TRAVELLING WITHIN NSW (INTRASTATE)

GREATER SYDNEY

Please note that from Monday 11 October 2021, registration for travel is no longer required.

If you are a resident of Greater Sydney, you must not travel outside of the Greater Sydney region unless:

  • You are travelling for the purposes of work.
  • You are inspecting or moving to a new place of residence:
    • No one else will be allowed to move to that residence with you if you are moving for one of the following reasons:
      • Employment.
      • Urgent maintenance/repairs.
      • Animal welfare.
    • You may not inspect any premises without a genuine intention of moving there.

REGIONAL NSW

If you are a resident of Regional NSW, you may travel to any other area within Regional NSW, but you may not enter Greater Sydney.

Click here to see the Greater Sydney boundaries.

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).
  • 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 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.
  • Upon entering NSW.

You will be required to complete this self-declaration form every time you enter NSW. However, an exemption is also in place so that a person entering NSW from the Australian Capital Territory border region only needs to complete a declaration form no more than once every 72 hours.

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

Residents of the ACT that have been to a place of high concern at the time specified in the COVID-19 concerns notice can enter NSW for the purpose of transiting to the ACT. In such a case, they must travel by the most practicable direct route and comply with the Interstate Traveller Guidelines while in NSW.

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 Wednesday 16 June 2021, they must complete a traveller self-declaration either:

  • 24 hours prior to entering NSW.
  • Upon entering NSW.

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

You will be required to complete this self-declaration form every time you enter NSW. However, an exemption is in place so that a person entering NSW from the Queensland border region only needs to complete a declaration form no more than once every 72 hours.

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 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 form either:

  • 24 hours prior to entering NSW.
  • 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.

Please note that an exemption has been signed under the Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Travellers) Order (No 3) 2021 to exempt certain emergency services workers from the requirement to complete a traveller declaration 24 hours before or on entry into NSW if they are entering NSW to respond to an emergency. However, the worker will need to complete a declaration within 72 hours after entering NSW.

An exemption is also in place to allow a person to be away from their residence for the purposes of feeding and attending to animals (despite the Minister’s direction to immediately travel and isolate at a person’s residence after entering NSW) but only if no other person is reasonably available to care for the animals, subject to certain conditions. 

Travelling from NSW (interstate)

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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

ACT Residents:

ACT residents who have spent any time in NSW in the previous 14 days will need to complete the online exemption form within 72 hours prior to arriving in the ACT and enter quarantine immediately for 14 days. Exemptions will be granted to ACT residents once the ACT Government has verified your identity and your residency.

Non-ACT Residents: 

Any non-residents will require an approved exemption from ACT Health prior to arriving in the ACT and will also enter quarantine for 14 days.

Exemptions will only be considered in the following circumstances:

  • You are an essential worker in healthcare, government, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure, education, or a Member of Parliament (or one of their staff).
  • Compassionate grounds such as attending the funeral of an immediate family member or visiting a family member receiving palliative care.
  • You urgently require a service only available in the ACT.
  • You wish to enter for child access or critical care arrangements.
  • You are required to attend court or legal proceedings in the ACT.
  • You are moving the ACT permanently.

If you are granted an exemption, you must enter quarantine immediately for 14 days at suitable premises or at a hotel at your own expense.

Click here for more information on applying for an exemption to enter the ACT.

Please note that from 20 August 2021, exemptions will not be granted for travellers from outside the NSW/ACT border resident postcodes who have a COVID-19 vaccination booked in the ACT.

If you are a NSW/ACT border resident in one of the approved postcodes, you may apply for a standing exemption for essential work and healthcare reasons only.

Click here to see the approved NSW/ACT border resident postcodes and inf0rmation on applying for a standing 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) an active COVID-19 hotspot.

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 in the Northern Territory from 5 pm Tuesday 22 June 2021 onwards must:

Anyone defined as a close contact by NSW Health that arrives in 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 in 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 from Mandatory Quarantine. These include:

Click here to apply for an exemption to quarantine.

Exemptions will be consider allowing people to enter the Northern Territory in the following limited circumstances:

  • for those beginning their residence in the Northern Territory;
  • for those escaping domestic violence;
  • for those with diplomatic or consular duties;
  • for active Australian military personnel;
  • for Members of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • for health practitioners;
  • for people providing necessary maintenance or repairs to critical infrastructure;
  • law enforcement officers or emergency service workers;
  • agricultural industry workers;
  • paramedics, officers of St John Ambulance Australia, crew members of Careflight, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, or other medical retrieval services;
  • Secretaries to a Department or Agency of the Commonwealth;
  • for people entering for compassionate reasons; or
  • unaccompanied children returning from a hotspot.

Click here to apply for an approval to enter the Northern Territory Exemption Form.

