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Domestic travel – South Australia

Updated on 1 August 2021, at 12:20 AET

When in South Australia, you must wear a mask when indoors in public places and other settings. For more on this, see 'SA — Gatherings'.

Coming to South Australia

You must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days before you enter South Australia from any state or territory. Visit police.sa.gov.au and select ‘Complete cross border form’.

For more information, visit covid-19.sa.gov.au select ‘Restrictions and responsibilities’ and click on ‘Travel restrictions’.

Entry to South Australia is currently prohibited for travellers from New South Wales, Victoria, some areas of Queensland and the ACT — see below for further detail.

Entry is only permitted for returning residents, people relocating to South Australia, and people fleeing domestic violence, however, on arrival they must:

  • quarantine for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 of quarantine
  • wear a face mask — covering mouth and nose — at any time you come into contact with the public for 14-day quarantine period, for example, when you get a COVID-19 test

Essential travellers are also permitted, however they must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Cross Border Travel Direction.

For more details and for a list of who is considered an essential worker, go to covid-19.sa.gov.au. Click on ‘Activity restrictions’. Then, click on Level 5 restrictions’.

Exposure locations

If you are currently in South Australia and visited any exposure locations in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland or Tasmania at the specified dates and times, you should:

  • self-quarantine immediately
  • get tested for COVID-19
  • complete this form to notify SA Health that you were at the location

To view the locations, go to:

See below for more information on entering SA.

Transit

You may transit through an airport in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, if you do not leave the airport.

You may transit through NSW, Victoria and the ACT by road, provided you travel via the most direct route, do not stop — except for essential purposes, for example, in an emergency or for respite or fuel — and wear a mask at any time you come into contact with the public.

Travelling from the Australian Capital Territory

Travellers arriving from the ACT are currently prohibited from entering South Australia, except for essential travellers and some permitted arrivals.

Commonwealth MPs and staff who have been only in the ACT at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, will be subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
  • must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

People escaping domestic violence, who have been in NSW at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, will be subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
  • quarantine as directed
  • must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia

Overseas arrivals (including South Australian residents or people genuinely relocating to South Australia) having completed 14 days quarantine in the ACT, must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia.

Returning South Australian residents and people genuinely relocating to South Australia must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia.

Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page. Applications for Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will automatically result in a declined application.

Essential travellers who have been in the ACT in the 14 days prior to arrival may enter South Australia subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
  • must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

Essential travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of essential traveller.

Commercial Transport and Freight travellers who have been in ACT (Victoria or New South Wales) must comply with Level 4 requirements for self-quarantine, testing on days 1, 5 and 13 (or can provide evidence of a COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test result in the preceding 7 days), and wearing face mask in public after arrival in South Australia.

Furniture removalists must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours; or must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours. Such travellers must wear a mask in public and QR code in at the testing station.

Transiting through Canberra Airport on a flight from another state is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

Travelling from New South Wales

People who’ve been in NSW in the previous 14 days (excluding Broken Hill local government area) are not allowed to enter South Australia — except if they’re essential travellers, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating to South Australia and people escaping domestic violence.

Returning South Australian residents are prohibited from entering without SA Health approval. Submitting the Cross Border Travel Registration without this approval will result in a declined application. The form to apply for an approved exemption from SA Health is available at forms.sa.gov.au.

People genuinely relocating and people escaping domestic violence from New South Wales, must quarantine for 14 days at a place determined by an authorised officer. They must get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13. They must receive approval from SA Health before they arrive in South Australia, though people escaping domestic violence can travel if their matter is urgent. You can apply at forms.sa.gov.au.

For further assistance, call the SA Information Line on 1800 253 787, 9:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days.

Essential travellers are subject to Level 4 requirements. This means they must:

  • get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13
  • self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they arrive in South Australia
  • wear a face mask at any time that they come into contact with the public, such as when they get a COVID-19 test

Essential travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of essential traveller.

A South Australian resident or someone genuinely relocating to South Australia, must apply for an exemption from SA Health, which may approve travel to South Australia.

