Huge changes coming to Australian border restrictions as swathes of Sydney are given the green light to enter Victoria – so is your suburb on the list?
The Victorian border will finally been opened to thousands of Sydneysiders on Monday night.
The changes announced by the Victorian government on Monday morning come into effect at 6pm.
Ten local government areas across Sydney remain off limits as red zones, which means they can’t cross the Victorian border without an exemption, exception or essential worker permit.
Those red zone areas include Blacktown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury Bankstown, Cumerberland, Fairfield, Inner West, Liverpool Parramatta and Strathfield, where recent coronavirus cases have been recorded.
The rest of Sydney are now declared as ‘orange zones’, which means those coming from those areas can enter Victoria but must have a permit.
Residents from some parts of Sydney can enter Victoria with a valid permit from 6pm Monday. Pictured are interstate travellers arriving at Melbourne Airport earlier in January
They must also get tested within 72 hours of entering Victoria and isolate until they return a negative result.
‘Travellers from other areas of Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong will no longer require an exemption permit and can enter Victoria, as long as they have not been in a currently listed red zone in the past 14 days,’ the Department of Health and Human Services said.
Local government areas in NSW’s border bubble will become green zones, where travellers from these areas will not be required to get tested.
It comes as NSW recorded no new locally-acquired coronavirus cases on Monday.
Australians have been warned the the nation’s borders will probably remain closed for most of 2021.
Health Department Secretary Professor Brendan Murphy says that ‘substantial border restrictions’ will continue throughout 2021 and quarantine of returned Australians will be in place for ‘some time’.
Victoria will declare regional NSW as a green zone from Monday night, which means those crossing the border won’t need a permit. Pictured is border checkpoint in Mallacoota