New South Wales (NSW)

Page last updated: 22 Jun 2021

Areas of concern in New South Wales

There are currently areas of concern in New South Wales.

Travelling from NSW to the ACT

Close contact exposure locations

ACT residents:

If you are an ACT resident who is currently in the ACT and have been to a close contact exposure locations in New South Wales at the dates and times specified, you must:

  • complete a  declaration form within 24 hours from the commencement of the Areas of Concern notice
  • immediately quarantine for 14 days since you were last at the exposure location
  • get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have any symptoms or not.

If you are an ACT resident who is not currently in the ACT and you have been to one of the close contact exposure locations you must follow public health requirements of the jurisdiction you are in. ACT Health is also asking ACT residents who are not in the ACT to seek an exemption from ACT Health prior to entering the ACT, so that we can assist you with your safe return to the ACT. Quarantine requirements will apply.

This includes people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Non-ACT residents:

If you are a non-ACT resident who has been to a close contact exposure location in New South Wales, you must not enter the ACT unless you obtain an exemption before arriving. If you’re a non-ACT resident and you’re already in the ACT, you must comply with the requirements for ACT residents above.

Casual contact exposure locations

All travellers:

f you are already in the ACT and have been to a casual contact exposure location in New South Wales at the dates and times specified on the areas of concern page, you must:

  • complete a declaration form within 24 hours of becoming aware that you have been to an exposure location
  • follow directions from ACT Health on getting tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have any symptoms or not
  • isolate at your place of residence or other suitable accommodation until informed of a negative test result
  • continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days since you were last at the exposure location at the exposure location
  • get re-tested for COVID-19 if you experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, and stay at home until you receive a negative test result and your symptoms resolve.

This includes people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Attending high-risk settings in the ACT

The following Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Sydney have been declared a Geographical Area of Risk since 11 June 2021:

  • Randwick
  • Canada Bay
  • Inner West
  • Bayside
  • City of Sydney
  • Waverley
  • Woollahra.

Staff, visitors and volunteers in high-risk settings who have been to the Sydney LGAs of Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, City of Sydney, Waverley and/or Woollahra should not visit or attend work for a period of 14 days since they were last in the area.

In addition, anyone who is in quarantine cannot enter a high-risk setting. Anyone who has been to a casual contact exposure location should not visit or work in a high-risk setting for 14 days after being in this location.

High-risk settings include hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional facilities and residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to severe disease.

Further, staff returning from to the Sydney LGAs of Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, City of Sydney, Waverley and/or Woollahra who provide home-based aged care and disability services that involve close physical contact with clients, should exclude themselves from providing in-home care for a period of 14 days since they were last in the area.

Travelling from the ACT to NSW

ACT Health advises Canberrans to carefully consider their need to travel to New South Wales.

If you choose to travel, you must also abide by all public health directions in place in New South Wales.

You should also be prepared to change your travel plans at short notice as the situation in New South Wales continues to develop, and must also be prepared to follow all ACT public health instructions upon your return.

Mandatory face masks for domestic air travel

Under a Public Health Direction effective 11.59pm on Friday 22 January 2021, face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and over while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra. Find out more on the Protect yourself page.

If you are transiting through other states or territories to reach the ACT, you must check the advice from that state or territory.

If you need to return to NSW, please visit the NSW Health website for the latest travel advice.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: June 22 2021