Australia’s interstate borders have been a point of contention throughout the pandemic.
With holiday plans ruined, families left separated and border communities left scratching their heads, it can be hard to keep up.
Only weeks after most interstate borders relaxed their restrictions, an outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches forced them to be reinstated.
Then, a coronavirus case in Brisbane was determined to be the virulent strain believed to be up to 70 per cent more contagious.
So, where can you travel to now, and what can you expect when you cross into another jurisdiction?
Queensland is currently home to the most fast-changing coronavirus situation after a hotel quarantine worker caught the highly-contagious UK strain.
Greater Brisbane will begin a three-day lockdown at 6pm on Friday, so anyone who lives there is required to stay at home.
Those developments have resulted in a plethora of border changes, closures and restrictions.
New South Wales will enforce the lockdown restrictions being carried out in Greater Brisbane for those who have travelled from the hotspot.
If they have travelled from Brisbane, they have to isolate until 6pm Monday, not the full 14 days.
Likewise in Victoria, those who have arrived from Greater Brisbane since January 2 should get tested, remain at their home or place of accommodation until Monday, when a further assessment will be made.
South Australia said anyone coming into the state from the region from midnight on Friday will have to quarantine for two weeks.
Anyone who has been in the area since January 2 will still need to be tested.
Western Australia has moved to block anyone from entering from Queensland from midnight on Friday, with few exemptions allocated.
The Northern Territory declared Greater Brisbane a hotspot on Friday, restricting anyone arriving into supervised quarantine.
Tasmania declared Greater Brisbane “high risk” and said anyone who’s been in Greater Brisbane since January 2 is ordered to immediately quarantine from Friday.
Under the “high risk” declaration, only those with special exemptions can enter.
Finally, the ACT has also declared anyone who visited Brisbane since January 2 should isolate immediately for 14 days.
From New South Wales
All states and territories have some form of restriction on New South Wales – and it can be complicated.
Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia have all entirely closed their borders with New South Wales, meaning no one can cross over without an exemption.
However, those in Victoria-NSW border communities can use their driver’s licence to cross back-and-forth.
For Queensland, those who have been in a declared hotspot in NSW in the in the past fortnight won’t be able to enter without an exemption. Otherwise, the only restriction is a Border Declaration Pass is required.
The ACT has restrictions in place for Greater Sydney, the Northern Beaches, the Central Coast and Wollongong, mandating quarantine for 14 days. Otherwise, travel is permitted.
Tasmania is closed to anyone who has been in Sydney’s Northern Beaches since December 11. Those who have been in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains or Wollongong CAN enter Tasmania but need to complete 14 days of home quarantine.
All other parts of New South Wales are deemed “low risk” and can enter Tasmania.
Victorians certainly have more travel options today than they did a few months ago.
However, after a handful of cases cropped up and were linked back to the Northern Beaches outbreak, trigger-happy state and territory leaders implemented restrictions.
Currently, Western Australia has shut its border to all of Victoria, with few exemptions available.
Tasmania has shut its border to those how have been to a high-risk exposure site and requires registrations through the Tas e-Travel pass system.
The Northern Territory is open to Victoria, but travellers also need a Border Entry Form.
South Australia is also open to Victorians, but a Registration Form needs to be filled out at least seven days before you leave.
Victorians can travel into Queensland, but you would need to be tested upon arrival and isolate at home until a result is returned.
There are no restrictions on travelling from Victoria into New South Wales or the ACT.
South Australia has recovered comfortably since the so-called Parafield cluster in early-December.
No states have shut their borders to SA but some still have permit systems.
The Northern Territory is open to South Australia, but travellers also need a Border Entry Form.
New South Wales, the ACT, Queensland and Victoria have no travel restrictions or permit requirements for South Australia.
Getting out of Western Australia isn’t the issue – it’s getting back in.
No states have shut their borders to WA but some still have permit systems.
The Northern Territory is open to WA, but travellers need a Border Entry Form.
All other states and territories have no restrictions for entry.
Tasmanians can travel to any state or territory they like. Returning is the issue.
New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT don’t require permits from those travelling from Tasmania.
The Northern Territory is open but travellers need a Border Entry Form.
However, anyone who is coming back from a declared hotspot, which now includes Greater Brisbane, must quarantine for 14 days.
No borders are closed to the Australian Capital Territory.
And, if you’re heading to Victoria by road through New South Wales, you’ll need to get a Border Entry Permit.
No other states or territories require permits.
No borders are closed to the Northern Territory.
No other states or territories require permits.