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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?

Fully vaccinated international passengers arriving in NSW must get a COVID-19 rapid antigen test:

  • within 24 hours of arriving in NSW (and can stop self-isolating once they receive a negative result from this test)
  • on or after day 6 after arriving in NSW.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated arriving in NSW from overseas must continue to go into 14-day mandatory quarantine.


You must self-isolate at your home or accommodation until you receive a negative result from your rapid antigen test taken after your arrival in NSW.

Get tested

You must take a rapid antigen test as soon as practicable after your arrival in NSW.

A rapid antigen test is a self-test you can do at home.

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

I'm arriving from overseas. Can I transit in NSW and travel to another state or territory?

Fully vaccinated international passengers are permitted to transit via NSW to another state or territory.

When transiting via NSW:

  • you can travel in a private vehicle, including taxi or rideshare
  • you can obtain fuel or necessary supplies, take a rest stop, or deal with an emergency
  • you cannot travel by bus
  • you can travel by rail or air if this is the most practicable direct route
  • you must travel directly to suitable accommodation and self-isolate until you transit out of NSW, if you have a layover between flights.

You should check the rules and requirements of the jurisdiction you are travelling to and ensure you are permitted to enter.

In Australia, states and territories have their own rules and restrictions in place. Some require approval to travel across the border from NSW, a period of self-isolation in NSW before entering the state, or sometimes a second self-isolation period when you arrive.

International passengers who are not fully vaccinated must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days before continuing their journey to another state or territory.

For the latest information visit Australian interstate quarantine.

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 COVID-19 testing available at Sydney Airport?

The Histopath testing clinic at T1 International Departures level concourse, located opposite entrance D, is a walk-in clinic only for people who are travelling internationally. Please arrive at least 4-5 hours prior to check in time.

Find out more on the Histopath website.

Members of the community and people who require a test can access one of the many nearby community testing locations which are listed on the NSW Government's 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.