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Information for cross border communities

Advice about communities that share a border with Victoria (border communities).

Those living in our border communities will continue to be able to access the ‘border bubble’ – using their driver’s license to prove their residential address. If you live in one of the border communities – you do not need to apply for a permit. 

Communities on the border of Victoria and South Australia will need to use the permit system.

Local Government Areas in the border zone

Victoria

  • Alpine Shire
  • Rural City of Benalla
  • City of Greater Bendigo 
  • Buloke Shire
  • Campaspe Shire
  • East Gippsland Shire
  • Gannawarra Shire
  • Indigo Shire
  • Loddon Shire
  • Rural City of Mildura
  • Moira Shire
  • City of Greater Shepparton
  • Rural City of Swan Hill
  • Towong Shire
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • City of Wodonga
  • Yarriambiack Shire

New South Wales

  • Albury City
  • Balranald Shire
  • Bega Valley Shire
  • Berrigan Shire
  • City of Broken Hill
  • Edward River Council
  • Federation Council
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Hay Shire
  • Lockhart Shire
  • Murray River Council
  • Murrumbidgee Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • City of Wagga Wagga
  • Wentworth Shire

I live in a Victorian border community and have travelled into a New South Wales border community. Do I need to get tested or quarantine when I return?

No. As a Victorian border community resident you do not need to get tested or quarantine when you return to Victoria if you have only travelled within New South Wales border communities.

You should, however, monitor for symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have any symptoms, get tested and stay at home until you get a negative test result. You should also regularly check the list of exposure sites online.

I live in a Victorian border community. Can I travel outside of the border bubble in New South Wales?

No. Victorian border community residents can only travel within Victoria and Victorian and New South Wales border communities. You cannot enter Victoria if you have travelled further into New South Wales beyond the New South Wales border communities.

I live in a New South Wales border community. Can I travel outside the border bubble in Victoria?

People who live in a border community don't need a permit to travel, but must carry a valid form of photographic ID with a current address when travelling.

Residents from the border bubble who have been in to New South Wales beyond the bubble area in the past 14 days will not be able to cross the border from New South Wales into Victoria – but provided they meet this criteria, both New South Wales and Victorian border residents are able to travel as they would for their normal day to day activities like work, shopping and eating out.

There are no restrictions on New South Wales border bubble residents travel within Victoria if they have not travelled north of the bubble border, but it is recommended that travel only be as far into Victoria as necessary.

I live in a South Australian border community. Can I travel into Victoria?

Communities on the border of Victoria and South Australia will need to use the permit system. For more information visit our Victorian Travel Permit System page.

I am a Victorian and have a relative or friend who lives in a New South Wales border community. Can I meet them in a Victorian border community?

Yes. You are permitted to visit a Victorian border community, and your relative or friend can enter a Victorian border community. Your friend or relative can travel into a Victorian border community if:

  • they have not been into any other part of New South Wales in the last 14 days
  • they are not required to quarantine
  • they are not unwell.

Your friend or relative must comply with Victorian restrictions, such as wearing masks in indoor public settings and the limits on the numbers of people allowed for gatherings. You should try to keep more than 1.5 metres apart from those people you do not live with. Hugging and kissing should be avoided.

I live in a Victorian border community. Can I travel into New South Wales beyond the border communities to access health care?

You can access healthcare beyond the New South Wales border communities, but to return to the Victorian border community you would need to apply for an exemption to Victoria’s border rules. You can apply for an exemption by ringing the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Exemptions and permits are not required for people who provide, receive or accompany a dependent who is to receive, emergency or other urgent care, including medical care requiring continuity of treatment.

Can I stay on a houseboat or boat on the Murray River?

Victorians from outside the Victorian border communities can go onto the Murray from Victoria but can’t disembark on the New South Wales side, unless they are a New South Wales Border Community resident. People from New South Wales may board a houseboat or boat as long as they reside in the Border Community area and have not visited any other part of New South Wales in the past 14 days are not required to quarantine or are not feeling unwell. You may return to Victoria if you remain on the houseboat, do not disembark into New South Wales and only have Victorian or Border community residents on the boat with you.

Reviewed 18 January 2021

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