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Domestic travel – Victoria

Current as of 29 September 2020, at 11:40 AEST

Victoria’s state of disaster restrictions

Victoria declared a state of disaster from 6pm, Sunday 2 August.

A roadmap to reopening began on Monday 14 September. Melbourne is under Second Step restrictions. Regional Victoria is under Third Step restrictions.

Wearing a face covering in public is mandatory in Victoria, with a few exceptions.

For more information, go to the Victorian Government’s restrictions page at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Border restrictions

Some states and territories — including NSW — are closed to or have restrictions on travellers from Victoria. You should check the government website of the state or territory you plan to visit before leaving Victoria. There's more information on state travel restrictions below.

Melbourne — Second Step restrictions

You can leave your home to:

  • work or study — where they’re permitted activities and can’t be done from home
  • shop for essential items within a 5km radius of your home — but you can travel more than 5km if your nearest supermarket is further away. Any number of people from 1 household can leave home to shop for essential goods.
  • exercise for 2 hours per day within 5km of your home, or your workplace if you are on the permitted worker list — carry your permit with you. You can exercise with a personal trainer plus 1 other person (excluding children under 12 months), but you can’t share equipment and the trainer must wear a mask.
  • receive healthcare or attend medical appointments
  • give or receive care, or for compassionate reasons — such as to look after an elderly or sick relative
  • visit someone in your single social bubble
  • escape an emergency or violence in the home

Use the Victorian Government's interactive map at vic.gov.au/coronavirus-5km-from-home-map to see where you can travel within 5km of your home.

You should leave home if there is violence or a risk of violence in the home. If you're stopped by police, tell them you’re feeling unsafe at home and they will help you. Safe accommodation and support are available. Call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 or email safesteps@safesteps.org.au for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can’t leave home to go on a holiday, even if you’ve already booked one. You can’t travel to your holiday house unless it requires emergency maintenance.

Metropolitan Melbourne includes 31 local government areas (LGAs). A list of the LGAs is available on the Hotspot and case locations — Victoria page on healthdirect’s COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

Intimate partners and ‘single social bubbles’

In metropolitan Melbourne, you can visit your intimate partner if you don't live with them, including staying overnight.

If you live in Melbourne but your intimate partner lives in regional Victoria, you can still visit them. However, Melbourne’s Second Step restrictions still apply to you while you’re in regional Victoria.

If you live alone or are a single parent with children under 18 years of age, you can form a ‘single social bubble’ with someone who lives more than 5km from your home. However, they must live in metropolitan Melbourne, not regional Victoria.

If you live alone and have an intimate partner, you must choose whether you want to see your partner or form a single social bubble with a nominated person. You can’t see both.

For more information about the single social bubble and intimate partners, visit the Gatherings and work – Victoria page of healthdirect’s Restriction Checker.

Moving house

If you have already arranged to move to a new home, you can still do so. Friends and family from another household can only help with your move if you require care or support because of your age, disability or other health reasons.

If friends or family are allowed to assist you, everyone must wear a face covering, even when they’re not out in public.

Airport — pick up or drop off

You can collect a person from an airport — or drop them off — but only if you live with or are going to live with them. When you go to the airport, you should stay in your car.

Flemington and North Melbourne public housing towers

The Flemington and North Melbourne public housing towers, which were under a ‘hard lockdown’ some time ago, are under the same Second Step restrictions as the rest of Melbourne.

On-site support from a dedicated community engagement and support team is still available. Tower residents can call 1800 961 054 for information and support. If you need a translator, call 131 450. Both services operate 24/7.

Babysitting and in-home childcare

Only 1 person from outside the household can provide in-home childcare at any one time.

You should avoid having grandparents or elderly family members care for your children to reduce the risk of vulnerable people being exposed to COVID-19.

Metropolitan Melbourne residents can leave home for care or caregiving purposes and can travel beyond 5km from home — or outside metropolitan Melbourne — to do so. However, you shouldn’t travel for an unreasonable amount of time.

Learner drivers

Learner drivers are allowed to practise if they are out for one of the permitted reasons, such as driving to the supermarket. They are not allowed to go out solely for the purpose of driving.

Pet care

You can take your own dog for a walk — subject to Melbourne’s Second Step restrictions. This is part of your allowed exercise of up to 2 hours per day. You must wear a face covering, stay 1.5 metres from others and stay within 5km of your home.

You can’t walk someone else’s dog unless there’s a genuine animal welfare concern or the owner can’t physically do it themselves.

You can leave your home to toilet your dog more than once a day, if necessary. But you must stay as close to your home as possible and return immediately after.

You can bring home a pet you bought before 13 August 2020.

You can collect a pet from a pound or animal shelter even if you didn’t purchase it prior to 13 August. Call the pound or shelter beforehand to book an appointment and learn about their processes to lower the risk of COVID-19.

Retail dog groomers can operate for animal welfare reasons, but in-home grooming is not allowed.

For more information about pet care in Melbourne, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus. Go to ‘Victoria’s restriction levels’. Select ‘First Step restrictions: Metropolitan Melbourne’. Click on ‘First Step restrictions summary — Metropolitan Melbourne’. Navigate to ‘Looking after animals and pets’.

Melbourne's roadmap to reopening

Restrictions in Melbourne are changing as part of Victoria’s moving to reopen. To learn about the steps to reopening, visit vic.gov.au and go to ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening’.

Rest of Victoria — Third Step restrictions

The rest of Victoria — regional Victoria — is under Third Step restrictions.

You can leave your home at any time for any reason, but stay safe.

You can holiday anywhere in regional Victoria. You can book accommodation, camp and visit your holiday house within regional Victoria with either your household members or intimate partner or up to 5 members of your ‘household bubble’. See below for more information on household bubbles.

You should avoid carrying passengers in your car unless they’re members of your household or form part of your household bubble.

You can’t travel to metropolitan Melbourne unless it's for essential supplies and services, medical, care or compassionate reasons, or permitted work or education. If you travel to Melbourne, you must comply with Melbourne's Second Step restrictions.

You can travel through metropolitan Melbourne to reach your holiday destination in regional Victoria.

If you live in regional Victoria, you can receive essential services — including care, babysitting and tradespeople. If you're a person with complex needs you can receive professional respite care.

You can also visit an elderly parent or friend to provide care.

All shared custody arrangements — whether informal or court-ordered — can continue as normal. You can take your children from your home to the other parent’s home.

Intimate partners

If both you and your intimate partner live separately but within regional Victoria, you can visit each other at home.

If your partner lives in metropolitan Melbourne, you can travel to and from metropolitan Melbourne to see them. However, you must comply with Second Step restrictions while you’re in Melbourne.

You can travel and stay in accommodation together within regional Victoria.

Household bubbles

You can create a ‘household bubble’ with 1 nominated household. You can have up to 5 visitors from that household to your home. Babies under 12 months aren’t included in this limit.

You can only choose a household in regional Victoria. You can’t form a bubble with a household in metropolitan Melbourne.

You can’t have a ‘single bubble’, formed under Second Step restrictions, and a separate household bubble. However, your nominated household bubble can be expanded from your single bubble to include the rest of their household.

Moving house

You can move to a new home. Your household members or up to 5 members of your household bubble can help you move.

You must wear a face covering unless you have an exemption. You should stay at least 1.5 metres apart from others.

NSW-Victoria border region

A NSW-Victoria border region has been established, which allows residents with a current border region resident permit to cross the NSW-Victorian border.

Residents in the border region can cross the border to:

  • obtain necessary goods and services
  • work or study
  • receive medical or health care
  • give or receive care, or for compassionate reasons
  • permanently relocate to NSW

For more information on the border region — including whether your home is located within the region — or to apply for a permit, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19 and search for 'NSW Victoria border restrictions'.

Can I have passengers in my car?

Under Second Step restrictions in metro Melbourne, you shouldn't have passengers in your car unless they live with you. You can only take a passenger in your car who's not from your household if they're going out for a permitted reason but can't drive themselves or don’t have a car. You can drive a young child in your care if you can't leave them unaccompanied at home.

Under Third Step restrictions in regional Victoria, where possible you should avoid having passengers in your car unless they’re from your household or household bubble.

There is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in the enclosed space of a car. Where possible, any passengers — who are not from your household — should sit in the back seat for physical-distancing reasons. You should both wear a face mask in the car.

Can I use taxis, ride-share cars or catch public transport?

Under Melbourne's Second Step restrictions, you can use public transport for one of the permitted reasons for leaving your home.

You can also use ride-share cars — such as Uber — and taxis but only for one of the permitted reasons for leaving home. You and the driver must wear face coverings and you should sit in the back seat. Practise good hand hygiene.

You can also use taxis and ride shares under regional Victoria’s Third Step restrictions if you and the driver wear a face covering. You should sit in the back seat and keep your hands clean.

Domestic border restrictions

You’re allowed to leave and enter Victoria. You don’t have to quarantine after entering or travelling around Victoria.

However, there are restrictions on entering other states and territories from Victoria. Some states are closed to Victorians for the moment — or require travellers from Victoria to go into hotel quarantine — including New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.

Check the government website of the state or territory you wish to visit — before leaving Victoria.

You only need to quarantine if you’ve been advised by the Department of Health and Human Services that you have been to a high-risk location. If you've been directed to quarantine at home by health authorities, you can't leave your home unless it's for emergency medical care. The penalty for a breach of isolation orders can be up to $4,957.

International arrivals

There are no arrivals in Victoria from overseas at this time.

For more information for overseas travellers, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and scroll down to ‘Overseas travellers’

For more information about restrictions in Victoria during COVID-19, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

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