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Travel - regional Victoria

Find information about how restrictions affect travel in regional Victoria.

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021, if you live in regional Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home in regional Victoria or the distance you can travel. 
  • If you are living in regional Victoria, you can go on holiday in regional Victoria and in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • In regional Victoria you can book accommodation with the people you live with and your intimate partner in addition to five friends or family members (and their dependants) who don’t live with you.
  • In metropolitan Melbourne you can book accommodation with the people you live with and your intimate partner in addition to two friends or family members (and their dependants) who don’t live with you.
  • Indoor and outdoor tourism services including tourism transport are open. A maximum of 50 patrons are allowed indoors and outdoors, including on a vehicle and there is no patron cap.
  • You can travel to metropolitan Melbourne for exercise or sport.
  • There is no requirement for residents of regional Victoria to be tested prior to visiting Victoria’s Alpine Resorts.

FAQs

Can I go on holiday to metropolitan Melbourne?

Yes, if you are living in regional Victoria you can go on holiday anywhere in Victoria. There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel or how long you can be on holiday. There are limits on how many people you can book accommodation with, private gathering limits apply.

Can I book accommodation?

Yes.

In regional Victoria you can book accommodation with the people you live with and your intimate partner in addition to five people (plus their dependants) who don’t live with you.

In metropolitan Melbourne you can book accommodation with the people you live with and your intimate partners in addition to two people (plus their dependants) who don’t live with you.

I live in regional Victoria, can I travel to the airport or train station in metro Melbourne to travel interstate for a holiday or for any other purposes?

Yes, you can travel to metropolitan Melbourne to get to any transport required to travel interstate.

Can I travel to, or stay in the Victorian Alpine Resorts?

Residents of regional Victoria can visit Victoria’s Alpine Resorts unrestricted.

Residents of metropolitan Melbourne need to have a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before departing for the Alpine Resorts or after leaving Melbourne but before arriving at the Alpine Resorts and receive a negative test (children 12 years and under are not included) in order to be permitted entry. Visitors from metropolitan Melbourne must be able to show evidence of a negative test as a condition of entry, such as a text message from a testing provider. Some exceptions apply.

Melbourne residents will need to carry and present evidence of the negative test. A text message, email, or printed out note from your testing provider is sufficient. If you are from metropolitan Melbourne and do not have any symptoms, you do not need to isolate while waiting for your test results. Visitors from metropolitan Melbourne must have a negative test result to be able to enter the Alpine Resort. You may be asked by police, authorised officers or any employee or representative of the resort to provide evidence of a negative test on entry to the resort.

Can I go camping? What about unregistered or free campsites?

Yes, you can go camping in regional Victoria.

Can I travel to my holiday house?

Yes, you can travel to your second home or property in regional Victoria or metropolitan Melbourne.

Can I go to Melbourne to view a property?

Yes. You can travel to metropolitan Melbourne to view a property. You can travel to Melbourne to move house.

You can also travel to metropolitan Melbourne for a private property inspection or to view a display home.

Can I drive my car? Can I get out of the house and just go for a drive?

Yes, you can go for a drive. There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel.

Can I have passengers in my car?

Where possible, carrying passengers in your car should be avoided, unless they live in your household. This is because the enclosed space of a car increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19. If traveling in a car with someone who is not part of your household:

  • Your passenger should sit in the back seat in order to maintain physical distancing.
  • You should both wear a fitted face mask in the car unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air conditioning settings on the recirculate mode.
  • High touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and sanitised regularly.

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. You must wear a face mask and so must the instructor.

Can I sit a driving test?

All licence testing has resumed in regional Victoria. Customers who previously had their appointment postponed will be contacted directly via SMS and asked to call a dedicated 1300 number to re-book their appointment.

Customers in regional Victoria will be able to book their licence test at their closest regional VicRoads Customer Service Centre. Tests are going ahead with additional safety and cleaning measures in place. For more information visit VicRoads website.

Customers can continue to apply for approval for licence testing under the existing hardship and special circumstances policy.

Can I pick someone up from the airport?

Yes, you may pick up or drop off a person at an airport.

To avoid the potential transmission risk of COVID-19, you should stay in your car when you get to the airport. You must wear a face mask if you enter any building at the airport.

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

Yes. Flying for recreation or flying lessons is allowed.

Reviewed 19 June 2021

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