The Victorian Government has announced that the Victorian Acting Chief Health Officer has declared that all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will become a red zone under Victoria’s travel permit system from 11:59pm Sunday, 11 July.
- This means the Victorian border is effectively closed to New South Wales and the ACT – except for Victorian residents returning on a red zone permit for 14 days of quarantine, and for people with exemptions, exceptions or other valid permits (such as specified workers and cross-border residents).
- Travellers from existing orange zones in New South Wales and the ACT entering Victoria before 11:59pm 11 July can enter on an orange zone permit if they are eligible, including if they are on flights that are scheduled to depart orange zones before 11:59pm 11 July.
Advice for cross-border community members
To cross the border without a permit, cross-border community members just need to carry proof of address (such as a driver’s license).
There are some conditions:
- If you are a cross-border community member and you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the previous14 days, you can enter Victoria without a permit only if you’ve had a negative COVID-19 test result since you left the orange zone.
- Otherwise, you will have to enter Victoria with an orange zone permit, isolate and get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.
- If you are a cross-border community member who has been in a red zone outside of the cross-border area, you have to obtain a red zone permit if you wish to enter Victoria. Red zone permits are only available to Victorian residents unless an exception or exemption applies.
Information for cross-border communities Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions
Advice for people who do not live in the cross-border community
If you don’t live in the cross-border community, orange zones on the border are the same as any other orange zone in Australia, and you need to obtain an orange zone permit to enter Victoria (or a red zone permit if you have been in a red zone).
If you’re an orange zone permit holder, you need to isolate upon arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result. You don’t need to immediately visit the first testing centre along the road – you have 72 hours to get tested.
Apply for permission to enter Victoria