​This advice is for people who live in areas of NSW currently affected by travel restrictions for travel within NSW.

Last updated: 07 August 2021
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If you live in an area where there are current directions to stay at home under the Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Order 2021, there are some exceptional circumstances where you may be permitted to travel outside of that area.

These might include providing compassionate care for a loved one, returning to your home in a regional area, or undertaking medical treatment.

Please ensure that you adhere to the following requirements for travelling outside of a restricted area at all times:

  • If you need to travel outside of a restricted area, it is essential that you continue to follow the same restrictions once you arrive at your destination. For instance, if you travel outside of the Greater Sydney Area to regional NSW, you must continue to follow the stay at home directions for 14 days after your departure, or until the Order is revoked (whichever is sooner).
  • Under the current Order, people over 18 years of age who leave Greater Sydney must carry evidence showing their place of residence (permanent or temporary), and produce this evidence for inspection if requested to do so by a police officer.
  • You are required to travel to your destination by the most direct practicable route.
  • NSW Health strongly recommends getting tested for COVID-19 prior to your departure where possible.
  • Consider what you may need for your journey and take food and water supplies with you, to minimise stops outside the restricted area.
  • Avoid stopping in busy areas, as well as any rural and remote towns.

If you must stop to use a bathroom or refuel at a petrol stations, you must wear a mask, always practice good hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing. Wipe down any surfaces such as a petrol bowser, toilet doors and locks with disinfectant after use, and use cashless payment. If you are able to pay for your petrol at the pump, you should do so.

Advice for close contacts of COVID-19 who wish to self-isolate at another location

If you are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, you are required to self-isolate for at least 14 days after your last contact with the confirmed case (or date of exposure), even if you currently feel well. When you are called by the Contact Tracing Team, they will ask you to nominate the address at which you are planning to self-isolate.

If you are currently staying in temporary accommodation that will come to an end before your self-isolation period finishes, or you have been asked to leave your accommodation by the owner or manager, NSW Health will help to assess your options. In exceptional circumstances, you may be permitted to travel to your usual residence to complete your self-isolation period, provided you can meet the following conditions.

You will only be approved to travel to your place of usual residence if you have a private vehicle to travel in, can travel alone, and can demonstrate that your destination is within a safe distance for a single driver to travel in a day, without necessitating any overnight stops.

A route will be agreed prior to your departure. You must travel by the most direct route and no stops should be made. Rest breaks should only be taken within the car, or in an outdoor location where no other people are present. Avoid stopping in busy areas, as well as any rural and remote towns. You are asked to keep a detailed log of any stops made.

If you must stop to use a bathroom or refuel at a petrol stations, you must wear a mask, always practice good hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing. Wipe down any surfaces such as a petrol bowser, toilet doors and locks with disinfectant after use, and use cashless payment. If you are able to pay for your petrol at the pump, you should do so.

If you are advised that you should not drive home to self-isolate, you may be assisted in arranging appropriate accommodation in the area.

Isolation and travel guidelines for casual contacts of COVID-19

If you have been identified as a casual contact of a COVID-19 case (or self-identified as a casual contact after viewing the latest venues), you must get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate until you get a negative result. Please follow the same principles outlined above if you must travel during this time.

Current as at: Saturday 7 August 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW