Travel Alerts

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

As at 17 September 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.

NSW Health are regularly updating the case location webpage as new venues visited by confirmed cases of COVID-19 emerge. As contact tracing and testing is ongoing, please regularly check the NSW Health website to remain up-to-date with case locations and public health alerts.

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

 

Stay at home orders for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong extended until 30 September.

People must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. The four reasons to leave your home are:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together);
  • Exercise with no more than two (unless members of the same household);
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Only essential retail stores (including supermarkets, liquor stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, post offices and hardware stores) may remain open. All other stores can operate only as takeaway, delivery or click and collect. All hospitality venues must be closed to the public (including pubs, restaurants and cafes) except for takeaway.

You cannot have visitors to your home from outside your household, including family and friends. 

The following restrictions also apply:

  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Masks are compulsory on all public transport and in taxis/ride share vehicles;
  • You must carry a mask with you at all times when you leave the home and they must be worn in outdoor settings where you cannot socially distance, when working outdoors, in outdoor markets and shopping strips, and in outdoor queues when waiting for food/coffee etc;

From 12.01am Monday 23 August people in Greater Sydney must wear a mask outside their home at all times, except when exercising.

From 12.01am Monday 23 August new restrictions are in place for the identified LGAs of concern:

  • The following retail premises must close except for click and collect: garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building supplies, landscaping material supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies (tradespeople are allowed to shop in-store where relevant); and
  • All exams and other education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC. The government will provide further information on its education plan in due course.

 

Stay at home orders for regional NSW

Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday 11 September, but will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities. 

  • Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings. 
  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people. 
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity. 
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.


Masks

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports. 
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors. 

 

The following LGAs in regional NSW remain under strict stay at home orders:

  • Albury
  • Bathurst
  • Bourke
  • Brewarrina
  • Broken Hill 
  • Central Coast
  • Central Darling
  • Cessnock
  • Dubbo
  • Eurobodalla
  • Gilgandra
  • Glen Innes
  • Goulburn Mulwarre
  • Kiama
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Lithgow
  • Lismore
  • Maitland
  • Mid-Western
  • Narromine
  • Newcastle
  • Orange
  • Port Stephens
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Shellharbour
  • Shoalhaven
  • Walgett
  • Wingecarribee
  • Yass Valley

In these LGAs, the four reasons to leave your home are:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together);
  • Exercise with no more than two (unless members of the same household);
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Only essential retail stores (including supermarkets, liquor stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, post offices and hardware stores) may remain open. All other stores can operate only as takeaway, delivery or click and collect. All hospitality venues must be closed to the public (including pubs, restaurants and cafes) except for takeaway.

The following restrictions also apply:

  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Masks are compulsory on all public transport and in taxis/ride share vehicles;
  • You must carry a mask with you at all times when you leave the home and they must be worn in outdoor settings where you cannot socially distance, when working outdoors, in outdoor markets and shopping strips, and in outdoor queues when waiting for food/coffee etc;

People across NSW should only enter Greater Sydney for essential purposes.

 

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 NSW.gov.au for the latest information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/border-restrictions

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.

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 (including the New Zealand travel bubble).

 

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