WA introduces hard border with Victoria

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Western Australia has introduced a hard border with Victoria following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak.
A graphic showing changes to WA entry conditions for Victoria

Western Australia has introduced a hard border with Victoria following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak.

Following updated advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, Victoria will transition from 'low risk' to ‘medium risk’ under WA’s controlled border, effective from 12:01am, Saturday 17 July.

Travel from Victoria will no longer be permitted, unless you are an approved traveller.

This also applies to anyone who may have been in Victoria since Thursday 8 July and has not subsequently been in a ‘very low risk’ State or Territory for 14 days.

The approval 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 carrying out a limited range of specialist functions; 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.

Approved travellers arriving to WA after 12:01am, Saturday 17 July must:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premises for 14 days;
  • present for an initial COVID-19 test within 48 hours;
  • present for a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine; and
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 12 after arrival in WA (if still in WA).

Anyone who has recently arrived from Victoria prior to the hard border should continue to comply with their existing Directions, under the low risk settings provided to them upon entry to the State.

Recent arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor the Victorian public exposure sites (external link).

For anyone who has come into contact with someone who recently arrived from Victoria, self-quarantine is not necessary and COVID-19 testing is only required if symptoms develop.

Anyone who is unwell or experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until they return a negative test result.

For more information visit Entry from Victoria frequently asked questions.

Page reviewed 20 July 2021