26 February 2021

ACT removes all travel restrictions on Victoria

| Dominic Giannini
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Dr Kerryn Coleman speaking to media.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has removed all travel restrictions with Victoria. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

All travel restrictions placed on people from Victoria will be removed at midnight tonight, 26 February, after the ACT Chief Health Officer revoked the public health direction for tier-one COVID-19 exposure sites.

Dr Kerryn Coleman said the direction was removed because a full incubation period of 14 days had elapsed since the last tier-one exposure site in Victoria.

“We will bring the direction back in if another tier-one site emerges,” said Dr Coleman.

The directions were brought in a fortnight ago when Victoria went into a snap five-day lockdown following an increase in case numbers and exposure locations across greater Melbourne.

Because tier-two and tier-three exposure locations still remain in Victoria, anyone who has recently travelled to the state is being asked to monitor the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website for updates, and to follow the health advice provided by the department in regards to testing and quarantine.

People who have been to a tier-one exposure site must get tested and isolate for 14 days, even if they return a negative result. Those who have been to a tier-two site must isolate until they receive a negative result.

Travel restrictions still remain for people who have been in Auckland on or after 20 February, 2021, excluding transits via Auckland Airport.

Anyone in the ACT who has been to Auckland in the identified time period must get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until they get a negative result.

If they have been at a New Zealand location of interest, they must get tested and quarantine until 14 days after they were last at this location.

Anyone arriving in NSW from Auckland since 25 February must undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine period, meaning no traveller from Auckland can enter the ACT unless they have an exemption from NSW because there are no direct flights from New Zealand to Canberra.

NSW Health and ACT Health are alerting travellers from certain flights this week of the new restrictions.

Travellers from New Zealand should check the Ministry of Health website to keep up to date with any new exposure sites.

For more information, visit the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website.

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