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Interstate travellers

Rules and restrictions apply if you have been in an affected area, area of concern or a place of high concern, and are entering or have entered NSW.

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Follow the rules

If you are planning to enter NSW or you have already arrived, follow the instructions for the states or territories that you have been to in the previous 14 days.

 

The COVID-19 concerns notice identifies affected areas, areas of concern, places of high concern casual contacts, and places of high concern close contacts.

Different rules apply depending on whether you have been in any of these places at the times and dates on the concerns notice.

Guidance for your situation

Follow the rules and guidance that best describe your situation. 

Face mask rules

You must also follow the rules that apply to wearing and carrying a face mask with you

  • at airports and on commercial flights in NSW
  • in the area in NSW that you live in or are staying in. 

NSW-Victoria border communities

When to complete a travel declaration

Check the NSW-Victoria border region map. to see if you are considered a border region resident. You are a NSW-Victoria border region resident if you are a resident of NSW or Victoria and you usually reside in the shaded area on the map.

You do not need to complete a declaration

  • if you are a NSW-Victoria border region resident and
  • you stay within the border region after entering NSW.

If you are a NSW-Victoria border region resident and you have travelled outside the border region, the stay-at-home rules may apply.

You do not need to follow the stay at home rules if you have stayed within the border region.

If you are not a NSW-Victoria border region resident, you may need to complete a travel declaration when you enter NSW.

NSW-Victoria border region map

Check the map or go to the border region address check to look up an address. 

Download the NSW-Victoria border region map (PDF, 2.02 MB)

 

Victoria

NSW Health classification

Affected area

Area of concern

Places of high concern: close contact

Places of high concern: casual contact

Effective date Thursday 5 August 2021
Entry declaration form Required
Location details  See the COVID-19 concerns notice
Permission to enter NSW Check the rules for interstate travellers

 

If you enter NSW, or you are already in NSW and have been to any of the areas of concern in the COVID-19 concerns notice on or after 8:00pm on Thursday 5 August 2021 you must

  • follow the stay at home rules for 14 days since you were last at the place in the concerns notice (or until the notice is revoked)
  • only leave home with a reasonable excuse.

An exemption applies in certain circumstances if you are a NSW-Victoria border residents.

You must complete the declaration form

  • either within the 24-hour period before you enter NSW or on entry
  • whether you cross the border by any means including air, road or rail
  • each time you enter NSW, but not more than once per calendar day.

Complete a travel declaration form on Service NSW website.

Queensland

NSW Health classification

Affected area

Places of high concern: close contact

Places of high concern: casual contact

Effective date Wednesday 16 June 2021
Entry declaration form Required
Location details  See the COVID-19 concerns notice
Permission to enter NSW Check the rules for interstate travellers

Places of high concern

Close contact location

If you have been to a close contact place of high concern at the time  and date specified in the COVID-19 concerns notice  you must not enter NSW unless you are

  • a NSW resident or
  • transiting through NSW to the ACT.

If you are permitted to enter NSW, you must self-isolate until it has been 14 days since you were last at the close contact place of high concern. 

Casual contact locations

If you have been to a casual contact place of high concern at the time specified in the COVID-19 concerns notice, you must not enter NSW unless you

  • are a NSW resident
  • transiting through NSW to the ACT 
  • have had a negative COVID-19 test after being at the venue.

If you are in NSW, you must self-isolate until you receive a negative COVID-19 test.

You must follow the stay at home rules until the notice is revoked. 

Entry declaration

If you enter NSW

For a list of places visited by a COVID-19 case in Queensland, see the COVID-19 hotspots.

Australian Capital Territory

NSW Health classification

Affected area

Area of concern

Effective date Thursday 12 August 2021
Entry declaration form Required
Location details  See the COVID-19 concerns notice
Permission to enter NSW Check the rules for interstate travellers

 

Areas of concern

If you enter NSW, or you are already in NSW and have been to any of the areas of concern in the COVID-19 concerns notice on or after 12.01am on Thursday 5 August 2021 you must

  • follow the stay at home rules for 14 days since you were last at the place in the concerns notice (or until the notice is revoked)
  • only leave home with a reasonable excuse.

If you enter the ACT from NSW, you must abide by the rules for cross border travel in the ACT, including travel from approved postcodes and travelling for the approved essential reasons, such as medical appointments.

Places of high concern

Close contact location

If you have been to a close contact place of high concern at the time  and date specified in the COVID-19 concerns notice  you must not enter NSW unless you are a NSW resident. 

If you are permitted to enter NSW, you must self-isolate until it has been 14 days since you were last at the close contact place of high concern. 

Casual contact locations

If you have been to a casual contact place of high concern at the time specified in the COVID-19 concerns noticeyou must not enter NSW unless you

  • are a NSW resident; or
  • have had a negative COVID-19 test after being at the venue.

If you are in NSW, you must self-isolate until you receive a negative COVID-19 test.

You must follow the stay at home rules until the notice is revoked. 

Entry declaration

If you enter NSW

  • on or after 5pm on Thursday 12 August 2021 and
  • you have been in the ACT in the previous 14 days

You must complete the NSW entry declaration form within the 24 Hour period before you enter NSW or on entry. You are required to complete a declaration form once every 72 hours. 

Check the COVID-19 concerns notice and follow the rules for interstate travellers if you have been in an area of concern or place of high concern.

Complete a travel declaration form on Service NSW website.

To find out more about appropriate transport for ACT residents transiting through NSW, read the interstate traveller guidelines.

Other states and territories

Northern Territory

There is currently no concerns notice for this territory.

South Australia

There is currently no concerns notice for this state.

Tasmania

There is currently no concerns notice for this state.

Western Australia

There is currently no concerns notice for this state.

NSW travel declaration form

You must complete the declaration form if you have been in an affected area, in the previous 14 days

  • either within the 24-hour period before you enter NSW or on entry
  • whether you cross the border by any means including air, road or rail
  • each time you enter NSW, (or if you enter NSW from a relevant point of entry each time you enter NSW at that point) but not more than once per calendar day (unless you are entering from Queensland or the ACT, in which case once per 72 hours).

An exemption is in place for NSW-Victoria border region communities.

When you complete a travel declaration form you must 

  • ensure the information is true and accurate
  • carry evidence of a completed travel declaration
  • provide photo identification if asked by an enforcement officer.

Get help completing the form

For free help in your language call 13 14 50 (Translating and Interpreting Service). To view this page in your language, click on the language translation button at the top of the screen

If you do not have an email address or a smart phone or you need assistance, a trusted relative can help you complete the form.

Rules for interstate travellers

General rules

If you are entering or plan to enter NSW from interstate, rules and restrictions will apply if you have been in a place listed in a COVID-19 concerns notice.

Interstate zones  (a suburb, town, city, region or state) identified in a COVID-19 concerns notice may be:

  • an affected area
  • an area of concern 
  • a place of high concern (a specific location or public transport route).

Check the COVID-19 concerns notice to find out if you have been to one of these places. 

If you are allowed to travel to NSW from a location that appears in the COVID-19 concerns notice, when you arrive in NSW you must

Residents returning to NSW and anyone already in NSW

I have not been to an affected area, area of concern or a place of high concern in the past 14 days
  • You may enter NSW.
  • You do not need to complete a traveller declaration form.
  • You do not need to self-isolate.
I have been to an affected area in the past 14 days

Before you enter

  • Complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry.
I have been to an area of concern in the past 14 days

Before you enter

  • Complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry.

After you enter

  • Immediately travel to your place of residence.
  • Stay at your residence unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave, such as
    • getting food or services
    • travelling for work, education, childcare or shared parenting arrangements
    • for medical care, health supplies or to fulfil caring responsibilities
    • moving home
    • exercising outdoors
    • to avoid injury or in an emergency situation.
  • You should stay at your residence until it has been 14 days since you visited the area of concern (or the area of concern is revoked).
I have been to a place of high concern in the past 14 days

Before you enter

  • Complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry.
  • Check the COVID-19 concerns notice to find out if you are considered a casual contact or a close contact, as the rules are different.

Close contacts

  • When you return to NSW
    • complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry
    • self-isolate at home or at another suitable place until it has been 14 days since you visited the place of high concern.

Casual contacts

  • Follow the rules of the state or territory that you are currently in. 
  • When you return to NSW
    • complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry
    • get tested immediately 
    • self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

Non-NSW residents planning to enter NSW

I have not been to an affected area, area of concern or a place of high concern in the past 14 days
  • You may enter NSW.
  • You do not need to complete a traveller declaration form.
  • You do not need to self-isolate.
I have been to an affected area in the past 14 days

Before you enter

  • Complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry.
I have been to an area of concern in the past 14 days

Before you enter

  • Complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry.

After you enter

  • Immediately travel to your place of residence.
  • Stay at your residence unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave, such as
    • getting food or services
    • travelling for work, education, childcare or shared parenting arrangements
    • for medical care, health supplies or to fulfil caring responsibilities
    • moving home
    • exercising outdoors
    • to avoid injury or in an emergency situation.
  • You should stay at your residence until it has been 14 days since you visited the area of concern (or the area of concern is revoked).
I have been to a place of high concern in the past 14 days

Check the locations on the COVID-19 concerns notice to find out if you are considered a casual contact or a close contact, as the rules are different.

Close contacts

  • You may not enter NSW.
  • Follow the rules of the state or territory that you are currently in.

Casual contacts

  • You may enter NSW if you have been tested and your test returns a negative result. Keep a copy of your test result to show it to an enforcement officer if needed.
  • Complete a travel declaration within 24 hours immediately before you enter NSW, or on entry.

Stay at home rules

Stay at home rules mean that you must not leave your residence for 14 days after you were last in a place of high concern (close contact venue) or while the concerns notice is in force, whichever is sooner.

You must stay at your residence unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave, such as

  • obtaining food and services
  • travelling for the purposes of work or education if you cannot work or study at home
  • medical care
  • getting vaccinated
  • exercising outdoors.

If you have been to a place of high concern (close contact venue) at the date and time listed in the COVID-19 concerns notice, you must get tested and self-isolate until 14 days have been passed since you were last there, regardless of the result or stay-at-home rules.

 

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