Public transport

Information and guidance on staying COVID Safe when using public transport, taxis and rideshare services.

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Household and close contacts

Household and close contacts do not need to self-isolate if they do not have any symptoms, but must follow NSW Health household and close contact guidelines.

People who test positive to COVID-19 must continue to self-isolate for 7 days from the date of their positive test and follow the testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home advice.

Unvaccinated international arrivals

Unvaccinated international arrivals are no longer required to undertake hotel quarantine. These passengers now follow the same guidelines as fully vaccinated international arrivals and take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival.

Using public transport and when to wear a face mask

A person over 12 years of age must wear a face mask on public transport and in public transport waiting areas such as a bus stop or train station. Read more about the face mask rules

To protect your health and others 

Visit Transport for NSW for more guidance.

Wearing a face mask continues to be mandatory in airports and on flights in NSW. From 6pm on Friday 22 April it is also mandatory to wear a mask at a cruise terminal (Eden Cruise Wharf, the Overseas Passenger Terminal, and White Bay Cruise Terminal).

Understand the guidance for wearing face masks and learn more about face mask rules.

Taxis and rideshare services


Passengers of taxis and rideshare services

  • can travel in a vehicle with people who they do not live with
  • must wear a face mask
  • do not need to carry proof of vaccination.

To protect your health when you are a passenger in a taxi or rideshare service

  • sit in the back seat
  • use contactless payment
  • avoid travelling if you are unwell.

If you are feeling unwell stay at home or get tested if you have any symptoms.


Staff of vehicles and vessels used as a public transport service must follow the face mask rules.  

Operators of taxi or rideshare services can find out more in the updates and guides from the Point-to-Point Commissioner.

Party buses

A party bus is a vehicle being used on a commercial basis for the purposes of a party, whether or not the party takes place during transportation between locations.

Party bus passengers no longer need to wear a face mask or check in with the Service NSW app.

Under work health and safety (WHS) law, all employers or businesses are required to manage the risk of COVID-19 to workers and others in the work environment.

Related apps

Service NSW App

Service NSW

You can check in to COVID Safe businesses who are using their NSW Government QR Code, via the Service NSW app.

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Opal Travel

Opal Travel is the official app for managing your travel across the Opal network in Sydney and greater New South Wales. Use the app to add value to your Opal card remotely, enable auto top-ups, view your travel history and access other useful public transport information.

Life Traffic NSW Transport for NSW

Live Traffic NSW

Incidents and conditions on NSW roads 24/7 from the Transport Management Centre.


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