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Chronology of Victorian border closures due to COVID-19

Introduction

State and territory border closures have been a key part of Australia’s COVID-19 management plan. At some point during 2020, Victorians were locked out of every state and territory (apart from the Northern Territory) and required special permission to cross those borders.

The Victorian Government has also used border closures to manage outbreaks in other states. Victoria closed the border, at various occasions, to Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales in 2020 and 2021.

This chronology has been put together using state and territory media releases from Premiers, Chief Ministers and Health Ministers, information from state and territory Health Department/Coronavirus websites and media articles where Premiers/Chief Ministers or Health Department officials are quoted.

At times, exemptions from border restrictions were granted to people under special circumstances. For instance: under compassionate circumstances; for people relocating interstate; those escaping domestic violence; or for those deemed essential travellers.

This chronology focuses on general border closures. All times provided are local to the state/territory in question.

See also: Chronology of primary and secondary school closures in Victoria due to COVID-19.

2020

Date

State/ territory

Announcement

Source

18 March

SA

People entering SA from overseas will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

S. Marshall (Premier of South Australia) (2020) Stronger powers to enforce COVID-19 self-isolation, media release, 18 March.

20 March

Tas

From midnight, non-essential travellers entering Tas will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

P. Gutwein (Premier of Tasmania) (2020) Important information about new COVID-19 response measures, media release, 19 March.

21 March

NT

From 4:00 pm, interstate visitors entering the NT will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

M. Gunner (Chief Minister of the Northern Territory) (2020) Securing the border to protect Territorians, media release, 21 March.

22 March

WA

From 1:30 pm, unless exempt, all arrivals entering WA are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

M. McGowan (Premier of Western Australia) (2020) New border controls to help protect Western Australia, media release,22 March.

24 March

SA

From 4:00 pm, all arrivals into SA will be required to isolate for 14 days.

S. Marshall (Premier of South Australia) (2020)South Australia's borders to close, media release, 22 March.

25 March

Qld

From midnight, all arrivals into Qld, who are not residents, will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

A. Palaszczuk (Premier of Queensland) (2020) Border Control Slows Virus Spread, media release, 24 March.

1 April

NT

From midnight, the NT will require anyone arriving from interstate to quarantine at home for 14 days.

M. Gunner (Chief Minister of the Northern Territory) (2020) Statement from the Chief Minister, media release, 30 March.

Qld

From 12:01 am, only Qld residents or those with an exemption will be able to enter the state.

M. Ryan (Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services) (2020) Stronger border controls imminent, media release, 1 April.

2 April

WA

At 11:59 pm, a hard border between WA and the rest of the country will be in place.

M. McGowan (Premier of Western Australia) (2020) Temporary border closure to better protect Western Australians, media release, 2 April.

3 July

Qld

From 12:00 pm, Victorians will not be able to enter Qld. Those who do will be required to enter hotel quarantine at their own expense.

A. Palaszczuk (Premier of Queensland) (2020) Restrictions eased, border plan in place, media release, 30 June.

ACT

From 7:00 am, those who have been in a Melbourne hotspot are required to quarantine for 14 days after entering the ACT.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2020) ‘Updated advice for high risk settings and health professionals on COVID-19 hotspots outbreak in Melbourne’, ACT Government website, 7 July.

6 July

Vic/NSW

The NSW border will be closed to people from Vic from tomorrow.

Department of Health and Human Services (2020) ‘Coronavirus Update,’ DHHS website, 6 July.

G. Berejiklian (Premier of New South Wales) (2020) Border closure to protect NSW, media release, 6 July.

Tas

Restrictions on essential travellers to Tas from Vic, including additional hygiene and movement restrictions, are introduced.

COTA Tasmania (2021) ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice’, COTA Tasmania website, 28 March.

ACT

From 11:59 pm, anyone entering the ACT must quarantine for 14 days after leaving Greater Melbourne.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2020) ‘Updated advice for high risk settings and health professionals on COVID-19 hotspots outbreak in Melbourne’, ACT Government website, 7 July.

7 July

NSW

At 11:59 pm, the border between NSW and all of Vic closes.

New South Wales Government (2020) ‘NSW and Victorian border closures’, NSW Government website, 8 July.

NT

The NT declares some Victorian Local Government Areas (LGAs) as hotspots.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government Website.

