Travelling within NSW (intrastate)

Entering Greater Sydney

Non-residents may not enter Greater Sydney without a reasonable excuse. This includes the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

Reasonable excuses to enter Greater Sydney include:

  • returning to your residence in Greater Sydney;
  • work that is not reasonably practicable to perform at home;
  • for the purposes of childcare;
  • to attend school (or other educational institution) if it is impossible to attend from home;
  • obtain medical care/supplies or donate blood (including receiving your COVID-19 vaccination);
  • fulfil carer responsibilities or provide care/assistance to a vulnerable person;
  • compassionate grounds (including where two people are in a relationship and do not live together);
  • to uphold family contact arrangements (where children who do not live in the same household as their parents or siblings/one of their parents or siblings). 
  • for emergencies (to avoid illness, injury, and/or risk of harm);
  • for animal welfare;
  • to fulfil any legal obligations;
  • to access public services, such as:
    • social services;
    • employment services;
    • domestic violence services;
    • mental health services;
    • victims‘ services;
  • inspecting or moving to a new place of residence;
  • for the purposes of leaving temporary accommodation (e.g. a hotel/motel) if:
    • your booking has expired; and
    • you go directly to your new place of residence.
  • to supervise or facilitate the relocation of a business’ premises;
  • to go to your place of worship or provide pastoral care (applies only to priests, ministers of religion, and members of a religious order);
  • attending a small (max. 10 people) funeral or memorial service;

Taking a holiday is not a reasonable excuse. 

Leaving Greater Sydney

Residents of Greater Sydney must not leave the region unless:

  • they are an authorised worker; or
  • they are inspecting or moving to a new place of residence.
    • Note that you may not inspect any premises without a genuine intention of moving there

From 12:01 am Saturday 21 August 2021, people leaving the Greater Sydney region for the above-stated reasons must not leave without a permit issued by Service NSW.

Authorised workers are not permitted to travel more than 50 km outside of the Greater Sydney unless:

  • they have returned a negative COVID-19 test result within the last 7 days; and
  • they are carrying evidence of the test result;
  • they are carrying identification that includes their address (e.g., a driver’s licence) if they are over 16 years of age.

Travelling through NSW

You will not be subject to NSW’s Public Health Orders if you are:

  • travelling through NSW in a vehicle and you do not leave your vehicle (or leave the State via the most direct practicable route);
  • entering NSW by air/boat and do not leave the airport/port whilst in the State (or leave the State via the most direct practicable route);
  • entering NSW so that you can go to an airport/port (via the most direct practicable route) to travel outside of the State.
    • Travelling ‘via the most direct practicable routedoesn’t stop you from:
      • obtaining essential supplies (e.g., fuel);
      • reasonably stopping to rest or have a meal;
      • dealing with an emergency.

Travelling to NSW (interstate)

The COVID-19 concerns notice identifies affected areas, areas of concern, and places of high concern (which can be designated as either close contact places or casual contact places).

People intending to enter NSW who have:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Has been listed on the COVID-19 Concerns Notice as:

Anyone who has been in the ACT on or after 12:01 am Thursday 5 August 2021, they must immediately travel to their place of residence and self-isolate for the 14 days from when they were last in the ACT.

If a person over 16 years of age or over has been to the ACT on or after 5 pm Thursday 12 August 2021, they must complete a traveller self-declaration either:

  • 24 hours prior to entering NSW; or
  • upon entering NSW.

Click here to complete your NSW Entry Declaration if travelling from the ACT.

Northern Territory

No travel declaration is required when travelling from the Northern Territory to NSW.

Queensland

Has been listed on the COVID-19 Concerns Notice as:

If a person over 16 years of age or over has been to Queensland on or after 12:01 pm Monday 12 June 2021, they must complete a traveller self-declaration either:

  • 24 hours prior to entering NSW; or
  • upon entering NSW.

Click here to complete your NSW Entry Declaration if travelling from Queensland.

South Australia

No travel declaration is required when travelling from South Australia to NSW.

Tasmania

No travel declaration is required when travelling from Tasmania to NSW.

Victoria

Has been listed on the COVID-19 Concerns Notice as:

Anyone who has been to Victoria on or after 8 pm Thursday 5 August 2021 must immediately travel to their place of residence and self-isolate for the 14 days from when they were last in the Victoria.

If a person over 16 years of age or over has been to Victoria on or after 13 May 2021, they must complete a traveller self-declaration either:

  • 24 hours prior to entering NSW; or
  • upon entering NSW.

Click here to complete your NSW Entry Declaration if you are travelling from Victoria.

NSW-Victoria Border Region Residents

Exceptions apply to NSW-Victoria border region residents. Check this map to see if you qualify as one of these residents.

You do not need to complete a NSW Entry Declaration if:

Western Australia

No travel declaration is required when travelling from Western Australia to NSW.

