Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Western Australia continuing border controls, including quarantine measures. Phase five of statewide recovery plan postponed until Oct. 24.

Alert Begins 04 Sep 2020 05:58 AM UTC
Alert Expires 24 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Western Australia (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Border restrictions, transport disruptions, increased security, quarantine requirements

Western Australia continues to implement Phase 4 of the state's six-step recovery roadmap amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in Victoria and other areas of Australia. Most companies have reopened; officials have lifted seating requirements for establishments serving alcohol and ended customer registrations at food businesses. The government allows people to attend sporting venues, concerts, and nightclubs, without seating requirements. Gyms can operate without onsite staff. However, authorities continue to limit crowd sizes to one person per every two square meters (21 square feet). Large sporting venues can operate at 50 percent capacity, with the number of people allowed fluctuating based on the type of event. The government has further delayed its move into Phase 5 until at least Oct. 24.

Domestic Border Controls
Officials have postponed plans to reopen the state border in Step 6 indefinitely. Travel from all other parts of Australia remains prohibited, except for essential reasons or to carry out government functions. Approved travelers must apply for a G2G PASS to enter the state, bring a mask, and wear it during work. Almost all arrivals into Western Australia must quarantine for 14 days. Allowed travelers from Victoria and New South Wales can only fly into Perth Airport (PER). Passengers from both states must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and on day 11 of isolation. Authorities may require some visitors from Victoria to quarantine in designated facilities.

International Quarantine Requirements
The Western Australia government continues to limit international passengers to 525 per week. All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Western Australia charges all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,520 (USD 1,805) for one adult or AUD 3,360 (USD 2,407) for two adults in the same room. Additional people in a party cost AUD 840 (USD 602) per room, except for children under six years old. People entering the state must quarantine for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test before release.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by government health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for transport disruptions and delivery delays at designated hotspot areas. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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