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NSW border change: Sydney residents to fly to Bali before Broome, Dominic Perrottet confirms

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A country divided: NSW CONFIRMS travellers will fly to ‘Bali before Broome’ as NSW flings open its borders but WA and Queensland lock out the rest of the country

  • Dominic Perrottet said residents will be able to travel to ‘Bali before Broome’
  • NSW will scrap its cap on overseas arrivals into the state from November 1
  • Mr Perrottet said it was time that NSW left ‘hermit kingdom’ and ‘rejoined world’ 










Dominic Perrottet has admitted that NSW residents will be able to fly to Bali before they can travel interstate to Western Australia or Queensland.

The premier made the dig at his counterparts on Friday as he revealed hotel quarantine and the cap on overseas arrivals would be lifted in NSW on November 1.

The announcement means that NSW will be opened up to the rest of the world while other states will keep their borders closed and stop residents from travelling across the country. 

‘I think people in New South Wales will be flying to Bali before Broome,’ Mr Perrottet said. ‘I want New South Wales to rejoin the world.’ 

Dominic Perrottet has admitted that NSW residents will be able to fly to Bali before they can travel interstate to Western Australia or Queensland

Dominic Perrottet has admitted that NSW residents will be able to fly to Bali before they can travel interstate to Western Australia or Queensland

'I think people in New South Wales will be flying to Bali before Broome,' Mr Perrottet said

‘I think people in New South Wales will be flying to Bali before Broome,’ Mr Perrottet said

Western Australia premier Mark McGowan has refused to budge on his hard border closure and revealed they will remain closed to the rest of the country until 90 per cent of residents have been vaccinated.

WA has the slowest uptake of the vaccine in the entire country with only 53.29 per cent of residents fully-vaccinated. The figure falls well below the national average of 64.4 per cent.

The state is not expected to reach the 80 per cent vaccination milestone until as late as mid-December. It means that thousands of families could be separated during Christmas.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has yet to reveal when he state will reopen to Covid-19 hotspots in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

She has encouraged residents to get their first dose by mid November so then they can receive their second one before Christmas.

Her insistence has been taken as a hint that she intends to reunite families separated by closed borders in time for the end of year family holidays. 

Mr Perrottet said he did not want NSW to remain trapped in a ‘hermit kingdom’.

‘We’ve got to open up, and this decision today is a big one, but it is the right one to get New South Wales connected globally,’ he said.

NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said the state would not discriminate which overseas travellers they welcomed based on nationality.

But he flagged the Federal Government will let people from some countries in before others because it will be quicker to set up systems to test the vaccination status of arrivals from certain countries.

Western Australia premier Mark McGowan has refused to budge on his hard border closure and revealed they will remain closed to the rest of the country until 90 per cent of residents have been vaccinated

Western Australia premier Mark McGowan has refused to budge on his hard border closure and revealed they will remain closed to the rest of the country until 90 per cent of residents have been vaccinated

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has yet to reveal when he state will reopen to Covid-19 hotspots in NSW, Victoria and the ACT

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has yet to reveal when he state will reopen to Covid-19 hotspots in NSW, Victoria and the ACT

‘There is no doubt that the Commonwealth will be able to do that with some countries faster than others,’ he said.

‘They will also be able to do that in conjunction with many airlines faster than others so there will be some incremental staging that has brought about by the ability for the Commonwealth to verify vaccination status but we are not delineating between countries.

‘There is no delineation between Australian citizens and other citizens of countries around the world. 

‘The focal point here is a delineation between vaccination status so vaccinated and unvaccinated. 

‘We will require the Commonwealth to ensure that a person is fully vaccinated,’ he said.

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