A Melbourne man says he's "gobsmacked" by the reaction of checkpoint police after he breached the border closure without realising.
Mike, not his real name, had been staying with North East relatives and was a passenger in a car that briefly visited East Albury on Saturday.
He didn't leave the vehicle but was then told he couldn't re-enter Victoria.
"They were going to take me out of the car and walk me back to the start of the bridge in NSW and leave me there," he said.
"I know nobody there.
"I didn't have my wallet on me, my phone was three per cent.
"How is that protecting Victoria?"
IN OTHER NEWS:
Mike agreed he was getting angry during the 45-minute encounter.
"There should be leeway with everything," he said.
"I can admit to being not up to date with current events, that's on me.
"I don't think that justifies what they were prepared to do to me."
Later he was allowed to cross into Victoria at another checkpoint after explaining his situation to a different officer.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the force would not discuss specific incidents at border checkpoints
"Police will always apply common sense and in certain circumstances officers will still use discretion, however the expectation of all police officers across the state is that the Chief Health Officer directions are followed to stop the spread of coronavirus," she said.