COVID-19 - WA travel restrictions

Information for primary industries

The State and Commonwealth Governments have put a series of restrictions into and within Western Australia to help protect the community from the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you need further information on the restrictions, please visit wa.gov.au or phone 13COVID (13 26 843).

International travel

Entry to Australia is now prohibited unless you or a family member are an Australian resident or citizen.

The Australian Government travel advice is: do not travel, for further advice please visit the Smart Traveller website.

While employers cannot access the Seasonal Worker Programme or Pacific Labour Scheme, workers already in Australia under those programmes may be able to extend their stay for up to 12 months.

More information for businesses employing visa holders here.


Interstate travel

Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 in WA. 

People are no longer able to enter Western Australia after 11.59pm, on Sunday, 5 April 2020 unless an exemption has been granted. 

Exemptions

Exemptions apply for people employed or engaged in agriculture, food production or primary industries who hold specialist skills not available in Western Australia. This means that primary industries can only bring employees into Western Australia if those skills are not available in Western Australia.  Exemptions are also in place for transport, freight and logistics.

Anyone seeking an exemption must complete the following Exemption Application Form prior to travel and submit it by emailing the form to WAEntryRequest@police.wa.gov.au.

Exemptions must be granted by WA Police prior to travel.

Employees must carry their exemption form and proof of its submission when travelling, and may be asked to produce this documentation at a check point or by WA Police patrolling the area. Failure to produce this documentation may result in penalties including imprisonment or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $250,000 for organisations. 

More information is available here.


Intrastate travel

Regional travel restrictions – phase 2

From Friday 29 May, some regional travel restrictions have been removed.

Travel is now permitted throughout WA, except for entry into:

  • the Kimberley region
  • the biosecurity zones in parts of the Shire of East Pilbara that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra
  • the biosecurity zones of the Shire of Ngaanyatarraku
  • remote Aboriginal communities.

Travel exemptions are required to travel to these areas.

Exemptions

Exemptions apply for travel outside of these regions 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
  • caring for family members
  • compassionate grounds.

If you meet the above exemption criteria, the G2G (Good to Go) app allows you to electronically request travel approvals intrastate. An approved traveller will be issued a QR code electronically which can be scanned at the checkpoints – this will give pre-approval before leaving. The QR code app is available for iPhones and Android at the respective app stores.

Alternatively, you can request approval to travel at the checkpoint by providing WA Police with supporting documentation, such as a letter/email/SMS from an employer, that proves you meet the criteria to travel regional.

Checkpoints and mobile police patrols are in place to monitor travel across boundaries and ensure people are doing the right thing. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions, and issue fines of up to $50 000.

Regional travel restrictions – phase 3

Phase 3 will be finalised in the coming weeks, based on the advice from the Chief Health Officer and taking into account the infection rates across WA. It’s expected Phase 3 will be implemented about four weeks from the commencement of Phase 2. Possible further relaxation of regional travel restrictions may apply.

Regional boundaries

Western Australian intrastate travel is defined as movement through the boundaries of the regions of WA. Regions are defined by the boundaries of the State’s nine Regional Development Commissions. Due to their close proximity, the Perth and Peel regions have been combined into one region.

For more information, please view the WA regional boundaries map, the interactive mapping service or the below regional maps:

These restrictions are also for anyone travelling into the Shire of Esperance, given the nature of the Goldfields-Esperance region.

For a guide on where roads and highways intersect regional and other travel restriction boundaries, please view the regional boundaries - road descriptions, provided by the regional development commissions.


Information and support

For more information and support during COVID-19, please visit DPIRD's webpages below: