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The latest travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand for doctors

Travel restrictions updated: Friday 11 February 2022

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

New Zealand is currently operating under a traffic light system - the country is operating under the red setting. New Zealand’s borders are closed to almost all travellers. Citizens, permanent residents, and some visa holders are allowed to return but depending on where they arrive from, must quarantine for ten days 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 you have a valid vaccine passport.

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 some restrictions, although these are easing and differ depending on your vaccination status.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory indoors and outdoors, except for at your home throughout Victoria. You will need to check in using the Service Victoria app. You will also need to carry evidence of being fully vaccinated or of your exemption reason.

Domestic travellers no longer need to get a travel permit to enter the state. You are not required to quarantine or hold a permit to enter VIC from another AU state or territory to visit, work, tranist, or if you are a cross-border resident. There are different rules for those who have tested positive for Covid-19 and isolation is required.

International arrivals can 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. You will need to check-in at hospitality and retail venues throughout the state.

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 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 some restrictions.

You can travel to Queensland, provided you have not been to a Covid-19 hotspot within the last 14 days.

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.

Travellers entering South Australia from other states are no longer required to complete an EntryCheck SA application. International travellers into any Australian state will need to have completed a course of a Covid-19 vaccine, undertake a PCR test 72 hours before boarding your plane and within 24 hours of arrival, and quarantine until a negative test is received.

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

Fully vaccinated travellers to Tasmania, or those with an exemption, do not need to register to enter Tasmania or undertake COVID-19 testing prior to arrival. If you are not vaccinated you will not be permitted to enter the state unless you get an exemption - if approved, quarantine restrictions will apply.

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

All people entering the Northern Territory must complete a Border Entry Form before arrival.

Fully vaccinated visitors are welcome to enter the Northern Territory without having to quarantine and you must provide proof of your vaccination status before entry. Unvaccinated returning Territorians and those people who have received authority to enter the Northern Territory, will be required to undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost.

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

You are required to check in to venues and businesses using the Territory Check In app. You must also carry proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is currently experiencing some restrictions. Face masks must be worn at all times upon leaving your home.

Travel to and from the ACT is now open. There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT, except for people who are close contacts - they will require an exemption to enter.

It is mandatory to use the Check In CBR app at certain businesses, venues, and facilities. The venue should have a process in place to help you check-in if you can’t use the app. You can share and add your Covid-19 vaccination digital certificate to the CBR app - proof of vaccination is not required for entry into businesses, venues, and events.