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

Victoria has established a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

From 5:59pm on 11 January, 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. 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.

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. This limit will increase to 30 from 11.59pm on Friday 22 January 2021. 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.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals
  • when working in or visiting hospitals and care facilities.

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.   

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?   

Victoria has established a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

From 5:59pm on 11 January, 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. 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.

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. This limit increases to 30 from 11.59pm on Friday 22 January 2021. 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 22 January 2021

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