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New Vic Travel Rules

New Vic Travel Rules

Residents in Regional NSW Will Be Able to Return

Victoria has introduced a new travel permit system, which will mean that residents stranded in regional NSW will be allowed to apply for permits come home.

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At a press conference, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the state's hard border is being relaxed, with the new permit system to come into place from 5.59pm today.

"It will be based on the colour code, that is, the virus status of where you're coming from," he said, saying anyone coming to the state must apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.

"What that will mean is that we can provide clarity to people who are wanting to travel here."

The new "traffic light" system allows Victoria to designate regions in other parts of Australia as green, orange or red zones, with different travel rules applying to people coming from those areas.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said “the situation in regional NSW has improved and looks good”, so the area will now be labelled an "orange" zone. This means anyone coming from that area must apply for a permit, and will need to take a coronavirus test within 72 hours after arriving in Victoria, isolating both before and after the test, until receiving a negative result.

People who have only travelled within the established "border bubble" do not have to get a coronavirus test when they cross the border.

Greater Sydney will remain a designated red zone, but Mr Sutton says it will be under daily review.

People who come to the Victorian border without a valid permit will face fines of up to $4,957.

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