Western Australia bans quarantine-free travel from Victoria

Western Australia bans quarantine-free travel from Victoria

Perth Airport.

Effective immediately, Victorians are no longer able to travel into Western Australia without completing 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing on arrival, following the detection of seven new cases of community transmission in Melbourne this morning.

The WA government has adjusted its controlled border with VIC based on health advice, transitioning the state from a 'very low risk' to a 'low risk'.

Under the 'low risk' category, travellers who have been in Victoria or have travelled through Victoria can only enter WA subject to the following strict conditions:

  • present for a COVID-19 test on arrival (within 48 hours) and on day 11;
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
  • complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days;
  • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to a self-quarantine premise.

Victoria joins the Australian Capital Territory as a 'low risk' jurisdiction, while New South Wales and Queensland remain at 'medium risk'. All other jurisdictions are classified as 'very low risk'.

"With the NSW outbreak spreading to Victoria, adjustments to our border with Victoria need to take effect immediately," says WA Acting Premier Stephen Dawson.

"Western Australia has always taken an extra cautious approach to its border controls and this has proven effective in keeping WA safe from COVID-19.

"The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future.

Updated at 4.52pm AEST on 14 July.

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