COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE
As of 8 December 2021
As of 8 December 2021, travel restrictions between Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW for holiday or recreational visits no longer apply, but there are new rules for international arrivals (find out more below). You do not need to register to travel within NSW.
COVID-19 safe check-ins are still required at venue premises, as well as proof of vaccine. If you do not wish to show your proof of vaccine, the occupier may refuse entry.
As of 6 December 2021, eased restrictions allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:
- no capacity limits for major recreation and entertainment facilities
- no limits to the number of visitors to your home
- no booking limits for restaurants and hospitality.
Find out about the roadmap to opening up NSW here.
Each state or territory has its own permits and travel restrictions for residents and travellers from NSW. Anyone visiting other states from NSW must comply with the border crossing and isolation or quarantine requirements in the state they are travelling to.
Visitors arriving in NSW from ‘affected areas’ and ‘areas of concern’ must complete a self-declaration form and may be required to get tested for COVID-19 and/or self-isolate.
Please check NSW.gov.au for the latest information.
Some remote communities may still have local restrictions in place for who can enter and leave the community.
Holidaymakers should call their planned accommodation venues, attractions and tourism operators to ensure they will be open and confirm bookings before travelling. Visitors and businesses must follow the latest health advice in terms of physical distancing, practising good hygiene, and staying home if feeling unwell. A breach of the Public Health Orders in NSW may result in a fine or penalty.
Read more about travelling to and from NSW here.
A new COVID-19 variant of concern has emerged internationally, the Omicron variant. New rules and restrictions apply to entering NSW from outside Australia and transiting through NSW from an international origin, particularly countries in southern Africa.
Fully vaccinated travellers must self-isolate at your home or accommodation for 72 hours after arriving in NSW and until you receive a negative test result.
You must have a nose and throat PCR (nose and throat swab) test from a NSW testing clinic:
- within 24 hours of arriving in NSW
- on day 6 after arriving in NSW
- any time you develop even mild COVID-19 symptoms.
It is also strongly recommended you get a COVID-19 test on day 12 after arriving in NSW.
To check if you meet the Australian definition of a fully vaccinated traveller, please visit the Australian Government website. Other countries may have different definitions of what it is to be fully vaccinated.
All travellers arriving in NSW who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the 14-day period before their arrival will be required to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.
All unvaccinated travellers from any overseas country will continue to enter hotel quarantine and must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated arriving in NSW from overseas.
Read more about the rules around international travel to and from NSW here.
Health and hygiene
Outside of the above areas where mask-wearing is mandatory, NSW Health also recommends wearing a mask in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain.
Good hygiene and physical distancing recommendations include:
- washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
- covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
- staying home if you are sick
- practicing physical distancing by standing two arm lengths apart (1.5m) at all times.