COVID-19 travel registration
You will need to register your travel within NSW if leaving Greater Sydney or leaving or entering an area of concern for work.
Update for current travel permit holders
From 3 September, current 14-day travel permits will automatically be extended to 30 September.
If you live or work in a local government area (LGA) of concern, or you live in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains or Wollongong and need to travel outside your local area, you may need to register your travel.
A travel registration allows you to leave your home and travel outside Greater Sydney, outside your local government area for work, or to move house. You must follow the stay-at-home rules until it has been 14 days since you left your home.
Leaving Greater Sydney
You will need to register to travel outside of Greater Sydney if you are:
- travelling for work more than 50km outside Greater Sydney, including authorised workers from local government areas (LGAs) of concern
- inspecting a potential place of residence outside Greater Sydney because you genuinely need a place to live in, as soon as practicable (no investment properties)
- moving between 2 places of residence:
- for your work (only the worker can travel to the residence)
- to undertake urgent maintenance, repairs, or attend to animal welfare (if so, only 1 person may travel to the other residence).
Construction workers who are authorised workers are not eligible for this travel registration as they are only able to work at a construction site outside Greater Sydney.
Greater Sydney does not include Shellharbour and the Central Coast for the purposes of this travel registration. People travelling to Shellharbour and the Central Coast in the circumstances listed will be required to register to do so.
Use the Travel registration checker for Greater Sydney residents to check if you need to register your travel outside of Greater Sydney.
Leaving or entering area of concern for work
You will need to register your travel within NSW if you are:
- an authorised worker living in a LGA of concern and you need to leave your area for work
- entering a LGA of concern from either Greater Sydney or from regional and rural NSW to carry out work in the area of concern.
You are not required to register your travel in order to provide an emergency service.
Authorised worker (construction workers) are only eligible to register to travel for work within Greater Sydney.
Travel registration - general information
Travel registration validity period
You must specify the dates on which you are travelling. If you will be travelling for 14 days or more, your travel registration will be valid until 30 September 2021.
If you currently hold a travel registration that is valid for 14 days, it will automatically be extended to 30 September 2021. You will not need to apply for a new travel registration unless your reason for travel has changed.
You must carry your travel registration and supporting documents with you at all times as you will need to provide these to NSW Police if requested. You may also need to provide evidence of having had a COVID-19 test as required for Sydney workers or that you have met any COVID-19 vaccination requirements that apply to you.
Supporting documents may include a letter from your employer with your:
- employer details and your details
- what work you do and why you need to travel
- your hours of work – for example, 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
- the dates over which the work will be carried out.
If you are self-employed, supporting documents may include a letter with:
- the name of the business
- the type of business
- the number of employees, including apprentices
- the location of where the work is taking place.
Find out if you need to register your travel
Register your travel
An exemption has been granted for Australian Defence Force personnel and certain health workers in relation to these requirements for work travel registration.
The exemption applies to all Australian Defence Force personnel and specific categories of health workers who may not know where they will be working in advance, or may need to enter areas urgently to respond to emergencies and other serious events.
Under the exemption, the following persons do not need to register their travel:
- a person providing the following health services:
- aeromedical retrieval
- a patient transport service
- organ transport and retrieval
- a registered health practitioner who is undertaking work because of an emergency
- a registered health practitioner who is undertaking work because of unforeseen or unplanned circumstances or who provides health services at a public health facility or private health facility or health practice as a locum or as part of an agency service
- Australian Defence Force personnel.
There is a condition that the person who is exempt from the requirement to register their travel must provide details of the workplace(s) the person will be working and their employer(s) on request of NSW Police.
Evidence of travel registration
If you are required to have a travel registration, you must:
- carry it with you
- produce it to a police officer on request.
At some workplaces, you may be asked to produce your travel registration to:
- your employer
- the occupier of the site you are working at
- a police officer
- an authorised officer.