Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 4) 2021, people who arrive in NSW by aircraft or land, who have been in a country other than Australia in the past 14 days, and are not fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), must complete 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine. 

Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 4) 2021, people who arrive in NSW by vessel, who have been to a port outside of Australia in the past 14 days, are required to remain on the vessel unless otherwise directed. 

Criteria for exemptions

Exemptions are only considered under exceptional circumstances 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 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. Exemptions from the full 14 day quarantine period are not usually granted.

If you are not fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and would like to apply for an exemption from hotel quarantine, please read the Exemptions for air and maritime quarantine - frequently asked questions to see if you fit the criteria for an 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 believe you fit the criteria for exemption, it is strongly recommended that you complete the online application form to help streamline the process.

Current as at: Tuesday 18 January 2022
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW