NSW/ACT border residents

If you live outside the ACT in one of the approved border postcodes, you can enter the ACT under a standing exemption for any reason.

When you are in the ACT, you must follow the current Public Health Directions.

When out in the community, this includes:

  • wearing a mask and wearing it properly
  • maintaining good hand hygiene
  • physical distancing from people outside of your household - at least 1.5 metres, and
  • checking in everywhere you go with the ACT’s Check In CBR app.

You must also carry identification with you at all times to prove your residency in one of the approved postcodes. This may be checked at any time by ACT Policing.

NOTE: If you live or travel outside these approved postcodes and need to enter the ACT for essential work or healthcare reasons, you will be required to seek an exemption.

Travel to NSW

From 12:00 noon, Saturday 16 October 2021 ACT residents can travel to the approved border region postcodes for any reasons without the need to quarantine upon return to the ACT under the standing exemption.

There are no quarantine requirements upon returning to the ACT unless you are identified as a close contact from a NSW exposure location, or you are coming from a COVID-19 affected area outside of the approved border postcodes.

ACT residents must abide by NSW Health Directions when in NSW, including the need to be fully vaccinated before you travel and check in where required.

If you intend to visit any of these postcodes, please ensure that you have the Proof of Vaccination required by NSW Government. Information on these requirements can be found on the NSW Government website.

While travelling make sure you are practising COVID Safe behaviours, including:

  • wearing a mask and wearing it properly
  • maintaining good hand hygiene
  • physical distancing from people outside of your household - at least 1.5 metres,
  • checking in everywhere you go, and

upon returning to the ACT, get tested immediately if you develop any COVID like symptoms, no matter how mild.

NOTE: If you travel outside the approved border region, you are required to complete an exemption form prior to re-entering the ACT.

Approved border postcodes

Approved border postcodes have been expanded to allow travel for any reason, to and from a large area of the surrounding NSW region. See table below:

Postcodes

Included cities, townships and areas

2580

Goulburn and surrounds (inc Mount Fairy)

2536

Batemans Bay and surrounds

2537

Moruya, Tuross and surrounds

2545

Bellowra and surrounds

2546

Narooma and surrounds

2548

Merimbula

2549

Pambula

2550

Bega and surrounds

2551

Eden and surrounds

2571**

Balmoral Village, Buxton

2574**

Avon

2575

Mittagong and surrounds

2576

Bowral and surrounds

2577**

Moss Vale

2578

Bundanoon and surrounds

2579

Exeter/Marulan

2581

Gunning, Collector

2582

Murrumbateman, Yass

2583

Crookwell and surrounds

2584

Binalong

2585

Galong

2586

Boorowa and surrounds

2587

Harden and surrounds

2588

Wallendbeen

2594

Young and surrounds

2611

Uriarra

2618

Wallaroo, areas along the ACT’s north-western edge

2619

Jerrabomberra

2620

Queanbeyan, Googong, Karabar, Sutton, Gundaroo, Michelago

2621

Bungendore

2622

Braidwood, Araluen, Majors Creek

2623

Captains Flat

2624

Perisher Valley

2625

Thredbo

2626

Bredbo

2627

Jindabyne and surrounds

2628

Berridale / Dalgety

2629

Adaminaby / Cabramurra

2630, 2631

Cooma and surrounds

2632, 2633

Bombala and surrounds (inc Delegate)

2642*

Khancoban and surrounds only

2649

Laurel Hill / Nurenmerenmong

2653

Tumbarumba and surrounds

2720

Tumut and surrounds

2722

Gundagai and surrounds

2726

Jugiong and surrounds

2727

Coolac and surrounds

2729

Adelong and surrounds

2730

Batlow and surrounds

2803

Crowther and surrounds

2808

Wyangala

* This does not include: Bidgeemia, Brocklesby, Burrumbuttock, Gerogery, Glenellen, Jingellic, Jindera, Rand, Walbundrie, Wrathall, Yerong Creek

** This only includes areas located within the Wingecarribee Shire Council Local Government Area.

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NSW Region patient exemptions

Due to the rapidly changing situation in the ACT and the public health directions in place in NSW and the ACT, we’ve had to make some changes to the way we deliver health services in the ACT. All patients who need urgent or critical care whether in the ACT or surrounding NSW regions will receive this care.

For more information visit the ACT Health website.

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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: October 16 2021