8 July

Tas

At 11:59 pm, Tas is closed to Victorian residents and anyone who has travelled to Vic in the past 14 days.

P. Gutwein (Premier of Tasmania) (2020) Press conference transcript, media release, 8 July.

P. Gutwein (Premier of Tasmania) (2020) Additional border restrictions, media release, 8 July.

ACT

At 12:01 am, Victorians will be denied entry to the ACT. Residents can return to the ACT from Victoria but are required to quarantine for 14 days.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2020) ‘Updated advice for high risk settings and health professionals on COVID-19 hotspots outbreak in Melbourne’, ACT Government website, 7 July.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2020) ‘ACT COVID-19 update - 8 July 2020’, ACT Government website, 8 July.

NT

The NT declares more Victorian LGAs as hotspots.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

9 July

SA

At 12:01 am, the SA border with Vic is closed.

South Australian Government (2020) ‘Updated border restrictions in place’, SA Government website, 9 July.

17 July

NT

Anyone arriving in the NT from a declared COVID-19 hotspot is required to undertake 14 days’ quarantine.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘Mandatory supervised quarantine fee’, NT Government website, 4 January.

28 July

SA

The border between SA and Vic is closed to everyone, including South Australian residents.

(2020) ‘South Australians to be included in ban on crossing Victorian border from July 28’, ABC News, 24 July.

4 September

NSW

From 12:01 am, those living in the border region 50 km either side of the NSW/Vic border will have freer movement. Restrictions for Victorians in NSW are still in place.

G. Berejiklian (Premier of New South Wales) (2020) Increased mobility on NSW VIC border, media release, 1 September.

17 September

NSW

Those living in border communities will have freer movement across the NSW/Vic border. Victorian residents will not be obliged to comply with stay-at-home orders imposed in regional Vic while in NSW and will not be restricted to entering NSW for permitted purposes only.

New South Wales Government (2020) ‘Border restrictions ease between NSW and Victoria, NSW Government website, 17 September.

30 October

WA

From 14 November, WA will move to a new controlled interstate border.

Western Australian Government (2020) ‘Controlled interstate border’, WA Government website, 30 October.

2 November

NT

People from regional Vic can enter NT without undergoing 14-day quarantine. LGAs in regional Vic are revoked as hotspots.

C. Allison (2020) ‘Regional Victorians can now travel to Northern Territory without 14-day quarantine’, Riverine Herald, 2 November.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

4 November

NSW

NSW will reopen the border with Vic on 23 November.

G. Berejiklian (Premier of New South Wales) (2020) NSW to reopen Victorian border, media release, 4 November.

13 November

SA

SA will reopen the border with Vic on 1 December.

South Australian Government (2020) ‘Vic border to open from 1 December’, SA Government website, 13 November.

NT

Mitchell Shire is revoked as a hotspot.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, website.

14 November

WA

Vic is listed by WA as a ‘low risk’ state. Victorians entering WA must undergo 14 days self-quarantine.

Western Australian Government (2020) ‘Controlled interstate border’, WA Government website, 30 October.

19 November

Vic

From 11:59 pm, the Vic border with SA is closed.

D. Andrews (Premier) (2020) Temporary Border Controls With South Australia, media release, 19 November.

20 November

ACT

The ACT will reopen to Vic on 23 November.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2020) ‘<href="#:~:text=ACT%2DVictoria%20border%20to%20open%20on%20Monday%2023%20November%202020,am%20on%20Monday%2023%20November.">ACT-Victoria border to open on Monday 23 November’, ACT Government website, 20 November.

23 November

NSW

At 12:01 am, the NSW border with Vic reopens.

G. Berejiklian (Premier of New South Wales) (2020) NSW to reopen Victorian border, media release, 4 November.

ACT

At 12:01 am, the ACT border with Vic reopens.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2020) ‘<href="#:~:text=ACT%2DVictoria%20border%20to%20open%20on%20Monday%2023%20November%202020,am%20on%20Monday%2023%20November.">ACT-Victoria border to open on Monday 23 November’, ACT Government website, 20 November.

26 November

Tas

At 12:01 am, the Tas border with Vic reopens.

P. Gutwein (Premier of Tasmania) (2020) Press conference, media release, 26 November.

30 November

NT

At 12:01 pm, LGAs in metropolitan Melbourne are revoked as hotspots. Victorians will no longer be required to enter mandatory supervised quarantine when entering the NT.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

Northern Territory Government (2020) ‘Greater Melbourne revoked as a hotspot. New COVID-safe check-in system introduced’, NT Government website, 30 November.

1 December

WA

At 11:59 pm on 8 December, the WA border with Vic will reopen.

Western Australian Government (2020) ‘Travel from Victoria and New South Wales into WA’, WA Government website, 1 December.

Qld

The Qld border reopens to Vic.

Queensland Police (2020) Changes to Queensland border restrictions from December 1, media release, 25 November.

SA

The SA border to Vic reopens.

South Australian Government (2020) ‘Vic border to open from 1 December’, SA Government website, 13 November.

8 December

WA

WA moves Vic to a ‘very low risk state’. Victorians can enter without quarantining.

Western Australian Government (2020) ‘Latest health advice allows for more travel from VIC and NSW’, WA Government website, 7 December.

12 December

Vic

The South Australian Border Permit scheme ends. The Vic border with SA reopens.

Prof. B. Sutton (Chief Health Officer) (2020) South Australian border permit scheme, media release, 9 December.

31 December

Vic

At 11:59 pm, the Vic border with NSW closes. Victorians currently in the Blue Mountains City Council and Wollongong City Council LGAs must arrive at the Vic/NSW border before 11:59 pm in order to be allowed into Vic.

J. Allen (Acting Premier) (2020) Statement From Acting Premier On NSW Border Closure, media release, 31 December.

2021

Date

State/ Territory

Announcement

Source

1 January

WA

The WA border with Vic is closed. WA moves Vic from a ‘very low risk’ state to a ‘medium risk’ state. Victorians who entered after 21 December are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Western Australian Government (2020) ‘WA hard border returns with Victoria from tonight’, WA Government website, 31 December.

Vic

At 11:59 pm, the Vic border with NSW is closed.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’,DHHS website, 1 January.

8 January

Vic

Victorians who have been in, visited or travelled through the LGAs of Brisbane City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redland, Ipswich or Logan city councils on or since 2 January should not leave those areas until at least 11 January.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 8 January.

9 January

Vic

Anyone in Vic who visited Greater Brisbane on or since 2 January must get tested and quarantine at home until 6 pm on 11 January.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 9 January.

11 January

Vic

Vic introduces a ‘Traffic Light System’ to classify other states when there is an outbreak.

From 5:59 pm, Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Greater Brisbane are designated as ‘red zones’. Those in a ‘red zone’ are not allowed to enter Vic.

Regional NSW is classified as an ‘orange zone’. Those in an ‘orange zone’ can apply for a permit to enter Vic. Once in Vic, they must immediately self-isolate, get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 11 January.

16 January

Vic

The LGAs of Greater Brisbane—Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redland, Logan, and Ipswich—are declared ‘orange zones’ by Vic.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 16 January.

18 January

WA

From 12:01 am, WA reclassifies Vic as a ‘low risk' state. Victorians are required to undertake 14 days’ quarantine if they enter WA.

Western Australian Government (2021) ‘Victoria to move to ‘low risk’, WA Government website, 15 January.

Vic

From 6:00 pm, only 10 LGAs in Greater Sydney remain as ‘red zones’. All other areas of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong are changed to ‘orange zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 18 January.

22 January

Vic

From 6:00 pm, only Cumberland LGA remains a ‘red zone’. All other LGAs in Greater Sydney are declared ‘orange zones’.

All of Qld is declared a ‘green zone’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 22 January.

29 January

Vic

From 6:00 pm, Vic moves the Cumberland LGA to an ‘orange zone’. All other ‘orange zones’ are declared ‘green zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website,29 January.

WA

WA announces that from 5 February, Vic will move to a ‘very low risk’ zone.

Western Australian Government (2021) ‘Queensland and Victoria to transition to ‘very low risk’ category’, WA Government website, 29 January.

31 January

Vic

At 9:00 pm, Vic declares Perth metropolitan area, the Peel Region and South West WA as ‘red zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 31 January.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Western Australian red zones and NZ travel bubble update’, DHHS website, 31 January.

