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Domestic travel – South Australia

Current as of 10 July 2020, at 16:00 AEST

There are few restrictions on travel within South Australia.

However, people may not be able to enter remote and regional Aboriginal communities in these areas:

  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands
  • Gerard (Riverland)
  • Yalata (Far West Coast)

Leaving South Australia

Check the relevant state and territory’s travel restrictions to find out where you can travel.

Entering South Australia

Regardless of where your travel begins, you need to get approval before entering South Australia. You must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration on the SA Police website 3 days before you leave.

Authorities will assess your application within 72 hours to determine if you can enter SA, travel without restriction, or must self-quarantine on arrival.


On arrival to SA, you must travel directly to accommodation and self-quarantine for 14 days. You can only leave if it’s an emergency like to obtain urgent medical care or medical supplies. You must wear a surgical mask if you have to leave your place of quarantine.

No one can enter or stay at your place of quarantine unless:

  • you need to provide care to or receive care from someone who usually lives there
  • they’re also self-quarantining.

Victoria arrivals

You can only enter from Victoria if:

  • you’re an SA resident and you self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • you’re an essential traveller.

Arrivals from Victoria must get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arriving in SA, and 12 days after arriving. Authorities will provide you with 2 referral forms to get your tests. If you return a negative result, you still need to quarantine for 14 days.

If you enter SA from Victoria as an essential traveller, you must wear PPE while undertaking your essential work in the SA community. You must self-quarantine at all other times.

Checkpoints are located at border crossings between SA and Victoria. If you’re an essential traveller from a cross-border community, you can still enter SA, but you can’t travel further than 50 kilometres from the border.

NSW and ACT arrivals

Arrivals from Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, other than essential travellers, must self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA.

Other state and territory arrivals

Travellers from Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia can enter South Australia without restriction if they travel direct.

Border-control checkpoints — including at airports and interstate train stations — have been set up in South Australia. Travellers will be asked about their travel plans, and must sign a declaration about their health and their ability to self-quarantine for 14 days if required.

SA Police may check on people who've arrived from interstate to ensure they're complying with the mandatory 14 days of self-quarantine, if required. Police are also patrolling border areas and will stop anyone they find who's deliberately avoiding main roads.

Essential travellers may be exempt from these rules. These include health workers, freight delivery staff and emergency services workers.

International arrivals

You must undertake mandatory quarantine in accommodation in the city you arrived in for 14 days, with few exceptions. You’ll be required to pay for this in the near future.

The number of international arrivals to SA is set to reduce.

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

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