- Effective 12.01am, Saturday, February 20, Victoria is expected to become 'low risk'
- Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing
- Cautious approach comes after Victoria has managed to get situation under control
- Transition based on latest health advice and controlled border arrangements
Pending no further outbreaks and based on the latest public health advice, WA's controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted with Victoria from 12.01am Saturday, February 20, with travel under the 'low risk' category 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;
- 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.
All other jurisdictions except Victoria are considered 'very low risk' and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements.
The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls.
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.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"People in Victoria have endured a lot over the past year and we our thoughts are with them as they continue to take a careful approach with their restrictions but it is pleasing they have managed to get on top of their situation quickly.
"The transition to 'low risk', which is expected on Saturday, still means people need to quarantine and undertake COVID-19 testing however it does allow for more safe travel, and we can do this because of the controlled interstate border arrangements.
"What we witnessed with Victoria's latest situation and WA's recent outbreak is that international arrivals continue to be Australia's biggest threat of COVID-19.
"We cannot and must not let our guard down, which is why I'd encourage everyone to keep up our COVID safe principles like signing in on contact registers, maintaining personal hygiene and ensuring you get tested if you have symptoms. These are so vital in keeping WA safe."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Victoria has made excellent progress since the most recent outbreak.
"So it is encouraging that the State can now be moved back to low-risk.
"Nothing can ever be taken for granted in this unpredictable battle against COVID-19, especially with the dangerous new strains.
"Western Australia has done remarkably well so far.
"Can I remind everyone to remember the basics of good personal hygiene, physical distancing, get tested and stay home if you are unwell, and keep using the SafeWA app."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Health Minister's office - 6552 6500