Army officers at the Chaffey Bridge checkpoint.

RESIDENTS of Victorian border communities will begin lodging online applications for crossing permits from Tuesday.

Almost a fortnight after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian shut the Murray River border to all but essential travellers and residents of border towns, the first 14-day permits will expire.

Borders were closed until further notice to other Victorians following the emergence of a second wave of COVID-19 in Victoria that has seen daily triple-digit increases in across Melbourne for more than a week.

This week, Victoria was reporting more than 1800 active cases, NSW 39 that included a new cluster in Sydney while Mildura has been free of cases since March.

Residents across Sunraysia needing to cross the border for business or education can apply for their second NSW entry permit at