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Find information about how COVIDSafe Summer restrictions affect travel in Victoria.

Victoria’s border has closed to people arriving from New South Wales and Greater Brisbane.  

Victorians visiting New South Wales cannot return to Victoria unless an exception (e.g. resident of border community) or exemption applies. 

Only commercial freight workers, or people temporarily travelling through NSW (from another state or territory) can apply online for a permit to enter Victoria. For details, visit Service Victoria.

From 11:59pm on 8 January 2021, Victoria’s borders also closed to anyone arriving from Greater Brisbane which includes local government areas of Brisbane City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redland, Ipswich or Logan city councils.  

If you are a Victorian who is currently in Queensland and you have visited, been in or travelled through the Greater Brisbane area then you must follow the advice of Queensland Health. You cannot travel to Victoria unless an exemption applies. 

Those who have visited one of these areas and arrived in Victoria since 2 January 2021 should get tested immediately and isolate at home or place of accommodation until 6pm on Monday 11 January 2021, when a further assessment will be made.

What does this mean I can do?

COVIDSafe Summer restrictions apply in Victoria:   

  • You can go on holiday anywhere in Victoria. 
  • You can book accommodation with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to 15 friends or family members who don’t live with you. Babies under 12 months are excluded from this limit. 
  • There are no limits on the size of tourism groups. 
  • There are no limits on the number of people allowed on tourism transport but face masks must be work at all times onboard transport. 
  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • Wearing a fitted face mask is mandatory on public transport, while in taxis or ride share vehicles, and when you are in public indoor spaces, unless you have a lawful reason not to. This includes when visiting places such as:
    • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
    • hospitals and aged care facilities
    • restaurants and cafes, except when you are eating or drinking
    • churches and places of worship
    • libraries
    • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
    • indoor workplaces.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people. 
  • For information on international travel, including arriving to Victoria from New Zealand, visit the overseas traveller's page.

Travel in Australia 

Can I travel interstate? 

People in Victoria who wish to travel to another state are advised to check the restrictions in place in that state at the time of travel. While you are visiting other parts of Australia it is your responsibility to know and follow the restrictions they have in place.   

If you are a Victorian who plans to travel to New South Wales or the Greater Brisbane area in Queensland and you haven’t yet left Victoria you should postpone, cancel or change your travel plans.

Click below to find information on the latest restrictions in each state:

Travel to Victoria  

For information on travelling to Victoria from overseas, including New Zealand, visit information for overseas travellers.  

Can I travel to Victoria from another Australian State?   

  • You can travel to Victoria from both territories and most states except from New South Wales and the Greater Brisbane area in Queensland.
  • From 11:59pm on 8 January 2021, Victoria’s borders closed to anyone arriving from Greater Brisbane which includes local government areas of Brisbane City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redland, Ipswich or Logan city councils.   
  • Victoria’s border is also closed to New South Wales. Only commercial freight workers or people temporarily travelling through NSW (from another state or territory) can apply online for a permit to enter Victoria. For more information visit the travel restrictions - New South Wales page.  
  • If you have travelled from any Australian state or territory – unless you have come from New South Wales or the Greater Brisbane area in Queensland - you do not have to quarantine when you enter Victoria.

Upon entering Victoria, you must adhere to the restrictions and directions that are in place in Victoria to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Always check the current restrictions and advice for Victoria before you leave home. Find out about the restrictions in place during Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer.

Can I go on holiday? 

Yes, you can go on holiday anywhere in Victoria. There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel across Victoria. 

Can I travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria? 

Yes. There are no restrictions on travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne for any reason. 

Can I book accommodation? 

Yes. You can book accommodation to share with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to 15 other people who do not normally reside with the person who booked the accommodation. Babies under 12 months are not included in this limit. 

If you own or manage an accommodation business you can find advice and more information by visiting Accommodation and food services sector guidance.  

Are there restrictions on how long I can go on holiday for?  

There are no restrictions on how long you can go on holiday for. 

Can I travel to my holiday house?  

Yes, you can travel to your second home in Victoria. You can travel to property that is in regional Victoria or metropolitan Melbourne. There are no restrictions on the reasons to travel. 

Can I pick someone up from the airport?  

You may pick up or drop off a person at an airport. If you leave your car and enter the airport complex, you must wear a fitted face mask, unless you have a lawful reason not to. 

Driving and public transport 

Can I have passengers in my car? 

Yes. Where possible:  

  • Your passenger should sit in the back seat in order to maintain physical distancing;
  • all passengers should wear a fitted face mask in the car;
  • increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air-conditioning on recirculate;
  • high touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Can I carpool with people outside my home if we live near each other and travel to the same (or nearby) workplaces? 

You should not carpool if you are feeling unwell and avoid carpooling. Where possible:

  • Consider making other arrangements, such as getting driven to and from work by someone you live with, or sit in the back seat if you are travelling with someone not part of your household;
  • increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having the air conditioning on recirculate;
  • high touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.  

You are advised to avoid carpooling because the enclosed space of a car increases the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Is car-pooling allowed for school pick up or drop off? 

Wherever possible, children should be driven to school by a member of their household.  

  • If carpooling with other students, where possible this should be with students from the same school or class group.  
  • Increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air conditioning on recirculate.  
  • High touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.  

You are advised to avoid carpooling because the enclosed space of a car increases the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Can I use taxis and ride-shares? 

Yes. Face masks are mandatory in taxis and ride shares, you must wear a face mask and so must your driver. Where possible, maintain 1.5 metres distance by sitting in the back seat, and wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle. 

Can I use public transport? 

Yes, you can use public transport. Face masks are mandatory on public transport, you must wear a face mask while on public transport, unless you have a lawful reason not to. 

Where possible maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others while using public transport. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after using public transport.  

Public transport service desks will not accept cash for payment to purchase or top up your myki. You must either pay online, on the phone or use contactless payment methods. 

Can I leave my house to take a driving lesson? 

Yes. Driving for practice is allowed, with a driving instructor or a member of your household. It is strongly recommended that you and the instructor wear a face mask.  

Can I sit a driving test? 

All licence testing has resumed in Victoria. 

Tests are going ahead with additional safety and cleaning measures in place.

For more information visit  VicRoads website

Flying 

Can I fly a plane for recreation or take a flying lesson? 

Yes. Flying for recreation is allowed. You can take flying lessons.   

If flying with someone who is not from your household, you should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from that other person where possible. It is strongly recommended that you and your passenger or instructor wear a face mask. You can depart or land at airports within Victoria.   

You can also fly for practice, with a flying instructor or a member of your household. 

Reviewed 09 January 2021

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