For more information on rules for interstate travellers, see the NSW Government website.

Travelling from NSW (interstate)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

The ACT Government has declared all of NSW a COVID-19 Affected Area as of 5 pm Thursday 12 August 2021.

ACT Residents:

Any residents wishing to return to the ACT after 5 pm Thursday 12 August will be required to complete an online exemption form at least 72 hours before they arrive in the ACT and immediately self-isolate for 14 days from when they were last in NSW.

Non-ACT Residents: 

Anyone wishing to travel to the ACT who is not a resident will require an approved exemption from ACT Health before their arrival and will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you are a NSW in one of the approved postcodes surrounding the ACT, you may apply for a standing exemption for essential purposes including:

  • undertaking essential work;
  • attending to parental responsibilities (e.g., childcare) if you are an essential worker;
  • attending to medical/healthcare needs (including receiving the COVID-19 vaccination);
  • providing urgent compassionate care, support, or assistance to a vulnerable person;
  • to visit a partner you are in a relationship with but do not live with;
  • essential animal welfare purposes; and
  • shop for essential goods (e.g., groceries and medicine) when not available in your region.

Click here on more information on applying for a Standing Order Exemption.

For more information, visit the Australian Capital Territory Government’s website.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government has declared all of NSW (including Sydney Airport) a COVID-19 Hotspot.

Entry to the Northern Territory is not permitted from any site listed as a Hotspot unless you are a returning resident.

Anyone defined as a close contact by NSW Health that arrives to the Northern Territory from 5 pm Tuesday 22 June 2021 onwards must:

Anyone defined as a close contact by NSW Health that arrives to the Northern Territory between Friday 11 June – 5 pm Tuesday 22 June 2021 must:

Anyone defined as a casual contact by NSW Health that arrives to the Northern Territory from 11 June 2021 (until otherwise directed) must:

Exemptions to Quarantine

There are certain essential workers that will be eligible to apply for an exemption to quarantine, these include:

Click here to apply for an exemption to quarantine.

For more information on the Northern Territory’s travel restrictions, visit the Northern Territory Government’s website or call the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

Queensland

  • From 1 am Monday 13 Septembertravel for essential work and essential purposes, between Queensland and most Local Government Areas (all LGAs east of Moree Plains, inclusive) in the New South Wales border zone, will be allowed.

The Queensland Government has declared all of NSW a COVID-19 hotspot. Click here to see when the Queensland Chief Health Officer declared different LGAs and Unincorporated Areas as hotspots.

You may only enter Queensland if:

You cannot cross the Queensland border if you have been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the start date that the area was declared a hotspot (whichever is shorter). 

Note that if an area is removed from the list of COVID-19 hotspots, you may enter Queensland as soon as the area is removed, even if you were in the hotspot 14 days before you enter Queensland.

if an area of Australia is removed from the list of COVID-19 hotspots, a person may enter Queensland as soon as the area is no longer a COVID-19 hotspot, even if the person had been in the COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to their entry to Queensland.

Anyone who has been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since their start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless they are a Queensland resident or have an exemption. Anyone allowed to enter will need to complete 14 days mandatory quarantine.

The New South Wales border zone residents can only cross the border for an essential purpose. Likewise, Queensland residents can only enter the New South Wales border zone for an essential purpose.

From 7 September there will be additional requirements people must follow when they leave government arranged quarantine.

From 1am AEST 24 August, if you are relocating to Queensland from a hotspot (including the New South Wales border zone) you can only fly into Brisbane or Gold Coast. If you are relocating to Queensland and fly into another airport, you will be directed to fly back to the hotspot you came from.

For more information, visit the Queensland Government’s website.

South Australia

Travellers arriving from New South Wales are currently prohibited from entering South Australia, except for Essential Travellers and some permitted arrivals.

Lord Howe Island, is a territory of NSW and should be aligned with New South Wales restrictions. In the event that a traveller wants to dispute the restrictions, they should be advised to lodge an exemption request with SA Health.

Exceptions

Essential travellers

  • Essential travellers, who have been in New South Wales in the 14 days prior to arrival, may enter South Australia subject to Level 4 requirements:
    • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
    • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
    • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public.
  • Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.
  • Commercial transport and freight operators arriving from New South Wales will be required to present evidence they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours and QR code in at the testing station.
  • Furniture removalists must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours; or must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours. Such travellers must wear a mask in public and QR code in at the testing station.

SA residents

  • Returning South Australian residents and people genuinely relocating to South Australia must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.
  • Applications for Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will automatically result in a declined application.

