COVID-19 information for international arrivals
If you are arriving in NSW from overseas, follow this advice to protect yourself and people around you from COVID-19.
Who is this information for?
This information applies to anyone who arrives in NSW from a country outside Australia in the last 14 days. This includes if you:
- have come to Australia on a flight from an overseas country
- have arrived on a vessel (e.g. cruise ship) that has travelled to an international port.
What should I do before I travel to NSW?
What should I do when I arrive in NSW?
It is not mandatory to have a COVID-19 test after arriving in NSW if you have travelled overseas.
Masks are not mandatory in airports, cruise terminals or on public transport in NSW.
However, it is important to remember that travelling and interacting closely with people can put you at increased risk of COVID-19. NSW Health recommends people wear masks where they cannot physically distance from others, in crowded, indoor places, and in settings where there are people who at high risk of severe illness.
You are at risk of testing positive to COVID-19 for up to 14 days after being exposed to someone with the virus. Most people will test positive in the first 7 days. This is why it is important to be careful to protect the people around you, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness, during this time.
To protect your loved ones and everyone around you, it is recommended that you monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 after arrival. If you develop symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 and stay home until your symptoms have resolved, even if you receive a negative result.
Please see What COVID-19 test should I do?
How else can I help slow the spread of COVID-19 while I am in NSW?
What if I test positive to COVID-19 in NSW?
If you test positive to COVID-19, follow the advice in Testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home.
Stay home until your symptoms resolve, and don't visit people at high risk of severe illness, or anyone in high-risk settings, such as hospitals, aged or disability care facilities for at least 7 days.
If you have to leave the house wear a mask when indoors and on public transport, avoid large gatherings and crowded, indoor places.