Premier & Cabinet

Department of Premier and Cabinet Circular

C2020-02 Advice on international and domestic travel and transport in relation to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The NSW Government is providing advice on international travel and transport in relation to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This supplements advice in the current NSW Government Travel and Transport Policy and the Travel Operational Guidelines.

Detailed Outline


Travel and Transport policy

Due to the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications for travel:

  • All currently booked and approved international and domestic travel should be reevaluated in line with the most up to date travel advice available at

  • International and domestic travel should be restricted to essential travel only.

  • Any change to planned travel should be done in accordance with the process for that cluster and/or agency.

International Travel Approvals

As per the current Travel and Transport Policy and Travel Operational Guidelines, the following approvals for international travel is required:

The portfolio Minister must approve all official overseas travel, including air charters, by public officials, including to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Subject to the Premier’s agreement, Ministers may delegate this function to Agency heads and the person in charge of any other public sector organisation or service reporting to the Minister. Overseas travel as part of an approved Public Service Commission Leadership Academy activity can be approved by the Public Service Commissioner under delegation from the Premier.


Travel and Transport Policy

Travel Operational Guidelines

For More Information

The current NSW Government travel management company, FCM Travel Management Solutions, has the ability to furnish NSW Government with a list of upcoming overseas travel for all NSW Government travellers to provide in order to assist cluster and agency approvers. The NSW Government Travel Management Company can assist with obtaining a credit for that flight, or a refund.

The NSW Treasury managed fund (TMF) provides protection to NSW Government agencies, parliamentarians, employees, officers and other approved persons against the insurable exposures and losses faced by government. Protection includes workers’ compensation and covers protection for illness such as the coronavirus.

Please note: employees are only covered if the trip is wholly for business purposes.

For up to date health and travel advice, see

Timothy Reardon



Who needs to know and/or comply with this?

Advisory Entities (including Boards and Committees)
Executive agencies related to Departments
Separate agencies
State Owned Corporations
Statutory Authorities/Bodies
Subsidiaries of the NSW Government established under the Corporations Act



AR Details

Date Issued
Mar 12, 2020
Review Date
Mar 1, 2021
Replaced By


Contact us
02 9228 5555
Publishing Entity
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Issuing Entity
Department of Premier and Cabinet