There are major changes coming to travel into New South Wales with both home and hotel quarantine to end in just weeks.The changes will come into effect on November 1.

“For double vaccinated people around the world, Sydney, New South Wales is open for business. We want people back. We are leading the nation out of the pandemic,” NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said.


“Hotel quarantine, home quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world, and that date will come in on November 1st.”  The premier said the NSW government will work with the Commonwealth and people travelling into the state will need to do a PCR test before boarding a flight. They will also need to provide proof of double vaccination.

Unvaccinated arrivals will still be required to go into hotel quarantine for 14 days and there will also be a cap on those arrivals.

“I think people in NSW will be flying to Bali before Broome,” Perrottet said.

“We need to rejoin the world. We can’t live here in a hermit kingdom, we’ve got to open up.”


More freedoms from Monday

With 77.8 per cent of residents over 16 now fully vaccinated, the state is likely to reach the 80 per cent threshold within days, triggering an easing of further restrictions a week earlier than expected. On Friday, Premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed the next phase of the roadmap would begin on Monday, October 18. The new premier confirmed 80 per cent double-dose coverage would trigger the following for the fully vaccinated:

  • Up to 20 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under)
  • Up to 50 people can gather in outdoor settings
  • Up to 200 people can attend COVID Safe outdoor events
  • Up to 3000 people can attend controlled (ticketed and seated) events
  • Community sport is permitted (staff, spectators and participants)
  • No cap for personal services such as hairdressers, spas, nail and beauty salons, tattoo and massage parlours
  • The requirement to be seated while drinking indoors removed, dancing permitted indoors and outdoors
  • Major recreation outdoor facilities can operate with density limits, capped at 5,000
  • Nightclubs allowed to reopen for seated drinking but no dancing
  • No person limit for weddings and funerals, dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing
  • Churches and places of worship reopen for the fully vaccinated
  • Mandatory masks ditched in office buildings for the fully vaccinated, only hospitality staff required to wear masks while outdoors


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