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Travel to and from NSW

Information about entering and leaving NSW from interstate and overseas.

Update on rules and restrictions

9 May 2021

From 5pm Thursday 6 May 2021 until 12.01am Monday 17 May 2021 rules around household visitors, face masks, singing, dancing and restrictions in aged care facilities will be tightened in Greater Sydney including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains. 

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Travellers from WA

A concerns notice has been issued which affects travellers who have been Western Australia and are entering or have entered NSW. Read the latest advice for travellers from Western Australia.

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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. 


Travel to NSW from Status

Open – no permit required


Open – no permit required


Open – no permit required

South Australia

Open – no permit required

Northern Territory

Open – no permit required

Western Australia

Learn more about completing a travel declaration


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


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)

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

For more advice read NSW Health guidance for holidaymakers.

Rural and remote Aboriginal communities

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

Face masks

Wearing a face mask in situations where you cannot physically distance (for example on public transport or indoors at a public place) is strongly recommended.

You must wear a face mask on public transport in Greater Sydney.

You must wear a face mask 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.

Learn more about the face mask rules.

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

New Zealand safe travel zone

From Monday 19 April 2021, a quarantine-free arrangement applies to travel between Australia and New Zealand.

For more about the requirements, visit

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.

Complete a New Zealand arrival declaration form

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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