COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE
As of 18 November 2021
As of 18 November 2021, fully vaccinated residents within Greater Sydney are allowed to travel to regional NSW for a holiday or recreational visit without needing to register their travel. The same will apply to people living within regional NSW who want to visit Greater Sydney.
Children under 16 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can generally follow the rules for fully vaccinated people so long as you visit with a fully vaccinated member of your household.
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 8 November 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.
COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination are required for staff and customers in most settings. Density limits of 1 person per 2sqm indoor and outdoor areas apply to all activities listed below. COVID-19 Safety Plans apply.
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.
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. Check the COVID-19 concerns notice before you travel.
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.
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.
People arriving in NSW who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine.
- have a COVID-19 test after arrival
- prove full vaccination as recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have their vaccination status certified by the Commonwealth.
If you arrive in NSW from overseas and you are not fully vaccinated, you must go into quarantine for 14 days. A cap on arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will apply.
Non-Australian travellers need an exception to come into Australia even if they are vaccinated.
Travel from New Zealand is not limited to Australian citizens and permanent residents. To be eligible, travellers must:
- present a negative PCR test taken within three days prior to departure
- provide evidence of full vaccination, unless they are medically exempt or under 12 years of age
- complete a declaration prior to the day of travel.
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