Western Australia has closed its border to travellers from Victoria, after the re-emergence of locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne

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Western Australia has closed its border to travellers from Victoria, after the re-emergence of locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne.

Key points:

  • Victoria has been reclassified as a medium-risk state
  • Only exempt travellers from Victoria will be allowed into WA
  • All arrivals into WA from Victoria since December 21 must self-quarantine

People coming from Victoria will no longer be able to enter WA unless they are an exempt traveller.

Victoria had been classified a “very low-risk” state because there had not been any community transmission for 28 days, but it has now been reclassified a “medium-risk” state, meaning the new restrictions apply from 12:01am tonight.

The decision comes after Victoria announced it was closing its border with New South Wales from 11:59pm tomorrow, and South Australia announced the reimposition of a hard border with Victoria.

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Acting Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook said anyone who had entered WA from Victoria since December 21 would have to go into quarantine immediately for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

About 1,500 people are expected to arrive from Victoria today or have already arrived.

They will have to get a COVID-19 test on day 11 after their arrival or if they develop symptoms of the virus.

A woman wearing a surgical mask waits for a taxi at Perth Airport.

Travellers who have arrived in WA from Melbourne since December 21 have been told to self-quarantine.(ABC News: James Carmody)

Mr Cook said West Australians who went to Victoria for Christmas and needed to return home would also be inconvenienced.

“And we don’t want them to get caught out, so they will be dealt with on a compassionate basis, case-by-case by WA Police, to do what we can to help them out,” he said.

“But because of the situation in Victoria, these returning West Australians will have to self-quarantine for 14 days when they arrive back home and they will need to have a day 11 COVID test.”

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