Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Restrictions across Victoria have now eased.
On this page:
- Interstate travel
- VicRoads services
- Public transport advice
- Active transport advice
- Taxi and ride-share advice
- Ports and freight services
- Construction industry
In metropolitan Melbourne, the six reasons to leave home no longer apply. The curfew and the 15km travel radius have also been lifted. However, travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is only for permitted reasons.
Anyone 12 years and over must wear a fitted face mask whenever they leave their home, indoors or outdoors, unless an exception applies. This includes on public transport and when riding in taxis or rideshare vehicles.
Visit Coronavirus Victoria for the latest information.
Arriving in Victoria
To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all residents and travellers from anywhere in Australia wishing to enter Victoria must apply for a permit.
If eligible, you can apply for a permit online or by calling 1800 675 398.
Each adult needs their own permit.
If you reach the border without a valid Victorian Border Crossing Permit, you will be turned away and face a possible fine.
Other states and territories have restrictions and conditions on residents of Victoria travelling into their state.
If you need to travel interstate, please review these restrictions to ensure you are permitted to travel before you begin your journey.
Many high volume and priority VicRoads transactions can be completed over the phone or online.
Public transport advicePublic transport services are running to a normal timetable with select Night Network services returning on 22 October. The full Night Network will resume on 29 October.
You'll see QR codes on trams, trains and buses as well as tram stops in the Free Tram Zone, Metro and V/Line stations and replacement bus stops (when operating). Please check-in every time you see a QR code to assist the Department of Health in contact tracing when there is a COVID public exposure site. Learn more on the PTV website.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory on all public transport, including trains, trams, buses and ferries. Click here for more information about ferries.
We strongly urge you to register your myki so that the Department of Transport can contact you if you have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on a public transport service. It's quick and easy to register your myki now. PTV handles passenger information in line with the appropriate privacy standards and in line with the current State of Emergency Declaration. Should you require further information, please email [email protected].
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.
Plan your journey before you travel
Changes to buses
Bus journeys will be made safer for drivers and passengers who have to travel, with the introduction of all-door boarding over the next 18 months.
This means that passengers can enter from any door, just like on trams, helping to maintain distance from others and reduce wait times at bus stops.
To support all-door boarding, cash transactions on buses are no longer possible.
All passengers are required to travel with a valid myki.
General passenger behaviour
All Victorians are being asked to play their part to keep one another safe, including making responsible choices about using our public transport network.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory on public transport.
We encourage everyone to practise good hygiene when on public transport. Wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and avoid public transport if you’re unwell.
Keep your distance where you can and respect the clearance zone around our drivers. Spread out along the platform and keep doorways clear. When travelling on an escalator, use every fourth step and don't pass others.
Increased cleaning protocols
Public transport operators have increased cleaning measures across the train, tram and bus network.
Trains, trams and buses will have increased sanitisation on all touch points and be disinfected more often.
Services across Victoria’s public transport network will run as normal despite increased cleaning measures.
Walking and cycling
There's never been a better time to choose to walk or cycle for shorter trips.
Walking routes and journey time information are available on the PTV app.
Taxi and ride-share vehicles
When you are travelling in a taxi or ride-share service, please sit in the back seat, and wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle.
You must wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
Taxis and ride-share services are now required to display QR codes. Please check in when you start your journey.
There is no limit on the number of passengers, but booking service providers may choose to implement their own passenger limits. Please check with your preferred booking service provider to determine if they have introduced any limits or additional safety measures.
Drivers of taxis and ride-share services are asked to be guided by their own personal safety in conducting their duties, and to use good hygiene practices while working.
Drivers should regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in their vehicle which passengers touch, and regularly wash their own hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
Drivers should also set the air-conditioning to external airflow instead of re-circulation and make hand sanitiser available for passengers.
We’re investing $22 million to support the commercial passenger vehicle industry during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure it remains a viable option for all Victorians, now and into the future.
Further information for the commercial passenger vehicle industry and customers can be found at Commercial Passenger Vehicle Victoria.
Ports and freight
The Department is working closely with the ports, freight and logistics sector to maintain Victoria's supply chain as Victoria responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These services include ports, roads, rail, maritime, stevedoring, intermodal, transfer facilities, distribution, warehousing, freight yards, and depots.Freight and logistics are authorised workplaces and workers, and freight services can continue to operate normally throughout Victoria for business purposes. This will ensure that essential supplies get to where they need to go during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorised workplaces and workers include:
- port operations
- freight services (including postal and courier services)
- a transport, freight or logistics driver
- National Heavy Vehicle Regulator compliance activities
- truck stops and roadhouses
Authorised workers are now required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Authorised Worker Permits are available on the coronavirus website.
Roadhouses, dedicated truck stop facilities and truck-driver lounges can remain open to support the essential work of drivers of heavy vehicles.
Industry operators are asked to ensure adhere to the health and safety protocols to protect their workforces and the public.
Should you have further enquiries regarding freight and logistics, please email [email protected].
Free online course: COVID-19 Safe Practices for Freight and Delivery Drivers
We’ve developed a short online course on COVIDSafe practices for truck and delivery drivers to help industry understand Victorian Government standards when entering and travelling around the state.
The course gives drivers some practical tips about hygiene, sanitisation, and distancing to keep them safe and reassure customers in this challenging environment.
It also includes information about rest stops, planning routes and border closures.
The Victorian Government has removed truck curfews to support deliveries to Victorian pharmacies and supermarkets during the current COVID-19 restrictions.
The truck curfew exemption is in place until 11.59pm on 5 November 2021.
The Ministerial Order can be revoked before 5 November 2021 if restrictions are lifted.
The lifted truck curfews support quicker deliveries to Victorian pharmacies and supermarkets during the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Greater flexibility is required in scheduling driver deliveries outside of normal operating hours so that supermarkets and pharmacies can meet an increased demand for essential goods.
Heavy vehicles can pass time-based curfew "no trucks" signs when making grocery deliveries to supermarkets or personal hygiene products to retail outlets.
Vaccination requirements for freight workers
From 23 September, the eligibility criteria of the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit includes at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. This also applies to Victorian residents.
Evidence can be documentation from the vaccine provider of your first dose or your COVID-19 digital certificate which is accessible through your Commonwealth myGov account.
Priority vaccinations for eligible freight workers
Freight workers with Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permits receive priority bookings for free COVID-19 vaccinations, even if they are not a Victorian resident.
Permit holders must call 1800 675 398 to book in at any state vaccination centre.
Freight workers from extreme risk / red zones
Permit holders that have been to an extreme risk / red zone in the past 14 days must book into a Victorian red zone clinic for their vaccination.
Red zone clinics are located at:
- Melbourne Showgrounds
- Sandown Racecourse
- Ford Campbellfield
Resources available to download:
- Road freight testing fact sheet
- Rail freight testing fact sheet
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 22 October
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 14 October
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 8 October
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 5 October
- Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 1 October
Contact Freight Victoria for previous industry updates.
The Construction Sector Roadmap sets a way forward for the sector to stay open and keep our community safe.