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WA State border closure – What does this mean?

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

You cannot enter Western Australia unless an exemption has been granted.

Anyone who thinks they meet the criteria outlined in the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions may apply for an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior Government officials in the course of duties
  • members of the Commonwealth Parliament and their staff
  • active military personnel on duty in WA Specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency service workers
  • judicial officers or staff members of a court, tribunal or commission
  • persons carrying out a function under a law of the Commonwealth Health services when requested by the Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health
  • FIFO workers and their family members
  • urgent and essential medical treatment
  • attending a funeral of a relative or visiting a relative who is critically ill or whose death is imminent
  • transport, freight and logistics (not including airline and maritime crew members)
  • compassionate grounds
  • otherwise seeking approval to enter WA.

How do I apply for an exemption?

If you believe you fall under an approval to travel category, there are two ways you can apply for approval to travel:

  1. Use the G2G PASS app to apply for approval to travel, and receive proof of your exemption prior to travel. Visit the G2G PASS website.
  2. Complete the paper-based exemption application form prior to travel and submit to with supporting documentation.

If you are requesting entry on compassionate grounds, or otherwise seeking approval to enter WA, you must not enter WA until you have received approval from WA Police via the G2G PASS app or email. Submitting an application for the reasons above does not constitute approval.

If you apply for approval to travel via the G2G PASS app, a QR code will be generated which can be displayed on a mobile phone and/or through a vehicle window without human contact.

If you apply for an exemption, you must carry your exemption form and proof of its submission when travelling. You may be asked to produce this documentation at a checkpoint or by WA Police patrolling the area.

If your exemption category requires further documentation or proof, you must produce this on request. 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.

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