Victoria will scrap quarantine requirements for double-vaccinated travellers arriving from overseas as early as next month, bringing the country’s two largest states in line.

Two state government sources confirmed Victoria will follow the lead of NSW and no longer expect travellers to isolate either at home or in hotels if they are fully vaccinated and test negative to COVID-19 on arrival.

A senior federal government source confirmed the federal government had been informed of the plans, which are expected to be announced on Friday.

The change is expected to come into effect as soon as November 1, the same day as NSW takes the step.

Last week, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet surprised the federal government by announcing his state would abandon hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals once 80 per cent of people over 16 had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Victoria is expected to have fully vaccinated 80 per cent of people aged over 16 by October 30 or 31.

The change is a further progression from revelations in The Age this week that home quarantine would be trialled.

Passengers booked on a special flight from London to Melbourne arriving at Tullamarine on October 27 will be allowed to isolate at home for seven days instead of being locked in a hotel room for a fortnight.

Under the Victorian trial, returned travellers will be monitored by a phone app with facial recognition and location technology.

The arrangement was originally part of a three-way agreement between the Commonwealth, NSW and Victoria to trial home quarantine before resuming regular international travel.

The previous timetable, which would have led to regular flights resuming in Sydney on or about November 9 and in Melbourne a week later, was upended by Mr Perrottet’s declaration that his state would abandon all quarantine requirements for double-vaccinated travellers.

On Tuesday, Premier Daniel Andrews indicated for the first time that quarantine requirements for some returned travellers could soon be dropped.

“Be in no doubt we will have a quarantine system that is as light touch as possible,” he said.

“We will almost certainly be able to do some home-based quarantine for some people [and] no quarantine for others if they are double-dose vaccinated and they have a negative test.”

The Premier’s office did not respond to questions on Thursday night.

As the state moves to home quarantine and potentially no quarantine, hotels will still be used to house COVID-positive people who are unable to isolate at home and unvaccinated travellers. The purpose-built quarantine facility at Mickleham, to the north of Melbourne, is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

The acceleration away from “Fortress Australia” follows a relaxation of the NSW and Victorian border this week.

As of Wednesday, fully vaccinated people can travel with a permit from orange and green zones in NSW into Victoria without having to isolate or test negative for COVID-19.

People who are not double-dosed can travel into Victoria but are required to isolate until they return a negative test.

Fully vaccinated Victorians will be allowed to holiday in NSW from November 1.

Currently, anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must complete a declaration and adhere to lockdown rules while in NSW.

In a statement issued on Thursday night, NSW Health said this requirement would be lifted on November 1 for vaccinated people. From that date, fully vaccinated Victorians will be allowed to enter the state for a holiday or recreation.

Appropriate exemptions would be established for people living in border communities, the statement said.

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