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Victoria eases border restrictions with NSW, ACT

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Victoria has eased its border restrictions with New South Wales, with fully vaccinated travellers entering from red zones no longer needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Under the new borders that come into effect at 11.59pm on October 19, vaccinated travellers who enter Victoria must return a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before entry.

Once they enter, they must get tested and isolate until they return a negative test result.

Opera Bar at the Sydney Opera House is seen empty prior to reopening.Victoria has eased border restrictions to travellers from NSW red zones. (Getty)

However, people who are not fully vaccinated - including those with medical exemptions - must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, as well as get tested before entering the state.

Children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine can travel under a parent's permit.

If a parent or guardian they are travelling with is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to follow the requirements that apply to that parent or guardian.

Travellers from NSW who enter the state will be subject to the same COVID-19 restrictions as Victorians.

Previously, people returning from red zones had to be Victorian residents.

Fully vaccinated people coming from orange zones - like the ACT - will no longer be required to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the state's risk landscape had changed due to vaccinations ramping up in Victoria.

"These changes, made on the advice of the public health team and the Chief Health Officer, come as the Victorian community rapidly approaches and is going to pass today 88 per cent of our population aged 16 and over having at least one dose and 63 per cent having two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine," he said.

People entering Victoria will still need to obtain a travel permit from Services Victoria.

Vaccinated travellers returning from overseas will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days in NSW.

When questioned about NSW's announcement on scrapping quarantine rules for vaccinated overseas travellers, Mr Foley said "good on New South Wales".

Mr Foley said vaccinated overseas travellers could in theory come to Victoria via NSW, if they had a permit under the new border rules.

"They will have to comply with the permit systems that apply in the Victorian circumstances," he said.

"Victoria is signed up to the National Cabinet plan for the reopening of international borders.

"We are participating in the trial of home-based quarantine as part of that arrangement and that is what with will do.

"Our hotel quarantine system continues to be in place, it continues to deliver on the caps for the international returnees."

Martin FoleyHealth Minister Martin Foley said people entering from interstate still needed a travel permit. (Nine)

Mr Foley said he was not aware of NSW's plans to scrap quarantine for vaccinated international travellers before it was announced.

The health minister said the Victorian Government would need to examine the full details of the NSW relaxed border measures, in order to further comment on what it would mean for Victoria.

"Everyone needs to take a chill pill," he said.

"We are not aware of the full details of a media release hot off the printer from the NSW Government.

"We will go through that. We wish New South Wales, as we always do, every success, and Victoria will go about its business in the national context, understanding it's the Commonwealth who control international borders, not the states."

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