If you are a resident wishing to return to Victoria, or a visitor hoping to enter the state, you must now apply for a permit and follow the rules of your traffic light colour.
As of yesterday evening (Monday 11 January), every Australian intending to enter Victoria will need to apply for a “traffic light” system permit, in a move to prevent domestic travellers spreading COVID-19.
What do I need to do?
If you intend to enter Victoria, whether you’re returning home or visiting, you will need to apply for a permit via Service Victoria, no matter what part of the country you’re entering the state from.
All regions of Australia will now be declared “green”, “orange” or “red” based on the virus risk of each area.
The zones could also change rapidly, moving from green to red without warning, so ensure that you double and triple check online before you enter the state.
Depending on the zone you’re entering from, the rules are as follows:
- Red zone: if you have visited a red zone in the past 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception or exemption. You will be turned away if you try and enter the land border without one.
- Orange zone: you can apply for a permit. You will need to take a coronavirus test within 72 hours after arriving in Victoria, and quarantine until you get your results.
- Green zone: you can apply for a permit. No isolation or testing rules apply, but you should watch out for symptoms.
You can view the colour of each zone via the map, right here.
The application process should only take around 5 minutes and your permit must be valid at the time of travel.
If you enter the state without a valid permit, you can expect to pay a $4,957 fine.
Click here for more information or to apply for a pass.
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