Media release
31 January 2021

WA red zones in effect

With Western Australia (WA) recording a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) and a number of WA areas entering lockdown from 6:00pm WA time on Sunday 31 January, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared the following:

As of 9:00pm Victorian (AEDT) time on Sunday, 31 January, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of WA have moved from a green zone to a red zone under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system.

This time aligns with the WA Government’s stay at home orders for Perth metropolitan area, Peel region and South West region of WA. Anyone who is travelling from these red zones after 9pm is in breach of the WA Government’s own stay at home directions.

If you have been in one of these currently listed red zones since 25 January, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, exemption or permitted worker permit.

Victorians who attempt to enter Victoria from a red zone via an airport or seaport will be fined up to $4,957 and will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.

Non-Victorians travelling from a red zone attempting to enter Victoria via an airport or seaport will be fined up to $4,957 and will be placed in Hotel Quarantine until arrangements are made to return home at their own expense.

The rest of Western Australia outside of the red zone areas of the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region remain green zones.

People travelling from a green zone can apply for a permit to enter Victoria if they have not been in a currently listed red zone or orange zone since 25 January (other than for transit), have not been in close contact with a coronavirus (COVID-19) case and do not have any coronavirus (COVID19) symptoms. On arrival in Victoria, they must monitor for symptoms and abide by local directions.

People who have arrived in Victoria from WA red zones between Monday, 25 January 2021 and 9:00pm on Sunday, 31 January will be required to isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arriving (or as soon as possible if they have arrived more than 72 hours ago) and remain self-isolated until they receive a negative test result.

The Department will be contacting people who have arrived in Victoria from Western Australia between 25 January and 31 January to advise them to isolate, get test and stay isolated until they receive a negative test result.

This is in place until further notice. The Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation in WA and will provide further updates.

For more information visit the Victorian Travel Permit System page.

New Zealand travel bubble update

The Commonwealth has reinstated the ‘travel bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand effective at 2:00pm Sunday 31 January, and have advised airlines to put in place the following pre-screening conditions until Wednesday 10 February 2021:

  • Any passenger that is considered a Close Contact of any of the three recent confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases identified in the community in New Zealand must have evidence of two negative tests for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Any passenger that has been in a contact tracing location of interest at the relevant time as per the New Zealand Ministry of Health website must have evidence of one negative test for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Any passenger travelling to Australia who has been in a managed isolation facility in New Zealand must have been in New Zealand for 14 consecutive days after completing managed isolation/quarantine prior to travel to Australia.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that all other arrivals from New Zealand entering Victoria from 2:00pm Sunday 31 January until 2:00pm on Wednesday 10 February 2021 should isolate on arrival, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within 72 hours of arriving, and stay isolated until they receive a negative result.

People who had arrived in Victoria from New Zealand during the relevant exposure period and have received a negative test can leave quarantine.

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

Media enquiries:

Department of Health & Human Services Media Unit (03) 9096 8860 or press@dhhs.vic.gov.au