Relaxing Quarantine Requirements For Fully Vaccinated International Returns

The Victorian Government has announced that as Victoria powers towards its 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate, the Chief Health Officer has removed quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated international arrivals from 1 November, 2021.

Fully vaccinated international travellers will be able to enter Victoria without spending 14 days in hotel quarantine as part of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

There will no longer be a cap on fully vaccinated returning Australians wishing to enter Victoria.

Who can travel to Victoria

International arrivals will still need to comply with Commonwealth visa requirements that currently restrict entry to Australian citizens or residents, unless there is an exemption.

From 1 November, Victorians will be permitted to travel internationally without having to seek an exemption from the Commonwealth Government.

Requirements for quarantine free arrival to Victoria

Fully vaccinated international arrivals will need to:

  • Demonstrate their vaccination status to the Commonwealth with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. TGA recognised COVID-19 vaccines are:
    • Pfizer (Comirnaty)
    • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
    • Moderna (Spikevax)
    • Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)
    • Coronavac (Sinovac)
    • Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India)
  • Test negative to COVID-19 within 72 hours of their departure
  • Undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival into Victoria.

In line with Commonwealth protocols, children under 12 arriving with fully vaccinated parents and people with a valid medical exemption will be considered fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated international travellers

From 1 November, Victoria will cap the number of unvaccinated or unverified international travellers at 250 a week.

Unvaccinated international travellers will be subject to mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine unless they can prove their vaccination status during their quarantine period.

International travellers in hotel quarantine as of 1 November who have had their vaccination status verified on the Australian Immunisation Register and who have returned a negative test will be released regardless of whether they have completed 14 days’ quarantine.

We will provide further information about what this announcement means as soon as it is available.

Click here to read the Media Release.