an extreme-risk jurisdiction in the 14 days before they intend to arrive in WA CANNOT enter without Government approval via the G2G Pass. Approval will only be granted to Commonwealth and state officials, members of parliament, diplomats and people in a specialist or extraordinary circumstance.

If you’re allowed to enter, you must:

  • quarantine for 14 days at a government-approved hotel quarantine facility at your own expense
  • show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 72 hours before departure
  • show proof that you’ve received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible
  • use the G2G Now app on arrival in WA
  • get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12
  • wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at a government-arranged hotel quarantine facility. Further, if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight, and while inside the airport

What is a G2G Pass?

All people arriving into WA from overseas or interstate, including returning WA residents, must complete a G2G Pass. This is an online application that allows you to complete your mandatory registration and declaration, which should be done before travelling to WA. Travellers are required to submit a new application every time they enter WA, this ensures authorities have up-to-date information about their health and travel history. To submit a travel declaration, visit the G2G Pass website.

What is Considered a Suitable Premises for Quarantine?

A private residence, holiday rental or other short-term rental accommodation that is standalone or semi-detached, has no shared entrances or exits, corridors or facilities is considered suitable for self-quarantine. Commercial accommodation providers that are not stand alone properties (hotel rooms) or accommodation with shared facilities (such as caravan parks, youth hostels, boarding homes, single rented rooms) are not accepted as suitable. Travellers arriving from all jurisdictions (excluding extreme risk) are free to select a suitable premises of their choice to spend the quarantine period.

Looking for Suitable Quarantine Accommodation?

Executive Escapes has a wide variety of short stay accommodation options throughout Perth that meet the criteria of being a ‘suitable premises’. Spacious, modern and fully self-contained, our holiday rentals in Perth are a cost-effective and comfortable way to quarantine. Get in touch with our team today for more information by calling (08) 9286 2641 or browse our listings online now.

Information correct as at 29/10/21. Information has been referenced from COVID-19 coronavirus (www.wa.gov.au).