The Department will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updated advice as required.
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Victorian Border Crossing Permit

From 11:59pm on Saturday, 21 November 2020 everyone who arrives in Victoria from South Australia will require a border Victorian Border Crossing Permit.

The 70-kilometre cross border permit arrangements between Victoria and South Australia are still in place. You can display your previous permits or your licence with an address within 70 kms.

Those receiving or providing emergency medical care, providing or receiving emergency services or residing on a property that extends across both South Australia and Victoria will be exempt from the requirement for a permit.

People who have visited a SA high risk exposure site will not be allowed to visit Victoria unless an exemption is granted by the Chief Health Officer. People may make an application for an exemption.

Victoria Police will monitor and enforce the permit system through spot checks and DHHS Authorised Officers will be meeting flights at airports.

The Victorian Government will continue to monitor the situation in South Australia and will continue to be guided by the health advice.

Permit requirements are listed below.

Victorian Border Crossing Permits will be issued for travellers based on the locations visited or travelled through in South Australia. These locations are categorised as green, orange and red zones.

Green Zone

If you have visited locations in the Green Zone, you will be able to receive a Victorian Border Crossing Permit. The Green Zone is all areas of South Australia, outside of metropolitan Adelaide.

Orange Zone

If you have visited locations in the Orange Zone, you will be able to receive a Victorian Border Crossing Permit. We strongly advise all South Australian visitors from the Orange Zone to get tested. The Orange Zone is all areas of metropolitan Adelaide, not including areas designated as a Red Zone.

Red Zone

If you have visited locations in the Red Zone during the exposure period listed below, you will not be able to receive a Victorian Border Crossing Permit and you will not be allowed to enter Victoria. As per local SA Health requirements, anyone who has visited a Red Zone must quarantine and seek testing. For the latest information on these locations, including sites added on 29 November, visit South Australian Health.

Apply for a Victorian Border Crossing Permit

Visit the Victorian Border Crossing Permit page on the Victorian Government website for more and to apply.

Please call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 (option 2) if you have any questions on the operation of this scheme.

Testing for Portland and Benalla residents

Portland and Benalla residents - and recent visitors - with any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are urged to get tested following the detection of viral fragments in local wastewater recently.

People who live or have travelled through these areas in recent days who have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) should get tested as soon as possible and isolate as they wait for their results.

While the test results may not mean there are currently active cases of COVID-19 in these communities, the Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents and recent visitors with even the mildest of symptoms to get tested.

Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose

Hours will be extended at local testing sites for the coming days, with additional testing capacity to be made available.  Local testing sites can be found at the Where to get tested page.

Fragments of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus, were detected in untreated wastewater taken from Benalla and Portland wastewater treatment plants on Tuesday 17 November. The preliminary positive test results, received on Wednesday 18 November, are unexpected given there are no residents of either area known to have had a recent COVID-19 illness or diagnosis.

Further wastewater samples are being taken from those two towns – and this detection has no impact on local water supplies.

Traveling from South Australia – via Victoria – to NSW

NSW has introduced a new Public Health Order for people who have been in South Australia within the last 14 days.

Travellers from South Australia - making their way through Victoria - to NSW will be asked to complete a travel declaration form before entering NSW.

The declaration form can be found on the Service NSW website.

More information can be found on the NSW Government’s health website.

More information

For more information on testing locations across Victoria, visit the Where to get tested page.

For information on quarantine and isolation requirements in Victoria, visit the What to do if you are a close contact page.

For all other enquiries please call The Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398