Media release
11 July 2021

Victoria was notified of no new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

This is the eleventh day in a row of no new locally acquired cases in Victoria.

There were three COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There were 20 active cases in Victoria – 2 are locally acquired and 18 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,722.

Update: Travel permits

The 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 at 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).

If you’re a Victorian resident, you can obtain a red zone permit and return to Victoria – but you will be required to immediately isolate, get tested, and quarantine for 14 days. You cannot enter if you have COVID-19, any symptoms, or if you have been defined a close contact by a state health authority (e.g. if you have been to an exposure site). View interstate exposure sites.

If you aren’t a Victorian resident, you cannot enter Victoria from a red zone without an exception, exemption or other valid permit. If you try and enter at an airport or seaport, you will be fined up to $4,957 and stay in Hotel Quarantine until return flights can be arranged. If you try and enter by land, you will be turned away and fined.

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. Orange zone permit holders are required to isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they return a negative result.

If you live in the NSW cross-border area, you can enter Victoria without a permit but you must travel with proof of address. Conditions apply. You cannot enter if you have been to a red zone outside of the cross-border area, or if you have COVID-19, any symptoms, or have been defined as a close contact by a state health authority.

If you are entering Victoria as a NSW cross-border community resident, authorities ask you to stay within the Victorian cross-border area at all times. If you are entering New South Wales as a Victorian cross-border community resident, stay within the NSW cross-border area. If you travel beyond this area, a red zone permit will be required for re-entry into Victoria. At all times, we strongly advise all Victorians against travelling to red zones.

Workers in select industries are eligible for a specified worker permit, including forestry, agriculture, essential services, freight, rail, and vaccine distribution.

A strong police and Authorised Officer presence will continue at Victoria’s land borders and airports. Substantial fines have already been handed down to individuals arriving without a valid permit since current red zones have come into effect.

The Acting Chief Health Officer has also declared the following changes under Victoria’s travel permit system effective 11.59pm AEST Saturday 10 July:

  • Northern Territory: Alice Springs and Greater Darwin - incorporating the City of Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield – have changed from orange zones to green zones.
  • Queensland: The Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast have changed from red to orange zones.
  • Queensland: The Local Government Areas of Townsville (including Magnetic Island), Palm Island, Ipswich, Logan, Redland, Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Noosa, Scenic Rim and Somerset have changed from orange zones to green zones.
  • Western Australia: The Perth Metropolitan Region and Peel Region in WA have changed from orange zones to green zones.

Engagement teams, supported by Defence personnel, made 386 household visits to permit holders yesterday.

You must have a valid permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria, even if entering from a green zone.

Permits can be obtained at Service Victoria. See more about Victoria's travel permit system at Victorian Travel Permit System.

Update: Current restrictions in Victoria

Eased restrictions are now in place, effective from 11:59pm on Thursday 8 July.

More information can be found at While risks remain, Victoria can take cautious steps ahead.

Update: Outbreaks and cases

Victoria’s COVID-19 situation remains stable.

98 per cent of the Primary Close Contacts linked to the Sandringham cases have been cleared.

All six primary close contacts in Victoria who were linked to the Tanami gold mine outbreak in the Northern Territory have been cleared.

82 per cent of close contacts relating to the Virgin Airlines flight crew case have been cleared.

There are still some active exposure sites in Victoria. A full list of exposure sites is published at Case alerts - public exposure sites

The Department also manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations. 

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews. 

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 12,978 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 1,266,286.

Victoria’s online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria’s vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

General advice

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested. 

The Department publishes expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to get tested.

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

 

Latest statewide numbers (data reported to 11:59pm yesterday):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
0 0 0 20 0 23,302 7,530,912

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 

2,895,090

15,352 10.66