Travel advice

2. Travel advice

Frequently asked questions

Can I travel interstate or overseas for work or study?

Travel interstate or overseas for University business and University activity is only to be considered where —

  • the planned activity cannot be effectively conducted via alternatives to Travel such as teleconferencing and videoconferencing
  • it is related to —
    • University Business; or
    • University Activity (such as essential to a learning outcome of a Course);
  • funds are available and the Delegate responsible for the source of those funds has approved the spend, and the expected spend complies with specific requirements from funding bodies, where applicable;
  • the DFAT website has been consulted to establish whether there are any travel advices or warnings applied to your destination(s);
  • you are fit to Travel;
  • you have notified your Travel Approver of any factors (including health limitations) that may affect your ability to Travel or participate in activities that are part of your Travel;
  • you have or will have —
    • the appropriate vaccinations for all of your Travel destinations before you depart;
    • Students travelling on Course-related Travel have complied with the relevant Travel guidance available through their local area (e.g. Graduate Research School or Global Learning Office).

If you are a Student and need support when booking self-funded Student Travel, contact —

  • Domestic travel —
    • Relevant Student Office
  • International travel  —
  • Graduate Research School —

    UWA staff: Please check the Staff Intranet for the latest COVID-19 information.

What measures can I take to stay safe while travelling?

Personal risk

As a part of your risk assessment please consider:

  • Your personal health risk from infection with COVID 19. Please seek medical advice in relation to any existing medical conditions you may have and the measures needing to be put in place to mitigate these risks.


There are important steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 while travelling which include:

  • practicing good personal hygiene
  • using face masks
  • maintaining physical distancing where possible
  • avoiding sharing accommodation, amenities or equipment
  • avoiding queues, large gatherings and peak times at public locations
  • using a private vehicle or avoiding peak public transport times
  • not travelling while unwell and using Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) if symptomatic

The Australian Aviation industry has developed a Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol that outlines requirements for risk control measures during flights.

Refer to the Australian Government - Department of Health website for the latest health advice on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

Note that mask requirements can differ on location and may change quickly. For the latest information in your current area or intended travel destination refer to the COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

Local transmission, restrictions and conditions

You should monitor the current transmission rates in the intended destination/s you travel to or transit through. It is important to check the State and Territory Travel Restrictions and Conditions and be mindful that these can change during the period of travel. Refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smartraveller website for information on travel risks for international destinations.

Use of the ServiceWA app can also be helpful in early identification of contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 whilst travelling within the state.

How should I plan for possible airport delays?

FCM Travel, the University’s travel company, advises that there are currently significant delays due to a shortage of airport staff.

Travellers should:

  • Arrive at the airport between two and three hours before domestic flights (longer for international flights)
  • Check in online
  • Avoid check-in baggage where possible (don’t pack aerosols in hand luggage)
  • Be ready to remove their laptops from their bags for security screening
  • Ensure they have the relevant airline’s app on their mobile and allow notifications so if their flight is cancelled, they should be notified
  • Consider downloading FCM’s mobile app which stores their complete itinerary and also sends notifications of flight and gate changes (see the FCM mobile app brochure [PDF, 2.5MB])
What is the risk assessment process for overseas or interstate travel?

Staff and students travelling interstate or overseas are required to complete a UWA Travel and Destination Risk Assessment form for all —

  • domestic Travel by charter plane
  • international Travel regardless of destination’s Risk rating (DFAT or other); and
  • travel by road vehicle that will require the driver(s) to be on the road for more than 2 hours or further than 100 km from the Traveller’s home Campus

UWA Travel and Destination Risk Assessments is NOT required where —

  • domestic Travel by plane on a regular large commercial service
  • domestic Travel by ferry on a regular large commercial service
  • Travel by road that will require the driver(s) to be on the road for less than 2 hours or within 100 km from the Traveller’s home Campus
  • a UWA Fieldwork Risk Assessment has been completed that addresses the —
    • domestic road Travel; and/or
    • commercial sea craft vessel

If you are a Student and need support when booking self-funded Student Travel, contact —

  • Domestic travel —
    • Relevant Student Office

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