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Victoria to scrap permit scheme for travellers from South Australia

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Victoria is scrapping its border permit scheme for South Australians, replacing it with a spot-check system’ from December 12.

Victoria is scrapping its border permit scheme for South Australians.

Currently, a permit is required to enter Victoria from South Australia unless an exemption applies.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has said that it will be replaced on December 12 with a "spot-check system", and some travellers from South Australia will be screened at random.

The Victoria-South Australia border

"To date the voluntary testing scheme of travellers from SA has not received one positive result," Mr Sutton said in a statement overnight.

Victoria yesterday recorded its 40th straight day with no new community cases of coronavirus.

"Operational changes have now been made at Melbourne Airport to coincide with the return of international arrivals," Mr Sutton, adding that there is now a spot-check system in place for flights arriving from South Australia.

"Given South Australia has had zero cases in the past 10 days, and arrivals from that state present a significantly lower risk, we have moved to a spot-check system for those flights, ensuring the international arrival schedule for the COVID Quarantine Victoria program is not impacted."

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Victoria's hotel quarantine program resumed on Monday as Melbourne Airport welcomed its first international flights in more than four months.

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Source: 9News

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