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Travel – New South Wales

Updated on 2 December 2021, at 12:35 AET

NSW restrictions

NSW is no longer under lockdown. However, different rules apply to people who are fully vaccinated and those who aren't fully vaccinated.

Rules for fully vaccinated people

Restrictions across NSW have eased for people who are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

There are no longer any restrictions for travel within NSW for fully vaccinated people.

You don’t need to register your travel.

You are allowed to carpool with people you don’t live with.

When you travel, you must:

  • carry evidence of your name and address
  • carry evidence that you have been fully vaccinated
  • produce that evidence to a police officer or authorised officer on request

Rules for people who aren't fully vaccinated

You do not need to register your travel. If you are not fully vaccinated, you cannot take a holiday or undertake recreation outside the LGA you live in.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can only carpool with members of your household. You are only allowed to share a car with someone you do not live with:

  • in an emergency
  • for a compassionate reason
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • if a car is used as a taxi or rideshare
  • to use a vehicle for your work
  • to provide a public transport service

Children under 16 years who aren't fully vaccinated can travel in a vehicle with someone they don't live with. They don't have to carry or produce evidence of their name and address.

Further reopening at 95% double vaccination or 15 December

When NSW reaches its 95% double-vaccination target or from Wednesday 15 December 2021 — whichever comes first — restrictions will ease further.

Regardless of your vaccination status, you can:

  • travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW
  • carpool

Mandatory face masks

To learn about which face-mask rules apply to you, see ‘Face masks — New South Wales' in the Restriction Checker.

Proof of vaccination

You must carry evidence that you have been fully vaccinated and produce it for inspection at a venue or event — or to a police or other authorised officer — if required.

For more information on proof of vaccination, go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19/vaccination/proof.

Entering NSW from interstate

Follow the rules for wearing a face mask in NSW, at airports and on commercial flights.

Affected areas, areas of concern and places of high concern

The NSW government classifies some interstate areas as either an ‘affected area’, ‘area of concern’ or ‘place of high concern’. Find an up-to-date list of these areas at nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/interstate-hotspots.

The NSW Government has declared the following states and territories as having places of high concern:

  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • The ACT

‘Places of high concern’ refers to specific exposure locations or public transport routes.

Victoria

There are no requirements for fully vaccinated Victorians entering New South Wales, unless they have been to a place of high concern in Victoria. A Victorian who is over 16 years and not fully vaccinated is not allowed to enter NSW for recreation or a holiday.

Residents returning to NSW and anyone already in NSW

If you’ve been to an affected area in the past 14 days, you must complete a travel declaration within the 24 hours before you enter NSW.

If you’ve been to an area of concern in the past 14 days, you must complete a travel declaration within the 24 hours before you enter NSW.

Get the declaration form at service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/travellers-entering-nsw.

After you’ve entered NSW, you must:

  • travel to your home or accommodation immediately
  • stay there unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave — such as getting food, going to school or childcare, or exercising outdoors
  • stay there for 14 days since you were in the area of concern

If you’ve been to a place of high concern in the past 14 days, check the NSW COVID-19 concerns notice to find out if you’re considered a casual contact or a close contact.

If you’re a close contact, you must:

  • complete a travel declaration within the 24 hours before you enter NSW
  • self-isolate at home or your accommodation for 14 days since you were in the place of high concern

If you’re a casual contact, you must:

  • complete a travel declaration within the 24 hours before you enter NSW
  • get tested immediately
  • self-isolate until you get a negative test result

Non-residents planning to enter NSW

If you’ve been to an affected area in the past 14 days, complete a travel declaration within the 24 hours before you enter NSW.

If you’ve been to an area of concern in the past 14 days, complete a travel declaration within the 24 hours before you enter NSW.

After you’ve entered NSW, you must:

  • immediately travel to your home or accommodation
  • stay there unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave — such as getting food, going to school or childcare, or exercising outdoors
  • stay there for 14 days since you were in the area of concern

Get the declaration form at service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/travellers-entering-nsw.

If you’ve been to a place of high concern in the past 14 days, check the NSW COVID-19 concerns notice to find out if you’re considered a casual contact or a close contact.

If you’re a close contact, you can’t enter NSW. Follow the rules of the state or territory that you are currently in.

If you are a close contact and you are fully vaccinated, you are allowed to enter NSW. You must self-isolate until it has been 7 days since you were last at the place of high concern.

If you’re a casual contact, you may enter NSW if you’ve been tested and your test returns a negative result. You must:

  • complete a travel declaration within the 24 hours before you enter NSW
  • keep a copy of your test result to show authorities if needed

If you’re planning to enter NSW or you’ve already arrived, follow the rules for the states or territories that you’ve been to in the past 14 days.

