Sydney and NSW are slowly opening up as Covid-19 numbers decrease, but with some guidelines for those fully vaccinated and those not fully vaccinated.
The great news is that travel between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW is no longer restricted.
Read on to learn more about the rules and restrictions for those fully vaccinated, those not fully vaccinated, and businesses across NSW.
International Travel To and From NSW
Fully vaccinated people under the international travel rules, don’t have to go for mandatory quarantine. Nonetheless, you’ll need to:
- Provide full vaccination proof as recognised by TGA and verify your vaccination status by the Commonwealth process.
- Get a Covid-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and on or after day 7.
However, if you’re not fully vaccinated and arrive in NSW from an international origin, you’ll need to go into a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Those with a medical condition that means they can’t be vaccinated do not have to quarantine, but they’ll need to have documentation to show that they have a medical contraindication.
Anyone arriving in NSW by sea needs the authorisation to disembark by the Commissioner of Police or delegate. They also need to go to a quarantine hospital, facility, or another medical facility to undertake a quarantine period.
Interstate Travel To and From NSW
An NSW resident who is in another territory or state and has been to a close contact place or a place of great concern needs to follow the restrictions in that jurisdiction under interstate traveller guidelines,
Anyone who is not an NSW resident and has been in a close contact place or a place of high concern at the time and date specified in Covid 19 concerns notice, must not enter NSW until more than 14 days have passed since they last visited a place thought to be of concern. However, a fully vaccinated person can wait for seven days to enter NSW.
Although there’s no rule to fill an entry declaration form when travelling to NSW, certain restrictions exist.
If you are allowed to travel to New South Wales from a location that appears in the Covid-19 concerns notice when you arrive in NSW, you may need to:
- Follow the interstate traveller guidelines if you’ve been in an area of high concern.
- Observe face mask rules, self-isolation rules when required and observe stay at home rules if they apply to you.
- Follow Covid-19 rules in New South Wales
- Take a Covid-19 test if required
Some states with restrictions include Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.
South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, and Northern Territory don’t have concerns notice.
Travel Rules For Fully Vaccinated People
There are no restrictions for travel within North-South Wales and Sydney for fully vaccinated people.
Here’s a breakdown of what fully vaccinated people can do under travel/transport, shopping, hospitality, among other categories.
Holiday and Holiday Homes
People from the same household can only use holiday homes and short-term accommodation.
However, if people are not from the same household, they must all be fully vaccinated.
People who are fully vaccinated can travel in a vehicle with other people.
However, you’ll need to carry vaccination evidence and produce that evidence to an authorised officer or police officer on request.
Children under 16 who are not fully vaccinated can travel in a vehicle with another person why don’t live with and won’t need to produce any evidence.
Fully vaccinated people are allowed to visit entertainment facilities like concert halls, theatres, cinemas, or music halls.
Nevertheless, you’ll need to carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it if requested. You also need to follow the face mask rules.
Travel Rules For Those Not Fully Vaccinated
People over the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated need to adhere to more rules and restrictions.
Here are some of those guidelines.
Holiday and Holiday Homes
While there are no restrictions for travel within NSW, restrictions on short-term accommodation and holiday homes remain for those not fully vaccinated.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you can only use a short-term accommodation or holiday home with people from your household.
Moreover, you’re not allowed to go on a holiday or participate in any recreation activity outside the local area you live in.
You’re only allowed to travel in a vehicle with people you live with if you are not fully vaccinated.
In certain instances, you can share a car with a person you don’t live with if it’s to provide assistance to a vulnerable person, in an emergency, you’re in a taxi, or you need to use a car for your work.
People who are not fully vaccinated are also allowed to travel in a vessel with other individuals they live with. However, you’re also allowed to share a vessel in similar circumstances above.
You cannot visit a recreational facility like a theme park, zoos, sports stadiums, or aquariums if you are not fully vaccinated.
Additionally, you cannot visit a public swimming pool indoors or outdoors if you’re not fully vaccinated.
Travel Rules For Business
Businesses also need to follow some rules for reopening
Short-term accommodation and holiday homes can only be used by people who are from the same household.
Alternatively, if the group of people are not from the same household, they must be fully vaccinated.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you are allowed to use short-term accommodation with people from your household. It’s also essential to note that you cannot go for a holiday or participate in any recreation outside the local area you live in.
Travel restrictions between Sydney and NSW have been uplifted with fewer limits to the places you can visit one fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated people can enjoy overnight recreational stays at paid accommodation like hotels and Airbnbs. However, those not fully vaccinated have to book accommodation with people from the same household.
With this information in mind, you can now plan your travel and visit your favourite places. Remember that you may need to provide vaccination evidence and observe social distancing/face mask rules.
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