NSW and Victoria will open their borders to one another at midnight as both premiers vow to ‘live with the virus’.

Victorians and NSW residents will be able to move freely between the two states once more after months of border restrictions.

Australia’s two most populous states are poised to open fully to one another from 11.59pm on Thursday, the states’ premiers have announced.

Dominic Perrottet and Daniel Andrews issued a joint statement saying the decision was part of normalising living with Covid-19.

Victoria’s acting chief health officer Ben Cowie declared the ACT and all remaining “orange zone” areas in NSW would become “green zones” under his state’s travel permit system.

This means, for the first time in more than six months, every local government area in Australia will be considered a green zone for the purposes of entering Victoria.

Travellers and workers who arrive from a green zone face no testing or quarantine requirements, but are still required to obtain an entry permit from Service Victoria.

There are no requirements for fully vaccinated Victorians entering NSW, unless they have been to an exposure site the NSW government considers a “place of high concern”.

Victorians aged over 16 who are not fully inoculated against coronavirus are not allowed to enter NSW for recreation or a holiday.

Premiers Perrottet and Andrews thanked residents in both states for coming forward to get vaccinated.

“NSW is set to pass 90 per cent double dose vaccination in the near future, with Victoria not far behind, allowing family and friends to be reunited in the lead up to Christmas after many months of being separated,” Mr Perrottet said.

Mr Andrews said he was delighted to be able to have “free travel” between the two states whose residents had “been through so much over the last few months”.

In NSW 93.8 per cent of people aged over 16 have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 89.1 per cent have received both doses.

Those rates are respectively 92.7 per cent and 82.5 per cent in Victoria.

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