Media release
29 March 2021

Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday.

This case is a man aged in his 30s who is an international air crew member and is in hotel quarantine.

There have been no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19. This is the 31st day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,484.

Update: Travel permit zone changes

The Chief Health Officer has declared that Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands City) will be designated a red zone under Victoria’s travel permit system at 6:00pm Victorian time on 29 March.  

Anyone currently in Victoria who was in Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane or Moreton Bay Region from 12 March until 6:00pm Victorian time on 29 March must isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours, and stay isolating until they receive a negative result.

Anyone currently in Victoria who was in City of Ipswich, Logan City, Redlands City) from 26 March until 6:00pm Victorian time on 29 March must isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours, and stay isolating until they receive a negative result.

Victorian residents in a red zone can apply for a ‘red zone’ permit to return home. From the day you enter Victoria, you must return straight home and self-quarantine for 14 days. You must get a coronavirus test within 72 hours of arriving, and again on Day 13 of self-quarantine.

This excludes people who have attended a high-risk exposure site (listed on website links below), who cannot apply for a ‘red zone’ permit and must instead apply for an exemption. Exemptions are limited and will only be granted in special cases.

The Chief Health Officer has also declared the Gladstone Region in Queensland and Byron Shire in NSW, as orange zones under the travel permit system.

Anyone currently in Victoria who was in the Gladstone Region in Queensland and Byron Shire in NSW, since 26 March must isolate, get a coronavirus test within 72 hours, and stay isolating until they receive a negative result. 

For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system, and what it means for you if you are in a red zone, visit the Victorian Travel Permit System page. To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria.

Workers undertaking certain activities are eligible for a Specified Worker Permit. More information is available at Travellers eligible to apply for a Specified Worker Permit.

Using data from travel permits and flight manifests, the Victorian Department of Health will directly contact visiting and returned travellers in Victoria to advise them of any obligations they have.

Authorised Officers will be present at the airport to ensure travellers have the appropriate permit, exemption or exemption.

Anyone entering Victoria requires a permit unless they have an exemption or exception. If you try to enter Victoria at a land border without an exemption, exception or valid permit you will be turned away. If you attempt to enter without an exemption, exception or valid permit via an airport or seaport you will be fined up to $4,957, and non-Victorian residents will be sent back.

These settings are in place until further notice. The Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation and will provide further updates.

Update: Travel advice for Victorians

The Department recommends avoiding non-essential travel to the currently listed red and orange zones.

Update: Exposure sites in NSW and Queensland

Queensland Health and NSW Health have published new high-risk exposure sites.

The full list of exposure sites is available on the NSW Health and Queensland Health websites. Please view these websites and check them regularly to see if you have attended any exposure sites in the specified times:

If you have attended a high-risk exposure site and you are in a red zone, you cannot apply for a ‘red zone’ permit and must instead apply for an exemption. Exemptions are limited and will only be granted in special cases.

Update: Close Contacts in Victoria

Yesterday, an additional Victorian resident self-identified to Victorian health authorities as having attended a high-risk exposure site in Brisbane, and is being managed as a primary close contact. The individual is in home isolation and has returned a negative test result.

As also reported yesterday, the Department has identified three other people in Victoria who were present at the high-risk exposure site in Redcliffe.They are considered primary close contacts of a positive case and are being supported to isolate for 14 days following their exposure. All three have tested negative.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 2072 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria over the first four weeks of the program to 86,282.

Victoria is continuing to support the Commonwealth with its vaccination program, with further expansion of the program dependent on vaccine supply.

General advice

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.

There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of exposure sites is published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

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 1 1 0 13,963 5,382,784

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 8am today)

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

1,355,438

15,770 15.02