WA to open border to Victoria and NSW

Premier Mark McGowan has announced that Western Australia will open its border to Victoria and NSW on December 8.

The announcement comes as WA’s Chief Health Officer has classified the spread of coronavirus from the two states as very low risk.

Visitors from those states will have to undergo a health screening and temperature check on arrival in WA.

WA will keep its border closed to South Australia for the time being as it classified the state as medium risk.

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement, saying it provides certainty for tourism businesses to take bookings, and for visitors intending to travel to WA.

“More than 60 per cent of Western Australia’s interstate visitors come from New South Wales and Victoria, with visitors from those States injecting more than $1 billion annually into the WA economy,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“Today’s announcement will allow flights to be scheduled, events to be planned, and tourism businesses to take firm bookings.”