4 February

NT

The Victorian suburbs of Brighton, Clayton South, Heatherton, Keysborough, Melbourne, Moorabbin Airport, Noble Park, Springvale, West Melbourne and Wheelers Hill are declared as hotspots by the NT.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘Melbourne suburbs declared as hotspots’, NT Government website, 4 February.

5 February

WA

WA moves Vic to a ‘very low risk’ state. Victorians can enter without having to undergo quarantine.

Western Australian Government (2021) ‘Queensland and Victoria to transition to ‘very low risk’ category’, WA Government website, 29 January.

Vic

At 9:00 pm, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of WA are moved to an ‘orange zone’ under Vic’s traffic light system.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 5 February.

8 February

NT

From 3:30 pm, Melbourne suburbs Maidstone, Sunshine and Taylors Lakes are declared as hotspots by the NT.

The suburbs of Brighton, Clayton South, Heatherton, Keysborough, Melbourne, Moorabbin Airport, Noble Park, Springvale, West Melbourne and Wheelers Hill are revoked as hotspots.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘New Melbourne Suburbs declared hotspots’, NT Government website, 8 February.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

Vic

From 6:00 pm, Vic moves Cumberland LGA from an ‘orange zone’ to a ‘green zone’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 8 February.

10 February

NT

From 4:00 pm, the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport is declared a hotspot by the NT.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘Updated directions: Melbourne COVID-19 Hotspot and Testing’, NT Government website, 10 February.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘Melbourne Suburb declared as COVID-19 hotspot’, NT Government website, 10 February.

12 February

WA

At 6:00 pm, WA moves Vic to a ‘medium risk state’. Only exempt travellers will be allowed in the state.

Western Australian Government (2021) ‘Return to pre-lockdown life from 12.01am’, WA Government website, 14 February.

SA

From 12:01 am, people who have been in Greater Melbourne on or after 4 February are not permitted to enter SA.

(2021) ‘SA announces Victorian border closure and quarantine for Melbourne arrivals amid coronavirus outbreak’, ABC News, 12 February.

South Australian Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 Update 11 February’, SA Government website, 11 February.

NT

At 10:45 am, Greater Melbourne is declared a hot spot by the NT.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘Greater Metropolitan Melbourne Declared Hotspot’, NT Government website, 12 February.

Tas

All travellers entering Tas from Vic will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

(2021) ‘Tasmania declares whole of Victoria 'high-risk' COVID-19 area’, ABC News, 12 February.

ACT

From 12:00 pm, the ACT border with Vic is closed.

(2021) ‘ACT blocks Victorians from entering borders to match state's snap COVID-19 lockdown’, ABC News, 12 February.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2021) ‘New travel restrictions for people who have visited Victoria’, ACT Government website, 12 February.

NSW

Anyone arriving in NSW from Vic after 11.59 pm must remain at their home or place of residence for the five-day period announced by the Victorian Government.

NSW Health (2021) ‘Victorian restrictions and border communities’, NSW Health website, 12 February.

13 February

Qld

At 1:00 am, the Qld border is closed for 14 days to anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne on or since 9 February 2021.

Queensland Health (2021) Changes to Queensland Border Restrictions for people travelling from Victoria, media release, 13 February.

16 February

NT

At 8:00 am, Melbourne Airport is revoked as a hotspot.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

17 February

NT

At 6:00 pm, the NT revokes Victorian LGAs as COVID-19 hotspots.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘Victorian Local Government Areas revoked as COVID-19 Hotspots’, NT Government website, 17 February.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

NSW

Victorians currently in NSW and who are observing the same restrictions as those in Vic, may leave their homes.

NSW Health (2021) ‘Victorian restrictions and border communities’, NSW Health website, 12 February.

19 February

Tas

Tas moves Vic to a ‘low risk state’.

(2021) ‘Tasmanian border to open to Victoria, as Premier praises fast action in containing COVID outbreak’, ABC News, 19 February.

20 February

WA

WA moves Vic to ‘low risk state’. Victorians can enter WA but must quarantine for 14 days.

Western Australian Government (2021) ‘Victoria set to move to ‘low risk’ from Saturday, February 20’, WA Government website, 17 February.

26 February

SA

From 12:01 am, travel from Greater Melbourne without the need for quarantine or testing is permitted.

