Updated border controls for Victoria
Dec 31 2020
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, Western Australia will strengthen its border controls to reduce the risk of the virus coming into the WA community.
Based on the latest health advice and the evolving situation, Victoria will now transition from a ‘very low risk’ State to a ‘medium risk’ State under the controlled interstate border, effective from 12.01am Friday 1 January, 2021.
Conditions for travel under hard border
From 12.01am Friday 1 January, 2021, travel from Victoria will no longer be permitted, except for certain exempt travellers. This also applies to anyone who may have been in Victoria since December 21 and hasn’t completed 14 days in a lower risk State or Territory.
The exemption list is limited to:
- certain senior Government officials;
- certain active military personnel;
- a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
- a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
- a person responsible for transport freight or logistics; and
- anyone who is given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.
The final category includes compassionate reasons - including those Western Australians that may have travelled to Victoria recently and need to return to WA.
These people will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by WA Police and will be required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and on Day 11.
Conditions for recent arrivals from Victoria
Effective immediately, anyone who has arrived from Victoria since 21 December or was in Victoria from 21 December and has since arrived in WA will be required to do the following:
- self-quarantine in a suitable premise until they have spent 14 days in WA;
- present for a COVID-19 test as soon as any symptoms develop;
- present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 after arrival in WA
Anyone who has arrived from Victoria since 21 December will be contacted by WA Police with these instructions, as a result of the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.
For more information about testing and to find a testing location, please visit www.healthywa.wa.gov.au