Information about easing of travel restrictions.

Key points

  • If you feel unwell, you should not travel. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested, return home immediately after the test and remain in self-isolation until you receive your test result.
  • You are able to stay in a holiday home or private residence.
  • You are also able to stay in tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds.
  • Tourist accommodation with shared and communal facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms is open.
  • The ski season has commenced and accommodation in ski resorts is open, subject to some restrictions.
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Easing restrictions

Current restrictions:

  • you can book accommodation or stay with family and friends
  • shared and communal facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms are open
  • the commencement of the ski season, with accommodation in ski resorts able to open, subject to some restrictions

From 11:59pm on 1 July, restrictions are changing:

As always, we're urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities. It’s up to all of us to make this work.

Travel within Victoria

Is there a restriction on how far you can travel?

There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel.

Can I stay at a friend's house or with family within Victoria?

Overnight stays are permitted at private residences, as long as there are no more than five visitors, in addition to the people who normally live there. Staying at tourist accommodation is permitted, with group bookings limited to 20 people.

Accommodation with communal facilities including kitchens and bathrooms can open.  

If you live in one of the restricted postcodes, you cannot stay with friends and family. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home.  Visiting friends and family is not one of the four reasons that people living in these areas can leave home, except in certain circumstances such as for emergency purposes or for compassionate and caregiving grounds.

Am I allowed to book a holiday rental or hotel?

Overnight stays at tourist accommodation, including private holiday rentals are permitted.

You can use communal areas like shared bathrooms and kitchens if you are staying at tourist accommodation. The maximum number of people per booking is 20 people.

Additional safeguards will be established for accommodation, including increased screening to increase the safety of staff and visitors. Guests are encouraged to assess their health before leaving home.

If you rent a room or property to travellers or tourists, you can find information on keeping your guests safe on the Business Victoria website. 

From 11.59pm on 1 July restrictions will apply to specific areas that are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. Going on holiday is not one of the four reasons that people living in these areas can leave home.

Will the ski season reopen? Will I be able to book accommodation?

The ski season has commenced and accommodation in ski resorts will be open, subject to some restrictions. Accommodation operators in ski resorts have received guidance to ensure they can open safely.

Additional safeguards will be established for ski accommodation to enable them to safely open, including increased screening. Guests are encouraged to assess their health before leaving home.

For more information about the Victorian Ski Season visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Can I stay at a caravan park or camping ground?

You can stay at a caravan park or camping ground. Communal facilities including kitchens and bathrooms can open.

Additional safeguards will be established for accommodation, including increased screening to increase the safety of staff and visitors Guests are encouraged to assess their health before leaving home.

If you rent a room or property to travellers or tourists, you can find information on keeping your guests safe on the Business Victoria website.

It is also important for guests to keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people and regularly wash or sanitise hands, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue.

From 11.59pm on 1 July, restrictions will apply to specific areas experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. Going on holiday is not one of the four reasons that people living in these areas can leave home.

Can I go camping?

Yes, you can go camping.

Communal facilities including kitchens and showers can open.

From 11.59pm on 1 July, restrictions will apply to specific areas that are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. Going on holiday is not one of the four reasons that people can leave home.

How many people can go camping together?

If you are staying with friends or family and camping on private property, the total number of visitors allowed at that property is five in addition to the household members.

If you are camping in a caravan park or campground, then up to 20 people can camp as a group. Larger groups are allowed at a caravan park or campground because additional measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are in place including frequent cleaning and record keeping.

If you are camping in other parts of Victoria, including back country, you can camp as a group of 10 consistent with public gathering limits.

Restrictions will apply to specific areas that are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. Going on holiday is not one of the four reasons that people living in these areas can leave home.

When will school camps reopen?

School camps can reopen aligned with the opening of holiday accommodation communal facilities including shared kitchens and bathrooms.

Accommodation providers, including privately operated school camps, outdoor education schools, and camps operated by individual schools and the Department of Education and Training can accept school group bookings consistent with typical class/year level sizes. They are not bound by public gathering limits.

