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 or health facility 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.

Criteria for exemptions

Exemptions to hotel quarantine are rarely granted.

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.

Requests to visit a NSW Health facility, visit someone at home who is receiving care from a health professional or attend a funeral during the quarantine period are usually only considered for a specific time period, we do not usually grant an exemption for the full 14 day quarantine period.

Do not apply for an exemption until you have read the Exemptions for air and maritime quarantine - frequently asked questions to see if you fit the criteria for exemption.

Strong supporting evidence must be submitted to enable your application to be considered – if this information is not provided with your application, it will delay our ability to assess your application.

If you still believe you fit the criteria for exemption, please apply for an exemption.​

Current as at: Tuesday 23 February 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW