Travel Alerts


As at 20 July 2021 

The NSW Government is continually monitoring the status of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the community and restrictions relating to travel and public gatherings are in place. 

NSW Health are regularly updating the case location webpage as new venues visited by confirmed cases of COVID-19 emerge. As contact tracing and testing is ongoing, please regularly check the NSW Health website to remain up-to-date with case locations and public health alerts. 

For the latest information, please visit the NSW Government COVID-19 website, or follow the NSW Health Facebook account and the NSW Health Twitter account.


Greater Sydney stay at home orders - extended until 30 July & new restrictions in place

From 6pm on Saturday 26 June everyone in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour is subject to stay at home orders. The stay at home orders are in place until 11.59pm Friday 30 July.

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
  • Exercise with no more than two (unless members of the same household);
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

From 5pm Friday 9 July, additional restrictions will be in place:

  • Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
  • Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday, 11 July).

The following restrictions also apply:

  • Masks are compulsory on all public transport and in taxis/ride share vehicles;
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • You must carry a mask with you at all times when you leave the home and they must be worn in outdoor settings where you cannot socially distance, when working outdoors, in outdoor markets and shopping strips, and in outdoor queues when waiting for food/coffee etc;
  • Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced.

From 11.59pm Saturday 17 July only essential retail stores (including supermarkets, liquor stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, post offices and hardware stores) may remain open. All other stores can operate only as takeaway, delivery or click and collect.


Orange, Blayney and Cabonne stay at home orders

From 12.01am Wednesday 21 July new restrictions will be introduced for the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas. The restrictions will be in place for seven days, until 12.01am Wednesday 28 July. Everyone in these areas, as well as people who visited the affected areas after Saturday 17 July, must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of two or fewer (unless members of the same household);
  • Work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
  • To attend a wedding or a funeral (but only during the grace period, which ends at 12:01am on Friday 23 July 2021). After this date, funerals will be limited to ten people.
  • Masks must be worn indoors (not including the home) and in outdoor settings where you cannot socially distance from others (e.g. while queuing for takeaway). 


In all other parts of NSW the following restrictions will apply:

  • People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.
  • Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
  • Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people);
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
  • Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity;

 People across NSW should only enter Greater Sydney for essential purposes.


Domestic Travel 

Requirements are changing, and each state or territory has its own permits and travel restrictions for residents and travellers from NSW. 

As of 5 February 2021, visitors arriving in NSW from ‘affected areas’ and ‘areas of concern’ must complete a self-declaration form and may be required to get tested for COVID-19 and/or self-isolate.

Please check for the latest information:

Anyone visiting other states from NSW must comply with the border crossing and isolation or quarantine requirements in the state they are travelling to. 

Read more about travelling to and from NSW here.   

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, practising good hygiene, and staying home if feeling unwell. 

A breach of the Public Health Orders in NSW may result in 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 (including the New Zealand travel bubble).


Health and Hygiene

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

Outside of the above areas where mask wearing is mandatory, NSW Health also 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