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Domestic travel – South Australia

Current as of 24 September 2020, at 12:45 AEST

Coming to South Australia

Before entering South Australia you must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration on the SA Police website at least 14 days before you depart.

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

Coming from Victoria

Most people can't enter SA from Victoria — including SA residents. This includes travellers who have only transited through a Melbourne airport.

You can only enter from Victoria if you’re an essential traveller or a cross-border community resident — see below.

Essential travellers can visit covid-19.sa.gov.au and search for  ‘Cross-border travel' for more information.

Victorian cross-border community residents

There is a 40-kilometre buffer zone on either side of the South Australian-Victorian border. Victorian cross-border community residents can cross the border into South Australia for work, school, shopping and medical appointments.

If you’re a Victorian cross-border community resident entering South Australia, you must have had a COVID-19 test in the last 7 days. You also can’t travel more than 40 kilometres from the border. You must complete a cross-border travel registration form. You can access the form at covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities. Select ‘Domestic travel restrictions’ and click on ‘Border restrictions’.

Coming from New South Wales

From Thursday 24 September, people travelling from New South Wales to South Australia no longer need to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

All travellers to SA still need to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration form.

Travellers who arrived in SA prior to 12:01am Thursday 24 September must complete their 14 days self-quarantine.

If you choose to return to NSW during this self-quarantine period and then return to South Australia, you’ll be required to complete the balance of days remaining on your 14-day self-quarantine period.

Cross-border community members with current travel exemptions do not need to re-apply.

Coming from the ACT

Travellers from the Australian Capital Territory can enter SA and won't need to quarantine once they arrive.

Travellers from the ACT still need to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration pre-approval form on the SA Police website. You’ll need to declare that you haven’t been to Victoria in the 14 days prior to your arrival in SA.

Coming from Queensland

Although there are currently no border restrictions with Queensland, the South Australian Government is recommending residents reconsider their travel to any parts of Queensland and be aware that border restrictions could change, depending on the current situation.

South Australians who have been to the Greater Brisbane or Ipswich areas in Queensland since 22 July are advised to monitor for symptoms and get tested even if you develop only mild symptoms.

You should also not visit or go to work in any aged care or disability service for 14 days since visiting these areas and get tested for COVID-19.

Travelling to SA from elsewhere in Australia

Travellers from the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia can enter South Australia without restriction.

International arrivals

Overseas arrivals are taken to a dedicated hotel to quarantine for 14 days.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who arrive in SA will need to pay a quarantine fee.

The following will 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.

If you purchased your travel ticket before 12:00pm ACST on 13 July 2020, you won’t need to pay the fee.

Australian citizens and permanent residents may apply for a fee waiver. Payment plans are also available. For more details:

Leaving South Australia

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

For more information on South Australian restrictions, 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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