Under public health orders by the Minister for Health and Medical Research, people who arrive in Australia from overseas or by vessel from another port outside of NSW must enter into quarantine for 14 days as directed by NSW Police. This is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community and heavy penalties apply to those who don’t comply with the order.

Some people are being quarantined for 14 days in hotels to help contain the pandemic.

Criteria for exemptions

Exemptions are only considered where there are strong medical, health or compassionate grounds, or the person is transiting out of NSW to an international destination other than a Pacific Island country (in this instance, New Zealand is not considered a Pacific Island country).

Apply for an exem​ption​​​​

Page Updated: Wednesday 29 April 2020
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW