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COVID-19 Safety Response

You're in Safe Hands

COVID-19 Safety Response:

As always, safety is the number one priority for Port Phillip Ferries. We are maintaining a number of measures to keep passengers safe on-board during this time.

To help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Victoria State Government have mandated the compulsory wearing of fitted face masks in Victoria for any person leaving home (regardless of where they live).

Face masks remain mandatory if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people not in your household on public transport.

The Victorian Government changes to wearing face mask rules effective from 6.00pm Friday 30 October 2021 do not change the mandatory wearing of face masks during pre-boarding, whilst onboard and when exiting Port Phillip Ferries vessels.

Persons not wearing or refusing to wear a fitted face mask may be prohibited from travelling onboard Port Phillip Ferries vessels unless the individual has a lawful exception for not wearing a fitted face mask.

A fitted face mask is not required in some circumstances including;

    • Infant and children under the age of 8 years
    • A person who is affected by a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition.
    • When consuming food, drink or medication.
    • During emergencies

For further information please refer to the Victorian Government website;

With the easing of state government restrictions, the socially distanced and responsible service of alcohol is available onboard at our licensed cafe.

These measures are subject to change depending on State and Federal Government requirements surrounding COVID-19. Updates to Port Phillip Ferries operations will be available on this page and through our social media channels –  FacebookInstagram and Twitter – so be sure to follow along for all the latest news

For the latest Victorian and Australian Government COVID Health advice please visit:  Australian Government Health website | Victorian Government Health website

Vaccination Requirements travelling with Port Phillip Ferries

In line with the current Victorian Government Roadmap, public transport operators do not require passenger proof of COVID-19 vaccination. However, this position is subject to change and is something Port Phillip Ferries will monitor closely and adhere to as the Victorian Government advice changes.

As public transport operators, Port Phillip Ferries can continue to take bookings and welcome people on board our ferry services.

Our travel partners, including but not limited to restaurants, attractions, accommodation providers and tour operators, may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon booking or entry. For further information, please verify with each operator or visit the Victorian Government COVID-19 website

Port Phillip Ferries complies with the Victorian State Government mandatory vaccination requirements and will continue the high level of COVID-19 safety protocols in place since the beginning of the pandemic. These include contactless ticketing, the mandatory wearing of face masks while onboard, social distanced markers, additional cleaning services before and after each service.


COVID Safe App

In line with the latest government health advice, you may wish to consider downloading the COVID Safe App on your smartphone device. For further information please visit Australian Government COVIDsafe App


We are implementing the following steps to ensure your safety during travel:

Additional Cleaning

All high-touch surfaces will be disinfected before and after each service.

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Keep Your Distance

Give others space and
keep your distance where you can.

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Wear a Fitted Face Mask

Except for limited exemptions,
passengers must wear a fitted face
mask that covers the nose
and mouth at all times.

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Practice Good Hygiene

Wash your hands with soap
regularly and then dry.
Cough or sneeze into
your elbow

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Pre-book Your Tickets

Tickets must be pre-booked: either online or from the Portarlington Post Office. There will be no landside / onboard sales.

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We're Going Cashless

The café will not be
accepting cash sales
onboard until
otherwise advised.

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Stay Home if You're Sick

If you are feeling unwell,
please don’t travel.