Australian travel restrictions guide, state-by-state: January 29

Restrictions lowdown: what you need to know before you go

Many state border restrictions have been eased except for areas of Greater Sydney. Masks are now mandatory in airports and on flights.


Border restrictions only apply to travellers who have been in the Cumberland local government area (LGA) in Sydney's western suburbs. To enter the ACT, they must seek an exemption and quarantine for 14 days on arrival.


There are no restrictions on entering NSW from other states or territories. In Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong face masks are mandatory indoors, including when visiting supermarkets and shopping centres, places of worship, airports, salons and entertainment venues, as well as on public transport.


All travellers to the NT must complete a border entry form. If you're travelling from a hotspot, you must enter 14 days of supervised quarantine at your own expense ($2500 per person, $5000 per family). Currently the only hotspots are nine LGAs in Sydney's west.


The Queensland border is closed to travellers from COVID-19 hotspots in NSW, including Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Central Coast.


Restrictions only apply to NSW. The border is open to regional NSW, but you must test for COVID-19 three times over 12 days. Travel from Greater Sydney, the Central Coast or Wollongong is prohibited.


Most of Australia is allowed entry to Tasmania. Travellers from medium-risk areas, including nine LGAs in Sydney, must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.


A permit is required to visit Victoria. Travellers from orange zones - areas of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong - are allowed entry but must self-isolate and have a test. The only red zone is Cumberland LGA in Sydney, and travellers who have been in the area will be denied entry to Victoria.


Travellers from NSW, Queensland and Victoria must self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises or enter a Government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense.

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