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

The Queensland Government has declared all of NSW a COVID-19 hotspot.

Click here to see the areas that the Queensland Chief Health Officer has declared COVID-19 hotspots. 

Anyone who has been in a hotspot in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Queensland.

You may only enter Queensland if:

Exemptions are granted to enter Queensland in extremely limited circumstances and you will still be required to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine. These circumstances include:

  • to attend a funeral; and
  • to visit a dying relative.

Click here to apply for an exemption to enter Queensland.

Exemptions may be granted to not complete quarantine in a hotel, also in extremely limited circumstances. The few people who this may apply to include:

  • those who are required to travel to a hotspot for the purposes of accessing medical treatment AND have essential medical equipment in their home that cannot be reasonably moved to a hotel room; or
  • those whose safety may be compromised by staying in a hotel (e.g., people who suffer from impaired capacity).

Click here to apply for an exemption to quarantine in Queensland.

Any Queensland residents or people wishing to relocate who have been to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days (including in the NSW/QLD border zone) will only be permitted entry into the State if:

  • they obtain and fulfil all requirements in their Queensland Border Declaration Pass (including evidence of their residency in the approved form);
  • they have been provided with an allocated entry date and designated entry airport to enter Queensland that has been confirmed by a Government authority;
  • they ensure that they enter on the allocated date and via an aircraft at the designated entry point given; and
  • they then must complete a Queensland Entry Pass.
    • You may not enter Queensland until your Entry Pass has been approved.
    • Processing time will vary depending on the Queensland Government’s nominated accommodation capacity.
    • You are not allowed to book your flights until you the Queensland Government has given you your designated entry date and entry airport.
    • If any conditions change or you need to update your travel details, you’ll need to restart and submit a new declaration before you enter Queensland.

From 1 am Sunday 3 Octoberchanged have been made to the QLD/NSW border zone:

  • Residents of the following non-restricted Local Government Areas (LGAs) may cross the border for a number of essential purposes:
    • Ballina Shire
    • Brewarrina Shire
    • Byron Shire
    • Clarence Valley Council
    • Glen Innes Severn Shire
    • Gwydir Shire
    • Inverell Shire
    • Moree Plains Shire
    • Tenterfield Shire
    • Tweed Shire
    • Walgett Shire

Click here to see the permitted essential purposes for non-restricted NSW/QLD border zone residents.

  • Residents of the following restricted border zones will only be allowed to cross the border in far more limited circumstances:
    • Bourke Shire
    • City of Broken Hill
    • Kyogle Council
    • Lismore City
    • Richmond Valley
    • Unincorporated Far West

Click here to see the limited essential purposes for restricted NSW/QLD border zone residents.

Click here to find more information on 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. Should a traveller wish to dispute the restrictions, they should be advised to lodge an exemption request with SA Health.

Exceptions

  • Essential travellers, who have been in New South Wales in the 14 days prior to arrival, may enter South Australia subject to the following requirements:
    • They must receive a COVID-19 test on day one, five, and 13 (in the 14 days prior to arrival).
    • They must self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • They wear a face mask (covering both their mouth and their nose) at any point in which they come into contact with the public.
  • Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller. Click here to see the different classes of essential workers.
    • Please note that Specialist workers in essential sectors and remote or isolated workers will be prohibited from entering South Australia if arriving from NSW. They will need to apply for an exemption to be permitted entry.
    • Registrations for specialist workers in an essential sector/remote or isolated workers that have already been approved will be maintained. 

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:
    • They must receive a COVID-19 test on day one, five, and 13 (in the 14 days prior to arrival).
    • They must quarantine as directed by an authorised officer for 14 days (from the day of their arrival).
    • They must wear a face mask (covering both their mouth and their nose) at any point in which they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after they arrive in South Australia.
    • They must display a sign provided by an authorised officer at the entrance of the location where they are quarantining to alert persons attending that location that it is a place of quarantine.
  • People escaping domestic violence may travel to South Australia if their matter is urgent.
  • Please click here to make an application through the Health Exemptions page.

Commonwealth MPs

  • Commonwealth MPs and their staff who have been in NSW at any time in the 14 days prior to their arrival in South Australia will be subject to Level 5 requirements:
    • They must receive a COVID-19 test on day one, five, and 13 (in the 14 days prior to arrival).
    • They must quarantine as directed by an authorised officer for 14 days (from the day of their arrival).
    • They must wear a face mask (covering both their mouth and their nose) at any point in which they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after they arrive in South Australia.
    • They must display a sign provided by an authorised officer at the entrance of the location where they are quarantining to alert persons attending that location that it is a place of quarantine.
  • The NSW Cross Border Travel corridor no longer applies and MPs and their staff are not permitted to enter South Australia unless they have had a Health Travel Exemption Application and Cross Border Travel Registration approved by SA Health.

