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WA border to open on 5 February to eastern states


Western Australia will permanently open is hard border to the eastern states on 5 February.

 

 

“This date is locked in, giving Western Australians and local businesses certainty,” the state premier Mark McGowan said today.

 

“This is an incredible milestone for our state. We are one of the most vaccinated societies in the world and we have achieved this without having extended lockdowns, virus outbreaks or any community spread of the virus.

 

“We followed a different model to the others and it has worked. We have been able to get through the last two years safely because of the efforts of West Australians.”

 

International arrivals to Western Australia will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test 72 prior to travel, the West Australian reported. 

 

They must then take a second PCR test within 48 hours of arriving in WA and again on day six after their arrival.

 

If double-vaccinated, international travellers will not have to quarantine on arrival, while unvaccinated arrivals will have to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine. 

 

“There will be a cap on the unvaccinated, one significantly lower than the cap now in place for international arrivals,” McGowan said.

 

Domestic arrivals will also show evidence of a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to travel. If intending to stay longer than six days, they will also need to be tested within 48 hours of arrival.

 

From 5 February, people will have to proof of vaccination at any events with an attendance of 1000 or more.

 

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Published: 13 December 2021

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