Travel Alerts

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

As at November 30 2020

The Australian Government is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and restrictions are currently in place regarding travel and public gatherings.

For the latest information about restrictions in NSW, please refer to the NSW Government COVID-19 website.

Domestic Travel

The NSW-Victoria border reopened at 12.01 am on Monday 23 November. There are currently no restrictions on movement between NSW and Victoria. Read more about NSW reopening the Victorian border.

Each state or territory has its own entry requirements and travel restrictions for residents and travellers from NSW. Read more about travelling to and from NSW here.  

NSW residents and visitors from other Australian states can move throughout NSW (including Lord Howe Island) for a holiday and work but must continue to follow the health advice regarding physical distancing, hygiene and public gatherings.

Holidaymakers should call their planned accommodation venues, attractions and tourism operators to ensure they will be open and confirm bookings before travelling.

Visitors and businesses must follow the latest health advice in terms of physical distancing, practicing good hygiene, and staying home if feeling unwell.

Travel from South Australia

Travellers from South Australia are permitted to enter NSW unless they have visited an area of concern as outlined on nsw.gov.au/covid-19. All arrivals from SA, including those transiting through NSW, must complete a self-declaration form.

 

What can I do in NSW?

The following is permitted in NSW:

  • travel to regional NSW for a holiday
  • visits to museums, galleries and libraries
  • pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants are open but must observe Public Health Orders regarding capacity and group bookings 
  • attending an outdoor event such as a festival or music performance, provided it complies with current regulations
  • most caravan and camping parks are open
  • some NSW National Parks are open

A full list of current restrictions and the latest health advice is available at NSW.gov.au

If you break any of the rules in NSW you may receive a fine or penalty.

 

International Travel

At this time, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members are permitted to travel to Australia. All travellers arriving in Australia must self-isolate in a designated facility (such as a hotel) for 14 days in their port of arrival. See Australian Border Force for more information.

An international travel ban is in place for all Australian citizens and permanent residents with few exceptions.

 

Health and Hygiene

For information on how to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, please follow Australian Health and NSW Health expert advice.

NSW Health recommends wearing a mask in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain, such as on public transport or in supermarkets.

Good hygiene and physical distancing recommendations include:

  • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Practicing physical distancing by standing two arm lengths apart (1.5m) at all times

 

COVID-19 FAQ’s In NSW

What are the travel restrictions in NSW?

There are currently no travel restrictions within NSW. You may travel as far as you’d like, discovering the beauty of NSW. It is important, however, to continue to observe social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about interstate travel please visit Tourism Australia’s Travel Status Map for the latest travel advice and information.  

 

Are there COVID restrictions on booking holiday houses?

You may book a holiday house anywhere in NSW for up to 20 people. This number may increase if all guests are members of one household

Is there a limit on how far you can travel in NSW?

If you live in NSW, there is no limit to how far you can travel. No matter where you choose to travel in NSW, it is important to continue following all current social distancing guidelines

What are the COVID rules for school holidays?

Even though another school term may be over, it doesn’t mean that there are any changes to the current COVID-19 restrictions. It’s crucial that we all continue to follow social distancing guidelines, keeping to the current limits on visitors to our homes and outdoor gatherings. Some attractions, such as playgrounds and skateparks, are likely to become busier during school holidays, making good hand hygiene more important than ever. It may be slightly harder to book a table at your family’s favourite restaurant or to secure tickets for activities due to restrictions on how many people can be in a venue at once, but there’s still plenty to see and do across NSW.

If you or your children feel unwell during school holidays, it’s important that you stay home and get tested to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

What are the COVID rules for the October Long Weekend?

Although the October Long Weekend is a great time to explore more of beautiful NSW, it’s important to remember that all current COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be enforced. Limits will apply to indoor and outdoor gatherings, and social distancing guidelines must be followed. If you’re planning to dine at a cafe or restaurant, patron numbers will be limited. Restrictions will also continue for cinemas and other public venues.

Whether you choose to spend your October Long Weekend at the beach, in the bush or in the city, it’s incredibly important that you keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. If you are in a situation where social distancing is difficult, wear a mask.

If you feel unwell over the October Long Weekend, ensure that you stay home and get tested to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

What are the COVID beach rules in NSW?

You are free to visit beaches anywhere in NSW, but it is important to follow the current social distancing guidelines. At present, all gatherings at beaches are limited to 20 people only. More people may gather if they are all members of the same household.

What are the COVID rules for parks in NSW?

You may visit any park in NSW, but gatherings are limited, in accordance with social distancing guidelines, to 20 people. Greater numbers may gather if all those present are members of the same household.

What are the COVID rules for caravan parks in NSW?

If you plan to visit a caravan park in NSW this October Long Weekend, you’ll be required to leave at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other caravan park visitors in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Social distancing guidelines should also be followed when accessing shared amenities such as bathrooms, BBQs and kitchens, or when visiting onsite cafes or restaurants. Gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, are limited to 20 people only.

Maintaining good hygiene is key, especially if you plan to make use of shared amenities. Although most communal surfaces should be kept clean by caravan park staff, it’s best to pack your own disinfectant wipes and hand soap.

What are the COVID restrictions for NSW restaurants?

While you’re welcome to visit restaurants across NSW, you may notice some changes to the way that they operate. Bookings are currently limited to 10 people per table and alcohol can only be served to patrons that are seated. Adhering to social distancing guidelines, the number of people permitted within each restaurant at any one time has also been reduced.

How many people can gather in NSW?

If you’re planning on having friends or family visit your home, it’s important to remember that gatherings are limited to 20 people at one time. This visitor limit does not include members of the household itself, with visitors also permitted to stay overnight. Outdoor gatherings at parks, beaches, gardens and other outdoor spaces are limited to 20 people.

Are there COVID-19 restrictions for public pools in NSW?

Yes, COVID-19 restrictions do apply to public pools in NSW. Excluding staff, swimming pool facilities are permitted to welcome one person for every 4 square metres. For most facilities, this restriction is enforced through limits on the number of swimmers allowed in the pool and, more specifically, in each lane, at one time.

 

Are bookings required at the national park camping grounds due to COVID restrictions?

Yes, bookings are required if you’re planning to stay at a national park camping ground. Bookings can be made online. Physical distancing must be observed wherever you choose to camp, with gatherings of 20 or fewer people permitted. It’s important to maintain good hygiene during your trip, especially when using common utilities such as taps and BBQs, so be sure to pack hand wipes, hand soap, water and other essentials needed to sanitise your hands and surfaces