Travel Alerts


As at November 24 2020

The Australian Government is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and restrictions are currently in place regarding travel and public gatherings.

For the latest information about restrictions in NSW, please refer to the NSW Government COVID-19 website.

Domestic Travel

The NSW-Victoria border reopened at 12.01 am on Monday 23 November. There are currently no restrictions on movement between NSW and Victoria. Read more about NSW reopening the Victorian border.

Each state or territory has its own entry requirements and travel restrictions for residents and travellers from NSW. Read more about travelling to and from NSW here.  

NSW residents and visitors from other Australian states can move throughout NSW (including Lord Howe Island) for a holiday and work but must continue to follow the health advice regarding physical distancing, hygiene and public gatherings.

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.

Travel from South Australia

Travellers from South Australia are permitted to enter NSW unless they have visited an area of concern as outlined on All arrivals from SA, including those transiting through NSW, must complete a self-declaration form.


What can I do in NSW?

The following is permitted in NSW:

  • 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

If you break any of the rules in NSW you may receive 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.

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 FAQ’s In Sydney

What are the COVID restrictions in Sydney for the October Long Weekend?

All current COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be enforced in Sydney across the October Long Weekend. Social distancing must be observed, with limits applied to the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings. The number of patrons permitted in cafes, restaurants and bars will also be limited, with the number of people allowed within cinemas and other public venues continuing to be restricted also. 

Wherever you plan to spend your October Long Weekend, it’s important that you maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others, wearing a mask in situations where social distancing may be difficult.

If you feel unwell over the October Long Weekend, it’s important that you stay home and get tested to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

What are the COVID travel restrictions in Sydney?

At present, there are no travel restrictions in Sydney. Although restrictions are loosening, it’s important that you 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. Group bookings are limited to tables of 10, alcohol can only be served to seated patrons and limits apply to the number of diners permitted at any one time

Are parks open in Sydney for the October Long Weekend?

Yes, most parks will be open in Sydney for the October Long Weekend. If you plan on catching up with friends or family, it’s important to follow social distancing guidelines. Only groups of 20 or less may gather in parks at the present time.

Are there restrictions on beaches in Sydney?

You may visit any beach in Sydney, but all outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 people. 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.

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

Are Sydney bars open over the October Long Weekend?

Yes, most Sydney bars will be open over the October Long Weekend, with social distancing measures enforced as per usual. Alcohol can only be consumed while seated, with bookings limited to 10 people per table.

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

As with the rest of NSW, gatherings in your home or in outdoor spaces, such as parks, gardens and beaches, are limited to a maximum of 20 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. There are, however, limits to the number of customers who can enter each business, with 20 customers or one customer per 4 square metres,  whichever is lesser, permitted.

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 20 people, while larger community sporting activities must not exceed 500 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.