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Domestic travel – New South Wales

Current as of 18 January 2021, at 16:15 AEST

Wearing a face mask is mandatory when travelling on domestic flights and in airports — except when you’re eating or drinking. Air crew must also wear masks on flights and in airports.

Face masks are also mandatory in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) in certain indoor settings. See below for more information.

Children under 12 and those with exemptions do not need to wear a mask. Toddlers under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

Check the New South Wales Government's website for more information on mask requirements.

Border restrictions

New South Wales doesn't restrict entry to any state or territory, except in limited circumstances.

People can also enter NSW from New Zealand without having to quarantine.

Greater Brisbane, Queensland

Brisbane City, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland City local government areas have been classified as impacted areas. These areas of Greater Brisbane are subject to certain restrictions.

If you’ve been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane since 30 December 2020, you should get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

Please call NSW Health on 1300 066 055 for further advice.

For more information about the Greater Brisbane restrictions, visit covid19.qld.gov.au.

For more information about travelling to and from NSW, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19 and select ‘Travel to and from NSW’.

Travelling within NSW

The following travel restrictions currently apply.

Northern Beaches restrictions

The northern and southern areas of the Northern Beaches are now under the same restrictions as Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong

The following information applies to residents of the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong).

There are no restrictions on travelling to and from regional or rural NSW, or other areas of NSW. However, the NSW Government recommends delaying non-essential travel within NSW — especially between Greater Sydney and regional areas.

Local government areas in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong include.

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • The Hills Shire
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter's Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku–ring–gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Paramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland Shire
  • Sydney
  • Waverly
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong
  • Woollahra

To find the local council for your suburb, visit olg.nsw.gov.au. Then click on ‘For public’ and ‘Find your local council’.

For a map of Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19. Select ‘Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong’ and click on ‘Map of Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong’.

For the latest updates and information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

The rest of NSW

There are no restrictions on travelling to or from the rest of NSW. However, the NSW Government recommends delaying non-essential travel within NSW, especially between Greater Sydney and regional areas.

While it’s not mandatory outside the Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas, the NSW Government strongly recommends you wear a face mask at indoor premises or anywhere you can’t keep 1.5 metres from others — unless you can’t for health reasons or you’re a child under 12.

You should also wear a mask if you’re seeking medical advice, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Avoid using public transport if you can. Consider walking, cycling or driving instead. If you use public transport, you should wear a mask.

For more information about masks, visit the NSW Gatherings and Work page on the healthdirect COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

Anyone who’s vulnerable to COVID-19, such as those with medical conditions or who are over 70, should assess whether any easing of restrictions suit their condition.

NSW outbreaks

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

Travelling from NSW to other states and territories

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.

You should also check the government website of the state or territory you wish to visit.

Victoria

To learn more about Victoria's restrictions, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.

For assistance or more information on the border crossing permits, please call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and select option 2.

Queensland

For more information on restrictions, hotspots, border passes and other COVID-19 issues in Queensland, visit covid19.qld.gov.au. Alternatively, call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

Western Australia

For more information on restrictions in Western Australia, visit wa.gov.au. You can also call the WA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Helpline on 13 COVID (13 26843). If you're interstate, call 1800 595 206. If you're overseas, call +61 8 9118 3100.

South Australia

For more information on restrictions in South Australia, visit covid-19.sa.gov.au. You can also contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787, 9am to 5pm daily.

Tasmania

For more information on travel restrictions in Tasmania, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au. You can also call the Tasmanian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Helpline on 1800 671 738.

Australian Capital Territory

For more information about restrictions in the ACT, visit covid19.act.gov.au. You can also call the ACT COVID-19 helpline on (02) 6207 7244, between 8am and 8pm daily.

Northern Territory

For general information about travel in the NT — including to remote communities — call 1800 518 189, 8am to 4.30pm (ACST), Monday to Friday.

Travelling from New Zealand

You're allowed to travel from New Zealand to NSW without needing to quarantine.

Travellers must have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to travel. You must also travel on a quarantine-free flight.

At this stage, Australians aren’t allowed to travel to New Zealand under the same arrangement.

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.

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 — on day 10 of your quarantine — you'll be asked to take a COVID-19 test. If your test is negative, you'll be allowed to leave after your 14 days is complete. 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.

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.

Check the state or territory you wish to enter or visit interstatequarantine.org.au.

Mandatory face masks — Greater Sydney

Face masks are mandatory in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) in certain indoor settings.

  • shops, supermarkets and shopping centres
  • bank branches, post offices and Service NSW centres
  • public and shared transport, including waiting areas
  • indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas and theatres
  • gaming areas in licensed premises and betting agencies
  • premises used for public worship, including places of worship
  • hair and beauty premises
  • residential aged-care and disability-care facilities — if you’re a visitor or staff
  • hospitality venues — if you’re staff and have a customer-facing role

Children aged 12 and under, and those who can’t for health reasons, do not have to wear a mask.

On-the-spot fines of $200 will be given to individuals for non-compliance. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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

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