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ACT closing its borders to COVID affected areas at midday Jan 2nd

Non-ACT residents who have been in a COVID-affected area in the past 14 days, are being told "please do not visit the ACT". From midday today (2 January 2021) you must have a valid exemption to legally be in the ACT. This applies to non-ACT residents only. For more info: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel/nsw


An updated public health direction in force from midday Saturday 2 January 2021 requires non-ACT residents to have an exemption before entering the ACT. The direction will be available to view when it comes into effect.

If you have visited a COVID-affected area in the last 14 days, do not visit the ACT.

You will legally not be permitted entry into the ACT without a valid exemption.

ACT Policing will be enforcing this public health direction and those who do not comply can be fined up to $8,000 .

If you have been in a COVID-affected area, you can transit through the ACT to another destination, if the most direct route is through the ACT.

While you are transiting through the ACT, you must not exit the vehicle nor go through a drive through. If you need an exemption so you can visit the ACT, you must submit an application form. Please note the form will be unavailable between 9am and midday on 2 January 2021 to reflect changes to travel requirements

You must submit the form at least three days before travelling but no more than 14 days before travelling.

Applications are prioritised according to travel date.

Those with long lead times are unlikely to be processed earlier than two weeks before travel, due to the possibility of changing border restrictions.

Exemptions will only be considered if:

  • You are providing essential services in the ACT, which may include work in these industries:

  • health care

  • government, law enforcement or military

  • Member of Parliament or staff

  • education

  • agriculture (please check eligibility by referring to the Australian Government’s Agriculture Worker’s code)

  • maintenance or repair of critical infrastructure

  • construction, Engineering, or manufacturing.


  • You have compassionate grounds, such as visiting a family member receiving palliative care

  • You are attending the funeral of an immediate family member

  • You need to attend medical appointments

  • You need a service only available in the ACT that is time critical

  • You are visiting the ACT for child access or critical care arrangements

  • You need to attend court or legal proceedings

  • You are moving permanently to the ACT

If you receive an exemption, you must still quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in the ACT.

You must quarantine at your own expense and advise your accommodation provider that you will be quarantining.


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