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Travel – South Australia

Updated on 29 November 2021, at 10:00 AET

Coming to South Australia from interstate

South Australia is open to fully vaccinated travellers. You must have completed a course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, or TGA.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements apply to all travellers aged over 12 years and 2 months — including returning SA residents. Children aged under 12 years and 1 month are considered ‘vaccinated’ if their parents or guardians are fully vaccinated.

Before your arrival you must complete an EntryCheck SA application at sa.gov.au. You should do this within 14 days before you arrive and at least 72 hours before you arrive. Returning South Australians must also complete an application.

Everyone aged over 18 must complete an individual application. Children under 18 can be listed as a dependent on a primary application or can submit their own application.

In states and territories where there’s evidence of community transmission of COVID-19, the risk level of a local government area, or LGA, will be determined by the vaccination rates in that area.

Depending on which LGA you’re travelling from and its risk level, you may need to complete quarantine, get COVID-19 tests or do symptom checks using the HealthCheck SA app.

To find out the current risk level of any LGA you’re coming from — or have spent time in — visit sahealth.sa.gov.au and search ‘EntryCheck SA’; select ‘EntryCheck SA — Assessment of LGA risk level’.

If you’re required to complete quarantine using HealthCheck SA, you must be able to quarantine alone. Otherwise, all other people in your household must quarantine with you.

If you’re required to quarantine after arriving in SA, appropriate housing for quarantine is a residential house with no shared common spaces — including lifts, stairwells or entrances — so an apartment or hotel room isn’t appropriate.

This could be a rented space, such as an Airbnb. Depending on the circumstances, a townhouse may be suitable.

Unvaccinated travellers without an approved medical exemption aren’t allowed to enter SA.

Exemptions may also be considered for unvaccinated people for a few reasons, such as funerals, end-of-life visits, freight transport, unvaccinated children aged 12 to 18, and more. Apply for a travel exemption online — where you apply for EntryCheck at sa.gov.au.

If you arrived in South Australia before 12:01 am on Tuesday 23 November 2021, you must continue to comply with the requirements of the direction or exemption that you entered the state under — unless you’re contacted by SA Health.

For more information on entry conditions, go to covid-19.sa.gov.au/travel/entrycheck-sa.

Returning SA residents

If you are a returning South Australian resident and you have had 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you can enter SA before Tuesday 14 December 2021. You must apply for an exemption via the link in your EntryCheck SA outcome email.

You must upload evidence of your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and booking for your second dose. You will be advised of your entry conditions in your exemption approval.

After 14 December 2021, returning South Australian residents will need to have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter SA.

Cross-border communities — NSW and Victoria

The South Australian cross-border community arrangements with New South Wales and Victoria have changed.

The NSW Cross Border Corridor is 100 kilometres west of the border between SA and NSW and includes:

  • City of Broken Hill LGA
  • Unincorporated Far West NSW — including Broken Hill and Silverton
  • Wentworth

The Victorian Cross Border Corridor is the area 70km to the west of the border between SA and Victoria and includes:

  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • West Wimmera Council

Fully vaccinated residents of the cross-border community can apply to enter SA using EntryCheck SA.

Cross-border community members aged 12 years and 2 months to 18 years can enter SA as ‘unvaccinated travellers’. However, they’ll need to provide evidence of at least one COVID-19 vaccination with a second appointment booked by Wednesday 8 December 2021.

Approval will be granted for 3 months allowing cross-border community members to enter SA unrestricted.

Cross-border community members don’t need a pre-entry COVID-19 test if:

  • they remain in the cross-border corridor, or
  • leave the cross-border corridor for 72 hours or less

Cross-border community members who leave the cross-border corridor on the NSW or Vic side for more than 72 hours — within 14 days of their arrival in SA — will need to have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their first arrival in SA. But they don’t need to reapply to enter SA.

When entering SA, cross-border community members may be asked to produce evidence of their residential address and vaccination status.

Existing cross border approvals will be honoured until they expire, at which time a new application will be required — via EntryCheck SA.

For more information, go to covid-19.sa.gov.au/travel then click on ‘Cross border communities’.

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 an EntryCheck SA application before you return.

Coming to South Australia from overseas

Before your arrival you must complete an EntryCheck SA application at sa.gov.au — see above.

Vaccinated travellers

South Australia is open to fully vaccinated international travellers. You must have completed a course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognised by the TGA.

You must also have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test received in the 72 hours prior to arrival. On arrival to SA, you must:

  • quarantine for 14 days using the HealthCheck SA app
  • get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in SA
  • get tested again on day 6 and day 14 after arrival
  • complete daily symptom checks for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA
  • not enter a high-risk setting for 14 days after arrival
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after arrival

You must comply with these entry conditions if you’ve been overseas in the last 7 days — including if you enter SA via another state or territory.

Unvaccinated travellers

If you’re unvaccinated and don’t have an approved medical exemption, you can’t enter SA. This includes returning South Australian residents.

Exemptions will be considered for a few reasons, such as funerals and end-of-life visits. Apply for a travel exemption online — where you apply for EntryCheck at sa.gov.au. If your exemption is approved, you’ll be advised of your quarantine and testing requirements.

If you’re travelling from overseas with an unvaccinated child aged between 12 years and 2 months and 18 years, you and everyone in your travelling group must quarantine for 14 days on arrival to South Australia.

You must get tested on arrival and again on days 6 and 13 of quarantine. This is providing all people in your group aged 18 years or older are vaccinated. Depending on your circumstances, your quarantine will be completed at home or at a medi-hotel.

Travel at 90% vaccination

Once 90% of South Australians aged 12 years and over are fully vaccinated, people who are fully vaccinated can freely travel to South Australia from overseas and interstate.

Unvaccinated travellers who are allowed to enter SA will be subject to quarantine requirements.


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

For more information, visit covid-19.sa.gov.au/travel. You can also contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787, 9am to 5pm daily.

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