Two Aussie states have announced significant changes to their border restrictions for certain travellers.
All local government areas (LGAs) in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong) have joined the ACT in becoming ‘orange zones’ under Victoria’s travel permit system.
This means that double-jabbed travellers who have been in an orange zone in the last 14 days from when it started (from 11:59pm AEDT on Tuesday 19 October) won’t need to enter quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in Victoria.
However, those travelling to the state from Greater Sydney who aren’t fully vaccinated will need to isolate upon arrival, get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving and stay isolated until they get a negative result.
All other LGAs in regional New South Wales, plus Jervis Bay, are now ‘green zones’ under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ system, joining Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Meanwhile, the Western Australian government has announced that quarantine-free travel from Queensland will be permitted from 12:01am (AWST) tomorrow.
For almost two months, travel has been allowed from Queensland to WA without approval, but 14 days of self-quarantine has been required.
Queensland joins South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory under WA’s ‘very low risk’ travel settings.
The ACT is classified a ‘medium risk’ jurisdiction, while Victoria and NSW are both ‘extreme risk’ jurisdictions, meaning the WA border is shut to travellers from both states.
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