Media release
7 December 2020

Two international travellers who are in mandatory quarantine in Victoria have returned a negative result for their second COVID-19 test this afternoon. An initial test of the two travellers also returned a negative result. The travellers arrived in Sydney on Saturday and boarded a domestic flight to Melbourne without quarantining in NSW. 

All identified close contacts of the two travellers will be able to end their current period of isolation.

The Department is contacting the 174 people that have been identified as close contacts from Virgin Airways flight VA838 from Sydney to Melbourne, that departed Sydney at noon on Saturday and arrived in Melbourne at 1.45pm. This includes 168 passengers, four crew and two pilots.

In addition, five staff who spoke with the overseas travellers at Melbourne Airport and were identified as close contacts can now also end their quarantine.

The two international travellers are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and have had no known contact with a positive coronavirus case. They will remain in mandatory quarantine for 14 days and will be tested again on day 11 of their quarantine.