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Domestic travel – New South Wales

Updated on 8 April 2021, at 13:00 AET

Travelling within NSW

There are no restrictions on travelling to and between city, rural and remote areas of NSW. However, NSW Health recommends practising physical distancing and hand hygiene when you travel — or anywhere you can’t keep 1.5 metres from others.

Anyone who’s vulnerable to COVID-19, such as those with medical conditions or people over 70, should avoid unnecessary travel.

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

Rural and remote towns with Aboriginal communities

Many Aboriginal communities in NSW are uncomfortable about tourists travelling to their towns and communities. Contact the local council for advice before you travel to a small remote town or community.

NSW hotspots

For more information about NSW hotspots, case locations and testing clinics — including public health advice — visit the ‘Hotspots and case locations in NSW’ page on the healthdirect COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

Face masks

  • Everyone in NSW must wear a face mask in all NSW airports and on domestic commercial flights into or out of NSW — including when the flight is landing at or taking off from the airport.
  • NSW Health strongly recommends that you wear a mask in situations where you’re not able to stay 1.5m from people you don’t live with — including on public transport or indoors at a public place.
  • Before you go to an aged-cared facility or any other health settings such as hospitals, find out the current arrangements in place for any facility you plan to visit.
  • Children 12 years and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
  • Toddlers under 2 years of age and babies shouldn’t wear a mask as they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

Travelling from interstate

Rules and restrictions for entry to NSW apply when a ‘concerns notice’ identifies interstate hotspots, affected areas and places of concern.

Travelling from Queensland

If you arrive in NSW and you’ve been in Greater Brisbane in the previous 14 days, you must complete an entry declaration form (Queensland). The form must be completed no more than 24 hours before you enter NSW, or on entry to NSW.

To find this form, visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au. Then search ‘Queensland declaration entry form’.

The Queensland Government has listed several areas of concern at covid19.qld.gov.au. Click on ‘Contact tracing alerts — sites of exposure’ for the full list.

If you’re coming from Queensland and have visited a category A area of high concern‘close contact venue’ — at the specified times listed in the COVID-19 concerns notice:

  • you may only enter or transit through NSW if you are a NSW resident
  • you must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days

If you have visited a category B area of high concern‘casual contact venue’ — at the specified times listed in the COVID-19 concerns notice:

  • you won’t be able to enter or transit through NSW unless you are a returning NSW resident
  • get tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • self-quarantine until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result

If you have been to a close contact or casual contact venue, before you travel you must contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

To access the COVID-19 concerns notice, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/interstate-hotspots and click on ‘COVID-19 concerns notice’.

For more information call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Travelling from NSW to other states and territories

NSW Health is advising people in NSW against non-essential travel to the Greater Brisbane area at this time. Check Queensland's COVID-19 alerts before you travel.

Go to covid19.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Contact tracing alerts — sites of exposure’.

People leaving NSW are subject to the border restrictions of any state or territory they plan to enter. For more information about travel restrictions in your state or territory, 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. They must be prepared to take a COVID-19 test on arrival if the Norfolk Island Hospital and Residential Age Care (NIHRACS) advises. To apply for an Entry Pass, visit norfolkisland.gov.nf and search ‘Norfolk Entry Pass’.

There may be travel restrictions in place and you may need to self-isolate on arrival — depending on whether you have been in a hotspot in the past 14 days. For the latest information on travelling to Norfolk Island, please visit norfolkisland.gov.nf and click on ‘COVID update’.

Travelling from New Zealand

When you arrive in NSW from New Zealand, you must:

  • provide your contact details and place of accommodation in NSW before you leave the airport
  • sign a declaration form

The form must be completed no more than 24 hours before you enter NSW, or on entry to NSW.

You can find the form at service.nsw.gov.au and searching ‘New Zealand arrival declaration form’.

The travel bubble arrangement allows you to travel from New Zealand to NSW without needing to quarantine.

You will not need to quarantine if:

  • you and people on your flight have only been in Australia or New Zealand in the 14 days prior to arrival
  • you do not have COVID-19 symptoms
  • you have completed a declaration form

If you arrive from New Zealand you should monitor for even the mildest of symptoms. If you become unwell, get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

People arriving from New Zealand who wish to travel to other states or territories should check the local requirements that apply in that jurisdiction.

Before flying to Australia from New Zealand, travellers will need to complete the Australia Travel Declaration online and print and complete the COVID-19 Declaration form.

COVID-19 testing for travel clearance purposes is conducted at private pathology clinics only. Charges may apply for COVID-19 testing services for travel.

To download the form or for more information, visit covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au and search ‘New Zealand safe travel zone’ and ‘Australia Travel Declaration’.

International travellers

All other international travellers returning to Australia must quarantine for 14 days in designated accommodation at their own expense.

Travellers will be charged $3,000 for one adult, with additional costs for other occupants in the room:

  • Additional adults: $1,000 each
  • Additional children: $500 each
  • Child under 3: no additional cost

In NSW you will need to take a COVID-19 test on day 2, day 10, and any time you experience symptoms of COVID-19. If your test is negative, you'll be allowed to leave after your 14 days is complete — provided you don’t have any symptoms. If you refuse to take a test, you'll need to quarantine for a further 10 days.

Anyone who arrives from overseas who is exempt from hotel quarantine must quarantine at home for 14 days.

Returned travellers will also be contacted by NSW Health contact tracers 2 days after they leave hotel quarantine to check on their health and ask them get another COVID-19 test.

NSW has capped the number of international travellers that can arrive each day. This to ensure that hotel quarantine is manageable and effective. These caps are reviewed periodically, and you should contact your airline for more information.

If you're 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' — in the transit zone. This is possible only if your bags have been checked through to your next destination. You don't 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 the arrival flight, you'll be taken to a quarantine hotel to wait until your departing flight. An exemption must be approved.

If you're transiting through NSW 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 more information, check the government website of the state or territory you wish to enter.

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