WA moves Vic travel to 'low risk'

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The West Australian government has announced border bans applying to visitors from Victoria will shift to the "low risk" category after that state's five-day "circuit breaker" lockdown set to end.

Travel into WA from Victoria will from 12.01am on Saturday be permitted with 14 days of self-quarantining and COVID-19 testing.

Victoria's five-day lockdown was announced last week amid fears the highly-infectious UK strain of COVID-19 had spread from the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport into the community.

The outbreak now stands at 19 cases, while almost 3500 close contacts remain in isolation.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said his state's call on Victorian travellers entering WA followed the latest health advice and Victorian health authorities controlling the outbreak.

"People in Victoria have endured a lot over the past year and our thoughts are with them as they continue to take a careful approach with their restrictions, but it is pleasing they have managed to get on top of their situation quickly," Mr McGowan said in a statement on Wednesday night.

All other jurisdictions except Victoria are considered 'very low risk' and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements.