NT borders to open to all in NSW

NT borders to open to all in NSW

The Northern Territory plans to open its borders to all NSW residents from October 9.

Visitors from regional NSW are already free to enter the territory. The government has announced it plans to allow Sydneysiders to visit without quarantining, if NSW keeps COVID-19 under control.

"We cannot predict the future, but we can plan for it. So, if something happens, if things change, if the trend goes back up in Sydney, we will not hesitate to keep their hotspot status in place for as long as we need to," NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

"But if they continue to make the progress they are making - as we expect they will - we can welcome Sydneysiders back to the Territory next month. This is about giving people, especially Territorians, as much notice as possible, and as much certainty as possible, in these uncertain times."

If Greater Sydney comes off its list in early October, only Victoria will remain a hotspot, requiring travellers to quarantine for 14 days at a supervised NT government facility at their own expense ($2500 per person).

All visitors to the Northern Territory must complete a Border Entry Application prior to arrival.

Elsewhere across Australia, state border conditions vary. Here's what you need to know before you book a trip. Rules can change quickly, so check before you travel.

ACT

The ACT Government has closed its borders to travellers from Victoria. Residents from Greater Sydney and parts of Queensland are discouraged from visiting the ACT. There are no restrictions for travellers from other states.

NSW

The border with Victoria has been temporarily shut to curtail the spread of coronavirus. There are no other restrictions on crossing the NSW border from other states, but travellers will need to comply with the rules of their home state when they return.

NSW residents can holiday anywhere in the state but are advised against travelling to NSW Health-declared hotspots. Regional areas are welcoming visitors but book your accommodation in advance and call attractions to make sure they are open before travelling. Caravan parks and camp grounds are open, as are museums and galleries. Dining venues are open but the rule of one person per four square metres applies and group bookings are limited to 10 people.

QLD

The Queensland border is currently closed to interstate travellers from Victoria, NSW and the ACT. Holidaymakers from other Australian states or territories must apply for a Border Declaration Pass prior to entry to Queensland and commit to take a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms.

Tourism experiences, restaurants and hotels are open as long as they apply restrictions on the number of people attending and enforce social distancing.

SA

South Australia continues to ban visitors from Victoria. Travellers from NSW and the ACT must self-quarantine for 14 days, submit for COVID-19 testing and complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Visitors from other states may enter without any restrictions.

TAS

Tasmania is currently closed to interstate visitors and the government has said that there will be no changes to current restrictions prior to December 1.

VIC

Travel to Victoria is not advised at this time. Stage 4 restrictions are in place across metropolitan Melbourne, and the rest of Victoria is in Stage 3 restrictions, so regional travel is still off the table. Face masks are compulsory throughout the state when outside home.

WA

Borders to WA remain closed. There is no indicative date for changes to the hard border closure at this time.

Stay Safe: Holidaymakers are expected to practise social distancing, frequent hand washing and follow local advice. Please check state government websites for the most up-to-date information.

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