Western Australia will embark on its Safe Transition Plan as announced last month, to safely ease its hard border controls in line with a 90 per cent vaccination rate, from 12.01am on Saturday February 5.
To safely enable quarantine-free travel into the State, new testing requirements for arrivals will be introduced to assist with the safe transition of COVID-19 in the WA community.
Double dose vaccinated international arrivals will be required to:
While double dose vaccinated international arrivals will not be required to quarantine and are not subject to the arrivals cap, unvaccinated international arrivals will be required to quarantine for 14 days either in a designated hotel or the future quarantine facility.
All international travel into WA remains subject to the Commonwealth's biosecurity and border settings - as that being the responsibility of the Commonwealth government.
All domestic arrivals aged 12 and over must be double dose vaccinated unless ineligible or medically exempt.
Testing requirements for domestic arrivals fall under three categories:
These are interim testing arrangements and are based on the current health advice. They will be subject to ongoing review including one after four weeks from the transition date.
WA's unique position of zero-COVID and a 90 per cent vaccination rate means border controls can ease with minimal community restrictions compared to other jurisdictions.
Based on health advice, interim baseline public health and social measures will be applied at the point of transition, from 12.01am February 5.
Masks are required to be worn in some high risk indoor settings including:
Proof of vaccination for people 16 years and older will be required at:
Other businesses may also choose to have proof of vaccination requirements as a condition of entry to protect their staff and patrons.
Businesses should consider their individual circumstances and seek their own legal advice before adopting a proof of vaccination requirement.
Contact registration including the use of SafeWA will be required at all public venues, taxis and rideshare services.
To keep patrons and staff safe, revised COVID Safety Plans, Event Plans and Checklists must be followed.
Public health and social measures may be scaled up or down based on updated health advice or rates of hospitalisation.
Additional restrictions may be required in some at-risk regional communities where current projections suggest higher levels of vaccination may take longer to achieve - this currently includes the Pilbara (currently 46.1pc double dose rate), Kimberley (currently 60.8pc double dose rate), and Goldfields (currently 65pc double dose rate).
These regions are the only regions that currently have a first dose rate below 80pc.
If these regions do not reach at least an 80pc double dose vaccination by Saturday, February 5, they will be subject to the following temporary enhanced public health and social measures:
These temporary additional health and social measures for impacted regions are to protect the very vulnerable communities until a higher level of vaccination is reached to minimise the risk.
These restrictions will be removed or stepped down once the required double dose vaccination rate is achieved in the region, subject to the specific health advice at the time.
The State government is developing a new integrated mobile app which will make proof of vaccination, use of SafeWA and G2G registrations easier.
The app will be available early next year and provides safe, secure and convenient access to these State government services and will provide a one-stop platform for additional services in the future.
Use of a printed copy of the COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement is also accepted as proof, however people will need to present approved identification with it.
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