Safe approach for Victoria under WA’s border controls

Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia’s controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted from Monday, January 18 2021 with travel from Victoria permitted into WA subject to the following strict conditions:

  • complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days and if they have knowingly mixed with someone from New South Wales or Queensland;
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 11;
  • all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival;
  • be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); and
  • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise.

Anyone coming from Victoria that has been in or travelled through a medium-risk jurisdiction in the past 14 days will not be able to enter WA without an exemption.

Under WA’s expert health advice, a jurisdiction requires at least 28 days of no community cases until consideration can be given to reclassify them as ‘very low risk’.

Jurisdictions considered ‘very low risk’ and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements currently include the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.

Jurisdictions considered ‘medium risk’ are not permitted to enter WA without an exemption and include only New South Wales and Queensland, when Victoria moves to ‘low risk’.

The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls, including Queensland and New South Wales, to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future.

WA’s border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals.

More information on WA’s controlled borders is available at http://www.wa.gov.au

Source: WA Government