A view of Perth looking through trees

The most recent information currently available on the WA Government website, on 9 January 2021, relates to travel from Queensland. There is also information available for other States and Territories.


Western Australia has introduced a hard border with Queensland

Based on the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland, there is updated health advice regarding travel from QLD into WA.

Western Australia has introduced a hard border with Queensland as an immediate measure to reduce the risk of the virus coming into the WA community.

Following the WA Chief Health Officer’s latest health advice, Queensland transitioned from a ‘very low risk’ State to a ‘medium risk’ State under WA’s controlled interstate border regime, at 12.01am Saturday, 9 January 2021.

Anyone who has arrived into WA from Friday, 8 January 2021 from Queensland will be tested on arrival at the airport and will be required to self-quarantine immediately for 14 days, and be tested again on Day 11.

Effective immediately, anyone who has arrived from Queensland since January 2 or was in Queensland from January 2 and has since arrived in WA will be required to do the following:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premise until you have spent 14 days in WA;
  • present for an initial COVID-19 test by Tuesday, 12 January;
  • present for a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine;
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 11 after arrival in WA (if still in WA).

Anyone who has arrived from Queensland since January 2 will be contacted by WA Police with these instructions, as a result of the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.

For anyone who has come into contact with someone who recently arrived from Queensland, they do not need to self-quarantine and only need to be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop.

Travel from Queensland will no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller. This also applies to anyone who may have been in Queensland since January 2 and has not completed 14 days in a lower risk State or Territory. The exemption list is limited to:

  • certain senior Government officials;
  • certain active military personnel;
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics; and
  • anyone who is given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

The final category includes compassionate reasons - including those Western Australians that may have travelled to Queensland recently and need to return to WA.

These people will be assessed by WA Police and will be required to complete  14 days of self-quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and on day 11.

Full details of this new advice can be found at WA.Gov.au


WA hard border returns with Victoria

On 31 December 2020, WA’s Acting Chief Health Officer consulted with the Victorian Government and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), to help provide updated health advice to the Western Australian Government.

Based on the latest health advice and the evolving situation, Victoria will now transition from a ‘very low risk’ State to a ‘medium risk’ State under our controlled interstate border, effective from 12.01am Friday, January 1, 2021.

Further information is available here


South Australia to move to ‘very low risk’ category from 12.01am, 25 December 2020

From 12.01am, Friday 25, December 2020, travel from South Australia into Western Australia will be classified as ‘very low risk’, subject to no further outbreaks.

Travellers will be subject to certain conditions including the mandatory completion of a G2G registration and health screening upon arrival.

Anyone entering WA from SA prior to 12.01am, Friday, 25 December 2020 must undertake and complete their 14-days of self-quarantine. (22 December 2020)


New South Wales entry to WA border measures strengthened 

Travel from New South Wales into WA will not be allowed unless travellers meet strict exception criteria, to protect Western Australia and reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering WA. (21 December 2020)


Western Australia's border arrangement

WA is in a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement, based on public health advice.

Interstate travel is permitted into and around WA, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel. They are also subject to conditions, including completing a G2G PASS declaration prior to entry.

WA’s Chief Health Officer continues to closely monitor community transmission in other states and territories, and will advise the WA Government if any changes to our borders are required to keep Western Australians protected.

For more detail of COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel and quarantine 


On 18 August 2020, it was announced that Phase 4 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap has been extended and Phase 5 will tentatively start on Saturday 24 October 2020. The 2020 Royal Perth Show has also been cancelled.

Media Statement

The Premier’s Media Statement addressing this announcement follows:

Cautious approach to Phase 5 and the 2020 Perth Royal Show

18/08/2020 

  • Phase 4 of the WA roadmap extended by two months
  • New tentative start date for Phase 5 is now Saturday, October 24
  • 2020 Perth Royal Show will no longer go ahead 

Based on the latest health advice from the Chief Health Officer, Phase 4 of the WA roadmap will be extended for a two-month period and the 2020 Perth Royal Show will no longer go ahead as planned.

The State Government today made the announcement, stating the extra cautious approach was necessary given the Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, had advised that it could take two months or longer for the outbreaks in Victoria to be fully under control.

Originally the tentative start date for Phase 5 was July 17, when first announced in June. Since then due to the situation over east, the State Government has extended Phase 4 three separate times, each for a two-week period.

The Chief Health Officer recommended a further extension of Phase 4 by two months, meaning the new tentative start date of Phase 5 will now be Saturday, October 24 (effective from 11.59pm Friday, October 23).

It is expected the State Government will likely provide clarity in October about whether or not Western Australia can proceed with this timeline or bring it forward, based on the latest health advice.

Phase 5 would result in the removal of the two square metre rule - designed to ease the burden on businesses compared to the more problematic four square metre rule being used in other parts of the country. It would also see the removal of the 50 per cent capacity limit for major venues such as Optus Stadium.

In light of this decision, the Chief Health Officer has also recommended that the 2020 Perth Royal Show not proceed.

From a public health perspective, the Royal Show provides a number of unique challenges and presents too great a risk.

The State Government will work with the Royal Agricultural Society about other regional shows, pending advice from the Chief Health Officer.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"Given the situation over east and our latest health advice, proceeding to Phase 5 too soon is just not appropriate.

"I know this will cause frustration and problems for some sections of the community, but we are trying to find the right balance here, between protecting our community and keeping our economy as open as possible.

"The decision on the Royal Show will come as a disappointment for many people, but right now we just cannot afford to take an unnecessary risk."

Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

"What is always uppermost in our decision-making is the health and safety of Western Australians.

"The fact we find ourselves in such a fortunate situation has been due to the sensible behaviour of Western Australians and following the latest health advice along every step of this difficult journey.

"We have seen in Victoria just how quickly the virus can take hold, devastating families and communities while dealing with restrictive lockdowns.

"We need to continue to be cautious so that we don't lose the freedom that we have all worked so hard for."

Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

"While the decision to cancel the 2020 Perth Royal Show will be disappointing for families across the State, we have to put the health and safety of the community first.

"We will work closely with the Royal Agricultural Society to make sure they can deliver a vibrant Perth Royal Show in future years."

Premier's office - 6552 5000

Health Minister's office - 6552 6500

Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200


Royal Perth Show 2020 cancelled

In connection to the extension of Phase 4 the Chief Health officer made this recommendation:

In light of this decision, the Chief Health Officer has also recommended that the 2020 Perth Royal Show not proceed.

From a public health perspective, the Royal Show provides a number of unique challenges and presents too great a risk.


Phase 5 explained

Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities.

It would also see the removal of WA’s 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for our major venues.


Phases 1 - 6 explained

Detailed information on each of the Phases is available here


More information

COVID-19 in Western Australia latest updates
COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel and quarantine
IDEAS COVID-19 Directory 

IDEAS does information so you can do life