WA reinstates hard border with Victoria

WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced a hard border with Victoria, following a COVID-19 outbreak in the eastern State.

Victoria moved to “medium risk” as of 10:00am Thursday May 27, meaning travel from Victoria from WA will no longer be permitted unless you qualify for an exemption.

Exempt travellers include:

  • certain senior Government officials;
  • certain active military personnel;
  • members of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
  • a person responsible for transport freight and logistics; and
  • anyone who is given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

West Australians who have travelled to Victoria and need to return home can apply for an exemption on compassionate grounds, but all people returning to WA must undergo 14 days of self-isolation and get tested for COVID-19 on arrival and on day 11.

Anyone who has arrived from Victoria between May 16 and 10:00am May 27 or was in Victoria from May 16 and has since arrived in WA will be required to do the following:

  • get a COVID-19 test within 48 hours and self-quarantine until they return a negative result;
  • a mask must be worn when presenting for testing;
  • anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites in Victoria during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure;
  • people who have visited an exposure site must also get a COVID-19 test on day two and day 11 of their 14-day self-quarantine.

Anyone who has arrived from Victoria since May 16 should monitor their symptoms and will be contacted by WA Police, using the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA, with the latest advice.

The border measures come as a seven-day lockdown was announced for Victoria after a COVID-19 outbreak in the community. As of Thursday, 34 active cases were in the State.

Read the WA Government’s press release or its updated border advice.

CCIWA’s COVID-19 site has up-to-date information about the pandemic’s impacts on WA business.

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