Commonwealth MPs and staff who’ve been in NSW at any time in the 14 days before their arrival are subject to Level 5 requirements. This means they must:

  • get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13
  • quarantine as directed
  • wear a face mask when they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia

Commercial transport and freight workers must get a COVID-19 test in South Australia on day 1, 5 and 13, or show evidence of a COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test result in the previous 7 days. They must wear a face mask in public after arrival in South Australia.

Furniture removalists must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours or must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours.

These travellers must wear a mask in public and QR code in at the testing station.

Travelling from Queensland

If you’ve been in Greater Brisbane in the last 14 days, you’re not allowed to enter South Australia.

Greater Brisbane includes: the City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Region, Sunshine Coast Region, Shire of Noosa, Gold Coast, Logan City, Ipswich City, Redland City, Lockyer Valley Region, Scenic Rim, Somerset Region.

If you’re coming from any other area of Queensland, including Townsville and the Big Red Bash, you can enter South Australia without restriction.

Essential travellers, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating and people escaping domestic violence who’ve been in Greater Brisbane in the previous 14 days can enter South Australia, but they must comply with Level 4 requirements. This means they must:

  • get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13
  • self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they arrive in South Australia
  • wear a face mask at any time that they come into contact with the public

Essential travellers must self-quarantine and test in accordance with their class of Essential traveller.

Commercial transport and freight workers don’t need to participate in the COVID-19 testing regime if they can show evidence of a COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 result in the last 7 days — if they haven’t been in Victoria, NSW or the ACT in the past 14 days.

Travelling from Victoria

If you have been in Victoria in the last 14 days you are not allowed to enter South Australia.

Entry is permitted for essential travellers, returning residents, people relocating to South Australia, and people fleeing domestic violence. However, on arrival you must:

  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and day 13 of quarantine
  • wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose at any time you come into contact with the public during your 14-day quarantine period, for example, when seeking testing

People who’ve visited Phillip Island on or after 12 July 2021, are urged to get a COVID-19 test and contact SA Health immediately.

Cross-border corridor residents (NSW and Victoria)

If you have arrived in South Australia from Mildura local government area (LGA) since 11 July 2021, you must quarantine for 14 days from your arrival and have a COVID-19 test on days 1, 5 and 13 of your quarantine.

  • The NSW cross-border corridor is limited to the LGAs of Broken Hill and communities in SA including Manna Hill, Olary, Tikalina and Cockburn. SA residents who are outside the corridor can only travel to Broken Hill for essential work reasons or with a health exemption.
  • The Victorian cross-border corridor is the area 70 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria.
  • The cross-border corridor reasons for travel include:
    • employment or education
    • providing care and support to, or receiving care and support from another person
    • obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies
    • obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

NSW Cross Border Community Members who have only been in the Cross Border Corridor for the previous 14 days are not required to submit to COVID-19 testing.

VIC/SA Cross Border Community Members who enter SA must:

  • get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13 — unless they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 7 days
  • wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose at any time they have contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia

Current directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found at covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations.

Travel within South Australia

You can travel within most of South Australia.

Some Aboriginal communities, such as the APY Lands, have applied specific border restrictions. Go to covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities and select ‘Restrictions on movement into Aboriginal communities’ for more information.

Leaving South Australia

Check the relevant state or territory’s travel restrictions to find out if you can travel there from SA. You must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration before you return to SA.

International travellers

Anyone arriving to SA from overseas — other than from New Zealand — must complete mandatory supervised quarantine for 14 days in a medi-hotel approved by SA Health. Travellers must be tested for COVID-19 within the first 24 hours after they arrive, on day 5 and again on day 12.

The following quarantine fees apply:

  • $3,000 — 1 adult
  • $1,000 — each additional adult
  • $500 — each child
  • no charge for children under 3

The hotel quarantine fee is a fixed cost which covers your meals and room. Australian citizens and permanent residents may apply for a fee waiver. Payment plans are also available. For more information, visit covid-19.sa.gov.au and click on ‘Travel restrictions’.

For more information on restrictions in South Australia, visit covid-19.sa.gov.au. South Australians can also contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787, 9am to 5pm daily.

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