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New rules for Aussies flying into NSW from overseas

Vaccinated travellers flying into NSW from overseas are banned from visiting hospitals and other health care facilities, aged and disability care and prisons for a week after they arrive home.

Details of the rules have emerged a day after international borders opened for the state.

The rule will affect Aussies returning home, as well as NSW residents, who are now allowed to fly overseas on holidays.

Tourists will also have to follow the rule, with New Zealanders soon to be joined by Singaporeans as the first groups to be allowed to visit.

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NSW Health says anyone returning to the state- who already must have returned a negative COVID-19 test less than three days before boarding the plane – must also follow other rules.

They must have a PCR COVID-19 test within 24 hours after arriving, which had already been detailed by officials, and they must have another PCR test after a week.


But until that seven day test is clear, they must not go to “high-risk settings”, unless, for example if they need medical help.

Children under the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated must not attend school or children until they have a negative seven day test, and must not enter the “high-risk settings” for 14 days after arriving in NSW.

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Family members embrace as they are reunited at the Sydney International Airport on November 1.

However, the rules have changed since the list was initially published on Sunday.

A longer list which told travellers they could not visit pubs and restaurants, schools, sports matches and other events such as concerts and child care for a week, has now been removed from the NSW Health website.

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Ambulances at Sunshine Hospital, Melbourne.

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“NSW Health has updated advice for recently arrived, fully vaccinated international arrivals to no longer restrict entry into large gatherings of hospitality venues for seven days following arrival,” NSW Health said in a statement this afternoon.

“Restrictions during the first week following arrival remain on entry to certain high-risk premises including aged care, disability care, healthcare and correctional facilities.”

While the travel ban ending means any Aussies or PRs can leave the country, only people from NSW, Victoria and the ACT can easily get back, with hotel quarantine, flight caps and closed domestic borders hampering travel for others.


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Only those with TGA approved vaccines may enter the country quarantine-free.

TGA approved vaccines are Pfizer (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca, (Vaxzevria), Janssen-Cilag (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen), Moderna (Spikevax), Coronavac (Sinovac) and Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India).

Covaxin and Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV) vaccines have also just been added to the list.

Anybody who doesn’t have a recognised vaccine must still to hotel quarantine in NSW, with places strictly limited.

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