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Travel to and from NSW

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

Update on entry to NSW from South Australia

Anyone travelling into NSW who has been to South Australia in the last 14 days must complete a NSW entry declaration form before entering NSW.

If you are a NSW resident and you have been in one of the areas of concern, ensure you get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

Non-NSW residents who have been to any areas of concern at the times specified will be unable to enter NSW unless you are transiting through. 

Find out more about entry from South Australia.

Update on entry to Queensland from NSW

The Queensland Government has opened the Queensland-NSW border to all travellers from NSW as of Tuesday 1 December 2020. This includes travellers from Greater Sydney LGA areas.

Read more on the Queensland Government website.

Update on entry to NSW from Victoria

As of 12.01am Monday 23 November 2020 the NSW-Victoria border will be open.

From this time:

  • permits are not required
  • there is no requirement to quarantine when you arrive in NSW.

People in hotel quarantine as of 12:01am on Monday 23 November because they have come from Victoria are not required to complete the mandatory hotel quarantine period unless they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine for international arrivals still applies.

People in 14-day self-isolation as of 12:01 Monday 23 November because they have come from Victoria are not required to complete the 14-day self-isolation unless they have tested positive for COVID-19.

People entering NSW should be aware of current rules and guidelines around reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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Going interstate from NSW

These restrictions apply to people travelling from NSW.

From To Status
NSW Queensland

Open - no permit required

Victoria

Open – no permit required

Tasmania

Open – no permit required

South Australia

Open – cross border travel registration required

Northern Territory

Open – border entry form required

Western Australia

Open – mandatory quarantine and G2G pass registration

ACT

Open – no permit required

 

Each state or territory has its own entry requirements and travel restrictions. You must comply with any border rules of the state or territory you are entering or leaving.

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 – NSW entry travel declaration form required

Northern Territory

Open – no permit required

Western Australia

Open – no permit required

ACT

Open – no permit required

 

Transiting through NSW

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

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

Following a locally acquired case of COVID 19 in Auckland, all arrivals from New Zealand after 5 November are asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms. All travellers on arrival in NSW are required to undertake a COVID-19 screening, which includes temperature testing and questions about COVID-19 symptoms. During this process, you will not be in contact with passengers from any other countries.

  • If you present with symptoms or declare you have been in close contact to a person with COVID-19 symptoms, you may be required to have a COVID-19 swab.
  • If you become unwell you should get tested and isolate, then remain in isolation until a negative result is received, in line with routine advice for all people in NSW.
  • If you do not agree to the screening process, have symptoms of COVID-19 or other risk factors for the disease, you may be directed to undertake mandatory quarantine for a period of at least 14 days. 

If NSW Health considers you an unacceptable COVID-19 health risk then you may be required to enter quarantine or leave Australia.

You may travel on to locations in NSW. For other states and territories you intend to travel to, you should check local requirements prior to travelling there. Some states and territories may require travellers from safe zone countries to quarantine on arrival.

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.

Last updated: 1 December 2020

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