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ACT rules change for international arrivals

ACT Health is implementing additional health measures to restrict the spread of the Omicron variant from overseas into the ACT.

International travelers from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi who arrive in NSW or Victoria must not travel to the ACT until quarantine requirements have been completed at their point of entry.

All other fully vaccinated international travelers who wish to enter the ACT will need to first follow the requirements of the jurisdiction at their point of entry into Australia.

If permitted to travel on to the ACT they must:

  • Complete an online declaration form within 24 hours, prior to arrival into the ACT
  • Travel directly to their ACT residence or accommodation to complete a three day quarantine, with day zero being the day of arrival into Australia
  • Undergo testing for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival in Australia and
  • Undergo a further COVID-19 test on day 6 after arrival in Australia

If appropriate separation cannot be maintained, all residents in a household where a returned traveler is quarantining must also quarantine.

If the returned traveler receives confirmation of a negative PCR test, they (and other household members) may leave quarantine at 11.59pm on day three. They do not need to be formally advised of the end of their quarantine by ACT Health.

Travelers may leave quarantine after day three, but due to the uncertainty associated with the Omicron variant, they are strongly encouraged to limit movement in the community until they receive a negative test result from the mandatory day six PCR test.

Travelers should:

  • Stay at home wherever possible and minimise their movement to essential reasons only
  • Keep records of where you have been including dares and times, and use Check In CBR where required
  • Avoid use of public transport, and if essential ensure a mask is worn
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene and wear a mask when in public
  • Travelers are not permitted to enter high risk settings for 14 days after arrival into Australia.

It is also strongly recommended that travellers obtain a COVID-19 test on the 12th or 13th day after their arrival into Australia.

International travelers who are not fully vaccinated must:

  • Complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine at their point of entry into Australia
  • If travel to the ACT is required for exceptional or compassionate reasons, an exemption will need to be obtained from ACT Health.

There are currently no confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the ACT.

ACT Health anticipate these settings will be in place until 15 December.

More info can be found here.

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