Australia Victoria eases border restrictions for Brisbane, with Sydney set to follow
With NSW and Victoria's coronavirus outbreaks, what are the current border restrictions around Australia?
The latest coronavirus outbreaks in Victoria and New South Wales have prompted border closures and restrictions in other states and territories. If you're wondering where you can travel now, we've got you covered.The busiest state border in Australia has closed again, this time from Victoria's end, and each state's restrictions on arrivals from NSW vary.
Victoria is lifting its strict border ban on interstate travellers from Brisbane, allowing thousands to return home and visit loved ones.
From 6pm tonight, Brisbane will move from a "red zone" to an "orange zone" under Victoria's.
Announcing the move, Premier Daniel Andrews said that most of Sydney was likely to follow suit "in the next couple of days".
"We hope, based on pre-conditions and public health advice with all the usual caveats - these things can change, it's dynamic, it's rapid - but we do hope that in the next couple of days we will be able to dramatically shrink the red zone (for Sydney)," Mr Andrews said.
Western Australia closes its border to ALL of Queensland
Western Australia has closed its border to all of Queensland even though only Greater Brisbane is going into lockdown for the next three days.WA Premier Mark McGowan said he could not afford to hesitate in shutting his borders with the Sunshine State after the highly-infectious UK strain of COVID-19 was detected in a hotel quarantine worker.
"I wish I could make those announcements today but we are simply not in a position."
Video: Victoria easing border restrictions for regional NSW (Sky News Australia)
Mr Andrews said a "strong majority" of Sydney's 35 Local Government Areas were expected to be downgraded to orange zones in the next two to three days.
However, he emphasised that there would be some LGAs that would remain "red", with anyone who has visited those regions barred.
Under "orange zone" restrictions, travellers can enter Victoria after acquiring a permit, but are still required to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until they receive a negative result.
All of regional NSW also remains an "orange zone" under Victoria's designations, while all other states besides Queensland are green.
Brisbane locals enjoy freedom just before three-day lockdown starts
Photos show Brisbane residents enjoying their freedom out and about in the city just before a harsh three-day lockdown begins at 6pm Friday confining people at home.Brisbane residents have been enjoying their final moments of freedom before the harsh three-day lockdown begins.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said that the fact that positive sewage tests of Sydney's wastewater corresponded well with where known cases had been detected gave him further confidence there wasn't unknown community transmission in the city.
The announcement comes amid criticism of the Victorian government's ongoing border closures, as, many from coronavirus-ravaged nations, ahead of the Australian Open.
and Victoria have both recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases again today, bringing Victoria's .
Where can I travel to? Here are the current coronavirus border restrictions around Australia .
With coronavirus clusters in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales seemingly under control, different states and territories have begun easing their coronavirus border restrictions. Here are the various restrictions as they stand.Here are the various restrictions as they stand: