Tourism sector relief as WA border opens to NSW and Victoria

Western Australia has opened its border to Victoria and NSW with residents from both states able to enter WA without having to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced that South Australian residents will also be able to enter the state from Thursday, pending no further outbreaks.

Tourism Council WA said the announcement ended the uncertainty that tourism operators had been experiencing and set a good precedent for the future.

“Today’s decision sets a great precedent that WA doesn’t need to close its borders based on a couple of cases of COVID-19 and that we trust other states and their public health and contact tracing systems,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“More than 60 per cent of interstate visitors to Western Australia come from New South Wales and Victoria, which represents more than $1 billion annually for the WA economy.

“This announcement will mean that empty CBD hotels are filled, bus and coach companies can begin to recover, and that WA can get tourism into Perth and the regions again.”