Western Australia’s hard border is set to open next week, but several requirements are in place depending on where you’re travelling to or from and your vaccination status.
- WA’s hard border will open to all travellers from Thursday, March 3
- All arrivals will need a registered G2G pass and full vaccinations if eligible
- Only unvaccinated travellers will need to quarantine on arrival
The state’s border opening was set back by almost a month from the original date after the state government cited fears of low booster vaccination rates.
At the current pace, WA is on track to reach a 70 per cent third dose vaccination rate of its eligible 16+ population by next Thursday, March 3.
But the lifting of the state’s hard border doesn’t mean the rules will change back to how they were before the pandemic started.
What do I need to travel into WA from March 3?
The borders will be open for all travellers, but you will still need a registered G2G pass to enter the state, even if you’re a returning West Australian.
You won’t need a travel exemption, but you will need to be fully vaccinated.
Interstate arrivals will need to be triple-dose vaccinated if eligible, which means anyone 16 years and older will need to have their booster shot.
But most international travellers will only need two doses of an approved vaccine, as they fall under Commonwealth government requirements rather than state rules.
“International arrivals are a Commonwealth responsibility and therefore they are subject to federal vaccine requirements,” a state government spokesperson said.
You will need to show proof of your relevant vaccination status to travel into WA.
If you were vaccinated overseas, your certificate will need to be issued by your national or state authority, be written in English and contain details of what vaccine you received and when.
Do I need to quarantine?
You do not need to quarantine if you’re vaccinated.
For those arriving into WA unvaccinated, you’ll be required to complete hotel quarantine for 14 days.
While quarantine requirements are no longer in place for those who are vaccinated, testing requirements are still in place.
All arrivals, interstate and international, will be required to take a rapid antigen test within 12 hours of arriving in WA.
Testing positive for COVID-19 will mean you need to isolate, along with any close contacts.
How many flights are going in and out of WA?
The cap on the number of international arrivals into WA will be removed from March 3.
But flight availability and high prices meant flying in and out of WA was not very accessible if you tried to book a week ago, even with a travel exemption.
Since the border opening date was announced, airlines have been adding more flights to their schedule, including daily interstate flights from some eastern states.
Aus World Travel director Eric Lee said the increasing supply had driven prices down towards pre-pandemic levels.
“As soon as they opened up the supply, the price came down significantly,” he said.
“For example, if people want to come back from Singapore, we used to sell $2,000 per ticket. It’s gone back down to maybe $600.”
Mr Lee said the demand for international flights was still not as high as he hoped due to border restrictions in other countries and uncertainties around COVID-19.
“Not many people are still choosing to fly during the COVID time. It’s still not going to be a full flow when we open our WA border,” he said.
What are the rules for travelling to other states?
Each state and territory has its own arrangements in place for arrivals:
Tasmania: Unvaccinated travellers need to be approved, and are required to quarantine for up to 14 days.
Australian Capital Territory: There are no restrictions on interstate travel into the ACT unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact.
South Australia:There are no restrictions on interstate travel into South Australia unless you have tested positive for COVID-19.
New South Wales: There are no restrictions on interstate travel into NSW.
Queensland: There are no restrictions on interstate travel into Queensland.
Victoria: There are no restrictions on interstate travel into Victoria.
Northern Territory: There are no restrictions on interstate travel into the Northern Territory.
Travellers into those states and territories will also need to comply with any rules specific to each jurisdiction while there.