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Domestic travel – New South Wales

Current as of 23 September 2020, at 11:30 AEST

Border restrictions

New South Wales only restricts entry to travellers coming from Victoria. However, people leaving NSW are subject to the border restrictions of any state or territory they plan to enter. Check the government website of the state or territory you wish to visit.


New South Wales has temporarily shut its border with Victoria.

Anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must not enter NSW unless they’re eligible and hold a current border entry permit.

NSW residents — other than NSW border-zone residents — who plan to return from Victoria can only enter via Sydney airport or another NSW airport. Residents must immediately go into 14 days’ hotel quarantine. If they’re coming from Victoria and are exempt from hotel quarantine, they must quarantine at home for 14 days.

If you’re permanently moving to NSW, you’ll need to fly to Sydney and complete 14 days’ mandatory quarantine.

Travellers arriving from Victoria — including returning NSW residents — will need to pay a fee for their hotel quarantine.

  • Travellers will be charged $3,000 for one adult.

Fees for additional occupants are:

  • additional adults — $1,000 each
  • children under 18 years of age — $500 each
  • child under 3 years of age — no additional cost

You won’t be charged more if you’re required to stay in quarantine longer than 14 days. If you stay in quarantine for less than 48 hours, you won’t be charged a fee. If you stay longer than 48 hours but less than 14 days for any reason, you’ll be charged a portion of the applicable quarantine fee — depending on the length of your stay.

All passengers will have police and health checks on arrival. Anyone without a permit must also quarantine for 14 days in special accommodation.

For more information on permits, visit and click on ‘Border Restrictions’ in the ‘What you can and can’t do’ box.

Your permit will indicate if you need to get tested for COVID-19 or meet any other conditions. If you are quarantining at home, other people in your home don't need to quarantine if they didn't arrive from Victoria.

If you arrive from Victoria, you don't need a border entry permit if you’re entering:

  • as an emergency or law enforcement services worker
  • to access emergency medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care
  • to avoid injury or escape a risk of harm

There are a few exemptions where NSW residents can enter NSW from Victoria without a permit and without needing to quarantine. For more information, visit and click on ‘NSW border permit’.

If you're returning to NSW from anywhere else in Australia, you won’t need to quarantine at home.

NSW-Victoria border region

A NSW-Victoria border region has been established. This allows border-region residents with a current border-region resident permit to travel within the border region for any reason.

You can check if you’re a border resident by visiting Select ‘NSW-Victoria border restrictions’. Click on ‘Find more information for border region residents’. Select ‘Border region map and address check’.

Border region residents can apply for their permit on the Service NSW website.

If you have a border-region resident permit that was current at 12.01am on Thursday 17 September 2020, it’ll be considered a new border-region resident permit that’s subject to the new conditions and it’ll continue to be valid until it expires.

Victorian border region residents don’t need to comply with Victorian stay-at-home directions when they’re in the border region that sits in NSW. They’re not allowed to travel to any part of NSW that’s beyond the border region. They can’t enter NSW if they’ve been to a restricted area in Victoria or a COVID-19 area of concern in the last 14 days.

NSW border region residents must not travel to any part of Victoria that’s beyond the border region or to a COVID-19 area of concern. If they do, their permit won’t authorise them to re-enter NSW and they’ll need to apply for a NSW resident’s permit to come back in. This means they’ll need to fly to Sydney airport and quarantine.

For more information on the border region, visit and select ‘NSW-Victoria border restrictions’.

You can also call Service NSW 24 hours, 7 days a week on 13 77 88 if you have any COVID-19 related queries.

Travelling within NSW

There are no limitations on people who live in NSW travelling within NSW.

Up to 20 people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental. More than 20 people can stay in a holiday home or holiday rental if they’re all members of the same household.

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

You’re also urged to wear a mask — unless you’re a child under 12 — if you can’t reliably stay 1.5 metres from others. Children under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks because they’re a suffocation and choking risk.

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

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

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.

International travellers

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.

International arrivals to NSW have been capped at 50 people per flight, with no more than 350 passengers allowed each day. This is to ensure that hotel quarantine is manageable and effective.

From Monday 28 September, international arrivals to NSW will be capped at 500 passengers per day.

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

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit

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