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Where Can I Travel during Covid-19?

Wherever you are and whatever your situation, we’re here to help. We’re committed to ensuring your stay with us is safe, secure and as stress free as possible.Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure Ovolo has a place for you to stay, good food to enjoy, and all the information you need to stay safe, travel stress-free and make the most of your time away from home. We are constantly updating this page with the latest Australian travel restriction information, however if you require more information we suggest you visit relevant government websites as linked below.

Sydney

Are hotels open in Syndey?

Yes, as of June 1st all hotels in Sydney are allowed to open for business travelers, Australian holidayers, and returnees from abroad who are self-quarantining, with some minor restrictions such as a 10-person limit and social distancing guidelines. 

Both Ovolo Woolloomooloo and Ovolo 1888 are open in Sydney with on-site dining and amenities.

Can I travel to-and-from NSW

As of June 1, 2020, NSW travel restrictions have been updated, removing intra-state travel restrictions. Visitors from other states will be able to and from NSW from June 1, given that they follow essential and leisure travel rules Australia.

Physical distancing and proper hygiene should be observed by inter- and intra-state travellers. Self-isolation and quarantine is advised for international travellers.

For Lord Howe Island, only residents and essential staff are allowed to travel until at least June 18, 2020.

For up to date information, visit the NSW Government page here.

What can I do in Sydney during Covid-19?

 As the state slowly reopens, many activities are already available for local and domestic travellers alike to enjoy Australia’s largest city. These include:

  • See the wildlife at Taronga Zoo or the Sea Life Aquarium
  • Experience some culture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales or Powerhouse Museum
  • Catch a film at the Skyline Drive in Cinemas
  • Get treatments and services at beauty and nail salons
  • Exercise at fitness gyms, pilates, yoga and dance studios, community centres, pools and saunas

Come June 13, individuals will be able to do these activities:

  • Avail personal services such as tattoo and massage parlours with only up to 10 clients
  • Visits to hospitality establishments such a pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants with only up to 50 customers

Melbourne

Are hotels open in Melbourne?

Hotels and accommodations are open in Melbourne for all healthy travelers, though some shared spaces such as bathrooms and spas are required to remain closed. 

Ovolo Laneways is operational for your Victoria staycation and other travel needs with enhanced cleaning procedures and special amenities.

Can I travel to-and-from VIC

Due to the increasing Covid-19 cases in the state of Victoria during the past weeks, a state of emergency has been declared. The Victorian government announced a lockdown for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on 8 July until 11:59pm on 19 August 2020.

The NSW border with Victoria is closed. Victorian residents are required to get a border entry permit to be allowed to travel to NSW. This permit is valid for 14 days from the date of issue. 

For more information : https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 

What can I do in Melbourne during Covid?

If you are a resident in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, Stay at Home Directions is currently being implemented. Restaurants and cafe will return to a takeaway and delivery set up. Community sport is put to halt and entertainment venues will be closed. 

You are allowed to leave home only for the following reasons: 

  • Shopping for food and other essentials
  • Providing healthcare services or you need medical attention/ treatment
  • Outdoor exercise, with strict implementation of only one person or member of your household
  • Work or Study, only if you cannot work or study at home

Otherwise, Stay at Home is strictly enforced.

Brisbane

Are hotels open in Brisbane?

Queenslanders are allowed to stay in Brisbane hotels for business and leisure providing they follow all other travel restrictions, while hotels across Queensland are also available for exempt travellers from other areas.

Ovolo the Valley will be open for your Brisbane holidays and business stays starting June 22nd

Can I travel to-and-from QLD

Currently, only exempt travellers are allowed to travel between Queensland and other states, and are highly encouraged to apply for an Entry Pass prior to arriving at the Queensland border.

Within Queensland, city residents are also subjected to a 250km travel radius, while those living in more remote communities may be allowed to travel up to 500km.

What can I do in Brisbane during Covid-19?

Even so, there are still plenty of activities to keep you busy in Brisbane, including dining out, going to the pub and exploring local attractions. Other activities and services now open include:

  • Climb the Story Bridge
  • Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Salons and beauty treatments
  • Museums, galleries and other cultural sites
  • Outdoor amusements parks
  • Outdoor theatres

Canberra

Are hotels open in Canberra?

