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 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).

Please review our Exemptions for air and maritime quarantine - frequently asked questions​​ page to see if you fit the criteria for exemption.

If you believe you fit the criteria for exemption, please apply for an exem​ption​​​​

Page Updated: Monday 29 June 2020
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW