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NSW Closes its Borders to Victorians

NSW Closes its Borders to Victorians

From Wednesday 8 July, New South Wales will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens.

If you're travelling from Victoria to New South Wales, you'll need a COVID-19 NSW border declaration permit. Only permit holders, emergency services workers, freight drivers and returning travellers will be able to cross into New South Wales from Victoria.

The details of the exemptions which will allow people to travel between the states are yet to be announced. Permits are likely to be divided into two categories: one for people who live in border communities like Albury-Wodonga; and another for anyone who believes they need to cross the state line for "exceptional circumstances". In other states, travel exemptions have been issued for people who need to care for sick relatives or are moving house.

Officials will strictly monitor 55 ground crossings — including four major highways, 33 bridges and two waterways, and police and health officials will be on standby to question travellers who return via air or rail. The penalties for crossing the border without a permit include an $11,000 fine and six months in jail. Additionally, anyone returning home to New South Wales will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

We will update members again as soon as the permit information becomes available.

More information is available on the NSW Government website.