Health and safety precautions will be required, with guidance to operators and schools to be issued shortly.

Is there a time limit on how long I can stay?

There is no time limit on how long you can stay. But as always, we’re urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities.

Under what circumstances can communal facilities at caravan parks and camping grounds be used?

Communal facilities including shared kitchens and bathrooms can be opened to all guests. Operators must ensure these facilities are cleaned at least twice a day.  Additional safeguards including health checks also apply.

It is also important for guests to keep at least 1.5 metres from other people and regularly wash or sanitise hands and cough or sneeze into an elbow or tissue.

Information for accommodation providers, including requirements for record keeping and cleaning between groups, can be found in the Tourism Industry Guidelines.  

My facility has a barbecue – can people use it?

Barbecues can be used. Visitors should clean the barbecue and surrounding spaces before and after they use it.

Will saunas and spas in hotels be allowed to open? What about pools?

Up to 20 people are allowed per pool, with no limit on the number of people per lane in each pool. The number of people permitted in the non-water areas of the pool facility must not exceed the four square metre rule. Communal change rooms and showers will open.

Saunas and spas remain closed.

Travel within Australia

Can I travel within Australia?  

Victoria’s borders are open so you can leave and enter Victoria. However, some Australian states and territories have closed their borders or require visitors to quarantine on arrival. Before travelling to another state or territory you should check the rules that your destination has in place.

If you do travel interstate, you should keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others when practical to do so and practise good hygiene – wash your hands regularly and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. 

You can also call the Commonwealth Government's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 to find out what travel requirements and restrictions are in place at your destination. 

From 11.59pm on 1 July, restrictions will apply to specific areas that are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. Going on holiday is not one of the four reasons that people living in these areas can leave home.

If I am booked on a flight within Australia can I travel?

You can travel if you have booked a flight within Australia, however, several Australian states have closed their borders, so you may not be able to fly to some states or territories. You should check with your airline if you booked the flights prior to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. 

From 11.59pm on 1 July, restrictions will apply to specific areas that are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. Going on holiday is not one of the four reasons that people living in these areas can leave home.

If I am travelling within Australia will I need to go into quarantine when I arrive in Victoria?

There is no requirement in Victoria to quarantine when travelling domestically. 

If you have returned from overseas and you’re travelling from Victoria to another Australian state or territory, for further information about your travel see information for overseas travellers.

What if I was planning to move interstate – can I still move?

You can move home within Australia. Before you move you should find out if there are quarantine requirements in the state or territory you are moving to: www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/  

Can I visit friends and family interstate?

There are no restrictions on leaving or entering Victoria at this time.

If you are going interstate, you should familiarise yourself with the restrictions that apply in your destination.

If you do travel interstate, you should keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others when practical to do so and practise good hygiene – wash your hands regularly and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. 

From 11.59pm on 1 July, restrictions will apply to specific areas that are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. Visiting friends and family is not one of the four reasons that people can leave home, except in certain circumstances such as for emergency purposes or for compassionate and caregiving grounds.

International travel

What if I’m travelling internationally?

For information on travelling internationally or returning to Australia from overseas visit information for overseas travellers.

Public transport

Will public transport continue to operate?

Public transport services continue as normal. If you need to use public transport:

  • Keep at least 1.5 metres from other passengers wherever possible and do not travel if you are unwell.
  • If you travel on a busy route, consider travelling outside of peak times.
  • Public transport service desks will not accept cash for payment to purchase or top up your Myki. You must either pay online, on the phone or use contactless payment methods.

For more information visit the PTV coronavirus (COVID) page.

