Media release
12 January 2021

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

This is the sixth consecutive day where Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus.

The number of active cases in Victoria is now 38, made up of 22 locally acquired cases, which is a decrease of two since yesterday, and 16 cases in hotel quarantine, no change since yesterday.

Victoria’s new ‘traffic light’ permit system has now come into effect.

All residents and travelers wishing to enter Victoria must now apply for a permit and the ‘traffic light’ permit system applies to travelers from anywhere across Australia.

Applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

The portal went live just before 9pm last night and 51,438 permits have been issued up to 1pm today. The average time taken to complete the process to issue a permit is less than five minutes.

In the first hour of the portal’s operation last night, around 12,000 permits were issued which is one permit issued every 3.4 seconds.

Under the new ‘traffic light’ system, areas across Australia are designated as green, orange or red, according to their risk, and will be updated based on the latest health advice.

The definition of the current zones are:

Red zone: You will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, exemption or work or transit permit. If you try to enter Victoria at a land border without an exception, exemption, or work or transit permit you will be turned away. Victorian travellers who arrive at an airport or seaport will be fined and required to self-quarantine. Interstate travellers will be fined and sent back.

The Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong) and Greater Brisbane (Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Ipswich and Logan local government areas) are currently red zones and will continue to be monitored daily and updated accordingly. Travel from a red zone is not permitted.

Orange zone: You will be able to apply for a permit and enter Victoria if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and haven’t been to a red zone. Once in Victoria you must immediately self-isolate, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours and continue to self-quarantine until you get a negative test result.

Regional NSW is now classified as an orange zone. For travelers who arrived from regional NSW and are currently quarantining at home, they are now permitted to leave quarantine only if they have tested negative to COVID-19.

Green zone: You will be able to apply for a permit and enter Victoria if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and haven’t been to an orange or red zone. Once in Victoria you should watch for symptoms and get a COVID-19 test if you feel unwell.

If a person has already obtained a permit, they can continue to travel on that permit so long as the area they are travelling from has not been re-classified. However, if they leave Victoria again, they will need to obtain a permit to re-enter.

If a person has obtained an exemption to enter Victoria without a permit, they can remain in Victoria subject to that exemption and its conditions.

If a person has obtained an exemption to enter Victoria without a permit but is yet to travel, they can rely on that exemption to travel and must abide by any conditions.

Those persons who have applied for an exemption and are awaiting an outcome don’t need to do anything. DHHS is continuing to process exemption applications that have been lodged.

Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop symptoms.

Advice about domestic travel restrictions and entry into Victoria can be found on the Victorian Travel Permit System page.

Information about border permits, exemptions and applying to enter Victoria is available at Service Victoria.

Contact tracing interviews and investigations are continuing into the Victorian outbreak situation. As a result, more exposure sites may be discovered and details about exposure sites may change. A list of each exposure site, including dates and times, can be found on the Case locations and outbreaks page.

Yesterday 18,139 tests were processed, bringing the overall testing total in Victoria since the pandemic began to 4,176,707.

Coronavirus (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 any symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

Please get tested at your nearest available testing location.

The department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation on the Where to get tested page.

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