From Monday 11 October, a number of restrictions will ease across NSW and many businesses start to re-open. Travel will also be allowed between regional local government areas including for holidays for fully vaccinated people.
Travel for holidays and recreation, between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW (and vice versa) is not permitted at this time. Greater Sydney includes the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast. Under the Reopening NSW roadmap, travel for holidays and recreation between Greater Sydney and the regions (and vice versa). Travel between Greater Sydney and the regions remains permissible for a range of reasons including for work, medical and caring reasons, and on compassionate grounds.
From 01 November 2021, people within Greater Sydney will be allowed to travel within NSW for a holiday or recreational visits including daytrips and the same will apply to people living within regional NSW who want to visit Greater Sydney. If you are entering NSW from another state, interstate travel restrictions can be found here.
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.
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.
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).
From 01 November 2021, fully vaccinated Australians with a recognised vaccine will be eligible for international travel without first seeking an exemption. Fully vaccinated Australian citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for reduced quarantine arrangements when you return to Australia. Find the full quarantine exemptions here.
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
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