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Find information about how COVIDSafe Settings affect travel in Victoria.

Victorian Travel Permit System

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

You must apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand unless an exception or exemption applies to you. 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 and New Zealand 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 or New Zealand travel.

Summary

  • Victoria moved to further relaxed COVIDSafe Settings from 6:00pm Friday 26 March 2021. 
  • You can go on holiday anywhere in Victoria.
  • There are no limits on interstate travel (but you need to check the entry conditions of the State or Territory you are visiting).
  • You can book accommodation with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to 100 friends or family members who don’t live with you. Children under 12 months are excluded from this limit.
  • Accommodation venues must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked system for record keeping of visitors to shared or communal spaces (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty until 23 April 2021). During any time that there is an access issue (for example internet connection issues), then venues must use another form of record keeping for the relevant period.
  • 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 worn at all times onboard transport.
  • You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. For more information on when face masks must be worn, see When to wear a face mask.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended indoors and 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 Information for overseas travellers page.

Travel in Australia

Can I travel interstate?

Yes. Victorians 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 or territory?

Yes, provided you first obtain a relevant permit. Victoria has established a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

You need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia and New Zealand unless an exception or exemption applies to you.  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 and New Zealand 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 both for 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 with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to 100 friends or family members who don’t live with you. Children under 12 months are excluded from this limit. You do not have to use the accommodation venue’s electronic record keeping system if you are a registered guest at the property.

Accommodation venues must use the free Victorian Government QR Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface-linked system for record keeping to keep a record of visitors to communal or shared spaces (for example, food or drink venues). Venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty to 23 April 2021).

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

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 if not from your household
  • increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible and avoid having air-conditioning on recirculate
  • clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in the vehicle regularly.

Can I carpool to work or school?

Yes, carpooling with people you do not live with is permitted. You should not carpool if you are feeling unwell. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay home until you receive a negative test result.

  • If a student is carpooling with other students, where practical this should be with students from the same school or class group.
  • Face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and older on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles.
  • Increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air conditioning on recirculate.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in the vehicle regularly.

Can I use taxis and ride-shares?

Yes. You must wear a face mask in taxis and ride shares, 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. 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.

Reviewed 15 April 2021

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