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Border Restrictions and Conditions for Doctors during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 global pandemic evolves, so too do the travel restrictions around Australia's states and territories advice. We aim to provide you with the most up to date information to ensure you can perform your role as safely and efficiently as possible.

We also continue to work with our extensive network of healthcare employers to provide you with the latest information regarding travel around the country. 

Australian Border Restrictions

All travelers arriving from overseas will be required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days in a venue designated by border control. 

Several Australian states and territories have closed their borders to reduce the spread of the virus. However, as a doctor, these closures may not apply to your line of work.

To travel between states and territories, you will require sufficient proof that you are a healthcare professional. We recommend you carry the following documentation at all times:

  • A current form of ID
  • Your AHPRA card
  • A copy (soft) of your Job Confirmation Letter with the hospital contact information
  • A copy of the Hospital Locum Contract
  • A printed copy of your self-quarantine exemption decision for applicable states and your border pass.

Please note, while these items are not essential, it highly recommended that you keep these with you. You may also be subject to a risk assessment on arrival.

Travel and self-isolation information by State

Northern Territory

Only essential workers from other parts of Australia will be granted entry into Northern Territory. All healthcare professionals must carry a letter from the medical practice or hospital stating that you are required in the community. You will also require the documentation listed below.

For up to date information for travel restrictions in the Northern Territory click here.

Queensland

As of Friday 3rd July 2020, Queensland moved to Stage 3 of the Government's Roadmap to easing of restrictions, including changes to Queensland's border entry requirements.

All doctors must carry a QLD Exemption Request.

Interstate locums who:

  • Have submitted a border exemption application, and received a response from CHO-COVID, should select the ‘Chief Health Officer exemption’ option in response to the first question on the border declaration, then complete the remaining questions.
  • Indicate at the second question that they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot should then select ‘none of the above’ in response to the subsequent question (NB locums are not specialist workers).

SWHHS Protocol for Employees Entering Western Queensland

Entry requirements into Yarrabah have changed. For you to be able to enter the community, the following documents need to be completed. These are required to get through as an essential worker, and there is no longer a list for entry into Yarrabah anymore.

For up to date information for travel restrictions in Queensland click here.

South Australia

As of Monday 22nd of June, healthcare professionals entering South Australia from Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory are no longer required to isolate for 14 days. Those healthcare professionals entering South Australia from Victoria, ACT and New South Wales are still required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Chief Executive of the Department for Health and Well-being may grant exemptions where an assessment has been undertaken by the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) and a doctor is deemed critical for business continuity.

For up to date information for travel restrictions in South Australia click here.

Tasmania

All locum doctors due to travel to Tasmania must submit the “Individual Quarantine Exemption Application (Health Service)” application form. This must be submitted within a minimum of 24 hours of arrival or a maximum of 72 hours before arrival into Tasmania.

Please note, any application submitted more than 72 hours in advance of your arrival will be rejected.

Assessment of applications is on a case by case basis and will take into account where you have traveled in the past 14 days and where you have worked over the past 21 days.

Do not assume an exemption will be granted. You should not commence your journey to Tasmania without knowing the outcome of your application.

If you arrive in Tasmania prior to an exemption being granted, you must complete a minimum of 14-days in self-quarantine or may return to mainland Australia.

For up to date information for travel restrictions in Tasmania click here.

Western Australia

WA borders are closed to all but essential travelers.

Western Australians are not permitted to travel outside their designated region with each region risk-assessing interstate medical practitioners according to their risk of prior exposure to COVID-19.

If a doctor is deemed to be high risk, the health service may require him/her to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

Exemptions do apply for those travelling for essential work purposes.

Within WA movement throughout boundaries and regions are also restricted Link:

For up to date information for travel restrictions in Western Australia click here.

New South Wales

From Thursday 8th of July, you'll need a border entry permit to travel from Victoria to NSW.

Border restrictions do not apply to persons travelling from TAS, SA, QLD, WA, ACT, NT or QLD, however anyone returning from international travel is required self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days in a venue designated by border control.

For up to date information for travel restrictions in New South Wales click here.

ACT

State and territory borders are open, however anyone returning from international travel is required self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days in a venue designated by border control.

For up to date information for travel restrictions in the ACT click here.

Victoria

State and territory borders are open, however anyone returning from international travel is required self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days in a venue designated by border control.

For up to date information for travel restrictions in Victoria click here.

 

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