You need to follow the rules
Once you are released from hotel quarantine, you must follow the same rules as everyone else in Victoria or wherever you live in Australia.
These restrictions change over time, so you should visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au regularly or the health department website in your home state or territory.
Risk of infection for returned travellers
Existing evidence tells us that the longest incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days. Your travel history is no longer considered a risk factor for COVID-19 infection after you have completed the required 14 days of quarantine.
You now face the same infection risks as others in the community and are required to comply with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s directions and any restrictions in place in Victoria.
If you develop symptoms after you are released from quarantine, you should stay at home and call your doctor, the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 if you are in Victoria or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for advice.
Mental health support services
If you are very unwell you should seek urgent medical attention.
There are a range of support services available that you can access.
Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Serviceis available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained counsellors provide free, immediate, short-term counselling and advice for those feeling worried or struggling.
How you can reduce your risk
To keep yourself, your family and your friends safe there are some key actions that Victorians have been asked to do, including:
- practising good hygiene
- wearing a face mask
- maintaining physical distancing, keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others
- understanding the risks and symptoms
- helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested if you feel unwell, even if you have mild symptoms
- staying home and avoiding contact with others if you’re feeling unwell
- taking care outside your home and being aware that others may be carrying the virus.
If you live interstate, you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 to find out more about restrictions and arrangements when you return home.
Returning to Australia after living overseas
You may be returning to Australia after a long period overseas and require support to re-settle yourself and your family. Many services are available online and can be accessed during your 14-day quarantine period.
- Register for , the national online portal for accessing a range of Commonwealth Government services including Centrelink, Medicare, Australian Job Search, Australian Taxation Office, National Disability Insurance Scheme, My Aged Care, My Health Record, and more.
- Plan where you are going to live. Use online real estate agents to look for rental properties or visit to look for housing support agencies in your local area.
- Enrol children in school or childcare. For Victorians, go to the for early childhood, schooling and higher education. For other states, look up your state government education department.
- Connect with a local doctor, maternal child health service (for those with babies or young children) or other specialist services. For those requiring counselling or allied health services for chronic conditions, care plans are available through your doctor.
- Apply for job vacancies and review Centrelink options for job seekers via the .
- Connect with local services based on your needs or those of your family including health, disability, mental health, youth, aged care and family support. will assist you to search for support services in your local area.
Reviewed 26 March 2021