Overseas arrivals

  • Any overseas arrivals (including South Australian residents or people genuinely relocating to South Australia) who have completed 14 days quarantine in NSW must apply for an exemption from SA Health to have their travel to South Australia approved.
  • Please click here to apply for a Health Exemption.
  • Note that you must submit your Health Exemption application before you submit your Cross Border Travel Registration. Failing to do so will result in your Cross Border Travel Registration being rejected.

Transiting Through Sydney Airport

  • Once you arrive in South Australia, you will be subject to level 4 requirements if you have transited through Sydney Airport.
    • You must receive a COVID-19 test on day one, five, and 13 (in the 14 days prior to arrival).
    • You self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • You must wear a face mask (covering both your mouth and your nose) at any point in which they come into contact with the public.
  • Should you leave the airport while in NSW, you will be considered as a traveller from NSW and be subject to level 6 requirements. This means that you will be prohibited from entering South Australia unless you have had an exemption approved from an authorised officer.
  • If you have been in the ACT, NSW, Queensland, or Victoria in the 14 days prior to your arrival in South Australia, you will be subject to the higher level of restrictions currently applying to those zones.

Passing Through NSW

  • Travellers are not allowed to pass through South Australia if they have been in NSW within the last 14 days.

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

TASMANIA

All of NSW has been deemed as a High-Risk (Level 1) area. Premises and LGAs in NSW have also been listed on the High-Risk (Level 1) premises and the High-Risk (Level 1) Local Government Areas. Anyone that has been to one of the high-risk areas at the dates or times specified or specific Local Government Areas in the 14 days before their travel is not permitted to travel to Tasmania.

Click here to see the Tasmanian Government website’s current border restrictions interactive map.

Anyone who has spent any time anywhere in NSW during the 14 days before they intend to travel cannot enter Tasmania unless approved, including Tasmanian residents.

Those flying into Tasmania must arrive at Hobart Airport and quarantine in a 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 also be required to quarantine if you transit through NSW by road or rail.

Travellers must provide evidence of receiving a negative result from a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

Approval is only being provided in the exceptional circumstances of end of life visits subject to whether or not there is capacity in hotel quarantine. You may be required to reapply if there is no capacity at the time of your application.

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

VICTORIA

Different Local Government Areas in New South Wales have been deemed extreme risk zones, red zones, and orange zones at different times by the Victorian Government.

Please click here to see which zones apply to which Local Government Areas in NSW.

‘Extreme Risk Zones’

Victorian residents who have been in an extreme risk zone at any time since the zone started over the last 14 days can get an extreme risk zone permit at Service Victoria to enter Victoria, if:

  • You have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (unless you are under 18 or have a medical exemption from a medical practitioner)
  • You have tested negative to COVID-19 in the 72 hours before entering Victoria

When in Victoria, you will have to:

  • Quarantine immediately upon arrival in Victoria and stay in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of any negative test result.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving, and again on Day 13 of your quarantine period.

If you are not a Victorian resident, you are not eligible for an extreme risk zone permit.

Even if you are a Victorian resident, you are also not eligible if you have been to an exposure site, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are a close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Non-Victorian residents who have been in an extreme risk zone at any time since the zone started over the last 14 days can only enter Victoria with an exemption, exception, or another valid permit (specified worker permit, or transit permit).

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 $5,452 and could be sent back or placed in Hotel Quarantine.

‘Red Zones’

Victorian residents who have been in a red zone at any time since the zone started over the last 14 days can get a red zone permit at Service Victoria to enter Victoria, but you will have to:

  • Quarantine immediately upon arrival in Victoria and stay in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of any negative test result.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving, and again on Day 13 of your quarantine period.

If you are not a Victorian resident, you are not eligible for a red zone permit.

Non-Victorian residents who have been in a red zone at any time since the zone started over the last 14 days can only enter Victoria with an exemption, exception, or another valid permit (specified worker permit, or transit permit).

If you attempt to enter Victoria from a red zone without an exemption, exception or a valid permit, you face a fine of up to AUD $5,452 and could be sent back or placed in Hotel Quarantine.

‘Orange Zones’

If you’ve been in an orange zone at any time since the zone started over the last 14 days in the last 14 days, you can get a permit at Service Victoria and enter Victoria, but you have to:

  • Isolate upon arrival.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving.
  • Stay isolated until you get a negative result.

If you attempt to enter Victoria from an orange zone without an exemption, exception, or another valid permit (specified worker permit, or transit permit), you face a fine of up to AUD $5,452 and could be sent back or placed in Hotel Quarantine.

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 an 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 hotel quarantine at a Government approved quarantine facility at your own expense.
  • Approved travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 72 hours prior to departure.
  • You must provide proof of receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, where eligible.
  • 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.