Interstate travellers from places of high concern
Any traveller or resident in NSW who has been in a place of high concern during the time specified in a COVID-19 concern notice by the Chief Health Officer, is identified as a close contact. They are required to follow the Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order and isolate as per the NSW Health COVID 19 self-isolation guidelines.
What is self-isolation?
Self-isolation means you must stay at your home or accommodation and remain separated from others. You cannot leave your house or accommodation, unless for the purposes of obtaining medical care (including a test for COVID-19) or medical supplies, or in an emergency situation.
You cannot go to work, school, childcare, university, recreation facilities, or public areas or go shopping. You should not allow people who do not have an essential need to be in your home or accommodation while you are in isolation.
For further information please see the NSW Health COVID 19 self-isolation guidelines.
Should I travel home?
Interstate travellers who are not a resident of NSW and have been to an area of high concern must not enter NSW.
If you are a NSW resident and you have been to an area of high concern you should consider the following before choosing to return to NSW:
- You must abide by the public health requirements of the state or territory you are currently in, including self-isolation and not travelling (where applicable)
- You will be required to self-isolate at home or suitable accommodation
- You will only be able to travel onwards by appropriate means
Appropriate travel to your accommodation
You can only return home to self-isolate if you can do so in a safe manner. If returning home to self-isolate:
- You must travel directly to your home or accommodation by a private car (including a rental vehicle)
- You must not travel by public transport, taxi or rideshare (including Uber)
- You must not travel on a domestic flight
If you are travelling home by private vehicle you can only do so if the travel time is short (up to 3-4 hours duration). Rest breaks should be taken within the car, or in an outdoor location where physical distancing can be maintained at all times. You should wear a mask if leaving the vehicle or if there is anyone else in the vehicle.
As a close contact, you must get tested as soon as possible, even if you don't have symptoms.
To get tested:
When travelling to your COVID-19 test, you must not travel by public transport or ride-share. You must wear a face mask and tell staff immediately that you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19.
If you test negative, you still need to remain in isolation until the isolation period finishes. This is because it can take up to 14 days for you to show symptoms (physical signs in your body showing you may have COVID-19) or test positive without symptoms.
If you develop symptoms at any stage of your self-isolation period, you will need to be tested again.
You will also be required to have another test on day 12 of your isolation period, regardless of any previous tests.
For further information, please contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.