Western Australia’s premier has ended months of speculation and frustration by revealing the date that the state will finally lift its hard border.
The date, which has been locked-in, will be Saturday, February 5.
“This is an incredible milestone for our State,” Mark McGowan said.
“We are one of the most vaccinated societies in the world and we have achieved this without having extended lockdowns, virus outbreaks or any community spread of the virus.
“We followed a different model to the others and it has worked. We have been able to get through the last two years safely because of the efforts of West Australians.”
These following rules apply to people 12 and over:
From February 5, people will be able to come and go from WA both nationally and internationally, however… some requirements.
(The following will undergo ongoing review including four weeks after February 5).
International arrivals (double-dose vaccinated) will be required to:
- Return a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to departure; and
- Return a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival to WA and on day six.
There are no quarantine requirements for double-dose arrivals, however unvaccinated arrivals will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel or future quarantine facility.
Domestic arrivals must be double-dose vaccinated unless ineligible/medically exempt, and will also undergo testing requirements:
- Interstate arrivals coming into WA or WA travellers leaving and returning on a trip that is six days or more will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure prior to travelling to WA, and undertake a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival;
- Interstate arrivals coming into WA for five days or less will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure but are not required to have any tests on arrival into WA; and
WA travellers who leave then return to WA within five days or less do not need a test before arriving back into WA, but they will require a PCR test within 48 hours of returning.
PROOF OF DOUBLE-DOSE VACCINATION
Proof of vaccination for people 16 years and over will be required at:
- Venues or events with 1,000 or more patrons;
- Crown complex; and
- Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium and HBF Park
Other business can also choose to have proof of vaccination requirements to protect staff and patrons.
How to show proof of vaccination
The State Government is developing a new integrated mobile app making proof of vaccination, use of the SafeWA app and G2G registration, but in the meantime you can already obtain both a physical certificate or a digital certificate via MyGov, Medicare, My Health Record and Services Australia.
Click here for instructions.
You may have heard in the news that the time between your last vaccine dose and booster shot had been brought forward from six months after to five months after, however this hasn’t applied to Western Australia yet. If you are eligible for a six month booster shot in WA, you will be notified by the government and are encouraged to get it as soon as possible.
You can do so for free via state-run clinics with no appointment or visiting registered GPs and chemists, and while a booster is not mandatory at this point, you’re strongly urged to do so to increase protection from COVID-19 and future variants.
From February 5 masks will be required to be worn in high risk indoor settings including:
- Public transport, taxis or ride share services;
- At airports and on flights; and
- By visitors to hospitals, residential aged care, disability care or custodial corrections facilities.
Failure to comply could result in a $1000 fine.
There are also three key regions with lagging vaccination rates (Pilbara, Kimberley, Goldfields) who if haven’t reached an 80 per cent double dose vaccination (12 and over) by February 5 will:
- need proof of vaccination at pubs, bars, dine-in cafés and restaurants, bottle shops, indoor entertainment venues, gyms and fitness centres;
- be required to wear masks at all indoor public venues without a proof of vaccination entry requirement (such as supermarkets, roadhouses and takeaway services); and
- only be permitted into the region by air if they are double dose vaccinated.