Border between NSW and Victoria reopens

New South Wales and Victoria have reopened their border for the first time in six months.

The ACT will also be declared a green zone under Victoria’s travel permit system.

People entering Victoria are required to obtain a permit from Service Victoria before they arrive verifying they are Covid-free and not a close contact.

Victorians entering NSW must be fully vaccinated if over 16, however Victorians are not allowed to enter NSW if they have been to a place of “high concern”.

The news was welcomed by the corporate arms of Flight Centre Travel Group.

“The return of free movement between the states after more than six months of travel restrictions will mean so much to big business and SMEs that have been desperate to return to interstate trading and recruiting,” said Flight Centre Travel Group managing director Australia James Kavanagh.

“Sydney and Melbourne are two thirds of Australia’s golden triangle and to have that two-way lane back open is another brick in the rebuilding of the nation’s economic wall. To put it into context, both NSW and Victoria made up 55 per cent of the share of the national economy in 2019-20.

“We’ve long championed that vaccinations are our path to freedom and that’s coming to fruition – it’s an exciting time for businesses and corporate travellers as our two biggest states emerge from lockdowns for what will hopefully be the last time.”