Border bubbles popped, permits dropped in Victoria

A police checkpoint in Heathcote during the
A police checkpoint in Heathcote during the "ring of steel" phase of travel restrictions in 2020. Picture: DARREN HOWE

VICTORIA has dropped all border permit control after 90 per cent of the state's population got both of their COVID-19 jabs.

The Department of Health announced it was abolishing the "traffic light" border system regardless of vaccination status on Thursday.

The changes took effect at 6pm.

The department said the change was in line with a national plan that foreshadowed all domestic restrictions ending as state vaccination targets were met.

"As such, the red, orange and green zones permits required for entry into Victoria, as well as specified worker permits that allowed certain workers to cross the border for essential work, will no longer be required," it said.


The system was introduced in January, 2021 to slash the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks spreading into Victoria.

"While Victoria still has active cases in the community, our high levels of vaccination mean the traffic light system and border permits are no longer a proportionate response," the department said.

"This will also mean the border bubbles will end and international travellers who complete quarantine interstate will no longer need a permit."

Some permit provisions will remain for international arrivals and aircrews.

"All visitors will still be required to follow public health orders while in Victoria," the department said.

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