This fact sheet provides information about the rules and requirements in place in NSW to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Other states and territories may have specific entry requirements, including the requirement to quarantine. Please ensure you check the requirements prior to onward travel.

Last updated: 20 August 2021

Arriving into NSW

All travellers arriving from New Zealand are required to complete an Australian Traveller Declaration form (ADT) providing their name and contact details.

Quarantine requirements

Provided there are no risks and there are no New Zealand hotspots, travellers from New Zealand do not need to quarantine if:

  • They and people on their flight have only been in Australia or New Zealand in the 14 days prior to arrival
  • They do not have COVID-19 symptoms
  • They have completed the ATD
  • They have not been to a New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days

New Zealand COVID-19 hotspots are declared by the NSW Chief Health Officer and published on the NSW Health website as a Notice and a Determination.  If a person arriving into NSW has been to a New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot, they must either immediately leave Australia or go into quarantine.

Information regarding the rules about travelling into NSW from Zealand is available on the NSW Government website.

All persons on a flight will need to quarantine if one person on board has been to a country other than Australia or New Zealand in the previous 14 days. Should there have been a traveller on the flight who has been in the Cook Islands in the previous 14 days, this requirement is waived. In this case, however, the person(s) who has been to the Cook Islands in the previous 14 days is required to quarantine.

If you arrive in NSW form overseas and are instructed to quarantine in a hotel, you will be charged a fixed fee.

If you have been in the Cook Islands or Niue

People who are travelling from New Zealand who have been in the Cook Islands or Niue in the previous 14 days should be aware that there is no quarantine-free travel arrangement with NSW and the Cook Islands or Niue.

Mandatory quarantine is still required for people who have been in the Cook Islands or Niue in the 14 days prior to their arrival in NSW.

People who travel to New Zealand from the Cook Islands or Niue should remain in New Zealand for 14 days before travelling on to NSW in order to avoid being required to enter quarantine on arrival.

Rules about mask wearing

Face masks must be worn indoors at all NSW airports and on commercial flights into or out of NSW, including when the flight is landing at or taking off from the airport.

Wearing a mask is mandatory in some settings in NSW. Further information on face mask rules can be found on the NSW Government website.

Children 12 years and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable. Masks should not be worn by toddlers under 2 years of age and babies, as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

How to limit your risk of COVID-19 in NSW

Just like in New Zealand, NSW requires all arriving travellers to follow advice to help us protect you and our community. It is important to check the NSW Government website for the current COVID-19 Rules while in NSW. To limit your risk you need to:

  • Always check in and out of businesses, venues and events, wherever you can.
  • Get tested immediately if you have the mildest of symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, and self-isolate until you get a negative test result.
  • Stay home if you're unwell. Don't attend any gatherings or have visitors to your home
  • Practise good hygiene. Wash your hands often and well.
  • Gather outdoors or in large well-ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Physically distance where you can. It is strongly recommended to wear a face mask in situations where it's difficult to keep your distance.
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to you.

Travelling within NSW

Stay informed of COVID-19 case locations and current alerts in NSW. The latest COVID-19 news and updates can be found on the NSW Government website.

When you use taxis and rideshares you should practice physical distancing where possible. As a passenger in a taxi or rideshare you should:

  • wear a face mask
  • sit in the back seat with no more than two passengers in a vehicle
  • use car ventilation (not recirculated air) and lower windows
  • use contactless payment methods where available
  • handle your own belongings and luggage. 

When using public transport you should:

  • wear a face mask
  • plan ahead and avoid travelling in the busiest times if you can
  • check the capacity of services before you travel by using the app Trip Planner, other transport apps or social media (Facebook pages, Instagram or Twitter) to see which services have space available to maintain physical distancing.

Please avoid travelling by taxi or public transport if you are unwell, even if your symptoms are mild.

Interstate travel

If you are transiting through NSW to another state or territory, you will be required to abide by the restrictions in that jurisdiction and may need to self-isolate or go into hotel quarantine on arrival. It is strongly recommended that you check the requirements prior to travel.

Testing for COVID-19

If you have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms you must get tested as soon as possible and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. Testing is free, check the NSW Government website for your nearest testing clinic.

If you are tested and confirmed to have COVID-19, or identified as a close contact of someone who has been confirmed to have COVID 19, you will be informed by an authorised person from NSW Health. . You will be required to self-isolate. For more information refer to COVID-19 self-isolation guidelines and information.

Public Health Orders and advice

There are several public health orders in effect to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Please visit NSW Government - What you can and can't do under the rules to see what you can and can't do under these Orders. Any breach of the Orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is an offence where heavy penalties can apply - up to $1,000 and 6 months imprisonment. On the spot fines can also be issued of up to $1,000.

Where to go for more information and advice

  • Information for NSW can be found at NSW Government - COVID-19
  • National Coronavirus Health Information line: 1800 020 080 - 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Healthdirect provides trusted, quality health information and advice online and over the phone: 1800 022 222, 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Current as at: Friday 20 August 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW