Canberra’s border bubble has burst!

Quarantine free travel to the entire state of New South Wales, including the Greater Sydney area, and Victoria has resumed as of Monday.

The changes mean the previous ‘border bubble’ around the ACT is no longer in place, with Canberrans free to roam beyond the previous boundary limits and return home without the need to quarantine.

However, there are some restrictions that remain in place with the ACT to continue to declare some geographical areas as ‘High Risk’.

That means anyone entering the Territory from a declared High Risk area, or who’s been to one in the past 14 days, will need to seek an exemption prior to arrival but the conditions of those exemptions changes depending on your vaccine status.

Fully Vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, you’re free to return home without restrictions, you’ll be asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and the exemption documentation will automated meaning there’ll be no delay in approval prior to your entry into the Territory.



If you are an unvaccinated ACT resident wanting to return home, you’ll need to complete an online exemption form and may be subject to some restrictions as ACT health officials provide you support to return safely.

Non-ACT residents who’ve been to a High Risk area in the past 14 days and plan on entering the Territory will only be able to do so for essential reasons.

Non residents will need to apply for an exemption, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

If granted, the following conditions will apply.

  • Negative test result required within 48 hours prior to entry into the ACT.
  • Stay at home conditions to be applied for 14 days.
  • COVID-19 testing between days 5 – 6 and 12 – 13.
  • Entry into high risk settings during the stay at home period requires approval of the facility.

See the current list of declared High Risk areas in New South Wales and Victoria 

Children under the age of 12 will be subject to the same conditions as the parent or guardian they’re travelling with, If travelling unaccompanied they will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Travelling into New South Wales remains unrestricted for ACT residents while fully vaccinated Canberrans are free to enter Victoria but will need to fill out an online entry permit before hand.

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