INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - updated 28 April 2020
Some traveller FAQ's can be found here.
Intrastate Travel in Western Australia
Instrastate travel, that is movements through the boundaries of the regions of Western Australia, is now restricted (from 11:59pm Tuesday, 31 March 2020). The Western Australian regions are:
- Perth and Peel (due to their proximity, the Perth and Peel regions will form one region)
- South West
- Great Southern
Exemptions apply for:
- people travelling to work
- attending medical appointments
- transporting freight
- those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region
- returning to a place of residence
- attending school or an educational institution where necessary
- catering for family members
- compassionate grounds.
From 13 April 2020, residents returning home to the Kimberley, East Pilbara or Ngaanytjarraku biosecurity designated areas will need to self-isolate for 14 days before returning.
For more information on travel to the Kimberley, including how to seek special permission to enter the designated biosecurity area, click here.
Checkpoints and mobile police patrols are in place to monitor travel across boundaries and ensure people are doing the right thing. People are encouraged, where possible, to assist police by preparing documentation, such as a letter/email/SMS from an employer, to support their legitimate travel. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and issue fines of up to $50,000.
Under directions issued by the WA Police Commissioner, travel to remote Aboriginal Communities in the Kimberley, the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, and parts of the Shire of East Pilbara encompassing the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra is not permitted, save for essential services.
Travel within the Kimberley region
From 11.59pm on Thursday 2 April 2020, travel between the four local government areas of the Kimberley region will be restricted. These local government areas are the Shire of Broome, Shire of Derby-West Kimberley, Shire of Halls Creek, and Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley. A map of these local government areas is here. Some exemptions for essential travel will apply.
Strict border controls are in place from 1.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, March 24. All arrivals from other States and Territories will have to self isolate for 14 days after arriving in Western Australia.
The WA Government has announced that from midnight on Sunday 5 April 2020, further restrictions will be enforced at Western Australia. From that time, the only exemptions for interstate travellers arriving into Western Australia will be:
- Health and emergency services
- Transport, freight and logistics
- Specialist skills not available in WA
- National or State security and governance
- Courts and Judicial Services
- FIFO workers and their families under strict 14 day isolation periods when first entering WA.
Restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings
From Monday 27 April March 2020, the WA Government has eased some Stage 3 restrictions.
Indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed at:
- weddings and funerals
- outdoor personal training (no shared equipment)
- home opens and display village inspections
If a single household has more than 10 people, that household remains exempt from this new rule.
All other restrictions remain in place for now:
- all public playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment will remain closed
- restaurants, cafés, food vans, food courts and roadhouses remain restricted to takeaway and home delivery.
The WA Government's strong guidance to all Western Australians is to stay home unless for:
- shopping for what you need - food, takeaway, and necessary supplies
- medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements
- exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
- work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely.
On-the-spot fines of $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses will apply.
Tourism in the North West
Under the current restrictions, many tourism operators across the North West have decided to delay their operations until later this year or to 2021. At Australia’s North West, we’re doing our best to support everyone in our amazing tourism family, from the tour operators to the accommodation providers. If you were planning to travel during 2020, we encourage you to #postponedontcancel.
On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic.
Australia has in place strict measures aimed at protecting Australians and visitors to our country from the coronavirus.
From 9pm, 20 March 2020, Australia closed its borders to all travellers coming to Australia (with the exception of residents and citizens). New Zealand citizens who live in Australia as Australian residents are also exempt, as are New Zealanders transiting to New Zealand.
Australian citizens and residents will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
For details visit the Australian Border Force website.
For the latest information relating to travel in Australia see the Department of Home Affairs website.
To find out about any flight cancellations please check with individual airlines.
Information and guidance is available from the World Health Organisation.
The Australian Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health are the leading agencies for information about COVID-19 in WA.
You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
The WA Government website is also a good source of information.
'Social Distancing' restrictions and closure of non-essential services
While all care is taken to ensure the information on www.australiasnorthwest.com website is current, due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic and restrictions in place with ‘social distancing’, many of our events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Our restaurants, cafes and pubs have closed their doors to patrons, with only take away service provided.
Museums, theatres and some other attractions such as caravan parks may be closed due to social distancing measures, but definitely check with the businesses' and shires own websites for updates and changes to their operations.
Hotels and accommodation providers
State and Territory public health agency contacts are available here.
Cruise ships and COVID-19
All international cruise ships have been banned from sailing into or out of Australian ports for 30 days, from March 15, 2020.
Visit the smartraveller website for more information.
The Premier has authorised the WA Police Commissioner to stop any non-Australians cruise passengers who arrive at WA ports from disembarking the ship. Those people will be required to stay on the ship until arrangements have been made for them to be privately transported to the airport to fly to their home country. These orders will be made under the Emergency Management Act.
Other useful links
For the latest information about how coronavirus is impacting international education visit the Study Perth website.
For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies go here.