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COVIDSafe travel in Victoria

Staying safe while making the most of what Victoria has to offer

Key points

What everyone must do to stay COVIDSafe

When you travel, remember COVIDSafe principles apply across Victoria:

  • Always carry a fitted face mask with you and wear indoors unless you have a lawful reason not to. Everyone in Victoria aged 12 years and older needs to carry a fitted face mask outside of their home.
  • Maintain physical distancing – stay at least 1.5 metres from others (except for those from the same household). If you cannot keep 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with, wear a fitted mask.
  • Practise good hand hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • If you feel unwell, get tested as soon as you can and isolatefrom others until you get your results. Do not travel if you are unwell.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Choose outdoor activities where possible.

Before you go

Don’t travel if you are unwell, isolating or in quarantine (stay at home)

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • get tested at once
  • stay at home until you get your test results.

You may get fined up to $4,957 if you leave home while required to isolate or quarantine (stay at home) because you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or are identified as a close contact.

A one-off $1,500 payment is available to support eligible Victorian workers who:

  • have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • are a close contact of a confirmed case.

To apply for the payment or find out more, see Australian Government – Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

Check the restrictions

There are still restrictions in place in Victoria that may affect your travel plans. This includes limits on home visits, public gatherings and accommodation. Ensure you check the current restrictions before you leave home.

Prepare to be flexible as restrictions may change during your time away. Check the latest Victorian restrictions levels or call the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Book ahead

There may be limits on the number of people that can safely be onsite at any given time. This includes at accommodation providers, hotels, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions (where open). Avoid queues or being turned away by booking or calling ahead wherever possible.

Travelling with others

Where possible, avoid carrying passengers who do not live in your household in your vehicle. The enclosed space can increase the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).

If travelling in a vehicle with people who are not part of your household:

  • To physically distance, passengers should sit in the back seat wherever possible.
  • Everyone should wear a fitted face mask unless they have a lawful exemption.
  • Increase ventilation. Open windows wherever possible and avoid using the air conditioner’s recirculation mode.
  • Regularly clean and sanitise often touched objects and surfaces in the vehicle such as door handles.

What to take when you travel

Pack the following items to help keep your time away COVIDSafe.

  • Face masks: Face masks are mandatory in indoor spaces. If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that face masks are worn during the visit. 
  • Face masks must be worn in indoor spaces apart from when eating or drinking. If you are planning to leave your home – take a face mask. 
  • In addition to indoor spaces, face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations: 
    • on public transport 
    • when riding in a ride share or taxi 
    • on domestic flights to and from Victoria 
    • at airports. 
  • You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. 
  • It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others outside. 
  • There are a number of lawful reasons to not wear a face mask
  • If you are using disposable face masks, only use them once and dispose in a plastic bag into the garbage.
  • Hand sanitiser: Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use a hand sanitiser with at least 60 per cent alcohol. Consider taking smaller bottles of sanitiser you can keep within reach.
  • Disinfectant and a cloth or disinfectant wipes: Clean often-touched objects and surfaces like door handles, light switches, tables, bench tops, phones, keyboards, toilets and taps.
  • Medicines: Take enough of your medicines to last you for the entire trip.

While you’re away

On the way

  • Wash or sanitise your hands after each stop.
  • If possible, use disinfectant wipes on handles and buttons when getting fuel.

Maintain physical distancing

  • Greet people with a wave – don’t shake hands, hug or kiss.
  • Stay at least 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
  • If you cannot keep 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with, wear a fitted mask.
  • Outdoor activities are safer than indoor ones because there is more ventilation. Avoid crowds, especially indoors.
  • When waiting in line or walking through busy areas, be patient and give others space so they can give you yours.
  • Consider visiting popular areas at a different time or check ahead if the attraction allows it.

Shopping

  • If possible, sanitise the handles of shopping trolleys or baskets before shopping.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and carry your own hand sanitiser.
  • When you return to your accommodation wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60 per cent alcohol.

Keep records and prepare for possible illness

  • To help with contact tracing, keep a record for you and the people you are travelling with of the places you have been and the people you have visited.
  • Install the COVIDSafe app on your phone and keep Bluetooth on.
  • Consider who you need to notify if you, or someone you are with, needs to isolate or quarantine due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you get sick, get tested

If you, or anyone you are travelling with, have any signs of coronavirus (COVID-19), no matter how mild:

  • get tested at once
  • stay in your accommodation and wait for your results.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) include fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

To find a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site near you:

I have just been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) – can I continue my holiday?

If you have symptoms and have been tested you need to remain isolating in your accommodation while waiting for your test results. This applies for all accommodation settings including rooms, tents, caravans and cabins.

Where your accommodation only has shared amenities such as bathrooms, you may use them if absolutely necessary. In these situations, you must wear a fitted face mask, use appropriate hand hygiene and wipe down any surfaces that you have touched.

Other people sharing your holiday accommodation with you do not have to self-isolate unless they are also waiting for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result.

Anyone you are sharing your holiday accommodation with who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) should also get tested and remain isolating in your holiday accommodation until test results return.

Testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) the Department of Health and Human Services will contact you to advise you and your accommodation provider on the next steps. You will need to continue to isolate, and any close contacts and other guests that have had contact with you will also need to isolate.

For more information on what to do if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) see What to do if you have coronavirus (COVID-19).

Testing negative for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you test negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) and you feel well, you can resume your holiday or normal activity.

If your symptoms continue or your condition worsens, contact the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or contact a doctor or a health professional.

If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero (000), you may need to be admitted to hospital.

Roles and responsibilities for accommodation providers

Accommodation providers have certain roles and responsibilities in responding to suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Providers should review Workplace Directions No. 13 and the Industry Restart Guidelines Accommodation to understand their roles and responsibilities.

Further information

Reviewed 07 February 2021

Coronavirus Victoria

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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