Covid-19 – WA’s Safe Transition Plan

WA’s Safe Transition Plan outlines safe conditions for interstate and international travel and provides certainty on how businesses and WA’s way of life can continue safely with the introduction of public health and social measures once COVID-19 enters WA’s community.

Thanks to the efforts of the Western Australian community, WA will transition safely, easing its borders on Saturday, 5th February 2022.

From Saturday 5 February, 2022, you will need to:

    • Wear a mask in certain venues and settings (usual exemptions apply).
    • Provide proof of being double dose vaccinated against COVID-19 when entering certain businesses, venues and large events.
    • Check in using the SafeWA app or a manual contact register.

Additional public health and social measures will be introduced for regions in WA that have not reached an 80 per cent vaccination rate at the time of WA’s transition to protect residents and vulnerable communities.

Get ready for WA’s transition now by:

 

Travel

Interstate Travel – Vaccinated Travellers

Vaccinated travellers entering WA from interstate will need to:

If your trip into WA is 6 days or more, you will need to:

    • show proof of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure
    • undertake a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival.

If your trip into WA is 5 days or less, you will need to:

    • show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure

Interstate Travel – WA Travellers

If your trip away from WA is 6 days or more, you will need to:

    • show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure
    • undertake a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival.

If your trip away from WA is 5 days or less, you will need to:

    • undertake a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival back into WA.

Interstate Travel – Unvaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated people will not be permitted to enter WA from interstate unless they are ineligible or medically exempt.

International Travel

The Australian Government has primary responsibility for managing the international border, and National Cabinet has agreed to facilitate the return of Australians from overseas.

International arrangements are subject to Commonwealth biosecurity settings and requirements. Visit the Australian Government’s International travel and COVID-19 (external link) page for detailed information.

Vaccinated Travellers

Vaccinated travellers entering WA from overseas will need to:

Quarantine is not required for double dose vaccinated international arrivals and there is no cap on the number of vaccinated travellers that can enter WA from overseas.

While in WA, vaccinated travellers will also need to:

    • undertake a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 6 if they are still in WA.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated returning residents will be required to:

    • show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure
    • complete 14 days of quarantine in a designated facility and undergo COVID-19 testing.

Letter From Rachael Green, Deputy Director General, Department of Communities

Dear Foster or Family Carer

I want to provide a reminder that all children and young people in the CEO’s care, who are aged between 12 to 17 years of age and eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in WA, are strongly encouraged to have the vaccination.

This position is consistent with Health advice recommending Western Australians get the COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible.

frequently asked questions has been developed to specifically address issues around the COVID-19 vaccination relevant to children and young people in care.

It is important to note that all children and young people in the CEO’s care should undergo a medical consultation prior to receiving the vaccination.

Vaccinations are available free of charge at COVID-19 vaccination community clinics or via a GP.

Currently, foster and family carers are not mandated to get the COVID-19 vaccination. However, while recognising their individual rights, Communities strongly encourages you to also get the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you have further questions regarding vaccinations for children and young people in care, please contact your local Metro or Country District Office.

Regards

Rachael Green
Deputy Director General, Community Services
Department of Communities