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NSW-Vic border rules changed

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Changes have been made to the NSW and Victoria border arrangemen­t, following the announceme­nt that Victorians would be released from their longest lockdown yet, at midnight last night.

On Wednesday night, Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton issued additional guidelines to the Victorian border permit, on top of the changes announced last week.

Last week’s changes removed the requiremen­t for fully vaccinated people arriving from NSW orange zones to get tested and isolate on arrival, however areas such as Greater Sydney and some regional non-border areas were still classed as red zones, excluding them from the relaxed rules.

This week, Mr Sutton announced the Victorian Government was removing all red zone classifica­tions across NSW, to be replaced with either green or orange ratings depending on their case numbers.

People from red and orange zones who are not fully vaccinated must still get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they receive a negative result.

All Greater Sydney LGAs — including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbo­ur and Wollongong — will become orange zones, while all LGAs in the remainder of regional NSW, plus Jervis Bay Territory, will move from red/orange zones to green zones.

Shepparton in Victoria and Broken Hill in NSW were also returned to the border bubble as part of the changes. Mildura remains in lockdown and visitors are not allowed without a permitted reason.

However, the change is not so simple for NSW residents who wish to visit Victoria outside of the border bubble and then return to NSW.

The NSW Government has not relaxed its grip on Victoria’s classifica­tion yet, requiring that visitors to Victoria who pass the limits of the border bubble must isolate on their return home.

Before returning to NSW, residents must complete an entry declaratio­n form if they have visited Victoria in the past 14 days.

Visitors are exempt from completing a declaratio­n if they are residents of the NSW/ Victoria border region, but only if they have remained within the NSW Government’s recognised border bubble region while in Victoria.

For the NSW entry form, visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transactio­n/complete-nsw-entry-declaratio­n-victoria.

While there are more allowances when it comes to travel, Murrumbidg­ee Local Health District is still urging residents in the local area to limit their movements. until active outbreaks have cleared.

‘‘Residents in Albury, Edward River, Greater Hume and Murray River LGA’s are urged to limit their movements in and out of the community at this time and widespread COVID-19 testing is critical,’’ MLHD said.

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