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The latest travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand for doctors

Travel restrictions updated: Thursday 21 October 2021

Covid-19 has resulted in travel restrictions across Australia and New Zealand. In some cases, this has had an impact on how doctors travel to job placements. Doctors are still needed across Australasia, but if you travel between countries or interstate, you may need to quarantine. It’s a complicated picture; if you have specific questions, get in touch with our expert team for personalised information.

Covid-19 travel tips

When travelling to and from work, make sure you have the following:

  • Current photographic ID (original/ hard copy)
  • A printed copy of your AHPRA or MCNZ registration
  • A printed copy of your Medrecruit confirmation email

The more information you have to hand, the better, even if it’s saved into a folder on your smartphone.

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Travel restrictions for Doctors
New Zealand

Auckland and parts of Waikato are currently in alert level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is in alert level 2. Travel is only permitted within level 2 areas. Find out more about the country’s alert levels. New Zealand’s borders are closed to almost all travellers. Citizens, permanent residents, and some visa holders are allowed to return but must quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

Two-way quarantine-free flights (also known as green flights) between New Zealand and Australia are suspended. Travel within New Zealand is easy. You can travel between areas freely, provided that the country is in alert 1 or 2.

Use of the Covid-19 scanner app or singing in at businesses is mandatory. Face masks are mandatory on public transport and must be worn when visiting essential services. They are encouraged at other times outside of your home.

If you’re an international doctor considering work in New Zealand, you can still apply. Moving here takes six months to one year, so it’s best to plan ahead. See our International page for more information.

Victoria, Australia

Victoria is currently experiencing restrictions. Metropolitan Melbourne currently has a stay-at-home curfew from 9:00pm until 5:00am, and is enforcing strict rules outside of this time. There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home in regional Victoria, but you must not travel to Melbourne. At 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October, Melbourne will emerge from lockdown for vaccinated individuals.

In Melbourne, you may only leave your home for essential reasons and must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. There is a stay-at-home curfew in place between 9am and 5pm - if you're in regional Victoria, this curfew does not apply. Wearing a face mask is mandatory indoors and outdoors, except for at your home throughout Victoria.

The state is using a traffic-light system for border crossings and you’ll need a ‘green zone’ permit to enter. You can’t enter Victoria if you have been in a ‘red zone’ within the last 14 days, even if you are normally a resident of Victoria, and many Australian states have closed their borders to Victoria.

Find out more about permits and how to apply here.

New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales is currently experiencing various restrictions, which are dependant on your vaccination status.

You can enter New South Wales from interstate provided you have not been to an area of concern within a specified time. Areas of concern are posted here. Some states have closed their borders to parts of NSW, please check with each state before entering if you have been in Sydney or NSW recently.

If you enter NSW by air or rail, you’ll need to fill out a traveller self-declaration form. People who work or travel within NSW-Victoria border communities don’t need to complete a traveller self-declaration form.

If you have been in an area of concern, you’ll only be able to enter NSW if you are a resident, or are travelling through by the most direct practicable route.

If you are working with remote Aboriginal communities, additional guidelines will be in place. Some businesses will require you to sign in; the easiest way to do this is by using the Service NSW mobile app.

Queensland, Australia

Parts of Queensland are currently experiencing stage 3 restrictions, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Palm Island, and Townsville. Other parts of Queensland are also currently experiencing some restrictions including on gatherings and the wearing of face masks.

You can travel to Queensland, provided you have not been to a Covid-19 hotspot within the last 14 days. Current hotspots include all of NSW, parts of Victoria, the NT and the ACT.

If you have recently been in a hotspot, you can only travel to Queensland if you are a resident or meet another exemption; you will need to quarantine at government-arranged accommodation at your own expense on arrival.

Travel within Queensland is permitted, though there may be restrictions to certain remote communities. Visitors and residents of Norfolk Island must apply for a Norfolk Island Entry Pass before travelling to the island.

Western Australia

Western Australia has interstate border controls in place. If you need to travel, you’ll have to apply for a G2G PASS.

You’ll need to quarantine at your own expense when entering Western Australia if you’ve travelled from or through areas considered ‘low risk’, or higher.

Downloading (and using) the G2G Now mobile application is another requirement – this enables you to complete virtual quarantine checks.

When travelling or visiting workplaces and businesses within WA, you’ll need to use the SafeWA app or sign in ‘manually’ using the register provided.

If you’re a doctor in Western Australia, consider staying put and helping a community local to you. You can travel to most regions within the state, with the exception of some remote Aboriginal communities.

South Australia

South Australia is currently experiencing Level 1 restrictions with some additional restrictions, which includes seated food and beverage consumption only, caps on the number of people allowed at events/activities, and masks wearing in high-risk settings.

To enter South Australia from other states, you’ll need to complete Cross Border Travel Registration seven days before you travel. You’ll receive confirmation of your status within 72 hours and be given a unique number, which you’ll need to have ready when crossing the border.

Find out more about Cross Border Travel Applications.

When working and travelling within SA, you should use the mySA GOV contact tracing app. You'll need to download the app before arriving in SA. When on an airplane or in any airport in South Australia, you must wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth.

Tasmania, Australia

Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the state. Border entry conditions depend on where you’ve been prior to your arrival in Tasmania. Areas are classified as ‘low’, ‘medium’ or ‘high’ risk. You are not required to quarantine on arrival if you’ve been in a low-risk area.

To travel to Tasmania, you'll need to complete the Tas E-travel form if you've travelled from a low-risk area. You'll need to complete a G2G PASS if you're travelling from a high or medium risk area.

You must wear a face mask when travelling on domestic flights and in airports, except when eating or drinking. The Spirit of Tasmania is still operating for travellers.

You can travel freely within Tasmania. King Island and Flinders Islands residents can travel to mainland Tasmania without quarantining on their return if they don’t travel via medium or high-risk locations in Australia. While in Tasmania, use the Check In TAS mobile application to keep a contact tracing record.

Northern Territory, Australia

The Northern Territory currently has some restrictions in place.

To enter the Northern Territory, you’ll need to complete a border entry form seven days before your arrival.

The Northern Territory Government advises cancelling your plans if you’re travelling from, through, or to a Covid-19 hotspot. You must complete 14 days supervised quarantine (this costs $2,500 per person) on arrival if you have recently been in a Covid-19 hotspot. It’s best to check restrictions before travelling as the situation can change quickly.

You’ll need to wear a face mask at all major NT airports and while on board an aircraft.

You’re encouraged to check in to venues and businesses using the Territory Check In app.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is currently experiencing some restrictions. You may only leave your house for essential reasons, and face masks must be worn at all times upon leaving your home.

You must quarantine for 14 days if you have been in a Covid-19 affected area within the last two weeks. The situation can change quickly, so it's best to check the latest restrictions before you travel.

From 6th March 2021, it is mandatory to use the Check In CBR app at certain businesses, venues and facilities. The venue should have an process in place to help you check in if you can’t use the app.