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Victorian Travel Permit System - FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

Summary

Victoria has established a permit system for all domestic travel and travel from New Zealand into Victoria. You will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia and New Zealand.

Zones apply from different times and dates. You may be required to apply for a different permit based on the time you were in a certain area. To find out when red or orange zones apply to you, refer to the map below or visit the travel updates page.

The temporary suspension of red zone permits has also been lifted. Victorian residents currently seeking to return from a red zone can apply for a red zone permit to return home.

Different requirements apply for anyone planning to enter Victoria from a jurisdiction defined by the Department of Health as an extreme risk zone.

An extreme risk zone category has been added to the Victorian travel permit system – effective from 9:00pm on Friday 23 July 2021. This zone has different requirements from a red zone. An extreme risk zone refers to a specified location assessed as extremely high risk of COVID-19 transmission. The risk of transmission in an extreme risk zone is determined to be greater than that within an area designated as a red zone.

If you have been to an extreme risk zone after the zone commencement time in the last 14 days, you cannot enter Victoria on any of the travel zone permits (red, orange, or green zone permit).

  • Anyone who has been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit, or specified worker permit.
    • if you have been doing hotel quarantine in an extreme risk zone and immediately transit to Victoria, or if you are in the extreme risk zone for immediate transit to Victoria only, you may be eligible for a green permit exemptions must be applied for, and are only granted under exceptional circumstances, including for care and compassionate reasons. To apply, see exemption. 
    • exceptions only apply to particular categories (for example, air crew, travelling in an emergency, or when escaping harm). 
    • eligible permits include a transit permit for people traveling through Victoria to another jurisdiction, and a Specified Worker permit for workers listed on the Specified Worker List.

If you plan to enter Victoria from a red zone from 9:00pm on Friday 23 July 2021, you are required to adhere to the following:

  • Victorian residents who have been in a red zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria:
    • Self-isolate for 14 days (you cannot isolate at an alpine resort)
    • get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival into Victoria
    • get tested for COVID-19 again on the 13th day after arrival
    • follow the current restrictions in Victoria.
  • Non-Victorian residents who have been in a red zone after the commencement time within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit.
    • if you have been doing hotel quarantine in an extreme risk zone and immediately transit to Victoria, or if you are in the extreme risk zone for immediate transit to Victoria only, you may be eligible for a green permit
    • exemptions must be applied for and are only granted under exceptional circumstances, including for care and compassionate reasons. 
    • exceptions only apply to particular categories of people (for example, air crew, travelling in an emergency or when escaping harm). 
    • eligible permits include a transit permit for people travelling through Victoria to another jurisdiction, and a Specified Worker permit for workers listed on the Specified Worker List.

During the current outbreak in New South Wales and South Australia, it is recommended transiting travellers avoid areas of high community transmission within these areas as identified by the relevant Department of Health. If you must transit through these areas, it is recommended you plan your journey in advance so you do not need to stop for fuel, food, or rest in these locations wherever possible. If you spend more than 24 hours in transit in an extreme risk zone, you will no longer be permitted to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit, or specified worker permit.

Those who attempt to enter Victoria without an exception or exemption or eligible permit will be fined  AUD$5452, and risk being sent back or placed into hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. 

Victorian travel permits

Do I need a travel permit if I live in a border community?

People living in New South Wales/Victoria or South Australia/Victoria border communities will continue to be part of the ‘border bubble’ – using their driver’s licence or other documentary evidence (where they do not have a driver’s licence) to prove their residential address.

If you live in the New South Wales/Victoria or South Australia/Victoria border community, you do not need to apply for a permit, provided:

  • you are not a diagnosed person or a close contact of a diagnosed person
  • you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • if you have been in an orange zone outside of the ‘border bubble’ at any time after the relevant zone commencement time in the previous 14 days, you have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative test result since leaving the orange zone
  • you have not been in a red zone outside of the ‘border bubble’ at any time after the relevant zone commencement time in the previous 14 days.

More information on border communities.

If you have been in a red zone outside of the ‘border bubble’, and you are not a Victorian resident, you will either need to satisfy exception criteria to enter Victoria or you will need to apply for an exemption.

Exemptions are limited and only granted in special cases. The Department of Health will assess your application and respond. You can apply online for an exemption.

I am entering Victoria from a ‘green zone’. Do I need to get a travel permit?

Yes – all travellers and residents entering Victoria require a travel permit unless an exception or exemption applies.

You can apply for a green zone permit to enter Victoria if, at the time you enter Victoria, you have not been to an area currently listed as extreme risk zone, red zone, or orange zone at any time after the relevant zone commencement time in the previous 14 days. Once in Victoria, you must monitor for symptoms and get a COVID-19 test if you feel unwell.

The permit application will ask for your name, contact details, date of entry, where you are departing from, the location for your stay and whether you have visited specific exposure sites. You will be asked to declare that you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not a close contact of a confirmed case.

You can apply for a green zone permit if you have completed hotel quarantine in an extreme, red or orange zone, if that is the only reason you have been in any of these zones in the 14 days prior to your entry to Victoria. You also must travel directly back to Victoria immediately after completing hotel quarantine. 

A green zone permit lasts 14 days and allows for multiple trips in and out of Victoria, provided you remain in a green zone for the duration of your permit (other than for transit).

For more information, refer to Victorian Travel Permit System.

I am in an area that is currently a “green zone”, but it may become a “red zone” or “extreme risk zone” based on the current situation. Can I apply for a green zone permit?

Yes. You can enter Victoria on a green zone permit provided you have not been in any other area that is a red zone or extreme risk 14 days prior to entering to Victoria.

If you were still in that area at the time it became a red zone or extreme risk zone, you cannot enter Victoria on a green zone permit.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria, including testing requirements and self-quarantining for 14 days.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit.

If you are a non-Victorian resident and have been in a red zone or an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit, or are returning directly from hotel quarantine with a transit less than 24 hours.

For more information, refer to Travel Permit System.

I departed Victoria into an “orange zone” that later turned into a “red zone” or "extreme risk zone" during my stay. Can I apply for a red zone permit in order to return to Victoria?

If you are a Victorian resident and were still in that area after it was declared a red zone, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria.

If you are a Victorian resident and were still in that area after it had been declared an extreme risk zone, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit, or are returning directly from hotel quarantine with a transit less than 24 hours.

If you are a non-Victorian resident and were still residing in that area after it had been declared a red zone or an extreme risk zone, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit, or are returning directly from hotel quarantine with a transit less than 24 hours.

I am entering Victoria from an ‘orange zone’. Can I get a travel permit?

You can apply for an orange zone permit to enter Victoria if you have:

  • been in an orange zone at any time since the zone commencement time for that orange zone listed on the Travel Permit System.

  • not been in a red zone or extreme risk zone at any time after the relevant zone commencement time for that red zone listed on the Travel Permit System in the previous 14 days (except for the purpose of direct and short-term transit through a red zone).

You will have to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival in Victoria and self-quarantine until you receive a negative result.

An orange zone permit is a single-use permit for entering Victoria. You will need to reapply for a permit if the zone of area that you have visited changes to a higher risk rating (for example, green to orange) after your permit was granted and prior to entry into Victoria. Anyone including Victorian residents in red zones who enter Victoria after 11:59pm on Tuesday 20 July 2021 will require an exemption, exception or correct permit to enter Victoria. Exemptions will be granted under exceptional circumstances.

I’m travelling home to Victoria from an orange zone that was recently downgraded from a red zone. What are my requirements?

If you arrive in Victoria on a red zone permit and the red zone is downgraded to an orange zone, the orange zone permit obligations will apply for the remaining red zone permit validity period. This involves getting tested within 72 hours of your arrival in Victoria and self-quarantine until you obtain a negative test result.

Unless you have been in contact with a confirmed case or have visited an exposure site, or you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you will only need to self-quarantine until you receive a negative result.

An orange zone permit is a single-use permit for entering Victoria. You will need to reapply for a travel permit if the area you are travelling from changes to a different risk zone (for example, green zone to orange zone) after your permit was granted and prior to entry into Victoria.

Victorian residents and residents of other places

I am a Victorian resident who has been in a ‘red zone’. Can I return home?

Yes, the suspension on red zone permit for Victorian residents has now been lifted. If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone, and have not been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria.

Anyone who has been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit.

You can also return directly from hotel quarantine with a transit less than 24 hours.

During the current outbreak in New South Wales and South Australia, it is recommended transiting travellers avoid areas of high community transmission within these areas as identified by the relevant Department of Health. If you must transit through these areas, it is recommended you plan your journey in advance so you do not need to stop for fuel, food or rest in these locations wherever possible. If you spend more than 24 hours in transit in an extreme risk zone, you will no longer be permitted to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit, or specified worker permit.

I am not a resident of Victoria and I want to enter Victoria from a ‘red zone’. Can I get a travel permit?

Non-residents of Victoria cannot enter Victoria from a currently listed red zone.

However, in some limited circumstances you may be able to enter if:

  • you are granted a specified worker permit
  • you are granted a transit permit in order to transit through Victoria to reach another state or a territory
  • you are granted an exemption – exemptions are only granted in exceptional circumstances.

You may enter Victoria without a permit in certain very limited circumstances, such as to provide or receive emergency medical care. Learn more about exceptions.

Interstate and New Zealand residents who arrive by plane at a Victorian airport may also be fined and will be returned to the airport from which they came if they are attempting to enter without a valid permit, exception or exemption.

People who are not Victorian residents who arrive at a road border without an exception, exemption, or valid permit may be subject to a fine and will be turned back and not be able to cross the border.

If you attended hotel quarantine or another quarantine facility in the previous 14 days, you are required to declare the location (state, territory, or country) and the name of the quarantine facility. This declaration is required for all permit applications.

Are there additional requirements for workers permitted to enter Victoria with a specified worker permit?

There are additional requirements for workers permitted to enter Victoria with a specified worker permit who have been in an orange zone, red zone or extreme risk zone after the relevant zone commencement time within the last 14 days.

For workers who enter Victoria on a specified worker (low workplace interaction) permit, this includes a requirement to get tested for COVID-19 every three days if you have been in a red zone or extreme risk zone after the relevant zone commencement time within the last 14 days and within 72 hours of arrival if you have been in an orange zone.

Different testing and isolation/quarantine requirements apply for specified worker permit (exclusive outdoor activities) and specified worker permit (other). Find out more about Specified Worker Permit.

All specified worker permit holders must also carry evidence (for example, a letter on company letterhead) from their employer confirming that their work is urgent, essential, and cannot be carried out by someone from Victoria or an area that is a green zone. Other requirements include:

  • carry your permit, photo ID and evidence of residence
  • wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and in the vehicle when others are present for the required period (orange zone until negative test and red zone for 14 days)
  • not carry passengers except for the purposes of work
  • minimise contact with other persons
  • keep details of each place you stop (red zone and extreme risk zones entrants)


For more information, refer to: Specified Worker Permit List.

Applying for a travel permit

How far in advance can I apply for a permit?

You need to have a travel permit prior to entering Victoria. You can apply for a travel permit in advance of your trip, however, if the situation changes you will need to apply for a new permit.

A situation change might include a change in the zone you live in or have travelled to in the past 14 days.

You should always double check that the permit remains accurate and valid before you travel to Victoria.

The permit takes around five minutes to complete. A permit application is generally emailed to you within five minutes of completion.

Getting help with your permit application

If you have completed the application form but have not received your permit by email, check your spam or junk email folders.

Next, check your email address and try applying again or use a different email address if you have one.

If you still aren't receiving the email, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter, press 0.

What happens if I don’t have access to a computer?

You can apply for a permit using your mobile phone or another smart device.

You can also apply for a permit before you travel by visiting a local government service, like a library, and accessing a computer that way.

You can also call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and they will be able to assist you with the permit. If you need an interpreter, press 0.

What happens if I don’t have access to a printer?

If you cannot print out the permit, you can save the permit on your mobile phone or another smart device. Please keep it handy to show to an officer.

Alternatively, you can get your permit printed at a local library or retail outlet that provides printing services.

I do not have a fixed home address. What do I put on the permit application?

People with no fixed home address should select the ‘manual address entry’ option on the form where it asks for a ‘Home address’.

Then type, ‘no fixed address’ as the street address.

I don’t have photographic ID or proof of my residential address. What can I do?

If you don’t have photo ID, you can use two other forms of documentary evidence to prove your identity, such as a Medicare card, Centrelink correspondence (or New Zealand government correspondence), credit card or utility bill.

If you are unable to provide proof of your address, you will need other documentary evidence to satisfy an Authorised Officer, a Victoria Police member or a Protective Services Officer of your ordinary place of residence. This could be a letter from an Indigenous community leader or community services provider, confirming your identity and address or other place of residence arrangements.

Information for travellers to Victoria

I’m going to travel to Victoria just for a few hours, do I need a travel permit?

Yes. Anyone planning on entering Victoria, even if for a short time, will need a  travel permit.

If you have been in a green zone or orange zone, you will need to apply for a green or orange zone permit and comply with the conditions set for the specific permit.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone, but have not been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria. Non-Victorians who have been in a red zone must apply for an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit. To apply, visit the exemption page. 

Anyone who has been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit, or are returning directly from hotel quarantine with a transit less than 24 hours.

During the current outbreak in New South Wales and South Australia, it is recommended transiting travellers avoid areas of high community transmission within these areas as identified by the relevant Department of Health. If you must transit through these areas, it is recommended you plan your journey in advance so you do not need to stop for fuel, food or rest in these locations wherever possible.

I’ll be travelling into Victoria in my caravan. What do I have to do at the Victorian border?

You may be stopped at a border checkpoint or by Victoria Police and asked for your entry permit.

If you have been in a green zone or orange zone, you will need to apply for a green or orange zone permit and comply with the conditions set for the specific permit.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone, but have not been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria. Non-Victorians who have been in a red zone must apply for an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit. To apply, visit our  exemption page.

Anyone who has been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit, or are returning directly from hotel quarantine with a transit less than 24 hours.

During the current outbreak in New South Wales and South Australia, it is recommended transiting travellers avoid areas of high community transmission within these areas as identified by the relevant Department of Health. If you must transit through these areas, it is recommended you plan your journey in advance so you do not need to stop for fuel, food or rest in these locations wherever possible.

I am briefly passing through Victoria from an orange zone, red zone, or extreme risk zone and am not staying in Victoria. Do I need a travel permit?

If you are in an orange zone, red zone or extreme risk zone, you may be allowed to transit through Victoria to another jurisdiction, provided that you obtain a transit permit. The transit permit valid for 24 hours from the time and date that you first enter Victoria – and may only be used once by a person to enter Victoria during the 24 hours. You must also abide by the following conditions:

  • Carry your permit and photo ID when travelling.
  • Practise physical distancing (keep 1.5 metres apart from others).
  • Minimise contact with other people (except in emergencies).
  • Keep a record of each place you stopped at while transiting through Victoria (including accommodation).
  • Wear a fitted face mask in all public places.
  • If travelling by air, wear a fitted face mask during the flight to Victoria.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not spend more than 24 hours in Victoria.
  • If travelling by car, do not spend more than 24 hours in Victoria and do not spend any time indoors (including dining indoors or in another vehicle) except to visit toilet facilities, pay for fuel, purchase essential items, take-away food and for one night’s accommodation.

As part of obtaining a transit permit you will need to declare that you:

  • haven't been diagnosed with COVID-19, been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or visited an exposure site
  • don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • are not currently required to self-isolate or self-quarantine by any state, territory or country
  • are entering Victoria for the purposes of direct and short-term transit through the state by air, sea, rail or road
  • will comply with relevant conditions.

I am an interstate worker or visitor to Victoria on an 'orange zone' permit. I would now like to return home. Do I need to see out my self-isolation in Victoria until I get a negative COVID-19 test?

No. You can return to your home state immediately.

I’m coming from an orange zone. Should I get a COVID-19 test before I enter Victoria?

A condition of entry to Victoria under an orange zone permit is that you agree to get tested within 72 hours of entering Victoria.

Even if you’ve had a COVID-19 test in the days prior to your arrival in Victoria, you will still need to get tested from a Victorian testing location.

What happens if there’s an outbreak in my state, territory or country before I travel to Victoria?

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer will continue to closely monitor community transmission in other states or territories and New Zealand and will advise the Victorian Government if any changes to Victoria’s borders are required to keep Victorians protected.

If you travelled through, live in or visited a zone that has been classified as a ‘red zone’ in the last 14 days, you will require an exemption, exception or correct permit to enter Victoria. Exemptions will be granted under exceptional circumstances. To apply, visit the exemption page of the Service Victoria website.

I am already in Victoria. How will I know if the zone I came from interstate suddenly changes colour?

When you get a permit, you are required to provide contact details.

If Victoria changes the zone colour classification of an interstate or New Zealand zone, and this affects you, then you will be contacted directly with advice.

We encourage everyone to regularly check the COVID-19 Victoria website for the latest information and advice.

What if I do not register to enter Victoria? Will I be refused entry?

Anyone planning to travel to Victoria must obtain a permit, exemption or exception, depending on the zone you are travelling from, and will be required at the point of entry to be able to confirm that they have completed the declaration and permit process.

The permit application takes around five minutes to complete. A permit application can be done on the spot, but it is highly recommended that you complete the permit application prior to starting your journey.

I am travelling to Victoria via caravan or campervan. What do I put on the permit for my address?

You will need to put your next known location for your first night’s stay in Victoria.

If you are coming from an orange zone, you will need to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the time you first enter Victoria. You must self-quarantine in your travel vehicle before and after your COVID-19 test, and until you receive a negative test result. You should continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and comply with the directions currently in place.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone, and have not been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria. Non-Victorians who have been in a red zone must apply for an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit. Apply at the Service Victoria exemption permit page. 

During the current outbreak in New South Wales and South Australia, it is recommended transiting travellers avoid areas of high community transmission within these areas as identified by the relevant Department of Health.

If you must transit through these areas, it is recommended you plan your journey in advance so you do not need to stop for fuel, food or rest in these locations wherever possible. If you spend more than 24 hours in transit in an extreme risk zone, you will no longer be permitted to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit, or specified worker permit.

What happens if I arrive in Victoria without a valid travel permit?

You should complete a permit application prior to beginning your journey to Victoria. You will not be allowed to enter Victoria until you have completed a travel permit. Those that arrive without a valid exemption, exception, Transit Permit or Specified Worker Permit may be subject to a fine.

Are there additional requirements for people on specified worker permits?

There are additional requirements for specified workers permitted to enter Victoria with a specified worker who have been in an extreme risk zone, red zone after the relevant zone commencement time  within the last 14 days.

For workers who enter Victoria on a specified worker (low workplace interaction) permit, this includes a requirement to get tested for COVID-19 every three days if you have been in a red zone or extreme risk zone after the relevant zone commencement time within the last 14 days and within 72 hours of arrival if you have been in an orange zone.

Different testing and isolation/quarantine requirements apply for specified worker permit (exclusive outdoor activities) and specified worker permit (other). For more information, please refer to: Specified Worker Permit.

All specified worker permit holders must also carry evidence (e.g. a letter on company letterhead) from their employer confirming that their work is urgent, essential, and cannot be carried out by someone from Victoria or an area that is a green zone. Other requirements include:

Other requirements include:

  • carry your permit, photo ID and evidence of residence
  • wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and in the vehicle when others are present for the required period (orange zone until negative test and red zone for 14 days)
  • not carry passengers except for the purposes of work
  • minimise contact with other persons
  • keep details of each place you stop (red zone entrants only)

My child is travelling to Victoria unaccompanied. Do they need a travel permit?