(2021) ‘Updates to COVID-19 Directions for 26 February 2021, South Australia’, Mirage News, 25 February.

27 February

Qld

From 1:00 am, the Qld border opens to Greater Melbourne.

(2021) ‘Queensland to remove coronavirus border restrictions with Greater Melbourne from Saturday’, ABC News, 25 February.

15 March

WA

WA moves Vic to a ‘very low risk’ state. Victorians can enter without having to undergo quarantine.

Western Australian Government (2021) ‘Victoria to transition to ‘very low risk’ from March 15’, WA Government website, 5 March.

26 March

Vic

Vic designates the Qld LGAs of Brisbane and Moreton Bay as ‘orange zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 26 March.

29 March

Vic

At 6:00 pm, Vic designates Greater Brisbane as a ‘red zone’.

Vic designates the Gladstone Region in Qld and Byron Shire in NSW as ‘orange zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 29 March.

1 April

Vic

From 6:00 pm, Vic designates Greater Brisbane as an ‘orange zone’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 1 April.

11 April

Vic

From 11:59 pm, Greater Brisbane, the Gladstone region and Byron Shire are designated ‘green zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 11 April.

24 April

Vic

From 2:01 am, metropolitan Perth and the Peel region are designated as ‘red zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 24 April.

28 April

Vic

From 12.01 am, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel region are designated ‘orange zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 28 April.

10 May

Vic

At 11:59 pm, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel region in WA are designated ‘green zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 10 May.

11 May

WA

Anyone in WA who has visited one of the declared exposure sites in Vic is required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure.

Western Australian Department of Health (2021) ‘COVID-19 update 11 May 2021: WA Health advice following confirmed Victorian COVID-19 case’, DoH website, 11 May.

ACT

Anyone in the ACT who has been in Greater Melbourne on or after 5 May 2021 and has attended a close contact exposure location must quarantine for 14 days from the time they were there.

Non-ACT residents who have attended a close contact location must not enter the ACT.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2021) New COVID-19 exposure locations in VIC, media release, 11 May [archived 11 May 2021].

Australian Capital Territory Government (2021) ‘Victoria’, ACT Government website, 19 May, [archived 19 May 2021].

Tas

From 12:01 am, several premises in Vic are declared as high-risk locations. Anyone who has been at these sites at the time and date specified is required to isolate immediately.

Anyone who has spent time in a high-risk premise at the times and dates listed is not permitted to enter Tas.

Dr J. Graham (Deputy Director of Public Health) (2021) Victorian COVID-19 case, media release, 11 May [archived 11 May].

Qld

Anyone currently in Qld or who is planning to arrive in Qld before 1:00 am 13 May 2021, must quarantine for 14 days after they attended the specified venue.

Queensland Health (2021) Confirmed COVID-19 case in Victoria, media release, 11 May.

12 May

NT

Anyone who arrived in the NT between 5 May and 00:01 am 12 May 2021 and had visited a Tier 1 site, must remain in quarantine until midday on the 14th day after they visited the site.

Anyone who arrived in the NT since 5 May who has been to a Tier 2 site must be tested for COVID-19 and remain in quarantine until a negative result is received.

Anyone who has arrived in the NT since 5 May who has been to a Tier 3 site must monitor for symptoms and be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms arise.

P. Butt (2021) ‘NT to discuss new Melbourne COVID case with Victoria’s government’, NT News, 11 May.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 Quarantine and Testing Directions for Victoria’, NT Government Coronavirus website, 11 May.

SA

Anyone who arrived in SA before 12:23 pm, who has been at a Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 site, must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Those arriving in SA after 12:23 pm and have visited a Tier 1 or Tier 2 site will not be able to enter SA.

Police SA (no date) ‘Entry into South Australia Table’, Police SA website.

South Australian Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 Update 12 May 2021’, SA Government website.

South Australian Government (2021) ‘Travel Restrictions’, SA Government website, 14 May [archived 16 May 2021].

NSW

From 6:00 am, restrictions for anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne for the past 14 days are introduced.

Anyone who has been in an area of concern in the past 14 days is required to remain at their residence for 14 days after they visited the area of concern.

People who have been to a place of high concern in Vic and are close contacts may not enter NSW. Those who are casual contacts may enter NSW if they have received a negative test result.

