NSW imposes hotel quarantine for returning VIC travellers

Everyone returning to NSW from Victoria will now be forced into mandatory hotel quarantine for two weeks at their own expense.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement on Wednesday following another horror day in Victoria, which saw the state record its deadliest day of coronavirus.

“In view of the escalating situation in Victoria, the NSW government today has decided, based on the evolving health situation and the health advice, to ensure and require that every returning traveller from Victoria is in the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine when they get to Sydney Airport,” Ms Berejiklian said.


The Premier also revealed that the only way into the state now is by Sydney Airport, with travellers from Victoria banned from crossing the border by car.

“We don’t want to see multiple places where returning travellers,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“And we also feel, given the evolving situation in Victoria which has been going on for some weeks, that people do that at their own expense.

“There should be no difference from a NSW citizen coming back from an overseas destination in terms of the cost having to pay versus the cost of returning travellers from Victoria.”

The mandatory hotel quarantine for all travellers will kick in from 12.01am on Friday morning.

“For those who are coming, or returning home from Victoria, any flights having those people will ensure that all returning travellers do that mandatory 14-day quarantine,” the Premier said.

The State is also making it tougher for people to travel to NSW from Victoria based on critical service requirements.

“We are reviewing and looking at tightening some of those definitions to make sure only those with absolutely necessary requirements, and of course the death of an immediate family member would be an example of a situation where we would allow obviously people to continue coming into New South Wales,” Ms Berejiklian said.

It comes as the state recorded 12 new cases today, with just one of those in hotel quarantine.