Coronavirus Travel Restrictions To & From Canberra

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions To & From Canberra

Australian Capital Territory Covid Rules & Restrictions

Capital Territory of Australia has great importance, as all the Government Headquarters are located in this Territory. Canberra, the Capital of Australia is also located in this territory. Canberra earned its nickname as “The Bush Capital”. Because of the natural reserves, forests, and farmlands.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has made some good steps against the coronavirus. ACT Health is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the ACT and other jurisdictions. Some important measures have been taken in the situation of pandemics to controlling the transmission of the virus from one person to another. The government of the Australian Capital Territory is ready to detect, respond to, and contain a COVID-19 outbreak in the community. It is critical to detect a potential outbreak as soon as possible. Early detection allows for a timely and coordinated response to isolate and contain the outbreak.

Covid-19 Survey

There are no active instances in the ACT, and the most recent wastewater testing for COVID-19 pieces in the ACT catchment were negative. ACT is now immunizing all people in phases 1a and 1b, as well as those aged 40 and up, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 and up, and pregnant women aged 16 and up.

Traveling to ACT

Rules and restrictions are applied while entering The Australian Capital Territory (ACT). A face mask is mandatory for every passenger traveling by Air.

Travelers who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and meet the requirements of the Commonwealth government’s Australian Travel Declaration can travel from New Zealand to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) without having to enter mandatory quarantine under an exemption to the Returned Travelers Public Health Direction.

Only the citizens of Australia are allowed to enter the ACT from other countries. However, restrictions are applied on them as well, by staying in Quarantine for 14 days at their arrival Airport. While leaving Australia and moving to some other destination, there is no ban on citizens of Australia.

Goods and Services

  • Supermarkets, banks, and health services including pharmacy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and psychology, and dental are essential services provided by the government of ACT. Health works, police, and firefighters provide services to the public in case of any emergency.
  • Some of the clubs, bars, and restaurants are banned but some of these entities do have exceptions. A cafe can remain open for take-away and delivery only. Chefs inside restaurants and cafes can continue to cook and provide meal services.
  • A hairdresser or barber can provide services to one person per four square-meter rule.
  • Gatherings for funerals are limited to a maximum of 100 people.


Role of Government

During this difficult time, the ACT Government is committed to supporting innovative ideas that benefit Canberra’s’ mental health and wellbeing. Individuals, community groups, and organizations have been given $350,000 to assist projects that will help Canberra stay resilient and recover from the emotional and mental health effects of COVID-19.

The ACT Government will also provide Youth Support Package for children, young people, and their families who are experiencing challenges to help address this. The ACT Government’s Youth Support Package will include the following features:

  • Businesses that pay wages to new apprentices or trainees are eligible for a six-month payroll tax exemption. For eligible employees, the exemption would cover six months of earnings.
  • A two-year extension of the ACT Public Service graduate program, including cadet and apprentice recruitment, to provide an additional 10 graduate posts yearly.
  • Funding to help young carers manage increased expenses, preserve their well-being, and continue their studies.


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