NSW Health (2021) ‘Public Health Alert – Victoria’, NSW Health website, 11 May.

NSW Health (2021) ‘Interstate travellers’, NSW Health website, 16 May [archived 24 May 2021].

13 May

Qld

Anyone arriving in Qld after 1:00 am, who has been to a Vic exposure site during the risk period identified, is required to undertake mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Queensland Health (2021) Confirmed COVID-19 case in Victoria, media release, 11 May.

25 May

WA

From 6:00 pm, anyone in WA who arrived from Vic since 15 May must self-quarantine until a negative result is returned. Anyone who has visited an exposure site during the relevant time must get tested and self-quarantine for 14 days from date of exposure.

Western Australian Government (2021) ‘Changes to entry conditions for Victorian travellers,’ WA Government website, 25 May [archived 26 May 2021].

SA

At 6:17 pm, any traveller who has visited a Tier 1 or Tier 2 public exposure site or has been in the City of Whittlesea is prohibited from entering SA.

Any traveller who has been in Greater Melbourne (not including the City of Whittlesea) in the past 14 days is subject to Level 3 restrictions.

South Australian Government (2021) ‘Travel Restrictions’, SA Government website, 26 May [archived 26 May 2021].

NSW

Non-NSW residents who have been in a place of high concern – casual contact place, during the time specified for that place, must not enter NSW, unless the person has been tested for COVID-19 after they were at the place and has received a negative result.

Anyone in NSW who has been in a place of high concern – casual contact place, during the specified time for that place, must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

New South Wales Government (2021) Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Travellers) Order (No 2) 2021, NSW Government, 18 June.

26 May

Tas

From 12:01 am, the Whittlesea LGA is declared a high-risk zone.

Tasmanian Government (2021) ‘Travel Alert for Victoria’, Tas Government Coronavirus website, 26 May [archived 26 May].

ACT

Anyone in the ACT who has been in Greater Melbourne in the last 14 days must complete an online declaration form by 6 pm. Anyone who has been in the locations at the dates and times specified must immediately follow the relevant directions and advice.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2021) ‘Victoria’, ACT Government website, 26 May [archived 26 May 2021].

Qld

From 1:00 am, anyone arriving in Qld who has been in the City of Whittlesea, or has visited a Tier 1 or Tier 2 site on or since 11 May, must enter hotel quarantine.

Anyone already in Qld must quarantine at their home or other suitable accommodation until 14 days have passed since they were at an interstate exposure venue (at the relevant time).

Queensland Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 Update’, Qld Government website [archived 26 May 2021].

Queensland Health (2021) ‘Queensland to declare Victorian local government area a hotspot’, Qld Health website, 25 May.

SA

At 6:00 pm, the border between SA and Vic is closed.

Any person who has been in Greater Melbourne in the past 14 days cannot enter SA. Any person who arrived in SA before 6:00 pm and who was in Greater Melbourne on or after 20 May, or who has been in the City of Greater Bendigo, is subject to Level 3 restrictions.

Government of South Australia (2021) ‘Travel restrictions’, SA Government website, 27 May [archived 27 May 2021].

27 May

Qld

From 1:00 am, the City of Whittlesea is declared a hot spot. Anyone who has been in the City of Whittlesea on or since 11 May and is not a Qld resident, cannot enter.

Queensland Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 Update,’ Qld Government website [archived 26 May 2021].

Queensland Health (2021) ‘Queensland to declare Victorian local government area a hotspot’, Qld Health website, 25 May.

WA

At 6:00 pm, WA closes the border to Vic. Vic moves from a ‘very low risk’ to a ‘medium risk’ state.

WA Government (2021) ‘WA introduces hard border with Victoria’, WA Government website, 27 May [archived 27 May 2021].

Tas

At 2:00 pm, Vic is declared a ‘high risk’ area. Anyone who has been in Vic in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter Tas.

Tasmanian Government (2021) ‘Travel Alert for Victoria’, Tas Government Coronavirus website, 27 May [archived 31 May 2021].

 

NSW

From 12:01 am, Greater Melbourne and Bendigo are declared as hotspots by NSW.

Anyone entering NSW after 4:00 pm, must follow the stay-at-home rules in force in Victoria.

NSW Health (2021) ‘Interstate travellers’, NSW Health website, 27 May [archived 30 May 2021].

