Travel Alerts


As at 20 January 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. 

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


Face Masks

From 3 January 2021, face masks are mandatory in the following indoor settings in Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and Central Coast:

  • shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)
  • public/shared transport, indoor entertainment (including cinemas and theatres)
  • places of worship
  • hair and beauty premises.

Face masks will also be mandatory for all staff in hospitality venues, gaming areas in licensed premises (including casinos) and for patrons using gaming services.

From Tuesday 12 January 2021, face masks must be worn indoors at all NSW airports and on domestic commercial flights into or out of NSW, including when the flight is landing at or taking off from the airport.


Gatherings and Domestic Travel 

Restrictions on gatherings are in place across Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and Central Coast: 

  • Limited capacity in hospitality venues – 1 person for 4 sqm, maximum 300 people 
  • Maximum of 5 visitors (including adults and children) to a private home or holiday residence 
  • No more than 30 people can gather outside in a public space

For a full list of the restrictions and affected LGAs, visit the NSW Government COVID-19 website – what you can and can’t do. 

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

NSW residents and visitors from other Australian states can move throughout NSW (including Lord Howe Island) for a holiday and work. NSW Health recommends practicing COVID-Safe behaviours such as physical distancing and hand hygiene when travelling within NSW, especially between Greater Sydney and regional and rural areas. People should continue to seek COVID-19 testing when symptomatic, even if symptoms are only mild.

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. 


What can I do in NSW? 

The following is permitted in NSW in line with COVID-safe behaviour and the latest health advice: 

  • 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 

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.


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



What are the travel restrictions in NSW?

From 3 January 2021, face masks are mandatory in certain indoor settings in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast. These include shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas and theatres, places of worship, public transport, and hair and beauty premises. Find out more information here.

In Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast up to 5 visitors (including adults and children) may visit a home at one time, no more than 30 people may gather outside in a public place, and capacity limits are in place for hospitality venues. There are also additional restrictions in place for the northern part of the Northern Beaches.

There are no restrictions for the rest 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. It’s important that you always follow all recommended social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community.


Are there COVID restrictions on booking holiday houses?

In Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast, only 5 people (including adults and children) may stay in a holiday house. Elsewhere in NSW, you may book a holiday house for up to 50 people. 

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

If you live in NSW (excluding the northern part of the Northern Beaches), 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 beach rules in NSW?

You may visit any beach in NSW but must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Remember to stay at least 1.5 metres away from other beachgoers. Ensuring that you follow all current social distancing guidelines can help to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 within the community. If beaches reach capacity, people may be turned away. Check the Beachsafe website for updates before you go.

What are the COVID rules for parks in NSW?

You may visit any park, but gatherings are limited to 30 people in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast, and 100 people elsewhere in NSW. To ensure that you practice social distancing, try to leave 1.5 metres between you and anyone that isn’t a member of your household. Avoid kissing, hugging or shaking hands, and be sure to wash your hands regularly. If you do find it difficult to distance yourself from others, be sure to wear a face mask.

What are the COVID rules for caravan parks in NSW?

If you plan to visit a caravan park in NSW, 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. 

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. Adhering to social distancing guidelines, the number of people permitted within each restaurant at any one time has also been reduced. You must complete an electronic check in (such as with a QR code) when you arrive.

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 5 people at one time for homes in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong. In the rest of NSW, up to 50 people can visit. 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 30 people in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, and 100 people in the rest of NSW.

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 2 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. 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