Travel Safe

Travel to Rottnest Island is subject to the WA COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, which may change. Always check the latest advice before you travel at WA.gov.au.

Being COVID safe is a shared responsibility so please read on for the safe practises that we ask you to follow.

Before You Travel

You should not visit Rottnest Island if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms or if you are feeling unwell
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting on COVID-19 test results
  • Are required to self-isolate or quarantine

When you travel

Traveller obligations for showing proof of COVID-19 vaccinations

The WA Government requires patrons to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or medical exemption to enter certain businesses and venues in the community. To learn more about how you can be prepared to show proof of your vaccination, both in a digital and paper-based form, and where you will need to provide it, visit WA.gov.au.

Expanded proof of vaccination requirements from 31 January:

The State Government has announced new proof of vaccination requirements across WA from Monday 31 January 2022.

Based on the latest health advice, double-dose proof of vaccination for people aged 16 years and over, or a medical exemption, will be required for all hospitality and food and licensed venues including restaurants, dine-in fast food, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, taverns and bottle shops. The full list of venues is available here.

Proof of vaccination or a medical exemption may also be required to stay at or enter the licenced accommodation venues. For further information, please check with your accommodation provider when making your booking and prior to travel.

Traveller obligations for wearing face masks

Face masks are currently mandatory for certain settings such as when travelling on public transport, including the ferry to and from the island, the shuttle bus and bus tours.

Visit WA.gov.au for more information on masks.

Traveller obligations for contact registration

The WA Government requires relevant businesses and venues to keep a contact register for staff and patrons. When you visit Rottnest Island, businesses that are required to comply with contact registration will have public signage and directions on how to provide your details.

Download the SafeWA app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store now.

Alternatively, you can access a version of the SafeWA app within the ServiceWA app to check in to venues on the island. 

Additional ways to be COVID Safe

  • Practise physical distancing, where possible, especially when eating, drinking and waiting in line
  • Use the hand sanitiser and hand wash facilities at venues and public spaces 
  • Listen to and comply with the instructions of staff 
  • Use cashless payment where possible
  • Comply with the maximum capacity requirements applicable in shops, tours, restaurants and other venues
If you become unwell while at Rottnest Island.

If you start to feel unwell with flu-like symptoms while at Rottnest Island, you should return to the mainland immediately to get tested for COVID-19 and to self-isolate at home in line with the Department of Health advice. Ensure you wear a face mask and practice physical distancing while in transit.

How we are being COVID safe at Rottnest Island

The wellbeing of everyone in our Rottnest Island community, including our guests, is of the highest priority. We’ve put measures in place to help you to travel safe at Rottnest Island, to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and community.

  • Rottnest Island Authority has developed an in-depth COVID Safety Plan for its public spaces, public amenities, accommodation, and other venues to comply with government requirements. 
  • COVID safety equipment and procedures are used by Rottnest Island Authority staff and volunteers that interact directly with customers e.g. security and visitor centre staff. 
  • We conduct frequent cleaning of public and high traffic areas. 
  • Contact registration is conducted with the SafeWA app or a paper based contact register as per government requirements at Rottnest Island Authority venues throughout the island. 
  • Rottnest Island Authority staff members and volunteers who operate in high contact areas have completed hospitality hygiene training. 
The Rottnest Island business community has also implemented COVID-19 Safety Plans based on current State Government requirements.

Cancellations due to COVID-19

Please check the terms and conditions of transport, tour and accommodation providers directly, should you need to postpone or cancel existing arrangements.

For further information regarding bookings with Rottnest Island Authority Accommodation, please see here.


Last updated: 27 January 2022