New Victoria border rule means millions can enter without quarantine

Victoria has updated its entry requirements for NSW residents, allowing people to freely enter the state with just a permit if they are fully vaccinated.

The state's Chief Health Officer has declared that from 11:59pm on October 19, NSW will no longer be declared a red zone, and will be downgraded to an orange zone.

This means fully vaccinated NSW residents can enter Victoria on an orange zone permit without any quarantine or testing requirements.

People who are not fully vaccinated entering on an orange zone permit must isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they receive a negative result.

NSW residents now just need a permit to enter Victoria.  Source: Getty Images
NSW residents now just need a permit to enter Victoria. Source: Getty Images

LGAs downgraded

As per the Victorian Health website, All Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the Greater Sydney region —including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong — will become orange zones.

LGAs in the remainder of regional New South Wales, plus Jervis Bay Territory, will move from red/orange zones to green zones.

Broken Hill in NSW and Shepparton in Victoria will rejoin the NSW/ Victoria cross-border community area. The ACT remains an orange zone.

Victoria to exit lockdown on Friday

The news comes after Premier Daniel Andrews announced an accelerated roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday, as the state inches towards having 70 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated.

Melbourne has spent more than 70 days in its sixth lockdown but that is now set to end on Thursday night at 11:59pm.

Victoria recorded 1749 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday and 11 deaths.

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