Travel Alerts

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

As of 29 November 2021 

 

As of 29 November 2021, travel restrictions between Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW for holiday or recreational visits no longer apply, but there are new rules for international arrivals (find out more below). You do not need to register to travel within NSW. 

COVID-19 safe check-ins are still required at venue premises, as well as proof of vaccine. If you do not wish to show your proof of vaccine, the occupier may refuse entry.

 

As of 8 November 2021, eased restrictions allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • no capacity limits for major recreation and entertainment facilities
  • no limits to the number of visitors to your home
  • no booking limits for restaurants and hospitality.

Find out about the roadmap to opening up NSW here.

 

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.

 

Domestic travel 

Each state or territory has its own permits and travel restrictions for residents and travellers from NSW.

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. Check the COVID-19 concerns notice before you travel.

Please check NSW.gov.au for the latest information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/border-restrictions

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

Some remote communities may still have local restrictions in place for who can enter and leave the community.

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.

Read more about travelling to and from NSW here.   

 

International travel

A new COVID-19 variant of concern has emerged internationally, the Omicron variant.

From 28 November, all fully vaccinated travellers arriving in NSW who have been in any overseas country must get a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and on or after day six of arrival, and self-isolate at their accommodation or place of residence for at least 72 hours. Further information on self-isolation is available here.

Do not:

  • use a self-testing kit –  you must have a PCR test
  • enter high-risk places such as healthcare facilities (unless you need medical attention), aged and disability care facilities, and correctional facilities, until you get a negative day six test result.

Children under the age of 12 who are not vaccinated but are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person over the age of 18 are considered to be fully vaccinated for quarantine purposes.

To check if you meet the Australian definition of a fully vaccinated traveller, please visit the Australian Government website. Other countries may have different definitions of what it is to be fully vaccinated.

All travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and Seychelles in the 14-day period before their arrival will be required to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status. 

Vaccinated travellers can transit beyond Sydney to another NSW region or state to self-isolate and test. Follow the rules for people who are fully vaccinated

All unvaccinated travellers from any overseas country will continue to enter hotel quarantine and must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated arriving in NSW from overseas. 

Read more about the rules around international travel to and from NSW here.

 

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.

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.