New South Wales opens border to Victoria: What to know

Posted: 4 November 2020 12:19 pm

Here's everything you need to know on the latest border ease.

New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed the New South Wales-Victoria border is reopening at 12:01am, 23 November 2020.

The news comes as Victoria records no new COVID-19 cases five days in a row. This border ease follows the lead of other states such as Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.

As of 23 November, residents do not need to quarantine upon arrival or return.

The premier went to Twitter, saying, "I have confidence that everyone will continue to work hard to keep everyone safe."

What to do next

We predict that a NSW-VIC border pass is in the works, but the full details are yet to be released. However, Victorians are still able to apply for an entry permit into New South Wales via the government website.

"The Premier of NSW wouldn't be opening her border if she didn't have confidence Victorians could maintain the low numbers," Victorian premier, Dan Andrews said.

As a result of the border opening, Qantas and Jetstar are bringing in over 250 flights between the two states as of 23 November. Virgin Australia is also following suit by operating four weekly return services on the Sydney-Melbourne route.

All three airlines intend to increase the frequency of these flights if demand continues.

Lock in your airfares by heading to Skyscanner now.

Discover your own backyard

The borders are officially opening for business, so why not get amongst it all with a Victorian road trip? We've even got you covered on the best places to visit.

Ms Berejiklian went on to say that "They [Victoria] may have, because of the lockdown, actually gone down a path of having eliminated it at this point in time".

"NSW will be the only jurisdiction in Oz that will be welcoming residents of all states, of all jurisdictions, so NSW will be the place where every Oz citizen will be welcome, including NZ citizens, and that is something I think we can be proud of."

Get the full scope on Australia's domestic travel restrictions with our guide on all the states and territories.

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