Everything you need to know before you travel interstate for Christmas

By Josh Dye

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As the summer holidays approach, many Australians are anxiously awaiting news about interstate border closures and restrictions.

Long lockdowns in NSW and Victoria separated thousands of families this year, causing people to miss weddings, funerals and birthday celebrations.

Most states and territories have published a road map to reopen, hopefully paving the way for joyful reunions over Christmas.

But with so many restrictions still in place, how will you know what you need to do before travelling?

To help you navigate the minefield of restrictions, we've created a handy travel planner that displays each state and territory's rules for entry. Simply select the location you’re travelling from and the place you’re going to.

We’ve also included links at the bottom to every state and territory’s COVID-19 testing sites — so you can plan ahead for a PCR test then just worry about how you’re going to fit all your family’s Christmas presents in your suitcase.

Note that most states and territories require a permit to enter, and in some cases you'll require approval in advance. All jurisdictions except Victoria require travellers to be fully vaccinated.

Also, if you're venturing beyond NSW, Victoria or the ACT, you'll need a COVID test up to three days before travelling. Make sure you pick a clinic that will return your results on time.

The travel planner will be updated as often as possible since the rules are constantly changing.

Although for absolute certainty, it's best to rely on the relevant government website of where you're going.

Happy holidays!

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