Vaccinated Victorians to return home

Victoria is moving towards its vaccination targets at a rapid pace, parts of the state’s domestic travel permit system will be modified to allow Victorians in Greater Sydney and the ACT to come back home.

Under current rules, Victorians currently in an Extreme Risk Zones can’t return home unless they obtain an exemption, have another valid permit (such as for specified workers) or are exempted for limited reasons.

The Chief Health Officer has advised that from Thursday, 30 September, Victorians who are in an Extreme Risk Zone will be eligible to return home if they are fully vaccinated. In order to return to Victoria, they must test negative 72 hours before departure, quarantine at home for 14 days after arrival, and get tested again at the start and at the end of their quarantine period.  The former Extreme Risk Zone rules remain for Victorians who are not fully vaccinated, those who are not fully vaccinated can still apply for an exemption under the existing limited criteria.

Authorised Officers will conduct at-home spot checks to ensure Victorians who are quarantining are meeting their obligations, and vaccinated permit holders will be required to attest vaccination status on their application. Authorised Officers may also request proof of vaccination.

Victorians can currently prove their vaccination status by downloading their vaccine certificate from MyGov. Service Victoria is currently developing a solution for Victorians to have vaccination status within the Service Victoria app, and are looking into how this can be linked to an individual’s travel permit application.

For more information about travel permits and vaccination changes, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system

Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews

“This change will allow Victorians to return home from Extreme Risk Zones – but you have to be vaccinated.”

“Given our increasingly high vaccination rates and the direction we’re headed in the roadmap, this is a safe and appropriate decision and it’s made on public health advice.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley

“Our border permits have stopped many further cases, outbreaks and incursions and as we move towards a managed easing of restrictions, we can safely allow Victorians in Greater Sydney and the ACT to come back home.”

“We thank all Victorians who have gotten vaccinated and we encourage all Victorians in Greater Sydney and the ACT to get the jab so they can return home under changes to our domestic travel permit system.”

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