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Domestic travel – Victoria

Updated on 12 April 2021, at 09:20 AET

Travelling within Victoria

In Victoria, you can leave your home for any reason and there’s no limit to the distance you can travel within Victoria.

You can use public transport, taxis, tour transport and ride-share cars — such as Uber. Drivers and passengers must wear face masks at all times — including waiting at stations. See ‘Mandatory face masks’, below.

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.

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

You can enter Victoria from interstate and you will 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. Non-Victorian residents 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. They don’t need a permit. 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, non-Victorians 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-quarantine 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. If this requires an overnight stay, they must stay in hotel quarantine until their departure.

You can apply for an exemption if you have a valid reason. Exemptions are limited and only granted in special cases.

Reasons for an exemption may include:

  • an end-of-life event
  • going to a funeral
  • returning home for health, wellbeing, care or compassionate reasons
  • emergency relocation
  • caring for an animal on the other side of the border
  • Australian Defence Force members undertaking military transfers

If you’re granted an exemption, you’ll be advised of the next steps you need to take. They’ll likely include certain conditions to protect public health.

It’s best to start self-quarantining while you wait for your application outcome.

When you arrive in Victoria you’ll be asked to show evidence of COVID-19 test results. This must be within 72 hours before your entry into Victoria or within 72 hours after your entry into Victoria.

Orange zone

You can apply for an orange zone permit if you haven’t been in a red zone in the last 14 days, and if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms. You 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 green zone permit if you haven’t been anywhere that’s currently listed as an orange or red zone in the last 14 days, and if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms. Watch for symptoms and get tested if you feel unwell.

You can also apply for a green zone permit if you have completed hotel quarantine in an orange zone or a red zone. You must travel directly back to Victoria immediately after completing hotel quarantine.

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

Coming from New South Wales

Victoria has designated Byron Shire as an green zone. This means the entire state of NSW is now a green zone.

Cross-border community residents do not need to obtain a green zone travel permit if they provide a valid form of ID with their address, such as a driver licence. However, if you have been in an orange zone in the previous 14 days, you must apply for an orange-zone permit.

Case locations

If you’re currently in Victoria and were at any NSW case locations during the specified times, you must contact the Victorian Department on 1300 651 160 and follow the relevant advice issued by NSW Health.

Anyone currently in Victoria who was in the Byron Shire in NSW on or from 26 March 2021 must isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours, and keep isolating until they receive a negative result.

For the list of venues, go to nsw.gov.au/covid and click on ‘Current COVID-19 case locations’.

Coming from Queensland

Victoria has designated Greater Brisbane and Gladstone region as green zones. This means the entire state of Queensland is now a green zone.

If you’re in Victoria under red zone permit conditions and have been in quarantine, you can leave if you’ve had a coronavirus test and returned a negative result since arriving in Victoria. However, if you’re a primary close contact who’s linked to exposure sites in Queensland and NSW, you must continue to self-isolate for 14 days since your exposure.

The Queensland Government has issued a contact tracing alert for several locations in these areas. For a full list of the locations, go to covid19.qld.gov.au. Then click on ‘Contact tracing alerts — sites of exposure’.

If you’re currently in Victoria and were at any of these locations during the specified times, you must contact the Victorian Department on 1300 651 160 and follow the relevant advice issued by Queensland Health.

International arrivals

International flights into Victoria have resumed. The Victorian Government has capped international arrivals at 800 per week.

Travellers coming from overseas — via other Australian airports — 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

No fee is charged for children under 3 years of age.

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.

Coming from New Zealand

New Zealand is currently a green zone. You must apply for traffic-light Victorian Travel Permit to enter Victoria from NZ — see information above.

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’.

Mandatory face masks

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home.

You must wear a fitted face mask in the following settings — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one:

  • on public transport
  • in rideshare vehicles, taxis and tour vehicles
  • inside airports and on flights
  • in settings such as aged-care facilities and hospitals — while indoors

If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 — or you’re a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 — you must wear a face mask if you leave your home or other accommodation for a permitted reason, such as to receive medical care. You must also wear a mask if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

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 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.

Other mask information

  • The Victorian Government strongly recommends you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you can’t stay 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.
  • You can remove your mask to eat or drink if you’re out in public.
  • 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.

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