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Domestic travel – Victoria

Updated on 24 July 2021, at 13:58 AET

All of Victoria — extended lockdown

The Victoria lockdown has been extended until at least 11:59pm Tuesday 27 July 2021. This means you must continue to comply with the current restrictions.

For details, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Alternatively, call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

You must wear a face mask both indoors and outdoors — unless you're at home or you have a lawful reason not to.

Restrictions for all of Victoria until 11:59pm, Tuesday 27 July 2021

Travel in Victoria is limited to 5km from your primary residence and you can only leave your home for these 5 reasons:

  • shopping for essential goods and services — limited to 1 person per household per day, within a 5km radius from your home, unless your closest shops are further away
  • for authorised work and permitted education — if you can work from home, you must work from home
  • exercise for a maximum of 2 hours — with 1 other person or members of your household, within a 5 km radius from your home
  • for caregiving, compassionate or medical reasons — including to donate blood
  • to get vaccinated — unless you have COVID-19 symptoms, in which case you should go and get a COVID-19 test

You can also leave your home in an emergency.

You won’t be allowed visitors to your home — except your intimate partner. If you live alone, you can form a bubble with 1 person.

Visitors are not allowed at:

  • aged-care facilities — except for limited reasons
  • hospitals — except for end-of-life reasons, to support a partner during birth, or if you’re a parent accompanying a child

The 5km limit doesn’t apply to work, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social-bubble person.

Mandatory face masks

Face masks must be worn everywhere, indoors and outdoors, except in your own home or an intimate partner’s residence — unless you have a valid exemption. Exceptions include if:

  • you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • you can’t do your job while wearing a face mask
  • when communication is difficult, such as for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • during emergencies

Children younger than 12 years of age don’t need to wear a face mask. Children aged 2 years or younger must not wear a face mask, because they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

You must wear a face mask both indoors and outdoors — unless you’re at home or you have a lawful reason not to.

Other mask information

  • Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.
  • If you’re stopped by police in a setting where masks are mandatory, they’ll ask you to confirm the lawful reason you’re not wearing a face mask.

To learn more about Victoria's restrictions, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.

Coming to Victoria — the 'traffic-light' permit system

To enter Victoria from most states and New Zealand, you’ll need to apply for a permit at service.vic.gov.au.

Victoria classifies regions of Australia as green, orange or red, based on the region's COVID-19 risk. Non-Victorian residents can't enter Victoria from a red zone.

Green zone

If you’re coming from a green zone, you must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. You can’t apply for a green-zone permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have visited a red zone.

If you notice any symptoms once you arrive in Victoria from a green zone, you should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

The following areas are designated as green zones:

  • New Zealand
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Queensland, including Townsville, Magnetic Island, Palm Island, Ipswich, Logan, Redland, Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Noosa, Scenic Rim and Somerset (except certain local government areas — see below)
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

Orange zone

An orange zone means a location in a state, territory or green-zone country assessed as medium risk for COVID-19 transmission — but only during the specific period for that location as shown on the Victorian Travel Map. View this map at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system.

The following areas are designated as orange zones:

  • Brisbane, Moreton Bay after 22 June 2021 and the Sunshine Coast — in Queensland after 30 June 2021

If coming from an orange zone you must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. You can’t apply for a permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you’ve visited a red zone in the last 14 days. You are allowed to travel through a red zone for the purpose of transit.

You must self-quarantine on arrival and get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. Self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

If you’ve been in an orange zone you need an orange-zone permit to enter Victoria.

If you’re in an area that the Victoria Government plans to declare as a red zone, but you plan to re-enter Victoria before the area becomes a red zone, you can enter Victoria on an orange permit — if you haven’t been in any other area that is a red zone in the 14 days before you enter Victoria.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer advises against non-essential travel to Victoria — such as for holidays — from orange and red zones.

For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-updates. For FAQs, click on ‘Victorian Travel Permit FAQs’ on the right-hand side of the page.

Red zone

A red zone means a location in a state, territory or green-zone country assessed as high risk for COVID-19 transmission — but only during the specific period for that location as shown on the Victorian Travel Map. View this map at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system.

The following areas are designated as red zones:

  • Norfolk Island after 11 July 2021
  • Australian Capital Territory after 11 July 2021
  • South Australia after 21 July 2021

Victorian residents who have been in a red zone after the relevant commencement time — but not in an extreme risk zone — in the last 14 days can apply for a single-use red zone permit. When re-entering Victoria, they must:

  • self-quarantine for 14 days — you can't self-quarantine at an alpine resort
  • get tested for COVID-19 within 3 days of arrival
  • get tested for COVID-19 again 13 days after arrival
  • follow current restrictions in Victoria

If you're not a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone after the relevant commencement time within the last 14 days, you won't be allowed to enter Victoria — unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit.

