Victoria will join New South Wales in ending hotel and home quarantine for international travellers as of November 1, provided they've been fully-vaccinated and return two negative Covid-19 test results.
That's the same date as already set by NSW, and the point at which Victoria is expected to reach the 80% milestone of double-dose vaccination.
"This is a freedom of movement we've not been able to enjoy for a long time, and that's all because Victorians got vaccinated in record time and in record numbers," Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Andrews added the state could now move away from quarantine because "at 80%, 90% (vaccination rates) – which is where we're going to get to – we are as protected as we can be."
However, also in keeping with NSW, unvaccinated travellers – along with those who have received a vaccine not recognised in Australia – will need to enter 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own expense, and subject to a cap of 250 unvax'd arrivals per week.
Double-jabbed travellers will need to undergo two Covid-19 PCR tests – one within 72 hours of their flight to Melbourne, and another taken 24 hours after they arrive.
As has been seen in Sydney, airlines are expected to bring forward the date for restarting international flights from Melbourne, ramping up their existing skeleton schedule or opening up the sale of all seats on both the inbound and outbound legs of existing flights.
Qantas will fast-track the return of its Melbourne-London and Melbourne-Singapore flights, previously slated to resume mid-December, to November, although at a reduced frequency, while Melbourne-Los Angeles remains pegged for December 19.
Victoria's announcement will also put pressure on other states and territories to follow suit, although Queensland and Western Australia have already indicated they won't reopen their international borders to quarantine-free travel until early 2022.