Media Release
19 December 2020

A permit system is now in force for all New South Wales residents travelling to Victoria, residents from other states travelling through NSW and Victorians visiting NSW and returning home.

Anyone trying to enter Victoria from the Northern Beaches and other NSW exposure sites (red zone) will not be permitted to enter. If passengers do arrive from a red zone, they will be transferred to Hotel Quarantine where they will be required to remain for 14 days.

Anyone from NSW travelling from Greater Sydney (orange zone) is encouraged to get tested on arrival and self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Those travelling from regional NSW (green zone) will be asked to monitor for symptoms.

All travellers will be asked to carry their permit with them when flying and flights will be met by members of our public health team at Tullamarine Airport and Albury, Mildura, Bendigo and Avalon regional airports.

Further details on permits and how to apply can be found on the Victorian Border Crossing Permit page. 

DHHS is contacting all airline passengers who travelled from NSW and arrived into Victoria after 11 December. Any passengers who have travelled from the Northern Beaches and other NSW exposure sites from 11 December will be required to get tested and self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they were last in a red zone.

Six people from the community have been moved into the COVID-19 Accommodation, including two unaccompanied minors who entered Victoria from a red zone in New South Wales and their carer who was isolating in Victoria after yesterday's announcement.

The program has also accepted a Victorian healthcare worker and two community members who are close contacts of the Northern Beaches cluster and are not able to isolate safely in their own homes. 

Emergency accommodation is available for people in Victoria or who have travelled to Victoria from within Australia, who need support to quarantine or self-isolate safely.

Victorians are strongly advised not to travel to Sydney as conditions are expected to deteriorate and you may not be able to re-enter without undertaking hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Victoria Police have begun roving patrols at the land border, similar to our response to the South Australia outbreak.

Victoria continues to work closely with NSW Health in response to an outbreak in NSW to ensure any people who have visited high-risk locations in the state immediately get tested and self-isolate.

If you think you may have been exposed or have been to these locations then please contact the Department on 1800 675 398. We will ensure that anyone who has been exposed to this outbreak - regardless of whether you normally live in Victoria, NSW or elsewhere - is supported to safely and appropriately self-isolate and get tested.

NSW Health are continually updating their high-risk exposure sites and we will advise the Victorian community accordingly.

Anyone from NSW who is in Victoria and who has even the slightest symptoms is urged to get tested immediately. There are almost 200 sites to get tested across Victoria; these tests are free for everyone and you will have your results by the next day.

Victoria has recorded two internationally acquired case of coronavirus today, diagnosed in a teenage girl and a woman in her 30s. Both are in hotel quarantine.

One of these cases was diagnosed in a member of an international flight crew who was quarantining in a hotel at the time of diagnosis. The crew member arrived in Australia on a “crew-only” flight with no passengers.

The other members of the flight crew tested negative and have since left the country on a “crew-only” flight to complete their quarantine in their home country. One local close contact has been identified, who transported the crew from the airport to their hotel. This person will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

This brings the number of internationally acquired cases since Victoria commenced receiving international arrivals to 10.

This is the 50th straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily community transmission cases. There are no new deaths.

Testing site details, including opening hours, are available on the Where to get tested page. 

Victoria currently has 10 active cases of coronavirus. All 10 cases are in international arrivals in quarantine.

All returned travelers are tested if they show symptoms, as well as at Day 3 and Day 11 of their 14-day quarantine.

A total of 3,737,992 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 9,780 since yesterday. Wastewater monitoring is continuing at more than 60 locations across Victoria.

Low levels of viral fragments have been detected in samples taken this week at wastewater treatment plants in Castlemaine and Corio, and in sub-catchments of the Colac sewage system.

It is likely people who have recovered from COVID-19 and are no longer infectious are continuing to shed the virus. We have seen similar patterns in multiple locations across the state and we expect this to continue. It is not a cause for concern.

As always, it remains vitally important that any Victorians with any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, stay home and get tested.

Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found on the Wastewater Monitoring page.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.