Victoria opens border to completely vaccinated vacationers from Sydney

Victoria has opened its borders to fully vaccinated people arriving from Sydney who will no longer need to be quarantined or subjected to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

An update released by the Victoria Chief Health Officer says there will be no red zones in NSW as of midnight Tuesday, with the greater Sydney area becoming an orange zone.

Travelers from the greater Sydney area, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour, and Wollongong, will still need an Orange Zone permit to enter Victoria.

However, different rules apply to people who are not fully vaccinated.

They must isolate themselves upon arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and remain isolated until they get a negative result.

People are seen in baggage claim at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

The rest of NSW will become a green zone, but travelers will still need a permit.

Broken Hill in NSW and Shepparton in Victoria will rejoin the cross-border community area, meaning residents will not need permits to cross the state line.

Victoria reported an additional 1,749 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Tuesday.

The state is getting closer to its goal of 70 percent for reopening vaccination, with 68 percent of people over 16 now receiving both doses.

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