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Travel to and from NSW

Information about entering and leaving NSW from interstate and overseas.

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Victoria update – 11 June

From 12.01am on Friday 11 June 2021,  you no longer have to follow the stay-at-home rules if you are in NSW and visited Victoria recently. 

If you visited a place of high concern in Victoria at the date and time listed in the COVID-19 concerns notice, continue to follow the guidance for testing and self-isolation.

Entering NSW from interstate

Rules and restrictions for entry to NSW apply when a concerns notice identifies interstate hotspots, affected areas and places of concern.

To learn more, see the advice for interstate travellers.

Updated rules and restrictions


Travel to NSW from Status

Open – no permit required


A COVID-19 concerns notice has been issued for Victoria. Follow the rules for interstate travellers


Open – no permit required

South Australia

Open – no permit required

Northern Territory

Open – no permit required

Western Australia

Open – no permit required


Open – no permit required

Leaving NSW to go interstate

Check the state government website for your destination for the latest information.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Information about travel from NSW to the ACT.

Northern Territory

Complete the NT border entry application form if you are travelling to the Northern Territory from another location within Australia or overseas.


Information about Queensland COVID-19 alerts.

South Australia

Information about permits and requirements for cross-border travel to South Australia.


See the travel alerts and advice for Tasmania


If you are travelling to Victoria, create a COVID-19 Border Entry Permit to cross into Victoria from NSW.

Learn more about the Victorian border crossing permit including details of green, orange and red zones. 

Western Australia

Find out about WA’s controlled interstate border arrangement, conditions of entry and quarantine.

Jervis Bay

The Jervis Bay Territory is a Commonwealth administered territory, occupying the Bherwerre Peninsula, and forming the southern boundary of Jervis Bay. 

If you are planning to go to Jervis Bay, check the community bulletins before you travel. 

Travelling intrastate (within NSW)

A Public Health Alert has been issued for regional NSW. See the latest COVID-19 news and updates for a list of locations visited by a confirmed COVID-19 case from Tuesday 1 June to Saturday 5 June 2021.

There are no restrictions around travelling to or from regional or rural NSW, or other areas of NSW.

When travelling NSW Health recommends that you

Rural and remote Aboriginal communities

Find out what you need to do before you visit a rural or remote Aboriginal community.

Face masks

You must wear a face mask in Greater Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas when

  • using public transport, hire vehicles, taxis and rideshare services
  • waiting for public transport at a bus or light rail stop, train station or ferry wharf
  • at certain indoor places. 

Learn more about face mask rules

These rules apply until 12.01am on Thursday 1 July 2021.

Domestic flight services

Domestic flight services are operating from Sydney airport to nominated destinations.

Each airline and airport terminal has various measures in place to ensure the health and safety of passengers based on a protocol developed by the Australian aviation industry.

Check your airline website for current information on what is required for travel on domestic flights.  

International travel

Suspension of quarantine free travel between New Zealand and NSW

Quarantine free travel between New Zealand and NSW was paused at 11:50pm on 22 June, 2021.

For more information about quarantine free travel between New Zealand and NSW visit

Learn more about entering NSW from New Zealand.

To and from New Zealand

Check the current case locations page for the latest alerts and advice if you are flying in from New Zealand. 

Some airlines require travellers to have been in Australia for at least 14 days before departure to New Zealand.

If you have been in another country within the last 14 days you may need to quarantine before travelling on to New Zealand.

Check arrangements with your airline before travelling.

Entering from another country

Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members are permitted to travel to Australia.

If you want to return to Australia from overseas, you should return as soon as possible by commercial travel.

Quarantine rules will apply.

Leaving to go to another country

There is currently a ban on overseas travel from Australia, unless granted an exemption.

As the situation may change, continue to check the Australian Government website for any changes that may occur.

You can’t leave Australia unless you get an exemption. Visit the Department of Home Affairs Leaving Australia page for further information, including details on exemptions to the ban. 

Flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19

Find out what to do if you were on a flight that had confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Arriving in NSW by sea

Travellers who arrive by sea must be authorised to disembark by the Commissioner of Police or delegate and must go to a quarantine facility, hospital or other medical facility as directed by the Commissioner to undertake a quarantine period

If leaving Australia by air, you will be directed to go to an airport (to get a flight out of Australia). You must follow the directions of the Commissioner while travelling to the airport.

Transiting through NSW

Intrastate travellers

You can transit through NSW to another location. However, any restrictions in place from other states will apply.

Going to an international location

International transit passengers arriving into Australia can depart on another international flight if your transit time is less than 8 hours and you can stay airside (i.e. in the transit zone). This will be possible only if your bags have been checked through to your next destination. You do not need to apply for an exemption and are able to continue your journey to another country.

If you go through immigration, you will require an exemption.

If your departure flight is between 8 to 72 hours after arrival flight, you will be taken to a quarantine hotel to wait until your departing flight. An exemption must be approved.

To apply for an exemption refer to exemptions for air and maritime quarantine.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms include fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath or loss of taste or loss of smell), let a member of the airline know immediately, or if you are in the airport tell a biosecurity officer or a health official.

Coming in from overseas and going to another location in Australia

If you arrive in NSW from overseas, you must go into quarantine for 14 days before continuing your journey to another state or territory. After this isolation period you can transit domestically and travel home.

Across Australia, states and territories have their own quarantine rules in place. Some require approval to travel across borders from NSW, or even a second 14 day isolation period when you arrive.

For the latest information visit Australian Interstate Quarantine.

Find more information for transiting passengers.


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