WA’s controlled interstate border arrangement

14 November 2020 4 minutes, 18 seconds
WA’s controlled interstate border arrangement

Changes to Western Australia's border arrangements with South Australia


On further advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, South Australia has moved from the ‘very low risk’ category to a ‘medium risk’ category. This is the highest rating of any other state or territory.

Given this emerging situation, WA’s border with South Australia has been strengthened. No one will be allowed into WA if they have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. These requirements include:

- 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
- certain specialists responsible for time critical maintenance where the skills are not available in WA (excludes FIFO)
- a person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
- a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
- anyone who has been given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer (this category includes compassionate reasons).

Anyone seeking approval to enter WA who has been in South Australia in the previous 14 days will need to apply through G2G PASS (see G2G Pass for Travel to WA - Frequently asked questions).

Travellers from South Australia who have already registered with G2G PASS and are scheduled to travel to WA will now need to be processed through the exemption system.

For those permitted entry, they will need to self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days and if suitable premises are not available, they will be put in hotel quarantine at their own expense. These requirements came into place on Monday, 16 November at 6pm.

For anyone arriving by road
through the Eucla checkpoint, this system will begin on Wednesday, 18 November at 6pm. Additional time is being provided for road travel, as many people may already be on their way to the checkpoint.

People arriving by road before Wednesday, 18 November at 6pm will still need to quarantine for 14 days and be tested within 48 hours of arrival and on Day 11, or at any point when symptoms develop. For more information about the strengthened border with South Australia, see the South Australia arrivals - Frequently asked questions.

Anyone who arrived from South Australia on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 2020, via road or air, has been contacted by WA officials and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their arrival and directed to self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises.

There is no requirement for people who have had contact with a new arrival from South Australia to quarantine; they can go to work. However, if the person they had contact with develops COVID-19 symptoms and tests positive or returns a positive test on their Day 2 or Day 11 test then they will be assessed to see if they meet the criteria of a close contact and may need to quarantine.

The WA Government understands these changes will cause frustration for many people, but these steps are being taken on the best health advice to protect everyone.

Note: From 12.01am, Friday 20 November high risk hotel quarantine workers will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing. More information will be provided shortly. This is about better protecting these workers who are performing an extremely important function on behalf of Western Australia. This weekly testing program will protect them, their families and friends and, will help keep WA safe.

Changes to Western Australia's border arrangements

As of Saturday, 14 November, WA transitioned to a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement based on the latest public health advice.

WA’s existing hard border arrangements and current exemption requirements for travel have been removed, allowing Australians to travel into and around WA, subject to conditions of entry.

Remote Aboriginal community restrictions and Residential Aged Care Facilities Restrictions within WA are still in place, as well as a modified 2 square metre rule.

The Chief Health Officer will continue 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.

Good to Go Pass (GTG)


We all have to do our bit to keep our loved ones, communities and country safe. If you need to travel, make sure you apply for your G2G PASS in advance. If your application is successful the G2G PASS app will help you get where you need to go, fast. More information about the GTG pass

To register your travel, visit G2G PASS. You must complete this before travelling.

Download the PDF explaining the travel advice here

Download the Controlled Borders Roadmap PDF

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