COVID-19 Alert: 28 January – Returned travellers from New Zealand, Updated advice

Returned travellers from New Zealand – Updated advice

Based on the latest public health advice, the suspension of the ‘travel bubble’ between New Zealand and Australia has been extended for an additional 72 hours.

People arriving in Victoria from New Zealand will enter mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days. This precaution will be in place until further notice.

If you arrived in Victoria from New Zealand between 9 and 25 January (note change of date range) you must:

  1. Get tested immediately.
  2. Isolate until you receive a negative result. Do not attend work.
  3. Contact your manager.
  4. Contact the COVID-19 Employee Hotline on 959 45815 (7am to 7pm – 7 days a week).
  5. Monitor for symptoms in the following two weeks post-exposure and repeat testing (and isolate until the result is known) if symptoms develop.

You can return to work when you receive a negative result if you have no symptoms.

Please note:
Previous advice was that people who arrived in Victoria from New Zealand from 14 January should test and isolate. The updated advice is that people who arrived in Victoria from 9 January should test and isolate. This is based on the latest assessment of public health risks in New Zealand.

Travel to New Zealand should be reconsidered.

Updated advice for screening teams

All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.

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