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Domestic travel – Victoria

Current as of 16 January 2021, at 18:34 AEST

All of Victoria is under COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

You must wear a fitted face mask any time you are indoors, apart from when you’re in your private home, or when you are eating or drinking — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one. You should also wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres from other people outdoors. Everyone must carry a mask with them at all times.

From 12:01am Monday 18 January 2021, you will only need to wear a fitted face mask in the following settings:

  • public transport
  • riding in a ride share or taxi
  • shopping centres, including retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • indoor markets
  • large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as supermarkets, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores and hardware stores
  • domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • airports
  • hospitals

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.

Domestic travel

You can enter Victoria from interstate — except from Greater Sydney and Wollongong in New South Wales.

You can leave Victoria, but check the travel restrictions of the state or territory you wish to enter first.

People in Victoria can travel on the Spirit of Tasmania.

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

To enter Victoria from interstate, you need to apply for a permit. To apply for a permit, visit the Service Victoria portal at service.vic.gov.au.

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

When applying, you'll need to say whether you have any COVID-19 symptoms, whether you've been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are a close contact and whether you've visited any exposure sites. You may be fined if you provide misleading information.

Current permits — including transit and worker permits — remain valid, as long as they are consistent with public health advice on zones.

NSW border-zone residents

NSW border-zone residents only need proof of home address, such as a driver's licence or other photo ID, to enter Victoria. 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

Red zone

If you've visited a red-zone location in the past 14 days, you can't enter Victoria without an exception or exemption. If you try to enter via a land border, you'll be turned away.

  • Returning Victorian travellers who arrive at an airport or seaport without a valid reason or exemption must self-isolate at home for 14 days and will be fined $4,957.
  • Interstate residents who arrive at an airport or seaport without a valid reason or exemption will be fined $4,957 and sent back on the next available flight. If this requires an overnight stay, they must stay in hotel quarantine until their departure.

Orange zone

You can apply for a permit and must get tested within 72 hours of arriving in Victoria. You must isolate before and after your test until you receive a negative result.

Green zone

You can apply for a permit and can enter Victoria. Watch for symptoms and get tested if you feel unwell.

For more information and to apply for a permit, visit the Service Victoria portal at service.vic.gov.au.

Greater Brisbane, Queensland

The Greater Brisbane area — including Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Logan City and Redlands City — is now classified as an orange zone.

You can enter Victoria if you apply for an orange zone permit and you’ve not been in a currently-listed red zone in the past 14 days. You must get tested within 72 hours of arrival in Victoria and isolate before and after your test until you receive a negative result.

Anyone currently in Victoria who has completed 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane on or after 30 December 2020 is asked to isolate and contact the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 immediately.

Anyone who has arrived in Victoria from the Greater Brisbane area since 30 December 2020 must get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result. They should call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline immediately.

All Victorians in these areas are advised to follow the guidance of the Queensland Government.

New South Wales

Greater Sydney and Wollongong have been classified as red zones. If you’ve visited a red-zone location in the past 14 days, you can’t enter Victoria without an exception or exemption. Regional NSW is classified as an orange zone.

Returning Victorians

  • If you returned to Victoria from NSW on a Green Zone permit before 12:59am on 1 January 2021, you should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until you receive a negative result.
  • If you returned to Victoria from NSW on 1 January 2021, you must get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you returned to Victoria by 11.59pm on 31 December 2020 — and you have been in the Wollongong or the Blue Mountains local government areas — you must get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Victorian residents who arrived in Victoria prior to 11.59pm on 20 December 2020 who visited the Northern Beaches since 11 December (inclusive) or an exposure site in NSW on the listed exposure dates must self-quarantine at their home for 14 days. For these locations and dates, go to health.nsw.gov.au and search for 'Case locations and alerts'.
  • Victorian residents who arrived in Victoria prior to 11.59pm on 20 December 2020 who visited Greater Sydney or Central Coast on or since 11 December must get tested and self-quarantine at their home until they receive a negative result.
  • Victorian residents who arrived between midnight 21 December and 11.59pm on 31 December 2020 who visited the Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney, Central Coast Blue Mountains or Wollongong — or an exposure site in NSW on the listed exposure dates — must self-quarantine at their home for 14 days.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested again — even after receiving a negative result.

Transiting

If you need to transit through NSW from the ACT, Queensland or another jurisdiction, you'll need a Victorian Border Crossing Permit to enter Victoria. You should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you need to get tested and quarantine until you get your result. For assistance or more information on Border Crossing Permits, please call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and select option 2.

You can transit through an NSW airport on your way to Victoria. Don’t leave the airport and wear a mask.

International arrivals

International passenger flights into Victoria have resumed — but travellers coming from overseas will need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

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

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

Travelling from New Zealand

You’re allowed to travel from New Zealand to Melbourne via New South Wales and the Northern Territory without needing to quarantine.

To enter Australia from New Zealand, you must declare that you:

  • don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • have been in New Zealand for 14 days before travelling to Australia
  • have not been to a designated COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand during that time
  • travelled on a quarantine-free flight

You’ll be subject to the current restrictions that are in place during your stay in Victoria. To learn about the restrictions in place, use the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

Before flying to Australia from New Zealand, travellers need to complete the Australia Travel Declaration online and print and complete a COVID-19 Declaration form.

To download the form or for more information, visit covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au and search ‘New Zealand safe travel zone’ and ‘Australia Travel Declaration’.

COVIDSafe Summer restrictions

You can travel freely between Melbourne and regional Victoria — including for holidays. You can leave your home for any reason.

You can book accommodation with the people you live with, your intimate partner and up to 15 people you don’t live with. Children under 12 months old are not included in this limit.

You no longer need a work permit. However, if you can work from home, you should continue to do so.

You can have passengers in your car, but you should limit it to people from your household — where possible. Car-pooling should also be avoided.

You can use public transport, taxis, and ride-share cars — such as Uber. You and the driver must wear face masks at all times — even when waiting at stations. You should sit in the back seat of cars and practise good hand hygiene.

Driving lessons are allowed and all licence testing has resumed in Victoria.

Mandatory face masks

It’s mandatory for all people aged 12 years and older in Victoria to wear a fitted face mask that covers their mouth and nose when indoors, other than your private home — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one.

Those who don’t wear a face mask in these settings and don’t have a lawful excuse, will face a fine.

The Victorian Government also strongly recommends that you wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres from other people in all other settings — indoors and outdoors.

Exemptions include if:

  • you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • you’re doing strenuous exercise such as jogging or cycling
  • you can’t do your job while wearing a face mask

Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.

You must carry a face mask with you when you leave your home in case you need to wear one.

You can remove your mask to eat or drink if you’re out in public.

When visiting care facilities, you must wear a fitted face mask and keep 1.5 metres distance from residents and staff.

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.

Some industries require staff or customers to wear face coverings as part of their COVIDSafe Plan. For more information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au and click on ‘Business & work’.


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.

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