INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - 26 MARCH 2020
Travel to the Kimberley and Pilbara regions in Australia's North West
Please be advised that from 9 pm on Thursday 26 March 2020 access to the Kimberley region and eastern parts of the Pilbara region, is restricted. A map of the areas covered by these travel restrictions is here.
Any person who is outside a designated region can only enter that region if that person:
- is providing essential services or supplies; or
- has been quarantined from the general public for the previous 14 days; or
- comes under other special exemptions which may apply.
Within the designated regions and for all remote Aboriginal communities outside these designated regions, the State Government’s Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions will continue to apply. These directions stipulate that travel to remote Aboriginal Communities is not permitted, save for essential services.
Under the current travel 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.
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.
Non-essential travel within the State is currently highly-discouraged and access to the Kimberley region and parts of the Pilbara region has been restricted (see above for details).
Under directions issued by the WA Police Commissioner, travel to remote Aboriginal Communities is not permitted, save for essential services.
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.