COVID-19 Doctor Travel Updates

Australian border restrictions & conditions for doctors


Please remember that the following isn’t a guaranteed source since the advice constantly changes. Kindly refer to government links/websites for updated recommendation and how it’s relevant to your personal circumstances. As an option, speak to your Wavelength recruitment consultant for a more personalized advice.



Travel to Australia is currently heavily restricted to Australian Citizens, residents and immediate family members. Everyone arriving in Australia will be quarantined for 14 days with limited exceptions and may have to comply with other state and territory travel restrictions. Travellers arriving from any country may also be health screened upon arrival. This page from the Department of Home Affairs details who may enter Australia. 



Numerous Australian states & territories have closed their borders in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Before traveling interstate for your next job, we suggest for you to check relevant government websites for the latest travel advisory. It’s also best to take the following with you:

  • Current ID

  • Proof of your AHPRA registration

  • Printed copy of your Job Confirmation Letter (which includes the hospital contact details)

  • Copy of the Hospital Locum Contract

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Printed copy of self-quarantine exemption decisions (a State-by-State requirement) OR any relevant border pass information

State & Territory health boards and individual hospitals (and practices) continually update their policies. You may be required to undergo risk assessment on arrival and, in some cases, may be required to self-quarantine.




ACT || NSW || QLD || NT || TAS || SA || VIC || WA



Border is open to travelers from all States except people from Victoria. But if you travel from certain NSW locations, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Refer to this link for current NSW hotspots.

For updates, check out this site.



Border is open to anyone from all States, but closed to people from Victoria -except NSW residents. It’s mandatory for NSW residents returning from Victoria to go into 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.


All returning NSW residents, except if they reside within the NSW border regions, will only be allowed to re-enter to NSW through Sydney Airport. The expenses for hotel quarantine will be the same as for returning from international trips (at $3,000/adult).


The cost for hotel quarantine will be waived for the following month to ease the financial burden on returnees. This is applicable to NSW residents already in hotel quarantine after travelling from Victoria. The reprieve on hotel quarantine fees for NSW residents will expire on 11 September 2020, Friday at 12:01am.



Individuals who’ve been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14days will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will not be allowed to enter the border. This is applicable to anyone who’s been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14days, except those needed in Queensland for essential activities. Queensland residents are allowed to return home, but will be obligated to quarantine in a government-provided accommodation at their expense (at $2,800).


Identified current hotspots:

  • All NSW

  • All VIC

  • All ACT


For list of specific hotspots & other updates, please visit here.


Entry to Queensland from a hotspot is allowed ONLY if you travel by air. The only people allowed entry to Queensland by road are:

  • Border-zone residents

  • Workers/truck drivers transporting freight & logistics

  • Individuals performing essential activities*


There’s no need to quarantine if you’re arriving from a COVID-19 hotspot under the following conditions:

  • IF you arrive into Queensland by air & you directly transfer to another flight to leave Queensland or you quarantine until next fly-out from Queensland

  • IF you need to come to Queensland to complete an essential activity

  • IF you were in a COVID-19 hotspot only because you needed to transit through an airport –excluding Melbourne Tullamarine airport

  • IF you can present proof that you’ve completed mandatory hotel quarantine in a COVID-19 hotspot and transited instantly to Queensland, unless you flew out of Melbourne Tullamarine airport, are a border-zone resident, and have not been in a hotspot in the past 14days.


*Regarding essential activities, the only exception are specialist-health workers approved by the Chief Health Officer. We believe this refers only to doctors requested to enter a state by the State DoH. It’s highly likely that our doctors will not fall into ‘essential activities’ category.


Individuals arriving from other States must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Passbefore you enter Queensland.


Before any individual can enter NT, they must complete a border entry form.

Check out Google map with current hotspots. These are:

  • All of VIC

  • All of Sydney (31 areas) & Newcastle




The border is open but everyone must apply for a Tasmanian Travel pass, at least 3 days before travel. All non-essential travelers entering Tasmania are still required to quarantine for 14days.


Doctors can apply for quarantine exemption by applying for a G2G Pass System. The fee is $2800.


Note: You’re not permitted to enter IF you’ve been in an “affected region or premises” and are not a Tasmanian resident or not an Essential Traveller.


Essential Travellers who have been in affected premises/regions in the 14days prior to arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake a COVID-19 test upon arrival.


The premises in SA, QLD, and NSW on this site are considered hotspots.


Border is open to individuals travelling from QLD, NT, WA & TAS, however, you need to complete a pre-approval form.

Travellers from NSW & ACT, except essential travellers, are required to self-quarantine for 14days and get tested twice. They also need to accomplish a pre-approval form.

Apart from essential travellers, the border is closed to VIC –including SA citizens.




Starting August 5th, Wednesday at 11:59PM, essential workers in Melbourne will now be required to carry a new “Worker Permit” when travelling to and from work. The employers are responsible for issuing these permits.


Employees must carry photo identification and their worker permit when travelling to and from the workplace. They can show their worker permit to authorities electronically (e.g. photo or scanned copy) on a mobile device.

For more details see this site



The border is closed except for Essential Workers –who can also get an exemption to enter as an essential worker by applying for a G2G Pass System.


For up-to-date advice, visit here


Like always, our dedicated team of medical recruitment consultants and Regulatory & Migration experts are ready to help.


Scope-Medical can assist with your enquiries about travelling as a doctor for a new job in Australia, please contact us.

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