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Under public health orders, people who arrive in Sydney from overseas or by vessel from another port outside of NSW (other than travellers flying from New Zealand) must enter quarantine in a designated accommodation facility for 14 days.
If you arrive in NSW from overseas and instructed to quarantine in a hotel, your will be charged a fixed fee.
Quarantine applies to all overseas travellers (other than travellers flying from New Zealand) even if you are currently feeling well. This is to ensure we can help anyone who does become unwell on their return to Australia and also to keep our community COVID-safe.
Transiting through 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. Exemptions are generally only granted on strong medical, health or compassionate grounds. Receiving an exemption will be determined by a team of medical professionals.
If your departure flight is between 8 to 72 hours after arrival flight, you will be taken to the quarantine accommodation to wait until your departing flight.
You will need an approved exemption to leave hotel quarantine in order to onward travel. Learn more information.
Effective 25 February 2021
Rules apply to travellers from New Zealand that affect whether you can enter NSW or have to quarantine once you have entered.
NZ COVID-19 hotspots
If you arrive in NSW after 12:01am on 25 February 2021 and have visited or transited through a New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days you must
- go directly to a NSW quarantine facility (unless you chose to directly leave Australia), or
- if you require medical treatment, go directly to a medical facility for treatment.
You will be required to
- stay in the quarantine or medical facility for the quarantine period and
- pay the quarantine fees.
The New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot declared on 24 February 2021:
- Auckland including Auckland Airport.
Red zone flights
If your flight has not been in a New Zealand hotspot but has passengers or crew who have been in countries other than Australia or New Zealand in the last 14 days, the flight is considered a 'red zone flight'.
If you are on a red zone flight, you are considered a 'relevant person'. This means you will need to go into a quarantine facility for the quarantine period when you arrive in NSW. You will be charged a quarantine fee.
If your flight is not considered a red zone flight, you will not need to quarantine when you arrive in NSW.
Anyone arriving from New Zealand who is assessed by NSW Health as posing an unacceptable health risk of COVID-19 transmission may be directed to enter quarantine or leave Australia.
Travelling to Sydney on a domestic flight after arriving from overseas
Read NSW Health advice on Exemptions for air and maritime quarantine if you have travelled from an international destination and then transited to Sydney.
Travellers from other states and territories
There are currently no quarantine requirements for travellers who are already in Australia who are entering NSW from other states.
Transiting through NSW to another location in Australia
If you arrive in NSW from a country other than New Zealand, you must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine period before continuing your journey to another state or territory.
After this isolation period, you can transit domestically and travel home.
Australian states and territories have their own quarantine rules in place.
New Zealand travellers entering Australia via NSW should check local requirements prior to travelling there.
Some states and territories may require travellers from safe zone countries to quarantine on arrival.
Some require approval to travel across borders from NSW, or even a further isolation period when you arrive in that state.
For the latest information visit Australian Interstate Quarantine.
Quarantine arrangements in other Australian states
Visit the websites for other Australian states and territories for the latest information.