- The ACT and Tasmania will be elevated from 'medium risk' to 'high risk'
- Approved travellers must be fully vaccinated, complete 14 days self-quarantine with G2G Now app and subject to COVID-19 testing
- Changes upon latest health advice and under WA's controlled border arrangements
Based on the latest health advice, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania will transition from 'medium risk' to 'high risk' under Western Australia's controlled border arrangements from 12.01am Monday, January 3, 2022.
Under the 'high risk' setting, travellers must still be approved through the G2G Pass system. The exemption list is limited to:
- certain senior Government officials;
- certain active military personnel;
- a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
- a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
- a person carrying out a limited range of specialist functions; and
- a person given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.
The final category includes reasons such as those Western Australians that may have travelled to the ACT or Tasmania recently, prior to the current outbreak, have roots in WA and have a legitimate right to return, subject to the relevant quarantine conditions and required evidence.
Under the 'high risk' settings, effective from 12.01am Monday, January 3, anyone entering from the ACT or Tasmania, or who has travelled through the ACT or Tasmania in the past 14 days, will be subject to the following strict conditions to enter WA:
- be double dose vaccinated against COVID-19, if eligible;
- receive a PCR test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival;
- self-quarantine in a suitable premise for 14 days;
- present for a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine;
- present for a COVID-19 test on day 12 after arrival in WA (if still in WA); and
- a mandatory requirement to use the G2G Now app while in quarantine.
The Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls.
For more information about WA's controlled border arrangements, visit https://www.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:
"The number of COVID-19 cases in the ACT and Tasmania continues to rise, as Omicron spreads rapidly throughout much of Australia.
"Based on the latest health advice, the ACT and Tasmania will transition from 'medium risk' to 'high risk'.
"Border controls are our best defence as we continue towards our Transition Plan and increase vaccination rates in Western Australia.
"More than 92 per cent of Western Australians 12 and older have now received a first dose, as we get closer to February 5 we want to see the number of second and third doses rise.
"Vaccination is vital to protect you, yourself and your community against the Omicron variant.
"Don't delay - head to your nearest vaccination clinic and roll up for WA."
Minister's office - 6552 5900