Testing for COVID-19 while in hotel quarantine

Find out about the testing for COVID-19 that will occur during your 14-day hotel quarantine.

You will be routinely tested for COVID-19 during your 14-day hotel quarantine: within 24 hours of arrival in Victoria (Day 0), Day 4, Day 12 and Day 14 of your quarantine period. If you refuse to take a test for COVID-19 on Day 14, you may be detained for a further 14 days. This means you will be in quarantine for 28 days in total.   

In addition to these routine tests - within 24 hours of arrival in Victoria (Day 0), Day 4, Day 12 and Day 14, you will also be tested if you develop COVID‑19 symptoms during your quarantine period. 

Refusing a test

If you refuse the test on day 14, you will have to quarantine for a further 14 days. This is because a person may be infectious for up to 14 days after the 14 day incubation period, even if not symptomatic. If you are not tested, it is not possible to determine whether you are infectious at the end of the initial 14 day period of hotel quarantine.

Getting your test results

If your test result is negative, this will be provided to you either on paper or by phone. If you test positive for COVID-19, a medical practitioner or the Department of Health will notify you.

What to expect when tested

A nurse will take your temperature and ask if you have any symptoms of COVID‑19 - no matter how mild. These can include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • body aches and pains
  • loss of appetite
  • generally feeling unwell

Nurses will wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) and perform the test on you at your room door.

The nurse needs to take a sample from the back of your nose and throat, which takes about one minute.

Even if you do not have any symptoms, you will still be tested. You are asked to give your verbal consent to be tested for COVID‑19.

Testing positive

If you test positive for COVID‑19, you will be required to stay in hotel quarantine for the remainder of your quarantine period but will be moved to a health hotel, which has additional on-site medical support and services.

People with COVID-19 and their close contacts may be advised to separate and self-isolate in different accommodation. Considerations will be made on a case‑by‑case basis, including for families with young children and people with carers.

You will be provided with more comprehensive advice about what you need to do in quarantine if you or a travel companion test positive during quarantine.

You will not be able to leave hotel quarantine until you have been cleared by the Department of Health.

Exiting quarantine

When you are medically cleared, you will be able to organise travel to your primary residence. Onward travel to your home is at your own cost.

If you do not have access to accommodation where you can stay safely, you will be supported to find suitable accommodation.

Read the Exiting hotel quarantine page for more detail.

You will be subject to the public health directions in place in Victoria once you leave quarantine.

More information for non-Victorian residents

If you have completed your hotel quarantine and have been medically cleared, you can travel directly to your home state or territory subject to any domestic travel restrictions that may be in place.

You will be subject to the public health directions in place in your home state or territory when you arrive. You must abide by any Victorian public health directions and restrictions while in Victoria.

Reviewed 14 May 2021

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