Western Australia tightens border controls

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Premier Mark McGowan has announced a relaxation of the state's Covid restrictions.

Approved travellers from low, medium, high and extreme risk jurisdictions will be required to be fully vaccinated to enter Western Australia.

From Friday, approved travellers crossing from New South Wales, Victoria or the ACT will have to be fully vaccinated in addition to current testing and quarantine requirements.

“From 5 November, approved travellers from the ACT, NSW and Victoria will be required to be fully vaccinated to travel to Western Australia, in addition to meeting other existing requirements for travel,” said WA Premier Mark McGowan.

The fully vaccinated requirement will come into force for ‘low’ risk jurisdictions from November 15, with McGowan saying the change was anticipating what he assumed what would standard protocol be for all domestic travel within Australia.

“Moving forward, this requirement will apply for travel through WA’s controlled border for any jurisdiction classified as ‘low’, ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ risk’,” he said.

Quarantine-free travel is permitted from states and territories considered ‘very low’ risk, which includes Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.