The state government eased restrictions on travelling between Greater Sydney and regional areas for holiday or recreational visits from Monday November 1 in another sign NSW is moving forward from the pandemic.
Greater Sydney was cut off from the rest of the state on June 26 when it was plunged into COVID-19 lockdown due to an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain.
Sydneysiders are now allowed to holiday across New South Wales. Picture: Getty Images
The resumption of regional travel comes after the NSW government pushed back the return date on two different occasions due to lower rates of vaccination in some parts of the state.
Sydneysiders were initially going to be allowed to travel to the regions from 70 per cent double-dose but the government opted against the plan due to the uneven spread of vaccine rates.
NSW hit 80 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage on Monday October 18, signifying the further easing of restrictions for the fully vaccinated.
It had been expected regional travel would be allowed at the milestone but the Perrottet government postponed the date until November 1.
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Fully vaccinated Victorians are also allowed to holiday in NSW from November 1.
Melburnians were given the tick of approval to travel to regional Victoria from 6pm on Friday, ahead of its 80 per cent double-dose milestone.
November 1 also marks the end of hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals touching down in both Victoria and NSW.

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