COVID-19 Advice for travel to rural and remote Aboriginal towns and communities

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, NSW Health strongly recommends avoiding all travel to, from and between rural and remote Aboriginal communities across NSW wherever possible. Travel for the purposes of providing essential services or on compassionate grounds may be appropriate for people from regions other than Greater Sydney. Please contact the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice on safe movement.

More information

Visit NSW Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) for advice and information for community and businesses, including information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing and physical distancing.

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Advice for travelers

Due to the COVID-19 risk, many Aboriginal communities in NSW are uncomfortable about tourists traveling to their towns and communities.

Please be respectful of the concerns and wishes of the local community: Before you travel to or through a small remote town or community, please check the local town’s Community Action Plan or contact the Local Council for advice.

Advice for workers and organisations

It is crucial that workers do not visit Aboriginal communities if they are ill, no matter how mild the symptoms, or if they have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

The risk to Aboriginal communities from visiting workers could increase depending on the nature of the work, the locations the worker has travelled from and work practices.

To mitigate this risk, organisations with staff who travel to rural and remote Aboriginal communities should complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan which includes consideration of the issues outlined in this checklist.

More information

Visit NSW Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) for advice and information for community and businesses, including information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing and physical distancing.​​

Current as at: Monday 28 June 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW