Victoria (VIC)

Page last updated: 18 Jun 2021

Areas of concern in Victoria

There are currently areas of concern in Victoria. Please see a list of exposure locations and actions you are required to take on the COVID-19 areas of concern page.

If you are seeking to travel from Victoria into the ACT you must first ensure that you follow the Victorian Government’s public health directions.

If permitted to travel, you will need to complete a declaration form on the COVID-19 website within 24 hours prior to arrival.

These requirements have been extended and will remain in place until 11.59pm Thursday 24 June 2021.

ACT Health advises Canberrans to carefully consider their need to travel to Victoria.

If you choose to travel, you must also abide by all public health directions in place in Victoria. You should also be prepared to change your travel plans at short notice if the situation changes.

Travelling from Victoria to the ACT

Areas of concern - Victoria

All travellers:

If you have spent any time in Victoria in the last 14 days are are seeking to enter the ACT, you must:

  • Comply with all public health directions in place within the jurisdiction you are currently in, and if you are permitted to travel:
    • complete a declaration form within 24 hours prior to arrival
    • monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days
    • get tested for COVID-19 if you experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, and stay at home until you receive a negative test result and your symptoms resolve.

This includes people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Close contact exposure locations

ACT residents:

If you are an ACT resident currently in the ACT and have been to a close contact exposure location in Victoria at the dates and times specified, you must:

  • complete a declaration form within 24 hours from the commencement of the Areas of Concern notice
  • immediately quarantine for 14 days since you were last at the exposure location
  • follow directions from ACT Health on getting tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have any symptoms or not.

If you are an ACT resident who is not currently in the ACT and you have been to one of the close contact exposure locations you must follow public health requirements of the jurisdiction you are in. ACT Health is also asking ACT residents who are not in the ACT to seek an exemption from ACT Health prior to entering the ACT, so that we can assist you with your safe return to the ACT. Quarantine requirements will apply.

This includes people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Non-ACT residents:

If you are a non-ACT resident who has been to a close contact exposure location in Victoria, you must not enter the ACT unless you obtain an exemption before arriving. If you’re a non-ACT resident and you’re already in the ACT, you must comply with the requirements for ACT residents above.

Casual contact exposure locations

All travellers:

All travellers:
If you are already in the ACT and have been to one of the following casual contact exposure locations in Victoria at the dates and times specified, you must:

  • complete a declaration form within 24 hours of becoming aware that you have been to an exposure location
  • follow directions from ACT Health on getting tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have any symptoms or not
  • isolate at your place of residence or other suitable accommodation until informed of a negative test result
  • continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days since you were last at the exposure location at the exposure location
  • get re-tested for COVID-19 if you experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, and stay at home until you receive a negative test result and your symptoms resolve.

This includes people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Travellers in transit and ACT border residents in NSW

If you are transiting through Victoria or the ACT, or if you are an ACT border resident living in the NSW, a standing exemption may apply. For more, please go to the standing exemptions page.

Attending high-risk settings in the ACT

Greater Melbourne has been declared a Geographical Area of Risk. Staff, visitors and volunteers in high-risk settings who have been to Greater Melbourne should not visit or attend work for a period of 14 days since they were last in the area.

In addition, anyone who is in quarantine cannot enter a high-risk setting. Anyone who has been to a casual contact exposure location should not visit or work in a high-risk setting for 14 days after being in this location.

High-risk settings include hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional facilities and residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to severe disease.

Further, staff returning from Greater Melbourne who provide home-based aged care and disability services that involve close physical contact with clients, should exclude themselves from providing in-home care for a period of 14 days since they were last in the area.

Travelling from the ACT to Victoria

ACT Health advises Canberrans to carefully consider their need to travel to Victoria.

If you choose to travel, you must also abide by all public health directions in place in Victoria.

You should also be prepared to change your travel plans at short notice as the situation in Victoria continues to develop, and must also be prepared to follow all ACT public health instructions upon your return.

Mandatory face masks for domestic air travel

Under a Public Health Direction effective 11.59pm on Friday 22 January 2021, face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and over while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra. Find out more on the Protect yourself page.

If you are transiting through other states or territories to reach the ACT, you must check the advice from that state or territory.

If you need to return to Victoria, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website for the latest travel advice.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: June 18 2021