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Information on travelling from Queensland

Information on travelling from Queensland 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 zones 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.

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.

Queensland zone changes 

  • Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has now declared all areas of Queensland to be green zones.  
  • From 6pm on Friday 22 January 2021 a person who has been in Queensland 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 current orange zone in the last 14 days – such as the 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 have been to a current red zone area in the last 14 days you cannot enter Victoria without an exemption, exception, Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit.  

Travelling from Queensland to Victoria

Can I travel from Queensland to Victoria?

From 5.59pm on Friday 22 January 2021, all of Queensland is a green zone. From this time, you can apply for a Green Zone Permit and enter Victoria as long as you have not been in an orange or red zone in the past 14 days.

If you have been in a currently listed orange zone in the past 14 days you can apply for an Orange Zone Permit and enter Victoria, as long as you have not been in a 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 you receive a negative test result.

However you may still request an exemption based on your specific and general circumstances if you have been in a red zone in the last 14 days other than for direct and short term transit purposes or do not meet the relevant requirements of the Orange Zone Permit.

Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones.

I am a Victorian who has completed hotel quarantine in another state. Do I need a permit or an exemption to return to Victoria?

If you served international travel hotel quarantine in a green zone, you can apply for a Green Zone Permit.

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 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)
  • always wear a face mask on the flight to Victoria (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.

Can I stop for lunch or a toilet break while I drive from Queensland to Victoria?

If you are transiting through a red or orange zone to Victoria because you have an exemption, exception, Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit, you can stop for toilet breaks, rest breaks, food and drinks or petrol. However, you should not stop to go to the shops or visit others on the way home.

Please only stop when necessary. Keep a record of your stops. Please ensure that you drive safely.

You must wear a face mask 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). Once you enter Victoria you must also follow Victoria’s requirements on where to wear a face mask in indoor settings.

You must:

  • Minimise your interaction with other people as much as possible and keep at least 1.5 metres distance from others at all times.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.

These actions will help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).

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 at the location you are currently in, until you get a negative test result.

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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