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NSW government’s Victorian border closure

The NSW Government closed its border with Victoria on July 8 to contain a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Victorian residents need a permit to cross into NSW until further notice. You can check your eligibility and apply online at Service NSW.

Victorians with medical or hospital appointments in NSW do not need a permit but must take identification, such as a driver’s licence, and proof of appointment to cross the border.

If you do not have internet access you can come to my Wodonga electorate office at 79 High Street between 9am and 5pm weekdays and my staff will help you apply for and print an approved permit.

You should also call 02 6024 6284 or 03 5721 7077, or email helen.haines.mp@aph.gov.au, if you are having difficulties because of the border closure. Check my Facebook page for updates.


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