Testing of arrivals

COVID-19 testing requirements for people entering from NSW/VIC/ACT

All non-essential travellers from NSW and ACT are required to:

  • have a COVID-19 test on day 1 and day 12 upon entry into SA
  • remain in self-quarantine for 14 days.

Essential travellers in categories defined as commercial transport and freight, remote and isolated workers or cross border community members who are approved to enter SA must obtain a test as soon as practicable within seven days of entering SA,

They must produce evidence of having a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than seven days old, upon request from an Authorised Officer (e.g. SA Police Officer). Self-quarantine restrictions may still apply.

All other Essential Travellers (other than those mentioned above or passing through) are required to partake in the mandatory COVID-19 testing on day 1 and 12 of entry into SA.

For more information visit the cross-border travel page.

You can use the referral form you received at the border to attend a drive-through testing clinic.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-quarantine while waiting for test results.​

Some essential travellers must also be tested. Refer to the Essential traveller table (PDF, 130.3 KB) for details.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Monitor for symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath.

Other early symptoms to watch for are

  • chills and body aches or muscle pain
  • a sore throat
  • headaches
  • runny nose
  • diarrhoea
  • unexplained loss of taste or smell.

If you experience any of these symptoms contact a testing centre.

Testing clinics and centres

A list of metropolitan and regional clinics are available on the SA Health site.

Covid-19 clinics and testing centres

More information

Call centres and information lines