Thousands of Victorians Still Waiting to Enter the State

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

The Victorian Health Department continues to work through more than 11,000 exemption applications for entry into Victoria.

Since the start of the Victorian-NSW border restrictions, just over 1,300 exemptions have been granted, and just four applications have been rejected.

Almost 5,000 applications have been received from people wanting to travel to Victoria from Queensland red zones.

The Health Department says nearly 3,500 applications for exemptions to travel have been assessed as being for non-priority reasons – mainly because they want to come to Victoria for business or leisure only.

The majority of outstanding applications have been triaged for call centre interviews.

869 applications have had interviews completed and are pending the receipt of documents and assessment for further consideration.

Meantime, Victorians who fulfilled their 14 day hotel quarantine at a Brisbane hotel impacted by a coronavirus outbreak – are being asked to isolate.

Victoria’s health department is urging anyone who quarantined at the Grand Chancellor hotel in Brisbane for 14 days from the 30th of December – but have since returned to Victoria – to stay in their home and call the COVID hotline.

Six people connected to the Brisbane hotel have the UK strain of the virus.


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