Anyone wanting to enter Victoria from South Australia will require a permit after other jurisdictions slammed their borders shut on Premier Steven Marshall’s state following its latest coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley said permits will be available online from Service Victoria and anyone entering Victoria from South Australia from 11.59pm Saturday would need one.
The changes come after Victoria slammed its border shut for 48 hours on Thursday as contact tracers in Adelaide raced to control the spread of COVID-19.
A 70km ‘bubble’ has been re-established for those living in border communities – similar to what has been in place for the NSW-Victorian border and what was previously enforced when Victoria experienced its second wave.
States and territories slammed their borders shut on SA following the latest outbreak. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David MariuzSource:News Corp Australia
Mr Foley said the state governments had worked together to establish the “same principles and the same rules”.
The permit system is designed to reflect current rules in South Australia.
Residents living in the border bubble can use their old permits to travel between the states, but tightened rules remain in place.
“There are a very limited number of exemptions,” Mr Foley said.
“They apply for emergency medical care, providing or receiving emergency services, or if your property cuts across both sides of the border.
A permit system will be in place for anyone entering Victoria from South Australia. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Darren SeilerSource:Supplied
“In those limited circumstances, you will be exempt from that requirement for a permit.”
South Australians from hot spots will not be granted a permit.
“If you come from metropolitan Adelaide, you will be considered. You will be granted a permit but under conditions and these conditions require you to provide your travel information, a strong recommendation that you be tested, how long you are going to be in Victoria and contact information,” Mr Foley said.
“If you are either transiting through South Australia or from regional South Australia, you will be granted a permit with similar contact information but not the same strong recommendation regarding testing.”
He said all arrivals will be intercepted at all airports, including Mildura.
Police will be stationed along the border at all road entries.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley outlined what the permit system involves on Sunday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David GeraghtySource:News Corp Australia
“We will continue to monitor the evolving situation in South Australia. We will continue to work very closely with our South Australia and colleagues and as those circumstances (could) change,” he said.
According to the Victorian government’s website, permits will be issued to travellers based on the locations they have visited. These locations are categorised as green, orange and red zones.
Those who have visited the green zone (regional areas) they will be able to receive a border permit while the same goes for those who have visited the orange zone (metropolitan Adelaide).
The red zone includes hot spots and anyone who has visited those areas will not be allowed to enter Victoria and will be subjected to South Australia’s quarantine rules.
“If you have visited locations in the red zone during the exposure period listed below, you will not be able to receive a Victorian Border Crossing Permit and you will not be allowed to enter Victoria,” the Victorian Government website states.
“As per local SA Health requirements, anyone who has visited a Red Zone must quarantine and seek testing.”
An additional testing site has been set up for truck drivers at Nhill.
Earlier, the South Australian Premier said contact tracers have successfully determined the source of every single community case of the virus since April.
“We have the known link of every case going right back to April of this year,” he told reporters.
“So that will be great news for our chief public health officer but also other chief public health officers in Australia and important for them when they're deciding on their border arrangements with our state.”
South Australia recorded just one new case on Sunday, which was a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
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