There are additional requirements for workers permitted to enter Victoria with a specified worker permit, including freight workers, who have been in an extreme risk zone, red zone or an orange zone after the relevant zone commencement time and within the last 14 days. This includes a requirement to get tested for COVID-19 every 3 days if you have been in an extreme risk zone or a red zone within the last 14 days. For more information, go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au. Click on 'Victorian Travel Permit System'. Then, click on 'Travellers eligible to apply for a Specified Worker Permit'.

If people enter Victoria from a red zone without an exemption, they could be put on a return flight or placed in 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own expense.

If a person enters Victoria from a red zone without a permit they will be fined $5,452.

Anyone who's been at a 'very high-risk exposure site' in a red zone is not allowed to enter Victoria. This includes Victorian residents. To learn more about this, go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system.

For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-updates. For FAQs, click on 'Victorian Travel Permit FAQs' on the right-hand side of the page.

Extreme risk zone

An extreme risk zone means a location assessed as extreme risk for COVID-19 transmission — but only during the specific period for that location as shown on the Victorian Travel Map. View this map at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system.

The following area has been designated as an extreme risk zone:

  • New South Wales after9:00pm Friday 9 July 2021

If you were in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you may only enter Victoria with an exception, specified worker or transit permit, exemption or green permit due to being in an extreme risk zone only for hotel quarantine or immediate transit.

There are additional requirements for workers permitted to enter Victoria with a specified worker permit, including freight workers, who have been in an extreme risk zone, a red zone or an orange zone after the relevant zone commencement time within the last 14 days. This includes a requirement for freight workers to get tested for COVID-19 every 3 days if they have been in an extreme risk zone within the last 14 days. For more information, refer to travellers eligible to apply for a Specified Worker Permit.

Those who attempt to enter Victoria without an exception or exemption or eligible permit will be fined AUD$5452. They could also be sent back or placed in hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

Transiting through NSW

During the current NSW outbreak, it's recommended transiting travellers avoid areas of high community transmission in the Greater Sydney area as identified by the New South Wales Department of Health. If you must transit through these areas, it's recommended you plan your journey in advance so you don't need to stop for fuel, food or rest in these locations, wherever possible. If you spend more than 24 hours in transit in an extreme risk zone, you'll no longer be allowed to enter Victoria — unless you've an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit.

Exposure sites

NSW Health has published a list of exposure sites online at health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx.

Queensland Health has published a list of exposure sites online at qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing.

NT Health has published a list of exposure sites online at coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/case-location-alerts-and-public-exposure-sites.

WA Health has published a list of exposure sites online at healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases.

Tasmania Health has published a list of exposure sites online at coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/public-exposure-sites-in-tasmania.

Anyone who has visited this Tier 1 exposure site during the time listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test, quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure, and contact the Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

If you are in Victoria and have been to these locations in the specified times, follow the listed advice and contact us on 1300 651 160.

Information for border communities

The current 'border bubble' arrangements still apply. You'll be able to enter Victoria without a permit so long as you live in the cross-border areas, haven't been to an extreme risk, red or orange zone outside the cross-border area in the last 14 days, aren't a primary close contact of a COVID-19 case and don't have symptoms.

While Victoria is in lockdown, SA and NSW cross-border community residents can enter Victoria for one of the 5 following reasons:

  • to shop for necessary goods and services
  • to give care, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test
  • to exercise
  • for authorised work and permitted study
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination

Cross-border community residents are subject to a 5km limit into Victoria that applies for exercise or obtaining necessary goods and services.

The 5km doesn't apply when obtaining goods or services from financial institutions, government bodies or for health or medical reasons. It also doesn't apply if the 5km limit would make it impractical to get the necessary goods and services.

The border zone includes:

  • Victorian local government areas: Alpine, Benalla, Bendigo, Buloke, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yarriambiack
  • NSW local government areas: Albury City, Balranald, Bega Valley, Berrigan, Broken Hill, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Hay, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Wagga Wagga, and Wentworth
  • South Australian local government areas: Berri Barmera Council, City of Mount Gambier, District Council of Grant, District Council of Loxton Waikerie, District Council of Robe, Kingston District Council, Naracoorte Lucindale Council, Renmark Paringa Council, Southern Mallee District Council, Tatiara District Council and Wattle Range Council

Workers in select industries are eligible for a specified worker permit, including forestry, agriculture, essential services, freight, rail, and vaccine distribution.

For more information on cross border communities, go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au/information-cross-border-communities.

Information for international arrivals

Travellers coming from overseas — with the exception of New Zealand — will need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Overseas travellers with confirmed onward flights to Melbourne should complete the online Victorian Quarantine Arrival Form before departing for Australia.

Quarantine fees

Residents will be charged the following maximum fees to contribute to the cost of quarantine:

  • $3,000 for one adult
  • $1,000 for each additional adult in the same room or apartment
  • $500 for each child aged between 3 and 18 years — there’s no fee for children under 3

People experiencing financial or other hardship can apply for a fee waiver after they receive an invoice for their quarantine stay.

People who purchased their travel ticket before 10 July 2020 are not required to pay a quarantine fee.

For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/hotel-quarantine-contribution-fee.

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