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Return to travel

We're excited to welcome you back to Sydney Airport!

As borders reopen and travel resumes, please be aware that travel advice is continuing to change.

Before you travel make sure you familiarise yourself with the requirements of your airline and for your destination and transit country.

For the latest information, please visit the Smart Traveller and NSW Government website.

Staying safe on the ground, and in the air

Masks remain mandatory at airports and on commercial flights.

If you are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms associated with COVID-19, do not come to the airport. Seek medical advice and talk to your airline about deferring your travel plans.

If you are visiting the airport please wash and sanitise your hands regularly.

Return to travel - Frequently Asked Questions
What travel restrictions are currently in place?

From 1 November 2021, Australian citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated with a TGA recognised COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to leave Australia. No exemption is required.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who do not meet the eligibility requirements must continue to follow the current border processes when leaving Australia or coming to Australia.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information.

Am I required to quarantine upon entry to NSW?

In response to the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, some overseas travellers are now required to enter NSW hotel quarantine for 14 days. These include travellers who:

  • are not fully vaccinated or,
  • have returned from or transited through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW, irrespective of their vaccination status

Other travellers are not required to enter hotel quarantine, but must comply with other NSW Health requirements.

NSW Health requirements for travellers not in hotel quarantine

Self-isolation

You must self-isolate at home or other place of accommodation for a minimum of 3 days after arrival.

Testing

You must have a COVID-19 nose and throat PCR test:

  • within 24 hours of arriving in NSW
  • on or after day 6 after arriving in NSW
  • if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19

NSW Health also strongly recommends a test on day 12 after arriving in NSW. To find your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic please visit the NSW Government website.

More information on the recent changes can be found on the NSW Health website.

Do I need to wear a mask at the airport?

Face masks are mandatory at airports and on commercial flights.

Passengers can take additional measures to help avoid queuing and congregating at the airport by checking in online where possible and arriving at the advised time ahead of their flight, which is one hour for domestic flights, and three hours for international flights.

Please contact your airline prior to travel to confirm their travel requirements.

Is pre-departure testing available at Sydney Airport?

If you are travelling internationally, you may be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result at check-in.

Histopath offer pre-departure COVID testing at T1 International terminal, at the Valet parking area outside of the departures hall, opposite check in counter H.

Results can be returned within 1 hour and test results will comply with the requirements of your destination country.

Find out more on the Histopath website.

Can I fly into NSW from overseas and travel to another state?

Across Australia, states and territories have their own quarantine rules in place. Some require approval to travel across borders from NSW, or a 14 day isolation period when you arrive.

For the latest information visit Australian Interstate Quarantine website.

Do I need to arrive earlier for my flight?

Check with your airline for any specific requirements, as these may differ depending on who you're travelling with. Our general recommendation for Domestic flights is that you arrive at least 1 hour before your scheduled flight time. For International flights, we recommend you arrive 3 hours before your scheduled flight time.

Can I come to the airport to speak with airlines?

If you need to contact your airline, we recommend you get in touch before arriving at the airport. Most airlines can be contacted by phone or via their website.

Are there additional security protocols at the airport?

The safety and security of all of our passengers, visitors and staff is our first priority. The same security protocols are in place at the airport, however we encourage you to visit the Australian Government's TravelSECURE website ahead of travel to familiarise yourself with the screening process and the rules around what you can and can't bring onboard your flight.