Many hotels in Australia’s capital city of Canberra are open for healthy travellers to stay for business and leisure from any Australian states, provided they follow all of the local guidelines for their origin and destination. 

Ovolo Nishi and Nishi Apartments in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are open for business.

Can I travel to-and-from ACT

ACT borders are not closed, which means that interstate travel to and from ACT is allowed. The local government reminds travellers to carefully consider their plans. Sick individuals should not push through with their travels.

It also recommends essential travels only. Should you decide to travel, you are advised to observe physical distancing and proper hygiene. Those who arrive to ACT from overseas will be quarantined in designated facilities such as certain hotels for 14 days.

ACT visitors should follow the existing Health Emergency Direction in the ACT.

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What can I do in Canberra during Covid-19?

As the ACT restrictions have significantly eased, local businesses are allowed to open up a little more. The list of things travellers can do widens with the observance of physical distancing, these include: 

  • Experience the National Zoo & Aquarium
  • Explore parks and walking trails
  • Watch a film at the Palace Electric Cinema (July)
  • Visit museums, galleries and outdoor amusement parks
  • Dine in at restaurants, cafes, and pubs
  • Visit fitness and indoor sports centres
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Alternatives to travelling internationally

Just because you can’t travel abroad doesn’t mean you should cancel the holiday plans! Instead, consider a staycation in your own area, or travel to one of Australia’s top cities with luxury accommodations near the best attractions available from Ovolo.

Ovolo also has great options for business travellers looking for alternative meeting spaces or an escape from the home office.

International Travel

When will I be able to travel internationally?

Since banning all overseas travel on March 25th, Australia’s borders remain closed for the foreseeable future.

However, plans are already in the works to reopen travel between New Zealand and Australia in the “trans-tasman” zone, and many are hopeful that travel to the rest of the world will follow suit in early 2021.

What are Australian international travel restrictions?

While Australian citizens, residents and their immediate family members are allowed to return to Australia from abroad with a 14-day quarantine protocol, leaving Australia for Australian Citizens requires a special exemption for critical business, family crisis, and humanitarian aid.

Use the COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) request to travel form if you require an exemption.

Outdoor activities during Covid-19

Sick of being locked up!? Outdoor activities during CoViD in Australia differ from state to state and restrictions are constantly changing – However, here are the generally approved outdoor activities that you can enjoy:

  • Gathering of people outside for sports and recreational purposes so long as all are practising physical distancing:
    • NSW – up to 10 people are allowed 
    • VIC – up to 20 people are  allowed 
    • QLD – up to 20 people are allowed 
    • TAS – up to 10 people are allowed (this might increase by 15th of June)
    • WA – up to 20 people are allowed 
    • SA – up to 20 people are allowed 
    • NT – no limits so long as everyone practices physical distancing 
    • ACT – up to 10 people are allowed 
  • Hiking – There are plenty of hiking opportunities surrounding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
  • Jogging – pack your trainers and break a sweat! Ovolo hotels are surrounded by areas perfect for long or short scenic jogs.
  • Bike riding – Hire a bike and see more sights of the cities with bike friendly itineraries available. 
  • Kayaking – Get an adrenaline rush with some kayaking in surrounding areas of Australia’s major cities.
  • Swimming – Beaches are now generally accessible across all states however pools still have restrictions in place
  • Sports training – Get a session in with an outdoor personal trainer.
  • Outdoor playground & exercise equipment – these can now be enjoyed with you and your children > with caution

Ovolo Staycations & AU Packages

It’s time to explore again! We have an impressive array of perks and inclusions for your next all aussie adventure, including the following:

  • FREE hearty breakfast
  • Superfast wi-fi connection
  • Happy hour (while physical distancing)
  • In-room mini-bar (a safer way to unwind with some booze)
  • Self-service laundry 
  • 24-hour gym access (regularly sanitised equipment) 
  • All-day snacks 
  • FREE loot bag (the kids love this) 

Plus, Ovolo Hotels have great deals and offers depending on your needs for a staycation: 

  • Get the Ovolo’s Day Pass if you need to do some nitty-gritty work without any interruptions for 8 hours straight – turn your fabulous hotel room into your personal workspace with peace and quiet. 
  • Stay two (2) nights with us and your third night is FREE! What a way to have a “freesome.”
  • Want to get a staycation get-away with your dog? Take advantage of our V.I.Pooch package for luxury pet-friendly accommodation!