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Travel to and from NSW

Information about travelling within NSW, and to and from NSW from interstate and overseas.

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Travelling intrastate (within NSW)

There are no restrictions around travelling to or from regional or rural NSW, or other areas of NSW.

However, NSW Health currently recommends practicing COVID safe behaviours such as physical distancing and hand hygiene when travelling within NSW, especially between Greater Sydney and regional and rural areas.

People should get tested immediately if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild. See NSW Health guidance for holiday makers.

Learn more about rules and restrictions for:

Transiting through NSW

You can transit through NSW to another location. However, any restrictions in place from other states will apply.

Going interstate from NSW

Check the state government website for your destination for the latest information.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Queensland

Northern Territory

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

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. 

Entering NSW from interstate

These restrictions apply to people entering NSW from interstate.

From To Status
Queensland NSW

Open – no permit required

Victoria

Open – no permit required

Tasmania

Open – no permit required

South Australia

Open – no permit required

Northern Territory

Open – no permit required

Western Australia

Open – no permit required

ACT

Open – no permit required

Flights

Domestic flight services are operating from Sydney airport to nominated destinations.

From Tuesday 12 January 2021, face masks must be worn 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.

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.

See your airline website for more details on what is required for travel on domestic flights.  

Rural and remote towns with Aboriginal communities

Advice for travellers

Due to the COVID-19 risk, many Aboriginal communities in NSW are uncomfortable about tourists travelling to their towns and communities.

Please be respectful of the concerns and wishes of the local community: Before you travel to or through a small remote town or community, please check the local town’s Community Action Plan or contact the Local Council for advice.

Advice for workers and organisations

It is crucial that workers do not visit Aboriginal communities if they are ill, no matter how mild the symptoms, or if they have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

The risk to Aboriginal communities from visiting workers could increase depending on the nature of the work, the locations the worker has travelled from and work practices.

To mitigate this risk, organisations with staff who travel to rural and remote Aboriginal communities should complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan which includes consideration of the issues outlined in this checklist.

International travel

To and from New Zealand

Find out about the latest quarantine arrangements for travellers from New Zealand. 

See the Department of Home Affairs website for more information on the New Zealand safe travel zone.

Travel to New Zealand is closed except for New Zealand citizens and residents. See more information on the New Zealand Government website.

Travel from other countries

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.

Travel to other countries

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 from overseas

If you are transiting through NSW 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.

If you are transiting through NSW from overseas 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.

Being COVID safe

Find more advice and information for community and businesses, including information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing and physical distancing.

Find out the areas for increased testing and locations of cases in NSW. If you have visited one of the locations, follow the advice to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested.

 

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