Travel and transport - English

Find out about changes to public transport, quarantine and interstate and overseas travel.

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Victorian Travel Permit Scheme

From 6pm on Monday, 11 January 2021 you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.

The permit system is for travellers and residents that live in Victoria who are returning home.

Victoria will categorise other parts of Australia as green, orange or red, depending on the coronavirus risk in that area.

To apply for a permit, you will need to provide details about where you are coming from and traveling to.

People who live in border communities will not need a permit but will need to provide proof of their home address at the border.

How to apply

Apply for a permit through Service Victoria.

Permit zones

A red zone means that you cannot enter Victoria. There are some reasons you may enter, such as with a Specified Worker or Freight Workers permit, or an exception or exemption permit for compassionate reasons. If you enter from a red zone without an exemption, exception, or work permit you will be fined and turned around. 

An orange zone means that you can apply for a permit and will have to get tested within 72 hours of arriving in Victoria. You must stay at home before and after your test, until you receive a negative test result.

A green zone means that you can apply for a permit and enter Victoria. Once in Victoria you should watch for symptoms and get tested if you feel unwell.

Permit exemptions

You can apply for an exemption permit if you have a valid reason. This may include:

  • an end of life event or funeral
  • returning home for health, wellbeing, care or compassionate reasons
  • emergency relocation
  • the wellbeing of an animal on the other side of the border.

Reviewed 09 February 2021

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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