Actions for transport carriers

The following actions should be considered by transport providers, including airplanes, trains, trams, buses, taxis and Uber:

Key actions

  • Take all the actions listed under Actions for an organisation, workplace or employers.
  • Food and beverage takeaway services may continue at transport hubs e.g. stations and airports. See Requirements for shops, retail and restaurants.
  • Plan ways to reduce person to person contact for travellers and staff.
  • Actively encourage sick passengers to stay at home.
  • Use advertising space and announcements to support public health messages around coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Plan what to do if a passenger or staff member becomes ill. For airlines see:  https://www.health.gov.au/
  • Keep staff and travellers informed of the actions you are taking.
  • For drivers of public transport, including taxis, Uber, ride-hail services, trains, buses and trams:
    • You do not need to wear a mask if you are healthy
    • If you are unwell do not go to work.
    • Ask passengers to sit behind you to achieve as much separation as is reasonably possible.
    • Employ standard cleaning practices at the end of each shift, as part of good hygiene practice.
    • Use your discretion about reducing the risk of transmission.
    • If a passenger spreads droplets (e.g. by sneezing, coughing or vomiting), clean surfaces with appropriate disinfectant wipes so that the potential spread of infection can be minimised.

Hygiene

  • Provide and promote hand sanitisers for use on entering buildings or transport services, where possible.
  • Open windows and adjust air conditioning to increase airflow.
  • Ensure the highest hygiene practices among food handlers and canteen staff.
  • Increase environmental cleaning. Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Airlines should ensure appropriate cleaning and disinfection activities are undertaken between each flight.

Physical distancing

  • Consider whether your transport service can be adjusted to increase separation of travellers and avoid queuing.

Private transport

Can I drive my car?

You can go for a drive.

Can I learn to drive?

Driving for practice is allowed, and you can also attend driving lessons or aircraft flying lessons.

You should practise good hygiene by washing or sanitising your hands before and after your lesson and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue. You should also clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly, including the steering wheel, seatbelts and doors between lessons.

Can I take the driver licence test?

From 11.59pm on 1 July, restrictions will apply to specific areas that are experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission. People living in these areas need to Stay at Home. For more information on the restrictions that apply to these postcodes visit [Link].

You can take the driver licence test. However, you will need to consider the following factors before taking your test:

  • You will be asked to confirm that you don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have any symptoms or are in quarantine or isolation you must reschedule your driver licence test. If you have symptoms you should get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • The licence testing officer will not attend work and will not conduct driving tests if they have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This extends to passengers in the vehicle for the drive test, including driving instructors or interpreters.
  • The facility you attend to take your test will record your contact details. This is to assist with contact tracing should it be required.
  • If you are using your own vehicle, you will need to ensure that the area where the licence testing officer will sit has been cleaned and disinfected. You will need to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as steering wheels, door handles and seatbelts. You can buy these cleaning and disinfectant products from a supermarket.
  • If using a driving instructor’s vehicle for your test, all high-touch surfaces (for example, the steering wheel, door handles and seatbelts) will have been cleaned and disinfected between drivers.
  • Where possible, avoid having passengers other than the licence testing officer.
  • You should practise good hand hygiene before and after your test, by washing your hands or using hand sanitiser.

 More information is available on the VicRoads website.

Can I have passengers in my car?

You should avoid carrying passengers in your car, unless they live in your household. If you do need to carry passengers in your car, you should frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Can I use taxis and ride-shares?

You can use taxis and ride-shares, but the less time we all spend out of our homes, helps us to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can I organise private transport for my employees to get to work?

You can organise private transport for employees to get to work for example, charter buses or other forms of private transport can be used to get to work.

Enforcement

How will you enforce this? 

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by DHHS and Authorised Officers to ensure compliance with the directions of the Deputy Chief Health Officer.

As restrictions are eased, industry bodies, Victoria Police, WorkSafe, DHHS and Authorised Officers will work together under both the Directions and existing legislative and regulatory frameworks to boost education and remediation, in addition to driving enforcement and compliance with the Directions.

Community members can raise concerns about compliance with directions through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444. Workers can raise concerns via Worksafe on 03 9641 1555. And employers can talk to their industry regulator or Peak body for specific industry related support.

A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Joint Intelligence Unit has been established to support comprehensive preparedness and responses to outbreaks and identify and manage outbreak risks.

The Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe will co-ordinate intelligence and information on businesses that are non-compliant.

What are the penalties for noncompliance? 

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:  

  • Refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction   
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a direction by the Chief Health Officer to provide information.

Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system.