Travel Alerts


As at 23 February 2021

The NSW Government is continually monitoring the status of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the community and restrictions relating to travel and public gatherings are in place. 

For the latest information, please visit the NSW Government COVID-19 website and the NSW Health Twitter account.


Face Masks

From 12.01am Friday 12 February 2021, there will be changes to the rules around face masks in Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and Central Coast.

Face masks remain mandatory:

  • on public transport
  • in taxis/ride share vehicles

Face masks are still strongly recommended in indoor settings where you are unable to socially distance.

From Tuesday 12 January 2021, face masks must be worn indoors at all NSW airports and on domestic commercial flights into or out of NSW, including when the flight is landing at or taking off from the airport.



From 12.01am Friday 29 January, 2021, the following restrictions on gatherings will apply across Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and Central Coast: 

  • Up to 30 visitors (including adults and children) may visit a private home or holiday residence
  • No more than 50 people can gather outside in a public space

From 12.01am Friday 12 February, 2021, capacity limits for hospitality venues will increase to 1 person for every 2sqm. 

For a full list of the restrictions and affected LGAs, visit the NSW Government COVID-19 website – what you can and can’t do. 


Domestic Travel 

Requirements are changing, and each state or territory has its own permits and travel restrictions for residents and travellers from NSW. 

As of 5 February 2021, 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 for the latest information:

NSW residents and visitors from other Australian states can move throughout NSW (including Lord Howe Island) for a holiday and work. NSW Health recommends practicing COVID-Safe behaviours such as physical distancing and hand hygiene when travelling within NSW, especially between Greater Sydney and regional and rural areas. People should continue to seek COVID-19 testing when symptomatic, even if symptoms are only mild.

Anyone visiting other states from NSW must comply with the border crossing and isolation or quarantine requirements in the state they are travelling to. 

Read more about travelling to and from NSW here.   

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, practicing good hygiene, and staying home if feeling unwell. 


What can I do in NSW? 

The following is permitted in NSW in line with COVID-safe behaviour and the latest health advice: 

  • travel to regional NSW for a holiday 
  • visits to museums, galleries and libraries 
  • pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants are open but must observe Public Health Orders regarding capacity and group bookings  
  • attending an outdoor event such as a festival or music performance, provided it complies with current regulations 
  • most caravan and camping parks are open 
  • some NSW National Parks are open 

A full list of current restrictions and the latest health advice is available at 

A breach of the Public Health Orders in NSW may result in a fine or penalty.


International Travel

At this time, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members are permitted to travel to Australia. All travellers arriving in Australia must self-isolate in a designated facility (such as a hotel) for 14 days in their port of arrival. See Australian Border Force for more information.

An international travel ban is in place for all Australian citizens and permanent residents with few exceptions.


Health and Hygiene

For information on how to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, please follow Australian Health and NSW Health expert advice.

Masks are mandatory in certain indoor setting in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast. Outside of these areas, NSW Health recommends wearing a mask in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain, such as on public transport or in supermarkets.

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


COVID-19 FAQs In Sydney

What are the COVID travel restrictions in Sydney?

Face masks are mandatory on public transport and in taxi/ride share vehicles in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast. Face masks are recommended but not mandatory in indoor settings where you cannot socially distance. Find out more information here.

In Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast up to 30 visitors (including adults and children) may visit a home at one time, no more than 50 people may gather outside in a public place, and capacity limits are in place for hospitality venues.

It’s important that you always follow all recommended social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community.

Are there COVID restrictions in Sydney restaurants and cafes?

Yes, while most restaurants and cafes in Sydney are now operating, they must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines. Venues must ensure there is at least 2 square metres of space for each patron. You must complete an electronic check in (such as with a QR code) when you arrive.

Are there restrictions on beaches in Sydney?

You may visit any beach in Sydney but must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Remember to stay at least 1.5 metres away from other beachgoers. Ensuring that you follow all current social distancing guidelines can help to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 within the community. If beaches reach capacity, people may be turned away. Check the Beachsafe website for updates before you go.

Are there COVID restrictions on Sydney cinemas?

If you’d like to head to the movies, some cinemas in Sydney are now open. They are currently operating with lower capacities and require you to be separated from other groups by one or two empty seats. If you make your way to a cinema and are assigned a specific seat, it’s important to follow this direction. As always, if you are feeling unwell, stay home and get tested

What are the rules in Sydney about social distancing for large groups?

As with the rest of NSW, gatherings in outdoor spaces, such as parks, gardens and beaches, are limited to a maximum of 50 people. To ensure that you practice social distancing, try to leave 1.5 metres between you and anyone that isn’t a member of your household. Avoid kissing, hugging or shaking hands, and be sure to wash your hands regularly. If you do find it difficult to distance yourself from others, be sure to wear a face mask.

Are salons, spas and other beauty services open?

Some salons, spas and other beauty service providers are now open in Sydney. Face masks are not mandatory but you may wear one if you wish. There are limits to the number of customers who can enter each business and you are advised to make a booking.

Are there any exercise restrictions?

Several exercise restrictions are currently enforced in NSW. The number of participants in gym and recreation classes are limited to 30 people in Greater Sydney, while larger community sporting activities must not exceed 3,000 participants. The number of patrons allowed in public gyms and swimming pools is also limited to one person per 4 square metres.

If you’re planning to head outside for a run, bike ride or another outdoor activity, you should ensure that you follow all current social distancing guidelines.