NSW and Victoria to lift the 72 hour isolation requirement for international arrivals from December 21 in a bid to ‘simplify’ overseas travel
- The 72 hour isolation requirements for international arrivals will be scrapped
- From December 21 in both states, PCR test required within 24 hours after arrival
- Travellers will then need to isolate until they formally receive a negative result
- Previous 72 hour isolation rule was introduced by governments on November 29
NSW and Victoria will lift 72-hour isolation rules for international arrivals from December 21 – less than a month after authorities first imposed the rule.
The requirement was introduced on November 29 amid the global emergence of the hyper-contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Friday said the rule would now be scrapped in a matter of days as part of a joint approach in both states to ‘simplify’ the overseas arrival process.
‘From the beginning of Tuesday, December 21, all fully vaccinated international travellers and flight crew arriving in NSW and Victoria will be required to get a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival and isolate until they receive a negative test result,’ the two state governments said in a joint statement.
Travellers at Sydney Airport on December 6. NSW and Victoria will lift 72-hour isolation rules for international arrivals from December 21
‘Under existing arrangements they are also required to produce a negative pre-departure test, within three days of boarding their flight.
‘Previously, all fully vaccinated international arrivals in both NSW and Victoria had to get a test as soon as possible and isolate for 72 hours, regardless of when they received their negative test result.
‘The 72-hour isolation period is no longer required, and those arrivals and aircrew already in isolation may leave once they receive a negative PCR test.’
More to come