Western Australia's hard border with Victoria will be relaxed from Monday at midnight after the state went a ninth day without a locally acquired case of COVID-19.
After receiving new health advice about Victoria on Friday afternoon the WA government has decided to downgrade the state from a 'medium risk' to 'low risk'.
WA’s border will be relaxed with Victoria on Monday.Credit:WAtoday
The downgrade means people travelling from Victoria to WA no longer need an exemption to enter the state from January 18, though they will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The hard border still applies to anyone who is trying to enter WA from Victoria but has been in either New South Wales or Queensland in the 14 days prior.
Health Minister Roger Cook said the adjustment to border controls had been recommended by the WA Chief Health Officer on the latest public health advice.
“This cautious but sensible approach under our controlled border gives Western Australia the
the protection we need to minimise the risk of COVID-19 entering the WA community," he said.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and once Victoria reaches 28 days of no community transmission we can then consider the next step under our controlled border.”
Premier Mark McGowan said the variant strains of the virus that have made it more transmissible has added an extra layer of complexity so WA’s extra cautious approach was necessary.
“Everyone in the community has a responsibility to be vigilant and ensure we can stay protected from this deadly virus – this means heeding the COVID safe principles and taking precautionary measures on all fronts, be it face masks when flying and at airports, and checking-in using SafeWA when you’re out,” he said.
Travellers from states deemed ‘very low risk’ are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19
testing or self-quarantine requirements.
Conditions that will still apply to travellers to WA from Vic after midnight on Monday:
- complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days and if they have knowingly mixed with someone from New South Wales or Queensland;
- self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
- present for a COVID-19 test on day 11;
- all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival;
- be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals);
- land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise.
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