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Sunday, May 26, 2024

COVID travel noose tightens around Victoria

All NSW residents returning from Victoria must go into hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense from Friday, the Premier has announced.

Gladys Berejiklian said exemptions for Victorians travelling into the state would also be tightened.

“In the last seven days, the vast majority of people coming through Sydney airport from Victoria are on forward travellers that are going either interstate or overseas,” the Premier said.

“But for those who are coming or returning home from Victoria, from Friday morning, any flights having those people will ensure that all returning travellers do that mandatory 14-day quarantine.”

She said the government would be reviewing the current provision that allowed certain categories of travellers to enter NSW from Victoria.

“We are reviewing and look to tightening some of those definitions to make sure only those with absolutely necessary requirements, and of course the death of an immediate family member would be an example of a situation where we would allow obviously people to continue coming in to NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

She said domestic returning travellers would be required to pay for their own 14-day quarantine accommodation.

“We don’t want to see multiple places where returning travellers are coming. And we also feel, given the evolving situation in Victoria has been going on for some weeks, that, that people do that at their own expense.”

“There should be no difference from a NSW citizen coming back from an overseas destination in terms of the cost having to pay versus the cost of returning travellers from Victoria.”

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