WA’s controlled border arrangements strengthened

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WA’s safe and sensible controlled border categories have been strengthened further to protect the community.
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Based on the latest health advice, the ‘high risk’ category has been upgraded and a new ‘extreme risk’ category has been added to WA’s controlled border arrangements.

Since 14 November 2020 when the controlled interstate border was introduced, only the ‘very low risk, ‘low risk’ and ‘medium risk’ categories have applied, but with growing concerns about transmission of the Delta variant in Australia, the Chief Health Officer has recommended a new, strengthened risk matrix.

High risk

In addition to 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 tests on days two and 12 for approved travellers only, additional conditions will be applied under the ‘high risk’ category:

  • proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 72 hours prior to departure;
  • proof of receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, where eligible;
  • a mandatory requirement to use the G2G Now app on arrival in WA;

Extreme risk

Additional conditions under the new ‘extreme risk’ category will include:

  • mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at a State quarantine facility;
  • exemptions restricted to Commonwealth, State and specialist functions only; and
  • COVID-19 tests on days one, five and 12.

As a guide, the trigger point for the ‘high risk’ category will be an average of more than 50 new community cases per day and the trigger point for the ‘extreme risk’ category will be an average of more than 500 new community cases per day.

The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls.

For more information, visit the Controlled border page.

Page reviewed 13 August 2021