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Information on travelling from New South Wales

Information on travelling from New South Wales to Victoria

Summary

A permit system has been established for all domestic travel into Victoria.  

From 5:59pm on 11 January 2021, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.

The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones here.

The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel.

For more information visit our Victorian Travel Permit System page.

Greater Sydney zone changes

  • Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has now declared that only one Local Government Area (LGA), in New South Wales – Cumberland Council – will remain as a red zone.  
  • If you have been in the LGA of Cumberland Council in the last 14 days (other than for transit) you cannot enter Victoria without an exemption, exception, Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit.  
  • From 6pm on Friday 22 January 2021, a person who has been in all other areas Blue Mountains, Wollongong and all of Greater Sydney – excluding Cumberland Council - can apply for an Orange Zone Permit and enter Victoria. To be eligible for an Orange Zone Permit the person must not been in any other currently listed red zone in the past 14 days and agree to the conditions of an Orange Zone Permit – self-quarantine, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within 72 hours and remain in self-quarantine until receiving a negative test result. 
  • If eligible, you can apply for an Orange Zone Permit at Service Victoria. 
  • Exemption applications are not required if you have been in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong in the 14 days prior to 6pm Friday 22 January 2021 – unless you have been in the LGA of Cumberland Council. However you may still request an exemption based on your specific and general circumstances, if you have been in a currently listed red zone in the last 14 days other than for direct and short term transit purposes or if you do not meet the relevant requirements of the Orange Zone Permit.

Regional New South Wales

  • Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has now declared all areas in NSW - outside the orange zone areas in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong and excluding the red zone of Cumberland Council - to be green zones. 
  • From 6pm on Friday 22 January 2021 a person who has been in NSW outside of Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong excluding the red zone of Cumberland Council for the last 14 days can apply for a Green Zone Permit. You cannot enter Victoria without a Green Zone Permit unless an exemption, exception or Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit applies.   
  • If you have been in a currently listed orange zone in the last 14 days (other than for transit) – such as Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong, you cannot enter Victoria without an Orange Zone Permit unless an exemption, exception or Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit applies. 
  • If you apply for an Orange Zone Permit, you must agree to the conditions including the requirement to self-quarantine, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) within 72 hours of arrival and remain in self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.  
  • If you have been in the LGA of Cumberland Council - which is a currently listed as red zone - in the last 14 days you cannot enter Victoria unless an exemption, exception or Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit applies.

How long will restrictions last?

We are reviewing the situation daily and will keep you updated. We know people want to be together over this holiday break and we are doing all we can to support all Victorians and ensure the safety of our communities.

Travelling from interstate to Victoria

I have been in a red zone but have spent the past 14 days or more in a green or orange zone. Can I apply for a permit?

Yes. 

You can apply for a Green Zone Permit to enter Victoria if you have not been anywhere that is currently listed as an orange or red zone in the last 14 days. Once in Victoria, you should monitor for symptoms and get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you feel unwell. You can apply for an Orange Zone Permit to enter Victoria if you:

  • Have been in an area that is currently listed as an orange zone at any point in the last 14 days (regardless of whether it was orange at the time you were there), but
  • have not been in a currently listed red zone.

You will have to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within 72 hours of your arrival in Victoria and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

I was in an area that used to be red zone but is now orange/green, can I apply for a permit?

Yes. If the risk of an area has been downgraded since you were there you can apply for a permit. 

I am a Victorian who has completed international travel hotel quarantine in Sydney or Brisbane. Do I need a permit or an exemption to return to Victoria?

If you served international travel hotel quarantine in an orange or red zone, you can apply for a Green Zone Permit to return to Victoria, provided you were only in the currently listed orange or red zone to undertake hotel quarantine and you travel directly back to Victoria upon your release. This means:

  • If travelling by air, travel directly to the airport when released from your quarantine hotel and do not leave the airport prior to your flight departure
  • If travelling by road, travel directly to your vehicle when released from your quarantine hotel and do not leave your vehicle prior to your departure for Victoria
  • If travelling by sea, travel directly to the seaport when released from your quarantine hotel and do not leave the seaport prior to your departure for Victoria
  • If travelling by rail, travel directly to the railway station when released from your quarantine hotel and do not leave the station prior to your train departure.

You must also:

  • practise physical distancing when in a red or orange zone
  • keep detailed records of each place you stop when in a red zone
  • wear a face mask when in a red zone in all indoor public places; all outdoor public places where you cannot physically distance; and when in vehicles with people you do not normally live with (unless you have a lawful reason not to).

If these conditions are met, you will be able to enter Victoria with a Green Zone Permit.

I am in isolation or quarantine in Victoria after arriving from interstate. How can I access support?

Anyone in Victoria who has been exposed to an outbreak location – regardless of whether you normally live in Victoria or elsewhere – will be supported to safely and appropriately isolate and get tested.  Accommodation and essential supplies can also be arranged.

If you do not have nearby support to help you, call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter call TIS National on 131 450.

Delivery of a free emergency relief package can be arranged for people who are unable to access food themselves or do not have support available to them.

For more information on support available to you go to the quarantine and isolation – extra help and support page.

The Department of Health and Human Services website also has information on mental health resources and tips for managing isolation.

I live in or am staying in a New South Wales orange zone. Can I travel through a red zone to catch a flight to Victoria?

You will need a permit to enter Victoria. You can apply for an Orange Zone Permit if you have not been in a currently listed red zone in the 14 days prior to entry to Victoria. With an Orange Zone Permit, you can make a direct and short-term transit through a currently listed red zone (for example travelling by car from an orange zone location directly to an airport located in a red zone).  

You should travel directly from your place of departure to the airport and not leave the airport until your departure to Victoria, you should also; 

  • Practise physical distancing when in the red zone.
  • Keep detailed records of each place you stop in a red zone.
  • Wear a face mask at all times in all: indoor public places; outdoor public spaces (where it is not practicable to practise physical distancing); and in vehicles, if in a vehicle with anyone other than someone you usually reside with (unless lawful reason not to); and
  • Wear a face mask on the flight to Victoria (unless exempt).
  • You must carry your permit with you and personal photographic identification to present if requested. When you arrive in Victoria you must:
    • get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 72 hours from your time of entry to Victoria.
    • travel immediately and directly to self-isolate at your usual residence, or other suitable premises until you receive a negative test result.

You can only leave your self-isolation to:

  • obtain medical care or medical supplies
  • get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • in an emergency situation
  • if required to do so by law.   

While away from the premises where you are isolating, you must wear a face mask at all times in all indoor public places, outdoor public spaces (where it is not practicable to practise physical distancing); and in vehicles, if in a vehicle with anyone other than someone you usually reside with (unless exempt).

I think I have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. Can I get across the Victorian border?

No. If you have symptoms you must get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, and self-quarantine until you get a negative test result.

Holiday makers

Can I stay on a houseboat on the Murray River?

You can go onto the Murray from Victoria, but if you disembark on the New South Wales or South Australia side of the river, you will need a permit to re-enter Victoria, unless you are a cross-border community resident. You must not allow anyone who has been in a currently listed red zone in the past 14 days on your boat.

I’m on holiday in a New South Wales border community – can I travel into Victoria?

The exemption for border communities only applies to residents of the border community area. 

You will need a permit to enter Victoria. If you have only been in an orange zone during this time, you can apply for an Orange Zone Permit.

Business owners

Do accommodation providers, restaurants and other businesses need to check permits or refuse service?

No, there is no requirement for accommodation providers, restaurants or businesses to check permits or refuse service to people from interstate or those who recently have travelled interstate.

Commercial freight services, essential services and agriculture workers

Go to the Information for Specified Workers page for more information.

Border communities

Go to the Information for cross border communities page for more information.

Reviewed 22 January 2021

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