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WA softens border to NSW and Victoria

As of Tuesday December 8, travel into Western Australia from Victoria and New South Wales will be classified as ‘very low risk’, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel.

Other jurisdictions currently in the ‘very low risk’ category include the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

South Australia will be reclassified to ‘low risk’ from its current medium risk classification, subject to no further community outbreaks.

Premier Mark McGowan said the current border arrangements have been “highly effective in reducing the number of potential cases who have travelled from NSW, Victoria and South Australia.”

“Our border controls have always and will always be in place on public health advice, and I won’t hesitate to bring back the hard border if that is what’s required,” said the Premier.

All travellers into the state are subject to certain conditions, including completing a G2G PASS declaration, stating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms as well as which jurisdictions they have visited over the previous 14 days.

Perth Airport arrivals must undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrivals and must be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said the “unpredictable COVID journey is not over yet. Not by a long way. We all still have a part to play to keep us all safe.”

“WA is still susceptible to an outbreak so it’s vital we keep up the hygiene and COVID-safe practices.”

Mr Cook thanked everyone in Western Australia for the part they have played in “making our State one of the safest places in the world.”

Information about the Border changes can be found here.

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