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From 12.01am Friday, 4 September 2020 a single border region and a 'border region resident' permit came into effect.  

Employers of highly-specialised critical service workers in non-border regions can register for a COVID-19 NSW border entry permit for their workers. If permits were issued up until 11:59 pm on 1 September 2020, holders of these permits will be re-assessed on arrival at Sydney airport and if the statements of claim are not considered to be consistent with the Public Health Order, they will be returned.

Note: Quarantine fees will be waived for NSW residents returning from Victoria who:

  • are presently in quarantine
  • who enter quarantine prior to 11 September.

Introduction

On Friday 4 September 2020 a single border region was established. All residents of the border region, including critical service workers and residents in remote communities can apply for the new border region permit.

You’ll need a valid permit to enter NSW if you've been in Victoria in the last 14 days, except if you're entering NSW:

  • as an emergency or law enforcement services worker
  • to access emergency medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care
  • to avoid injury or escape a risk of harm. 

All NSW residents are strongly urged not to travel to Victoria. If travel is essential, then permits are in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents.

Both adults and children are required to get a permit to travel from Victoria to NSW.

In almost all cases, permits are issued subject to conditions. Your permit will indicate if you need to:

You can apply for a permit online.

Eligibility

You're eligible for a border region resident permit, if you are one of the following: 

  • a Victorian border region resident crossing the border. Please note that:
    • you must not travel to any part of NSW that is outside of the border region
    • you must not enter NSW if you have travelled in a COVID-19 area of concern or a restricted area within the previous 14 days.
  • a NSW border region resident crossing the border. Please note that:
    • you must not travel to any part of Victoria that is outside of the border region or is a COVID-19 area of concern
    • if you do travel outside the border region in Victoria or to a COVID-19 area of concern you cannot enter NSW using the border region permit. You’ll need to apply for a NSW resident’s permit to re-enter NSW (requiring a flight to Sydney Airport and quarantine).
  • a NSW or Victorian border region resident crossing the border:
    • to permanently move home.

Note: If you have a border region resident permit that is current at midnight on 16 September 2020, it will remain valid until the permit’s date of expiry (unless sooner revoked), and it will be subject to the conditions of the amended border region resident permit.

You may also be eligible for a permit if you're:

  • a person residing and providing a critical service in a non-border region (i.e. not in the border region). The critical service must be all of the following:
    • highly specialised
    • not available locally in the same or substantially the same form
    • not able to be provided remotely
    • approved by the head of your organisation, or the person receiving the service, who will need to Register a critical services worker for a COVID-19 NSW border entry permit.
      • Note: From 2 September 2020 requests to register a critical services worker will take approximately 5 working days to be approved.
  • a person residing in the border buffer providing a critical agriculture service, where the service is:
    • not available within a 100km radius in the state where the service is being provided
    • not able to be provided remotely
    • approved by the head of your organisation, or the person receiving the service who will need to Register a critical service (agriculture) worker for a COVID-19 NSW border entry permit.
      • Note: From 2 September 2020 requests to register a critical services (agriculture) worker will take approximately 5 working days to be approved.
  • Critical agriculture service workers (Victorian residents) who are required to enter NSW to provide their service, must:
    • not travel more than 100kms north of the border
    • not have been in a restricted area or a COVID-19 area of concern within the last 14 days
    • self-isolate except when providing the critical agricultural service.
  • Critical agriculture service workers (NSW residents) who are required to enter Victoria to provide their service, must:
    • not travel more than 100kms south of the border
    • self-isolate except when providing the critical agricultural service.

You're also eligible for a permit if you are entering NSW:

  • for child access and care arrangements
  • after having accessed essential medical or hospital services in Victoria that are unavailable locally, or not accessible remotely
  • to attend court as a defendant, witness or a lawyer in a case, or to meet other legal obligations imposed by a court or an Act (such as bail or parole obligations)
  • on compassionate grounds for the provision of end of life support, or to attend a funeral or memorial service or in other exceptional circumstances. You will need to apply to NSW Health for a compassionate permit exemption code before applying for your border entry permit. All cases are reviewed by a medical team for eligibility.

Note: 

  • If you're an ACT resident in Victoria wishing to return home, you can only access the ACT by air.
  • You don't need a permit, if you're entering NSW:
    • as an emergency or law enforcement services worker
    • to access emergency medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care
    • to avoid injury or escape a risk of harm. 

What you need

  • your personal details (name and date of birth)
  • your contact details (residential address, phone number and email address)
  • your exemption category
  • a declaration on your COVID-19 exposure and overseas travel in the last 14 days
  • the address where you intend to stay in NSW. 

How to apply

  1. Before applying for a permit, you must check Victoria's current public health restrictions and comply with the travel restrictions. 
  2. Check the eligibility requirements
  3. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the online form.

After applying, you'll receive an email with your NSW border entry permit. Please have your permit and supporting documentation with you when crossing the border. 

School students and staff

Border region students (and their parent/guardian) and school staff require a new permit to enter NSW to work or attend school in the border region from Monday 24 August.

Year 11 and 12 students (and their parent/guardian) and HSC teachers who live outside the border region will be eligible for an exemption to the Public Health Order, as long as they have not been in a restricted area (ie greater Melbourne) or another area of concern in Victoria within the previous 14 days.

Advice will be provided to these students and staff through Service NSW and the Department of Education, and a letter will be sent to them from their individual school.

Students, parents and staff eligible for this exemption should carry a copy of the exemption and the letter from their school certifying that they are currently enrolled in, or teach, Year 11 or 12 , with them at all times.

If Year 11 and 12 students (and their parent/guardian) and HSC teachers arrive in NSW by plane, they are also exempt from the obligation to undertake a quarantine period in a quarantine hotel.

Other staff and students who live outside of the border region in Victoria will not be eligible to enter NSW to attend school after 21 August, unless an exemption has been granted by the NSW Minister for Health. 

More information

  • The NSW Public Health Orders outline the specific reasons under which you may apply for a permit to enter NSW from Victoria. It is your responsibility to have the correct permit and supporting documentation for checking by NSW authorities upon arrival. For more information, including border entry rules and conditions, visit NSW-Victoria border restrictions
  • You may be allowed into NSW if you have supporting evidence but have not been able to get a permit, however this is not guaranteed. Visit Compassionate permits for travellers from Victoria to NSW for more information.