People escaping domestic violence

  • People escaping domestic violence, who have been in NSW at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, are subject to Level 5 requirements:
    • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13.
    • Quarantine as directed determined by an authorised officer for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
    • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.
    • Must display a sign provided by an authorised officer at the entrance of the place to alert persons attending the place that it is a place of quarantine.
  • People escaping domestic violence can travel if their matter is urgent. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

Commonwealth MPs

  • Commonwealth MPs and staff who have been in NSW at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, will be subject to Level 5 requirements:
    • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13.
    • Quarantine as directed.
    • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.
    • Must display a sign provided by an authorised officer at the entrance of the place to alert persons attending the place that it is a place of quarantine.
  • The NSW Cross Border Travel corridor no longer applies and members are not permitted to enter South Australia (Level 6) unless they are an essential traveller (excluding cross border community members) or permitted arrival.

Overseas arrivals

  • People who are overseas arrivals (including South Australian residents or people genuinely relocating to South Australia) having completed 14 days quarantine in NSW, must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.
  • Note that submitting the Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will result in a declined application.

Transiting through Sydney Airport

  • If you transit through Sydney Airport from another state,1 upon arrival in South Australia, you will be subject to level 4 requirements:
    • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13
    • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
    • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public
  • Should the traveller leave the airport they will be considered as a traveller from NSW and be subject to level 6 requirements (prohibited from entering), unless they have an exemption from an authorised officer.
  • If you have been in ACT, NSW, QLD or VIC in the 14 days prior to your arrival in South Australia, you will be bound by the higher level of restrictions currently applying to those zones.

Passing through New South Wales

  • Travellers (apart from travellers from the ACT and Victoria) who have passed through New South Wales via car are subject to Level 4 requirements:
    • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
    • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
    • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public.

For more information, visit the South Australian Government’s website.

Tasmania

Travel to Tasmania from New South Wales is currently heavily restricted.

  • All of NSW is a high-risk (Level 1) area. High-risk (Level 1) premises and  Local Government Areas are also in place. If you have been at any of the high-risk premises at the dates or times identified or specific Local Government Areas in the 14 days before your travel you cannot travel to Tasmania at this time.
  • People who have spent time in other areas of NSW in the 14 days before their travel cannot enter Tasmania unless approved, including Tasmanian residents.
  • If approved, those flying into the State must arrive at Hobart Airport and quarantine must be undertaken in government-designated accommodation in Hobart at their own cost. Arrivals on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry will quarantine at a government-designated hotel in Devonport. You will be required to quarantine even if you transit through NSW by road or rail. Read more about transit rules.
  • Travellers must provide evidence of having undertaken a COVID-19 test and received a negative result in the 72 hours before they are due to arrive in Tasmania.
  • Do not assume you will be approved to enter Tasmania. Approval is only being provided for exceptional circumstances (including end of life visits) and where there is capacity in hotel quarantine. Currently hotel quarantine accommodation is limited so you may be required to reapply if you cannot be immediately accommodated in hotel quarantine.
  • It is recommended that you do not make travel bookings until you are approved to enter Tasmania.
  • Processing of applications – which are made via the G2G PASS system – is being prioritised based on arrival date.
  • It is an offence – and you will be fined – if you arrive in Tasmania from a high-risk area without prior approval from the State Controller (or Delegate).

For more information, visit the Tasmanian Government’s website.

Victoria

NSW has been classified as an ‘extreme’ risk zone:

  • If you have been in an extreme risk zone at any time since the zone started over the last 14 days, you cannot enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception, or a valid permit (specified worker permit, cross border extreme risk zone permit, or transit permit). Only cross border community residents may be eligible to apply for an extreme risk zone permit.
  • This applies to Victorian residents and non-Victorian residents.
  • Even if you have an exemption, exception or another valid permit, conditions will still apply if you have been in an extreme risk zone. In most cases, these conditions will include quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you attempt to enter Victoria from an extreme risk zone without an exemption, exception or a valid permit, you face a fine of up to AUD$5452 and could be sent back or placed in Hotel Quarantine.
  • Exemptions are only provided in rare circumstances.

For more information, see the Victorian Government’s website.

Western Australia

NSW is currently listed by the Western Australian Government as an ‘extreme risk jurisdiction’. In these jurisdictions:

  • You are not permitted to enter without approval through G2G PASS.
  • Exemptions are restricted to Commonwealth, State and specialist functions only;
  • If permitted entry, you will be directed to undertake 14 days of hotel quarantine at a Government approved quarantine facility at your own expense.
  • Approved travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure.
  • You must provide proof of receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, where eligible.
  • Approved travellers will be required to use the G2G Now app on arrival in WA;
  • You will undertake COVID-19 tests on days one, five and 13.
  • You must wear a mask from when you enter WA until you arrive at government-approved quarantine facilities. In addition, if travelling by air, you must also wear a mask on the flight, and while inside the airport (with some exceptions – e.g. children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask).

For more information, see the Western Australian Government’s website.