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All states except WA agree to open borders by Christmas

All states except Western Australia want to open their domestic borders before Christmas, Scott Morrison said on Friday.

But the prime minister said he was not planning to open any travel bubbles with other nations before the end of the year. 

‘We have a process where we’re investigating other countries that could potentially be considered low-risk… but we have not made that decision at this point,’ he said.

‘And I couldn’t say we’d be in that position before the end of the year. We would obviously like to be, if that were possible, but we’re not going to compromise on the safety side.’  

Mr Morrison said he has also sidelined potential plans to allow home quarantine for international arrivals, saying it was too dangerous.

Queensland will review its ban on people from Victoria and Greater Sydney on 30 November. 

Western Australia (pictured is Rottnest Island) will no be part of a plan to open borders by Christmas

Western Australia (pictured is Rottnest Island) will no be part of a plan to open borders by Christmas 

New South Wales has not had a case of community transmission since Saturday. 

Victorians will be able to enter NSW and the ACT from 23 November and Tasmania from 27 November.

Meanwhile, South Australia’s transition committee on Friday may set a date for the removal of the hard border closure with Victoria.

That would allow people to travel to SA so long as they home quarantine for 14 days, and would offer the strong chance of all border measures being scrapped in time for Christmas.  

What are the border restrictions?

New South Wales: Will open to VIC on 23 November. Open to everywhere else

Victoria: No restrictions

Queensland: Exemption required if coming from VIC or Greater Sydney. Review on 30 November 

South Australia: Exemption required if coming from VIC. 

Tasmania: Will open to VIC on 27 November. Open to everywhere else 

Western Australia: From 14 November everyone allowed but residents from NSW and VIC must self-quarantine

ACT: Will open to VIC on 23 November. Open to everywhere else

Northern Territory: People from Greater Melbourne must quarantine at their own expense. Open to everywhere else 

Australia: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine

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