Please note: This blog was last updated on the 12/07/21.
There is no denying that moving interstate can be a big task at any time! However, the task has only gotten greater thanks to the global pandemic. You will be pleased to know that you can still move home during this time, so you do not need to put your plans on hold. Nevertheless, you do need to plan effectively, taking the current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines into play.
Unfortunately, things aren't as straightforward as usual. Yet, with a good moving company on your side, you should be able to navigate the current situation so that you can move into your new house!
Moving to WA during coronavirus
If you're intending to start the process of moving to Western Australia during COVID, it is important to understand any regulations that are in place so that you can plan your move effectively. Don't panic, though, as that is what we are here to help with. Please refer to the Western Australia Restriction Rules for more Information.
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As per the latest regulations that are in place, if you are planning to move to WA, you are subject to the following:
• You will need to complete a G2G Pass declaration, and you should expect six days in terms of processing.
• You may have to complete two weeks of self-quarantine or stay in a mandatory government quarantine facility, depending on the risk status in the location you have come from and who you’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel.
• You may need to have a COVID-19 test.
• You may need to have a temperature test and health screening once you arrive at Perth Airport
Can you move to West Australia at present?
Yes, as removalists are considered an essential logistics service provider, they can move your belongings interstate in Australia. However, if you are planning to move to WA, keeping up-to-date with all of the latest news and guidance is imperative. Plus, if you start to notice any signs of the virus, it is imperative to get a test at the earliest opportunity and to notify your removal company so that they can re-arrange the service.
Travelling to Western Australia at the moment
Before we reveal the current requirements for anyone who is travelling to WA, it is imperative to stress that the situation is changing all of the time. Therefore, keeping up to date with the current guidelines is imperative. At the moment, though, interstate travellers can enter WA, depending on where they are coming from and subject to stringent conditions.
Before you enter WA, you will need to complete a G2G Pass declaration. This is something you can do with ease online. Simply set up an account and you can complete your application. Should you need to self-quarantine once you arrive in WA, download the G2G Now app before your travel. With this app. You will be able to complete virtual quarantine check-ins with ease whenever you are prompted to.
Check the WA Government website for information on current risk
WA has a sensible and safe controlled border arrangement, which is based on the advice from the Public Health service. Interstate travel around and into West Australia is allowed, yet it does depend on who you have been in contact with 14 days prior to your travel and where you have come from. On the WA Government website, you can find state-by-state information, which can be incredibly useful. For example, the risk across all states at the moment, from Victoria to New South Wales, is very low. If you are arriving from a very low-risk state or territory, you will not be required to quarantine when you arrive in WA.
A very low-risk state or territory is one whereby there have not been any community cases within the past 28 days. If the state you're travelling from is low-risk territory or state, you would need to self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises. For those who are unaware, a low-risk territory is one whereby there have been fewer than five community cases each day on a 14-day rolling average. In addition to this, you need to be present for a coronavirus test on the 11th day if you are still in West Australia.
This highlights why it is imperative that you keep up-to-date with the latest rules and regulations so you can be aware of whether or not you are going to need to quarantine and what sort of rules will apply to you. As mentioned, it is changing all of the time, so staying up-to-date is of the utmost importance.
Things you need to do if you are going to move to WA during the pandemic
As you can see, it is still very much possible to move to West Australia in the current climate. Yes, you will need to complete a form, and you certainly need to make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest regulations and advice. However, if you do this, you can ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Keeping that in mind, we are going to take a look at some of the things you need to do if you are planning to move to WA during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Check relevant border restrictions - There is only one place to begin when planning your move, and this is by checking the border restrictions that are in place. While things are looking good in terms of vaccinations and returning to pre-COVID life, there is still a long way to go, and things can easily change. This is why it is imperative to keep a check on all of the current rules and public health advice. The good news is that you can access the government website for the latest information, so you won't be left in the dark when it comes to planning your move.
- Make sure you fill in the paperwork that is required - As mentioned above West Australia is one of the states that requires paperwork to be filled in so that you can get the pass that is needed to enter the state. You are going to have to present this pass at the airport or border, so make sure you have it handy. We would certainly recommend that you print out a copy or two so that you have a physical copy, as well as saving it electronically so that you have a backup. After all, the last thing you want is to have your entire move derailed because you misplaced the paperwork.
- Think about your health too - While it can be frustrating to put your entire moving plans on hold, if you have fallen ill with COVID-19, it is imperative to quarantine so that you do not put anyone else at risk. If you come down with any COVID-19 symptoms, do not simply bury your head in the sand and hope for the best, as this is how the virus gets passed onto others. Instead, make sure you get tested so that you know whether you can proceed with the move or not.
Moving safely is a must during this time
Aside from everything that we have mentioned above, there must be a COVID-19 safety plan in place to help you with your move. This is something that all of the leading removal companies should provide. These plans will cover how the well-being of workers and customers will be managed when moving home during this period. From record-keeping to cleaning, hygiene, and social distancing, all of the important measures will be considered when it comes to ensuring your move is safe. Don't be afraid to ask your mover to present you with a copy of the plan so you can see the exact measures they are taking to ensure that safety is a priority when moving to West Australia during COVID.
If there were to be further WA border restrictions or lockdowns again, would I still be able to move?
This is the question we get asked a lot. While we cannot 100% guarantee anything, you should be able to move, yes. However, you will need approved border passes, approved exemption, and proof of residence.
Contact Chess Moving today if you need assistance with moving to West Australia during COVID
If you're interested in moving to WA during coronavirus, the most important step is to team up with an experienced and reputable moving company that can assist you with the move. Whether you're moving to Perth during COVID or another part of West Australia, you can count on the team at Chess Moving to assist. We are professional, experienced, and committed to taking all of the steps that are required to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to move during the pandemic, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can reach our friendly and professional team on 13 14 69 for more information.
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