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After almost 2 years, Western Australia opens its borders

The long-awaited date has finally been announced: on February 5, 2022 at 12.01am, the borders of Western Australia will be open to travellers, however there are a few things to know.

The blocked transition date is based on the latest projections for when WA will reach its target rate of 90% double-dose vaccination for eligible Western Australians aged 12 and over.

If you come from abroad

The obligations vary according to your country of origin, and the conditions can change at any time. Check these required obligations before leaving.

For anyone aged 12 and over, with the exception of people exempt from vaccination for medical reasons.

If you are completely vaccinated (for the moment the booster is not yet required but could become so), you will be asked:

  • Negative PCR test less than 72 hours before departure
  • PCR test within 48 hours of your arrival
  • PCR test on the sixth day after your arrival

All testing is done at your expense. They will need to be done in private pathology clinics with a prescription from a GP or a pathology form.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • Fourteen days of quarantine in a hotel or other authorized quarantine place, at your expense.

It is strongly advised to have taken out health insurance covering the risks associated with Covid, treatments are prohibitively expensive and you have to pay in advance. Beware of exclusions, read the small lines carefully.

Interstate Travelers

If you are from another state

  • persons arriving in WA or travelers from WA departing and returning from a trip of six days or more will be required to test negative PCR within 72 hours of departure before traveling to WA, and test negative PCR within 48 hours following their arrival;
  • travelers arriving in WA for travel of five days or less will be required to test negative PCR within 72 hours of departure, but are not required to be tested upon arrival in WA;
  • travelers from WA who leave and then return to WA within 5 days or less do not need a test before returning to the state, but they will need to undergo a PCR test within 48 hours of their return.

Local travelers will not be allowed to re-enter the territories if they are not fully vaccinated.

Restrictions in Western Australia

Restrictions in the State of Western Australia

Wearing masks will be mandatory in certain high-risk indoor environments, including

  • in public transport, taxis or ride-sharing services;
  • at airports and on flights;
  • by visitors to hospitals, aged care facilities, disability care facilities or correctional facilities.

Proof of vaccination for people aged 16 and over will be required at the following locations:

  • venues or events hosting 1,000 people or more;
  • nightclubs
  • the Crown Complex;
  • the four major stadiums (Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium and HBF Park).

Other businesses may also choose to require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry to protect their staff and customers. These companies should consider their particular circumstances and seek legal advice before adopting a proof of vaccination requirement.

Contact registration, including the use of SafeWA, will be required in all public places and will be extended to taxis and ride-sharing services.

Social and public health measures may be scaled up or down depending on changes in health advice or hospitalization rates.

Conditions in WA regions

Please note: special conditions will apply to regions that have not reached 80% vaccinations by February 5

Additional restrictions may be needed in some regional at-risk communities where current projections suggest higher levels of vaccination may take longer to achieve.

If these regions do not achieve at least 80% double dose vaccination by Saturday, February 5, 2022, they will be subject to temporary enhanced public health and social action measures:

  • proof of vaccination will be required in pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants with table service, bottle shops, indoor entertainment venues, gyms and fitness centres;
  • masks will be required in all covered public places that do not require proof of vaccination on entry (such as supermarkets, truck stops and take-out services);
  • only travelers vaccinated with the double dose will be allowed to enter the region by air.

These temporary additional health and social measures for the affected regions aim to protect highly vulnerable communities until a higher level of vaccination is achieved to minimize the risk.

These restrictions will be lifted or reduced as soon as the required double dose vaccination rate is reached in the region, depending on the specific health advice at the time.

Today the Pilbara region has a double dose vaccination rate of 46.1%, the Kimberley at 60.8% and the Goldfields at 65%. Find out before planning a trip to its regions.

Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination

The state government is also developing a new integrated mobile application that will facilitate proof of vaccination, use of SafeWA and G2G records.

The app will be available early next year and provides safe, secure and convenient access to these state government services and will provide a single platform for additional services in the future.

Using a printed copy of the digital COVID-19 certificate or vaccination history record is also accepted as proof, but individuals will need to present approved identification with it.

Have a good trip !!!

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