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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.

What does this mean I can do?

Victoria returns to COVIDSafe Settings from 11:59pm Friday 26 February 2021:

  • You can go on holiday anywhere in Victoria.
  • There are no limits on interstate travel (but you need to check the visiting state’s entry conditions).
  • You can book accommodation with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to 30 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 (but density limits apply to indoor and outdoor spaces where tourism services are provided). 
  • 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 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 strongly 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?

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 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 with the people you live with, your intimate partner, and up to 30 friends or family members who don’t live with you. Babies under 12 months are excluded from 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 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 with people outside my home if we live near each other and travel to the same workplace?

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 you are sharing a car with someone you don’t live with, there are important ways to stay safe:

  • 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
  • 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 the air conditioning on recirculate
  • clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in the vehicle regularly.

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

Yes, carpooling is permitted for school pick up and drop offs.

  • 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. 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 at least 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 and face masks are mandatory in airports.

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

Reviewed 28 February 2021

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