Travelling to and from Victoria

Public Health Directions for people travelling from Victoria

From Wednesday 8 July 2020, under a Public Health Direction, anyone (other than ACT residents) travelling into the ACT from Victoria will be denied entry to the ACT unless they are granted an exemption by ACT Health.

ACT residents will be able to return home, but they will be required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria, and must notify ACT Health of their intention to return.

Penalties and fines may apply to those who fail to comply with Public Health Directions.

These are temporary measures and will be reassessed as the COVID-19 situation in Victoria evolves.

Information for ACT residents

ACT residents are strongly advised not to travel to Victoria at this time. Travel to Victoria should only be done for absolutely essential reasons.

Travel to the greater Melbourne metropolitan region, or Mitchell Shire, is particularly discouraged.

ACT residents are permitted to return to the ACT from Victoria, including by car or plane.

Any ACT resident who is planning to return to the ACT from Victoria must notify ACT Health through the online form and quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria have passed.

ACT Health will contact you after you return to the ACT to provide information on your quarantine period.

If you are travelling by road, you will also be need a permit from the NSW Government to transit through NSW. You are required to transit through NSW using the most practicable direct route. Permits can be obtained online from the NSW Services website.

If you are travelling by plane, you will be met at the airport and required to provide evidence that you are an ACT resident and have notified ACT Health of your return to the ACT.

When travelling outside the ACT, ensure that you practise good hygiene, including regular hand washing and maintain appropriate physical distancing. If you are unwell, get tested for COVID-19 and do not go out for any other reason.

You should also download the COVIDSafe app and ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes.

Information for people who are not ACT residents

If youare not an ACT resident and you have been in Victoria in the last 14 days, you may not enter the ACT, unless you are granted an exemption by ACT Health. Exemptions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances.

For more information about exemptions or to apply for an exemptions, please visit our Exemption application page.

You should apply for an exemption as early as possible, and at least 72 hours before your intended travel date wherever possible. The Exemptions team are receiving a high volume of enquiries and are prioritising the most urgent applications.

If you require an urgent exemption to visit the ACT within a matter of hours, you can contact the COVID Exemptions team via the COVID-19 Hotline on (02) 6207 7244 after submitting your exemption application. You can also email COVID.exemptions@act.gov.au.

Quarantine requirements for people who enter the ACT from Victoria

During your quarantine period, you must closely monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop, no matter how mild.

If you plan to quarantine at a private residence, it needs to allow for appropriate separation from other household members who are not in quarantine. Appropriate separation means that you need to sleep in a separate bedroom, use a separate bathroom if available, and avoid spending time in communal spaces at the same time as other people in the home who are not in quarantine. If this is not possible, the other people in your home will need to quarantine with you. If a minor (child under the age of 18 years) is in quarantine, a parent/guardian must quarantine with them.

You may also quarantine in a hotel or other approved premises. ACT  Health can assist in providing details of suitable accommodation that you can  book (at your own expense). We would recommend that you do not book a hotel  until your exemption is granted. Please note that you will be asked to provide evidence of a valid booking if you are using hotel accommodation for quarantine purposes,  following the granting of an exemption.

For more information about quarantine, please visit our Quarantine page. You can also contact ACT Health via the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244.

Please note that shared accommodation (such as university  accommodation) is not a suitable quarantine facility.

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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: July 27 2020