Media release
28 January 2021

Victoria has recorded three new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) since yesterday.

The new cases are in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. They are three males aged in their teens, 40s and 50s.

There are no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

This is the 22nd consecutive day where Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The number of active cases in Victoria is 27, made up of zero locally acquired cases and 27 cases in travellers in hotel quarantine, a decrease of four since yesterday.

Based on the latest public health advice, the suspension of the ‘travel bubble’ between New Zealand and Australia has been extended by the Commonwealth for an additional 72 hours.

People arriving in Victoria from New Zealand will enter mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of 14 days. This will be in place until further notice.

If you plan to travel to Victoria from New Zealand while the travel bubble is suspended, you are strongly encouraged to reconsider.

If you have arrived in Victoria from New Zealand between 9 January 2021 and 25 January 2021, you should get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.

Please note, it was previously recommended that people who arrived in Victoria from New Zealand from 14 January should test and isolate. We now recommend that people who arrived in Victoria from 9 January should test and isolate. This is based on the latest assessment of public health risks in New Zealand.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the situation in New Zealand and will provide further updates.

You can find out where to get tested for COVID-19 at Where to get tested.

Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system continues to operate.

Only one Local Government Area (LGA) – Cumberland in Greater Sydney – remains as a red zone.

If you have been in the Cumberland LGA in the past 14 days, other than for transit, you cannot enter Victoria without an exemption, exception, Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit.

Greater Sydney (except Cumberland LGA), Wollongong and Blue Mountains are orange zones. Anyone who is now in an orange zone and meets the permit criteria can now apply for an Orange Zone Permit. Travel from an orange zone requires people to self-isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Greater Brisbane and regional New South Wales, excluding Wollongong and Blue Mountains, has changed from an orange zone to a green zone.

Travel from a green zone requires people to watch out for and get tested if they have any symptoms at all.

Travellers must also confirm they have not been in the remaining red zone of Cumberland within the past 14 days (other than for transit), have not been in close contact with a coronavirus case and do not have any symptoms.

Exemption applications are no longer required for those LGAs downgraded to an orange zone – unless people have also been in a red zone in the last 14 days.

The latest information and advice, including a description of the red, orange and green zones, can be found at Victorian Travel Permit System.

This ‘traffic light’ system allows all residents and travellers wishing to enter Victoria from anywhere across Australia to apply for a permit via the Service Victoria online portal. It takes less than five minutes to complete a permit application which is processed automatically.

Since the portal went live on 11 January, 397,472 permits have been issued. In the past 24 hours, 20,964 applications have been processed – an average of 14.6 permits issued each minute.

Applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

Given the current low levels of coronavirus (COVID-19) community transmission in Victoria, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has recommended that mask wearing is no longer necessary in certain settings. Masks are only mandatory:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals and care facilities

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Yesterday 14,494 tests were processed, bringing the overall testing total in Victoria since the pandemic began to 4,417,210.

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.

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

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