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Western australia It will reopen its borders to Victoria and New South Wales in time for Christmas starting at 12:01 am on December 8.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan said residents of Victoria and New South Wales would be allowed to enter the state from this date with conditions.

The two states would be classified as “very low risk” jurisdictions, joining ACT, Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Washington Prime Minister Mark McGowan says the borders will be reopened to Victoria and New South Wales on “conditions.” (Nine)

“I would like to acknowledge and thank everyone for your patience and understanding, not just in the past few weeks but throughout the course of this pandemic,” McGowan said.

“It has been a long wait and our first border controls were introduced in March, nine months ago.

“As a country, I am very relieved to have reached this point.”

The relaxation of hard border measures means that residents of New South Wales and Victoria no longer have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Washington.

However, all arrivals from New South Wales and Victoria must undergo a health exam and temperature test upon arrival at Perth Airport.

Travelers should be prepared to test for COVID-19 at the airport clinic if deemed necessary.

They must also complete an approval statement stating that they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and stating which jurisdictions they have traveled to in the last 14 days.

Travelers should confirm that they have not knowingly mixed with anyone from South Australia.

Those arriving by land will be met at the border control post for a health examination and must also verify their declaration of pass.

McGowan said December 8 was an “appropriate time” to open the border, as the date marks when NSW is expected to not reach community COVID-19 cases for 28 days, which was the government’s benchmark.

The two states had been grouped together for the reopening date as they were a substantial movement between the NSW-Victoria border communities.

“Our main benchmark has been that they had no community cases of COVID-19 for 28 days,” he said.

“Victoria reached that milestone last Friday and we hope NSW can reach that milestone next Friday.

“It has been a remarkable effort from Victoria, in particular given the position they were in a few months ago. It is an outstanding achievement, unrivaled in the world.”

WA will reopen its borders to Victoria and NSW on December 8. (Graphic: Tara Blancato)

WA residents can also travel east over Christmas as long as they are not visiting South Australia.

However, the prime minister cautioned that the WA government would not hesitate to reinstate measures on the hard border should an outbreak occur in any state.

“We can take the next step safely and cautiously thanks to the recent success of our friends in the East in controlling the spread of the virus,” he said.

“I insist again, we will not hesitate to reestablish the hard border if there are outbreaks in the east and we receive medical advice to do so.”

McGowan admitted that the past nine months “have not been easy” for families.

“I know that the border arrangements have put pressure on families and have been difficult to understand at times,” he said.

“I never thought I would introduce state border controls. It has definitely been an extraordinary year.”


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