If your child is under 18 and visiting Victoria unaccompanied, then yes, they will need a valid travel permit, unless they have an exception or exemption.

Some exception or exemption reasons include:

  • to receive emergency services
  • to receive emergency or essential medical care
  • to escape harm or the risk of harm
  • school students travelling on a bus undertaking a usual or regular route, to or from school
  • for purposes related to the administration of justice in Victoria or another state or territory or the Commonwealth
  • as required or authorised by law.

Children under 18 who are travelling with an adult must be included on the adult’s travel permit.

Can I transit through a red or orange zone if I have a green zone permit to enter Victoria?

Yes, but only for direct and short-term transit of less than 24 hours. You should avoid travelling through red or orange zones wherever possible. 

During the current outbreak in New South Wales and South Australia, it is recommended transiting travellers avoid areas of high community transmission within these areas as identified by the relevant Department of Health. If you must transit through these areas, it is recommended you plan your journey in advance so you do not need to stop for fuel, food or rest in these locations wherever possible.

For more information on these locations, visit: Additional restrictions for NSW | NSW Government

If you need to travel through an extreme risk, red or orange, during your journey you must: 

  • practise physical distancing (keep at least 1.5 metres apart from others) 
  • minimise contact with other people (except in emergencies) 
  • wear a fitted face mask in all public indoor settings, public outdoor settings where it is not possible to maintain physical distancing, and while in a vehicle with any person with whom you do not ordinarily reside
  • keep detailed records of each place you stop including accommodation (if travelling through a red zone). 

If travelling by car, do not spend time indoors (including dining indoors or in another vehicle) except to: 

  • visit toilet facilities
  • pay for fuel
  • purchase essential items
  • purchase take-away food or drink
  • access accommodation.

If you have purchased takeaway food or drink while in transit through a red or orange zone, you cannot eat indoors or in another person's car. 

You must then follow Victoria’s restrictions when entering this state.

I am entering Victoria on an orange zone permit. Can I use a taxi, ride share service or public transport to travel to where I will self-quarantine and/or to get tested?

Yes. You can use taxi, ride share service or public transport to travel to where you will self-quarantine and/or to get tested, but private transport is preferable. Face masks are mandatory in taxis, ride shares and on public transport.

In taxis and ride shares, you must wear a face mask unless you have a lawful reason not to 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.

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

I am a non-resident of Victoria applying for an exemption to enter Victoria from a ‘extreme risk zone.’ What are the rules?

The Victorian Department of Health will contact you for a short interview. They'll check:

  • your travel reasons
  • your COVID-19 status
  • that you understand conditions that may apply for entering Victoria.

They'll ask for:

  • supporting documents
  • proof of your usual place of residence
  • any other supporting material.

Provide any material asked for as soon as you can. If you are granted an exemption, you are likely to be subject to and advised about further conditions to protect public health.

It is best to start self-quarantining while you wait for your application outcome.

Following your arrival into Victoria you will be asked to provide evidence of COVID-19 test results from within the 72 hours before your entry into Victoria or from within 72 hours following your entry into Victoria.

I am a Victorian resident. Can I travel interstate or to New Zealand for a holiday?

Travellers should be aware that border arrangements are constantly reviewed based on the health advice and epidemiology of each state, territory or country and that the situation can change rapidly. 

If you are a Victorian who plans to travel to an area that is currently an orange zone and you haven’t left Victoria, you should reconsider your need to travel. 

Victorians should not travel to a red zone or extreme risk zone in another state. 

Anyone who has been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, including Victorian residents, will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, transit permit or specified worker permit, or are returning directly from hotel quarantine with a transit less than 24 hours.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone, and have not been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow permit requirements upon entry into Victoria.

These websites contain information about current exposure sites in relevant jurisdictions: 

Reviewed 28 July 2021

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