WA's hard border to Queensland comes down

WA's hard border to Queensland comes down

Queensland is now considered a "low risk" state according to health authorities in Western Australia, meaning the hard border to travellers has come down.

The change, which came into effect overnight, means travel from or via Queensland is allowed, though arrivals will still need to self-quarantine for two weeks upon landing in WA.

In addition, arrivals will need to present for a COVID-19 test on day 11, undergo a health screening and temperature test at Perth Airport, and be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport if necessary.

The WA chief health officer will continue to monitor and review border controls to determine if restrictions to QLD travellers can be eased further in the future.

"On March 27, Queensland was moved to a medium risk rating following a community outbreak. Since then Queensland authorities have done an excellent job to contain the virus," says WA health minister Roger Cook.

"So it is pleasing that we can now act on the latest health advice to change the risk rating to low.

"We will continue to act in the interests of all Western Australians to ensure our State remains as safe as possible."

Other states and territories still have border restrictions in place to travellers from QLD in the wake of last week's COVID-19 outbreak.

In Victoria, the Greater Brisbane area (which includes Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands) is designated as an 'orange zone'.

This means travellers from Greater Brisbane must apply for a permit to enter VIC and isolate on arrival until a negative COVID-19 test result is received.

Travellers to New South Wales from Greater Brisbane must complete an entry declaration form before travelling. In addition, travellers who have been to any close contact or casual contact venues in QLD must be returning NSW residents to enter the state.

South Australia is requiring arrivals from Greater Brisbane to self-quarantine until a negative COVID-19 test is received. Travellers must also submit to testing on days five and 13 after arriving in SA.

Tasmania now considers QLD to be a "low risk" area, meaning there are no restrictions on arrivals. However, those who have been to any of the close contact venues visited by confirmed COVID-19 infections are still not permitted to enter TAS.

The ACT has eased travel restrictions from Greater Brisbane, however public health requirements such as self-quarantine remain in place for those that have been to exposure sites.

The Northern Territory no longer considers QLD a COVID-19 hotspot, so there are no restrictions on entering the territory.

Updated at 10.21am AEDT on 7 April 2021.

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