Overseas seasonal workers considered high COVID-19 risk, banned from crossing NSW border

NSW Border and Police

Overseas seasonal workers have been locked out of New South Wales under tighter border restrictions introduced last night.

A statement from the state Health Minister’s office said: “seasonal workers from Victoria will no longer be permitted entry into NSW, and they are not eligible for a permit”.

Seasonal workers on a visa cannot get a permit to cross the NSW border. Pacific workers, backpackers and people on working holiday visas are considered “high-risk” by NSW Health Minister. The citrus industry says the decision is “illogical and discriminatory”.

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