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NSW-Victoria border restrictions

NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria. Only persons authorised under the public health order may enter NSW if they have been in Victoria in the last 14 days.

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Transitional border entry permits expire after 14 days. Check your permit expiry date.

If you applied for a Transitional border entry permit on 21 July, your permit expires on Tuesday 4 August at 11:59pm and you need to apply for a new permit.  

You will find the expiry date at the top of the permit.

Border Zone (Transitional) Permits were created as a temporary measure for people who live inside the border zone but could not get a new border zone permit because they travelled outside the border zone in the two weeks before 21 July.

If you live in the border zone you can apply for a new Border Zone Residents Permit if you have not left the border zone in the previous 14 days.

If you have another category of border entry permit, check the expiry date and apply for a new permit before your current permit expires. 

Apply for a NSW border entry permit

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Who can enter NSW

Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order 2020, anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must not enter NSW unless:

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Border entry rules

Permit not required.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must

  • for a person moving freight on a commercial basis, comply with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at all times
  • otherwise self-isolate except when providing the critical service.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The member must self-isolate except when undertaking official duties or leaving NSW by the most practicable direct route.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The consular official must self-isolate except when undertaking official duties or leaving NSW by the most practicable direct route.

Permit not required.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

A border zone resident who is a Victorian resident

  • is authorised to enter and remain in NSW only for work, education or medical or health care and
  • must not travel to any part of NSW that is outside of the border zone and
  • must not enter NSW if they have travelled in Victoria outside the border zone within the previous 14 days.

A border zone resident is eligible for a permit to enter NSW to provide assistance to or receive care as a vulnerable person, including for

  • personal care
  • mental health or domestic violence services
  • services to victims of crime.

A border zone resident who is a NSW resident must self-isolate if they

  • travel within Victoria outside the border zone before re-entering NSW using the permit, or
  • entered Victoria other than for work, education or medical or health care.

To establish your eligibility as a border zone resident, use the border zone address check or refer to the border zone maps approved under the public health orders. You can check if your address and the place you’re travelling to are in the border zone.

An exemption is in place for remote communities. View the list of exempt remote communities

An exemption has been granted which allows border residents in remote communities to travel across the NSW-Victorian border to get essential goods and services, including food, fuel or hygiene products or disability support services, necessary for the person to live safely and maintain their health.

View the list of exempt remote communities.   

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The relevant education visitor must

  • self-isolate, and
  • obtain a negative COVID-19 swab result between the 10th and 14th day of self-isolation, and
  • start an additional period of self-isolation if, for any reason (including weekend visits), the visitor returns to Victoria.

A relevant education visitor means a resident of Victoria who is

  • a student at a boarding school or university entering NSW for the purposes of receiving instruction or
  • a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age or
  • a staff member at a boarding school or university entering NSW for the purpose of working at the school. 

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The day school visitor must travel by the most practicable direct route between their place of residence and the school. 

The day school visitor must comply with any directions about attendance at school issued by the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education.

If the day school visitor is ordinarily resident in Victoria, the visitor must not enter NSW if the visitor has, within the previous 14 days, been in an area that is a restricted area in accordance with an Area Direction made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 of Victoria.

If the day school visitor is ordinarily resident in NSW, the visitor must self-isolate if the visitor returns to NSW and has, within the previous 14 days, been in an area that is a restricted area in accordance with an Area Direction made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 of Victoria.

A day school visitor means

  1. a resident of Victoria who is
  • a student at a day school entering NSW for their education or
  • a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age or
  • a staff member of a day school entering NSW to attend work or
  • another person (such as a cleaner or bus driver) entering NSW to work or provide services at a NSW day school or provide services to the school.
  1. a NSW resident who is
  • a student at a day school in Victoria returning to NSW after attending school or
  • a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age or
  • a staff member of a day school in Victoria who is returning to NSW after entering Victoria for work or
  • another person (such as a cleaner or bus driver) returning to NSW after entering Victoria to work or provide services at a day school in Victoria or provide services to the school.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must comply with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at all time or self-isolate.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must travel by the most practicable direct route to the place where the service is provided. 

The person must not enter NSW if the person has, within the previous 14 days, been an area that is a restricted area in accordance with an Area Direction made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 of Victoria.

The person is authorised to enter NSW only if the service is not available locally in Victoria or cannot be accessed remotely.

Permit not required.

The person must travel by the most practicable direct route

  • to the place where the service is provided and
  • from the place where the service is provided to their place of residence.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must

  • enter NSW only if the person has lawful authority to enter the place outside NSW to which the person is travelling, and
  • transit through NSW by the most practicable direct route.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must

  • if the person enters NSW by air, travel from the vessel by the most practicable direct route to an airport in Victoria without leaving the airport except to board a flight to NSW, or
  • if the person enters NSW by road or rail-travel by the most practicable direct route from the vessel to NSW.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must travel by the most practicable route to NSW.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must self-isolate except to attend court or meet other legal obligations.

Critical services

Under the public health order, critical services include

  • movement of freight on a commercial basis
  • movement of persons on a commercial basis
  • medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care
  • Commonwealth defence and security services
  • mining, agriculture, construction, energy or manufacturing
  • environmental cleaning and disinfection in a workplace or other non-residential premises to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on a commercial basis that is not available locally.

Permits

In most cases, if you are authorised, you (and anyone travelling with you) will need a current NSW border entry permit.

If parents, students or staff have questions they should contact their Principal. For general information regarding COVID-19 and schools, visit the NSW Department of Education.

Mandatory self-isolation

If a person is required to self-isolate under the public health order, they must: 

  • go directly to their place of residence or another suitable place to stay, or
  • travel directly out of NSW by air, road or rail.

Remain in self-isolation for 14 days

Once a person arrives at their place of residence or suitable accommodation, the person must remain at that place for 14 days since they entered NSW.

During the 14 day period, the affected person must follow the requirements of the NSW Health self-isolation guidelines and not leave the residence or place except 

  • to obtain medical care or medical supplies
  • to comply with a legal obligation
  • in an emergency
  • to provide a critical service
  • to leave NSW by a direct route.

If the person in self-isolation leaves the residence or place for any of these reasons, they must take all reasonable steps to minimise contact with other people.

No other person can enter the residence or place except if the other person

  • usually lives there or is complying with a direction under the public health order
  • is providing medical care or an emergency service
  • is delivering food or essential items.

Travel to other Australian states and territories

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.

Find out the rules that apply for travel to and from other states and territories.

Enforcement and penalties

Police officers at the border will have the power to refuse entry if you are not a resident of NSW and you present an unacceptable risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Police and public health officers will also be able to direct you to leave NSW if you are not a NSW resident and you are not authorised to enter NSW under the public health order.

A person found breaching the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020 faces an $11,000 fine and six months in prison.

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COVID-19 NSW border entry permit

Last updated: 3 August 2020

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