Western Australia closes border to Qld after Gold Coast case spike

Western Australia has imposed tougher border restrictions on Queensland following a rise in local COVID-19 cases on the Gold Coast in recent days.

From 12.01am on Monday, the sunshine state will be elevated from “very low risk” to “low risk”.

It means anyone wanting to travel to WA from Queensland must be fully vaccinated, test negative and self-quarantine for two weeks.


“With community spread now being experienced in Queensland and its expected move to relax border controls and quarantine requirements with COVID-positive jurisdictions, in the midst of Omicron, we need to take caution and strengthen our border controls with Queensland,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

“This will inconvenience people however we know border controls work to keep WA safe and they’re effective in managing the risks of COVID-19 entering the community – while we don’t yet have sufficient levels of vaccination coverage.”

Anyone already in Western Australia who has been to a Queensland exposure site between December 1 and December 13 will also need to quarantine for 14 days and get tested.