Border communities

NSW-Victoria border-region residents don’t need to complete a declaration form to enter NSW if they stay within the border region after entering NSW.

For a map of the border region go to service.nsw.gov.au/border-zone-address-check.

If you‘re a border-region resident and you have travelled outside the border region, the stay-at-home rules may apply.

NSW-Queensland border zone residents can cross the Queensland border for essential work and other essential reasons.

See ‘Travel - Queensland’ in the healthdirect Restriction Checker for details.

Travelling from NSW to other states and territories

People leaving NSW must follow the restrictions of the state or territory they enter. For the travel restrictions in other states and territories, use the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

Transiting through NSW

You can transit through NSW to another location.

Travelling to Norfolk Island

Visitors and residents of Norfolk Island must apply for a Norfolk Island Entry Pass before travelling to the island. You may be told to have a COVID-19 test on arrival by the Norfolk Island Hospital and Residential Age Care Service (NIHRACS).

To apply for an Entry Pass, visit norfolkisland.gov.nf and search ‘Norfolk Entry Pass’.

You may need to self-isolate on arrival — depending on whether you’ve been in a hotspot in the past 14 days. For the latest information, please visit norfolkisland.gov.nf and click on ‘COVID update’.

International arrivals

All international passengers who have recently landed in NSW and their household contacts should read NSW Health information. The factsheet applies to all international passengers arriving in NSW and includes information on self-isolation rules and travelling from the airport to your accommodation.

People who have arrived from countries of concern

These rules apply to people who are fully vaccinated as well as people who are not fully vaccinated. Countries of concern are Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.

If you have arrived in NSW on or after 28 November 2021 and in the past 14 days you have been to any of the countries of concern, you must go into mandatory 14-day quarantine.

If you arrived in NSW before 28 November 2021 and in the past 14 days you have been to any of these countries of concern, you must:

  • get a PCR (nose and throat swab) test as soon as practicable after arriving
  • travel to your home or a place suitable to self-isolate
  • self-isolate for 14 days
  • immediately contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553

All other fully vaccinated overseas travellers

If you're fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication (including accompanied children under 12) and you’ve just arrived in NSW from overseas and have not been in a country of concern in the past 14 days, you must:

  • get a COVID-19 PCR (nose and throat) test no later than 24 hours after arrival in NSW and on or after day 6 of arriving in NSW
  • travel by the most practicable direct route to your residence, or other suitable place in NSW or interstate where you intend to self-isolate. It’s recommended that vaccinated passengers travel in a private vehicle, taxi, rideshare or by interstate air or rail travel
  • self-isolate for 72 hours or until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result, whichever is later

You must not go to any high-risk settings, such as aged care, disability care, healthcare and correctional facilities, until at least 7 days after arrival into NSW have passed, and you have received a negative result from your day 6 test.

People who have a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination must not enter these high-risk settings for at least 14 days after arriving in NSW. They must also not attend childcare, schools or other education settings during this time.

Children aged 12 to 17 who are not fully vaccinated will need to have a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival into Australia and quarantine at home for 7 days. A second PCR test will be required on day 5 or 6 before completing quarantine.

There are additional rules for children under 18 years of age who are not fully vaccinated. These children:

  • must not attend school or childcare until at least 7 days have passed and they have a negative result from their day 6 test
  • must not enter any high-risk settings (aged care, disability care, health care and correctional facilities) for 14 days after arriving in NSW.

These restrictions do not include accessing personal medical care, aged or disability care services.

For more information, including on exemptions, go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19/travel-restrictions/international-travel-rules.

For more on children arriving in NSW from overseas, go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19/travel-restrictions/quarantine/children-arriving-nsw..

Transiting through NSW to an international location

International transit passengers arriving in Australia can depart on another international flight if your transit time is less than 8 hours and you can stay 'airside' — in the transit zone.

This is possible only if your bags are checked through to your next destination. You don't need to apply for an exemption and can continue your journey to another country.

If you go through Immigration, you’ll require an exemption.

If your departure flight is between 8 to 72 hours after the arrival flight, you'll be taken to a quarantine hotel until your departing flight. You’ll require an exemption.

Transiting through NSW to another location in Australia

If you have been in a country of concern, you must follow the rules for people arriving in NSW from countries of concern.

Australian states and territories have their own quarantine rules. Some require approval to travel across borders from NSW or complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Check the government website of the state or territory you wish to enter.

Service NSW COVID Safe check-in

The Service NSW COVID Safe check-in app is mandatory across most businesses, venues and events. See service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/service-nsw-mobile-app for more details.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can apply for COVID-19 check-in card at service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/create-covid-19-check-card.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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