Advice for residents of Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong

Restrictions are in place for residents of Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong.

For the latest information on these restrictions, including what you can and can't do, please visit the NSW Government website

Important things to consider while away from home

When travelling in other states and territories you are required to follow the advice and restrictions of the state and territory you are in. More information on state and territory COVID-19 updates can be found on NSW Government – Border restrictions.

Dependent on the current situation, changes to state and territory borders may occur suddenly. This can have an impact on residents returning to NSW. See more information on current restrictions.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 do not travel, this includes NSW residents and people travelling from interstate.

Further advice on how to be prepared the holidays is also available.

Last updated: 19 January 2021
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Getting tested 

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 while away from home, get tested immediately by:

Self-isolation information for confirmed cases and close contacts

If you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must self-isolate until a medical practitioner clears you. The Public Health Unit will contact you regularly to arrange support and provide advice.

See information for confirmed contacts.

If you’ve been told that you are a close contact by NSW Health, you must self-isolate until the completion of your 14 day isolation period. You must get tested at the nearest testing facility immediately. Let the clinic staff know that you have been identified as close contact. You are not permitted to travel home until your isolation period is completed. Stay where you are and self-isolate. You must not fly. You may only travel to a location by road within two hours of where you are, without stops.

See more information for close contacts.

Self-isolation information for casual contacts

If you have attended a venue listed on the NSW Government website as a casual contact, you must get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. Tell the testing clinic staff that you are a casual contact when you get tested. Once you receive a negative test result and you do not have symptoms, you should travel directly home as soon as possible (not later than 48 hours after the swab was taken). See the current list of casual contact venues. Follow the advice for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) casual contact – what you need to know.

You will need to find appropriate accommodation (for example, a hotel) if you cannot effectively self-isolate in your current accommodation (for example, in a shared cabin or a tent). Please contact a NSW Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for help if you are unable to find appropriate accommodation and they will assist.

Self-isolation information for people who develop symptoms

You should immediately get tested and self-isolate if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while away from home. Follow the NSW Health self-isolation advice for suspected cases. If you have not been identified as a confirmed case of COVID-19, a close contact or a casual contact, then you can begin travelling home before you receive your test result. Follow the ‘casual contacts returning home’ advice below for a COVID-Safe journey home. You should not fly if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Casual contacts returning home

The best way to come home is alone, in a private car. Please consider the following:

  • Travel by private car and wear a mask if there are other occupants in the car.
  • Take the most direct route.
  • Only stop if absolutely necessary, avoid busy locations and use roadside rest areas instead of other busy areas. If you do need to stop, clean your hands carefully with alcohol based hand gel before leaving your vehicle, wear a mask, and keep at least 1.5 meters away from other people.
  • Use contactless payment options.
  • When refuelling your car wipe down the petrol pump with antibacterial wipes after use.
  • Pre-package your food so that you can minimise contact with others.
  • •If you have no other option but to return home by plane, train or bus, you must arrange with the travel provider to keep seats around you empty to maintain 1.5 metres distance and you must wear a mask. You should have a negative test result in the 24 hours prior to flying and you must have no symptoms before starting the journey.
  • Travel by private car between the airport or station, and your home.
  • Avoid overnight travel. If you are required to stay overnight you must advise the accommodation provider of your situation so they can arrange for thorough cleaning after your visit. If overnight travel is required to reach your home, consider isolating at your holiday destination instead.

How to self-isolate

Information on how to self-isolate can be found on NSW Health - COVID-19 self-isolation guidelines and information.

Current as at: Tuesday 19 January 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW