Travellers from Queensland and Victoria will no longer have to self-isolate upon arrival in Western Australia from next week.
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan says WA has decided to relax coronavirus border restrictions with both states, unless there are any further outbreaks.
“We won’t hesitate to reinstate more stringent measures if we need to,” he said on Saturday.
Victorians will not have to self-isolate on arriving in WA from 12.01am on Friday February 5, with the state designated “very low risk” from that time.
Victoria will reach the milestone of 28 days with no local cases on Tuesday, but Mr McGowan defended waiting until Friday to relax restrictions.
“Sometimes just adding that little bit of precaution is very wise,” he said.
From 12.01am on Monday, Queensland arrivals will also be downgraded to a “very low risk” category.
But travellers from both states entering WA must be prepared to take a COVID test, and undergo health screening, as well as complete a declaration about where they have travelled in the past 14 days.
NSW arrivals will still be required to self-quarantine for two weeks and undergo a COVID test.
WA has recorded no community cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, marking nearly ten months without a virus case in the WA community.
But three cases have been detected in hotel quarantine in the past 24 hours, in travellers from the UK and South Africa.
Two of those cases involve the new variant strains of the virus, making a total of seven variant strain cases in the quarantine system.
Mr McGowan also defended the cost of the state’s hotel quarantine program on Saturday.
He said the cost is being shared with the federal government, while overseas arrivals are billed for their hotel stay.