Rules and restrictions for entry to NSW apply when a concerns notice identifies interstate hotspots, affected areas and places of concern. Currently, only Victoria requires
To learn more, see the advice for interstate travellers.
Only Victorians need to complete a declaration to enter NSW. To complete click here.
If you get stopped by police, they will check with NSW health that you have submitted a declaration.
NSW Border region address check, click here.
You are exempt from completing a declaration if you reside in the NSW/Victorian border region and only travel within that region.
Current NSW Restrictions:
From 6pm on Saturday 26 June 2021, if you have been in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour for any reason since Monday 21 June 2021, you must follow the stay at home rules and must continue to follow them for 14 days after you were last in Greater Sydney.
Reasonable excuse to leave home
A reasonable excuse is if you need to
- obtain food or other goods and services
- for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
- for vulnerable people
- if the food or goods and services are not available in the local government area that you live in
- travel for work or education if it is not possible to do it at home
- exercise and take outdoor recreation in Greater Sydney
- go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
- donate blood
- access childcare
- continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children
- attend a wedding or funeral
- provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance
- access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services
- move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence
- undertake legal obligations
- avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
- in case of emergencies
- for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not necessarily live together
- to provide pastoral care if you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order.
Taking a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.
The requirement to wear a face mask in all indoor areas of non-residential premises that was recently applied in Greater Sydney has been extended to all of NSW.
As well as wearing a face mask in all indoor areas, you must also wear a face mask
- at certain outdoor gatherings
- if you are on public transport
- in a major recreation facility such as a stadium or
- if you are working in a hospitality venue.
Visiting Greater Sydney
A person must not enter Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour without a reasonable excuse.
Reasonable excuses for entering the area also includes returning to your home if you live in Greater Sydney.
You cannot take a holiday in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
Visitors to a residence
A visitor does not include a person at the place of residence who is there
- for work or attend a university or other tertiary education facility
- for childcare
- as a carer
- to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
- to give effect to arrangements between parents and children under 18 or their siblings
- to assist a person to move places of residence
- to avoid an injury or serious risk of harm
- because of an emergency
- for compassionate reasons
- to view or inspect property to lease or purchase it.
Working from home
All of NSW
Employers must allow an employee to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so.
If you cannot work from home and you go to your workplace, you must wear a face mask (unless an exemption applies).
Children and parenting
Under the stay at home rules, accessing childcare in considered a reasonable excuse to leave your home.
Vacation care and childcare will continue in Greater Sydney and throughout NSW.
If your child is booked to attend a vacation camp or other activities during the holiday period, contact the operator for any changes to arrangements.
Find out more about
- COVID-19 safety measures for early childhood education and care services
- common questions about children and parenting.
Places of worship
Services may be livestreamed from a church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship that is not open to members of the public.
You can attend the premises if you are directly involved in the service or the operation of the equipment for the livestream event.
The place of worship must not be open to members of the public.
Until the end of Sunday 27 June 2021
Weddings can continue to take place in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until the end of 27 June 2021.
Attending a wedding before the end of 27 June 2021 is a reasonable excuse to leave home.
If you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, and Randwick local government areas, you may leave those areas if the wedding is in Greater Sydney and before the end of 27 June 2021.
The 10 person limit to outdoor gatherings does not apply to weddings before the end of 27 June 2021.
From Monday 28 June 2021
From 28 June 2021 onwards, you will not be able to:
- enter Greater Sydney to hold or attend a wedding
- leave your place of residence to attend a wedding if you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney.
Funerals can continue to take place in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour with up to 100 people.
Attending a funeral of up to 100 people is a reasonable excuse to leave home and to enter Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
If you are in the Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, you must not participate in an outdoor public gathering of more than 10 people, unless you are:
- working or attending a university or other tertiary education facility
- providing care or assistance to vulnerable persons
- gathering with your household
- gathering for a wedding or funeral
- providing emergency assistance to a person
- fulfilling a legal obligation
- moving home or moving your business to a new premises.
The following gatherings are also exempt from the 10 person outdoor gathering limit:
- gathering at an airport
- transportation including vehicles, truck stops, stations, platforms and stops but not including vehicles being uses as a party bus
- hospitals or other medical or health service facilities
- emergency services
- prisons, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody
- disability or aged care facilities
- courts or tribunals
- supermarkets, food markets or groceries
- shopping centres
- retail stores
- office buildings, farms, factories, warehouses, mines, constructions sites, commercial fishing operations and commercial vessels (excluding vessels providing tours or hosting functions)
- schools, universities, other educational institutions and childcare facilities
- hotel, motel or other accommodation facilities
- outdoor thoroughfares
- services to assist vulnerable members of the public
- early education and care facilities.
You can take part in exercising or outdoor recreational activities that comply with
However, no community sport (whether training or a match) in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour should proceed.
Temporary or holiday accommodation
If you are staying in temporary accommodation in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour – including in short-term or holiday accommodation – you may stay at your accommodation until your booking expires.
When your booking expires, you may leave your accommodation to return to
- your place of residence or
- other accommodation.
While you are staying here, you must continue to comply with the stay at home direction.
New South Wales Coronavirus Information Helpline – 13 77 88
To Enter Victoria - the 'traffic-light' permit system
To enter Victoria from interstate, you need to apply for a permit.
Victoria classifies regions of Australia as green, orange or red, based on the region's COVID-19 risk. You can't enter Victoria from a red zone.
Apply for the Agriculture Specified Worker Permit.
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