Please read below regarding the update to self-isolation requirements for close contacts of people with COVID-19 and unvaccinated international arrivals.

There are no changes for people who test positive to COVID-19. They must self-isolate for 7 days from the date of their positive test.

Close contacts of COVID-19 cases

From 6pm on Friday 22 April, close contacts (household contact or an individual deemed by NSW Health to be a close contact) will not have to isolate, if they don’t have symptoms.

Close contacts of people with COVID-19 should comply with the following guidelines for 7 days from the date of the COVID-19 positive person’s test:

  • do not visit aged care, hospitals, disability, and correctional facilities unless a special exemption applies
  • wear a face mask in indoor settings outside the home
  • undertake daily rapid antigen tests before coming into close contact with people outside their household, where practicable
  • avoid contact with elderly and immunocompromised persons where possible
  • work from home where practical
  • notify their employer/educational facility that they are a close contact, and that they are not required to isolate as long as they comply with the above.


Unvaccinated international arrivals

From Saturday 30 April 2022, unvaccinated international arrivals will not be required to undertake hotel quarantine. These passengers will follow the same guidelines as fully vaccinated international arrivals and take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival.

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