ACT

From 11:59 pm, non-ACT residents travelling from Vic cannot enter the ACT.

Anyone who enters the ACT from Vic after 11:59 pm must remain at home until at least 10 June.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2021) ‘Victoria’, ACT Government website, 1 June [archived 2 June 2021].

NT

Greater Melbourne and Bendigo are declared as hotspots.

Any person who has been to a Tier 1 site must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who has been to a Tier 2 site must be tested for COVID-19 and isolate until a negative result is received.

A person who arrived in the NT between 16 May and 00:01 am 25 May 2021 and who visited a Tier 1 site must remain in a suitable place of quarantine until midday on the 14th day after they visited the site.

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 Australian hotspots and travel restrictions’, NT Government website, 25 May [archived 25 May 2021].

Northern Territory Government (2021) ‘Greater Melbourne and Bendigo declared COVID-19 hotspots’, NT Government website, 26 May.

28 May

SA

From 7:45 pm, travellers from Vic are not allowed to enter SA.

Government of South Australia (2021) ‘Travel restrictions’, SA Government website, 1 June [archived 2 June 2021].

Qld

From 1:00 am, all of Vic is declared a hotspot. Anyone who has been in Vic during the previous 14 days is not allowed to enter Qld.

Queensland Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 Update’, Qld Government website, 28 May [archived 1 June 2021].

3 June

NT

At 12:00 pm, regional Victorian LGAs and alpine resorts are declared hotspots.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

8 June

NT

At 6:00 pm, the City of Greater Bendigo, alpine resorts and regional Vic are revoked as hotspots.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

10 June

ACT

At 11:59 pm, the stay at home orders for anyone who has been in Vic is lifted. Non-ACT residents who have been to a close contact exposure location cannot enter the ACT.

Australian Capital Territory Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 areas of concern’, ACT Government website, 10 June [archived 15 June 2021].

11 June

WA

At 6:00 pm, Vic is downgraded to a ‘low risk state’. Travel can resume from Vic if people undertake 14 days’ quarantine.

WA Government (2021) ‘COVID-19 coronavirus: Controlled border’, WA Government website, 11 June [archived 15 June 2021].

Qld

At 1:00 am, regional Victorian LGAs are removed as hotspots. Greater Melbourne remains a hotspot.

Queensland Government (2021) ‘Border restrictions’, Qld Government website, 11 June [archived 15 June 2021].

NSW

From 12:01 am, those in NSW who have recently visited Vic no longer have to follow stay at home orders.

NSW Health (2021) ‘Stay-at-home order to be lifted for people who have been in Victoria’, NSW Health website, 10 June.

Tas

At 12:01 am, regional Vic is declared ‘low risk’.

Tasmanian Government (2021) ‘Important community updates’, Tas Government Coronavirus website, 10 June.

15 June

SA

From 4:13 pm, people who have been in regional Vic in the 14 days prior may enter SA and are subject to modified Level 3 requirements.

Government of South Australia (2020) ‘Travel restrictions’, SA Government website, 17 June [archived 18 June 2021].

17 June

Vic

The NSW LGAs of City of Sydney, Waverly and Woollahra are declared as ‘orange zones’.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 17 June.

19 June

Qld

From 1:00 am, anyone entering Qld must complete a travel declaration form.

Queensland Government (2021) ‘Travelling to Queensland’, Qld Government website, 19 June [archived 22 June 2021].

21 June

NT

At 6:00 pm, metropolitan Melbourne is no longer a declared hotspot.

Northern Territory Government (date unknown) ‘Former declared hotspots’, NT Government website.

22 June

Tas

At 12:01 am, metropolitan Melbourne is downgraded to ‘low-risk’. People who have spent time at a declared high-risk premise are not allowed into Tasmania.

Tasmanian Government (2021) ‘Important community updates’, Tas Government Coronavirus website, 21 June.

23 June

Vic

At 1:00 am, the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick are declared as ‘red zones’. The City of Wollongong is declared as an ‘orange zone’.

Victorian residents in a ‘red zone’ can obtain a ‘red zone’ permit and quarantine at home for 14 days. Non-residents cannot enter Vic.

Department of Health and Human Services (2021) ‘Coronavirus update’, DHHS website, 23 June.