State health departments and hopeful travellers are watching the coronavirus situation in Brisbane closely.
For many Australians, the chaos of some states closing borders due to COVID-19 risks during the new year holidays is still fresh in their minds.
With the Easter holidays less than a week away, will you be able to get away as planned?
Here’s what the situation looks like across Australia.
Can I go to Victoria?
Yes, but everyone, no matter where they are coming from, must fill out a permit form, and if you are coming from Queensland there are entry requirements.
On Friday night there were unprecedented scenes as footy fans from Queensland were asked to leave a AFL match due to the changed COVID situation.
Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Melissa Horne said the government was following the advice of the Chief Health Officer.
“What we have done is respond quickly to what the Chief Health Officer’s advice has been to make sure we are keeping people safe here in Victoria. That has been our priority and our focus,” she said.
All states and territories except Queensland are green zones under the state’s traffic light permit system. As always green means go, go, go.
The Victorian health department website on Saturday listed Brisbane and Moreton Bay as orange zones.
That means if you have been in those local government areas (excluding a quick dash through areas to the airport) you must apply for an orange permit and on arrival must self-isolate, be tested for COVID within 72 hours and isolate until a negative result is received.
The Victorian Health Department says it is using data from travel permits to contact people who have entered the state from Brisbane or Moreton Bay since March 12 and advise them of the obligations to isolate and be tested.
And the message from NSW?
New South Wales’ borders are open and no permit is required.
But if you have been to any of the “close contact venues” listed on the Queensland Health website, stay away.
Jan Fizzell, from the NSW Department of Health, said the state was closely monitoring the situation in Queensland.
If you have been in the Brisbane City Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas in the past 14 days, you will need to complete a passenger declaration form and be on the lookout for symptoms.
People who have been to a “close contact venue” and are already in NSW should immediately self-isolate and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.
How about South Australia?
There are no restrictions on entering South Australia, and everyone needs to fill out a Cross Border Travel Registration prior to travelling.
The state government’s website still lists Queensland as a “Low Community-Transmission Zone”.
What’s happening out West?
Western Australia often has the toughest border controls.
All arrivals into Western Australia from Queensland will now have to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days or until they return a negative test.
The directive is effective immediately, meaning all arrivals must get tested within 48 hours.
Authorities say the “interim border control” will be in place until at least 12.01am Tuesday, March 30.
All other arrivals need to complete a mandatory G2G Pass and have a health screening at Perth Airport.
In the Northern Territory
Like many states and territories, the NT will ask you to fill out a border entry form.
If you have been to any of the “high-risk sites” in Brisbane or listed Sydney locations there’s a few things you will need to do.
First, be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving and remain in self-isolation until a negative test is returned.
Everyone needs to provide their contact and travel details before entering Tasmania.
The state has travel alerts in place for Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand.
The NSW and New Zealand alerts relate to early cases, while the Queensland warning which lists high-risk premises is connected to the cases in recent days.
If you have been in Brisbane or Moreton Bay since Monday, March 8 you are being asked to monitor for COVID symptoms.
“Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or premises in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless approved as an Essential Traveller,” the state’s COVID travel advice website states.
“If entry is approved, there may be a quarantine requirement in government-designated accommodation (fees can apply).”
In the ACT
The borders are open, and even people travelling from Queensland can go to the ACT without declaring travel or quarantining.
The ACT’s travel advice website does however list Brisbane and Moreton Bay as “geographical areas of risk”.
“People in the ACT who have been in these areas on or after 20 March, should get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.”
The government is suggesting people already in the ACT who have been in Queensland check the Queensland Health website for exposure sites, and if you have been to a close contact exposure site to contact ACT Health and quarantine for 14 days after you were last at the site.
And in Queensland
You do not need a border pass to enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory.