Quarantine information for Victorians who have recently returned from New South Wales and Queensland

This information is for Victorians who have recently returned from New South Wales and Queensland.

Victoria is establishing a permit system 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.

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.

This information is for Victorians who have recently returned from New South Wales and Queensland and are required to self-quarantine.

On your return home, you should only stop when absolutely necessary. Minimise the amount of time spent on your stop and contact with others. Wear a mask and maintain good hand hygiene.

These steps are important to helping stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state – protecting our families, friends and communities.

For more information on quarantining, please visit the Isolation and quarantine – extra help and support page

What does self-quarantine mean?

  • Self-quarantine means you must stay in your home at all times.
  • You cannot leave your house for any reason unless it is an emergency, or you need medical help. 
  • You cannot have visitors to your home. 

Why am I being asked to self-quarantine at home?

You are being asked to self-quarantine at home because you may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) while travelling in New South Wales or Queensland.  

If you have returned from New South Wales or Queensland you must get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within 24 hours of returning to Victoria. After your test, you must go home immediately and self-quarantine. You cannot go anywhere else after your test. 

If you need food or supplies, you can ask friends and family who are not required to quarantine to drop it off for you outside your home. They must not enter your home. Emergency support is also available for those who need it. 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) test is free and available to everyone. You do not need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You do not need a Medicare card. 

For a full list of testing locations in Victoria, visit the Where to get tested page.

What if I’m in self-quarantine at home and I live with other people?

If you live with other people who are not also required to quarantine:

  • You should stay and sleep in a different room to other people as much as possible. 
  • You should use a separate bathroom if available.
  • Do not have people to visit you inside your home or accommodation.
  • Ensure you stay at least 1.5 metres from others in the home.
  • Do not share food and drink. Do not share household items like forks, knives, plates or glasses.

Why is it important to self-quarantine at home? 

There are an increasing number of new cases and exposure sites in New South Wales. As a result of this, people who have travelled to New South Wales may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Getting tested and self-quarantining at home will help make sure that those returning from New South Wales do not spread coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the Victorian community. 

What if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you need to get tested – even if you’ve previously returned a negative result. 

When getting tested, you should disclose that you have recently returned from New South Wales and that you are in quarantine. Wear a mask and return home immediately following your test.

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. In either circumstance, you should disclose that you have been in New South Wales and that you are in quarantine.

Financial Support

Support is available to help you stay home and stay safe. 

For more information visit the Financial and other support for coronavirus (COVID-19) page. 

Additionally, you can also call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and press 0 if you need an interpreter.  

Reviewed 18 January 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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