January 2021 update: Borders, permits and masks

If you need to cross State borders to come to Gateway Health, please note that people living in border communities do not currently need a permit to cross. But you will need to wear a mask when inside at any of our premises (Wodonga, Wangaratta and Myrtleford).

If you live within one of the local government areas recognised as a border community, and you haven’t been to any other part of New South Wales, you can cross the border just with your driver’s licence or other form of photo identification. (As at 5 January 2021. Please check for any updates after this date.)

A full list of local government areas in the ‘travel bubble’ can be found on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus information website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-restrictions-new-south-wales#border-communities

Regularly updated information on all Covid-19 related rules and restrictions in Victoria can be found at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

All visitors to Gateway Health premises MUST wear a mask while indoors.

‘Zones’ in regional New South Wales

If you are a Victorian visiting New South Wales, you cannot return home at present.

Only commercial freight workers or people temporarily travelling through NSW (from another state or territory) can apply online for a permit to enter Victoria.

If you try to enter Victoria in breach of this order you will be turned around and subject to a fine.

The state of New South Wales is now designated as Red Zone and the Northern Beaches a Hot Zone. (As at 5 January 2021. Check for any updates after this time.)

Regional New South Wales is no longer a Green Zone. All Green Zone permits have expired.

More NSW information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Getting tested after travel

If you returned to Victoria from a Green Zone before 12:59am on 1 January 2021, you are urged to get a COVID-19 test immediately and quarantine until you receive notification of a negative result.

If you returned to Victoria from a Green Zone on 1 January 2021, you are required to quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of return. You must get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within 24 hours of returning to Victoria and can only leave your home for this purpose.

Staying up to date

As the situation can change from day to day depending on any Covid-19 outbreaks, we advise you to stay up to date on possible changes to these requirements by the Victorian government or the NSW Government.

These are reliable sources of information, frequently updated:



Useful information resources in languages other than English:



For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: