Victoria eased border restrictions with New South Wales, with fully vaccinated travelers entering the red zones no longer needing quarantine for 14 days.
Under the new boundaries that go into effect at 11:59 pm on October 19, vaccinated travelers entering Victoria must return a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to entry.
Once entered, they must be tested and isolated until they return a negative test result.
LIVE UPDATES: End of quarantine for international travel in NSW
However, people who aren’t fully vaccinated, including those with medical exemptions, still need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, as well as undergo testing before entering the state.
Children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine can travel with a parent’s permission.
If a parent or guardian they are traveling with is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to follow the requirements that apply to that parent or guardian.
NSW travelers entering the state will be subject to the same COVID-19 restrictions as Victorians.
Previously, people returning from the red zones had to be Victorian residents.
Fully vaccinated people from orange zones – such as ACT – will no longer have to undergo testing and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Health Minister Martin Foley said the state’s risk landscape has changed due to the increase in vaccinations in Victoria.
TO KNOW MORE: Victoria records 2,179 new cases of COVID-19
“These changes, made on the advice of the public health team and the Chief Health Officer, come as the Victorian community is fast approaching and is now over 88% of our population aged 16 and over with at least one dose and the 63 percent with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, “he said.
Persons entering Victoria will still need to obtain a travel permit from Services Victoria.
The loosening of border rules comes when NSW announced today that it would lift its quarantine rules for vaccinated foreign travelers.
TO KNOW MORE: How will NSW’s lifting of quarantine for international arrivals work?
Vaccinated travelers returning from overseas will no longer need to be quarantined for 14 days in NSW.
Asked about NSW’s announcement of the abolition of quarantine rules for vaccinated foreign travelers, Foley said “good for New South Wales”.
Foley said vaccinated foreign travelers could theoretically come to Victoria via NSW if they had a permit under the new border rules.
“They will have to comply with the licensing systems that apply in Victorian circumstances,” he said.
“Victoria adheres to the National Cabinet’s plan for the reopening of international borders.
“We are participating in the home quarantine process as part of that agreement and that is what it will do.
“Our hotel quarantine system continues to be in place, continues to provide limits for international returnees.”
Foley said he was unaware of NSW’s plans to lift the quarantine for vaccinated international travelers before it was announced.
The health minister said the Victorian government should look into full details of NSW’s border easing measures in order to further comment on what that would mean for Victoria.
“Everyone needs to take a cold pill,” he said.
“We are not aware of the full details of a freshly released press release from the NSW government.
“We will. We wish New South Wales, as we always do, every success, and Victoria will go about its business in the national context, understanding that it is the Commonwealth that controls international borders, not states.”
[ https://bbcbreakingnews.com/2021/10/15/victoria-eases-border-restrictions-with-nsw-act/ https://d26toa8f6ahusa.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/30214746/a-quiet-place-part-2-bigs-16.pdf