NSW COVID-19 travel guidance

Travelling in, out and around NSW to stay safe from COVID-19.

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Travelling to and from NSW

From 12.01am Saturday 11 March 2023, travellers arriving in Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, are no longer required to undertake pre-departure testing for COVID-19. For further information read the Australian Government media release. Read more on COVID-19 information for international arrivals.

If you develop symptoms, it is recommended you get tested for COVID-19 and stay at home or in your accommodation until your symptoms have resolved, even if you receive a negative result. 

NSW Health recommends that you register your result with Service NSW if you test positive using a rapid antigen test.

Before you travel, find out if you're at higher risk of severe illness and seek advice from a doctor about antivirals.

COVID-19 information for travellers

Australia's requirements for travellers

Before you book your travel, check you meet all of Australia’s border requirements. 

Remember that states and territories, destinations, airlines and cruise ships may have their own COVID-19 vaccination, testing and masking requirements you must meet. 

Where to find a testing clinic

Find your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic. COVID-19 testing for international travel clearance purposes (departures) is conducted at private pathology clinics only and charges apply for this service.

If you test positive to COVID-19

Understand what you need to do if you test positive, and the NSW Health advice for managing your illness.


Translating services and COVID-19

Translation and interpreting services are available at NSW COVID-19 clinics. Ask the clinic to call 131 450.

There are also COVID-19 resources in community languages available on the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) website.

Apps for travelling in NSW

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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.

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Live Traffic NSW

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

Service NSW App

Service NSW

Stay up to date with the latest NSW Government information. Access COVID-19 updates, digital licences, renew your rego and check fines and demerits.

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