Arriving from overseas

All new arrivals into Australia are being quarantined in their port of arrival in supervised accommodation for 14 days to ensure compliance.

A person is deemed to have arrived when they leave the airport or disembark from their vessel. This means passengers whose final destination is not South Australia may complete their journeys without being subject to quarantine in South Australia.

All international arrivals will be placed in hotel quarantine when they enter SA.

Quarantine cost recovery

From Saturday 18 July, quarantine fees will apply for Australian citizens and residents arriving in South Australia from overseas.

The following fees will apply:

  • one adult: $3,000
  • additional adults: $1,000 each
  • additional children: $500 each
  • child under 3: no additional cost.

The hotel quarantine fee is a fixed cost which includes meals and hotel room costs.

Travellers will be invoiced a fixed fee at the end of their stay and given 30 days to pay.

If you purchased your ticket before 12:00 pm ACST on 13 July 2020, these fees will not apply.

Financial hardship

Australian citizens and permanent residents may apply for a fee waiver.

Use the form below if you have been invoiced by the South Australian government for mandatory quarantine fees and you are applying for financial hardship exemption or exemption due to pre-booked flights cancelled by an airline.

You will need:

  • Invoice number
  • Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residence

You may be asked for:

  • Income (payslips or proof of income source)
  • Evidence of living expenses (bank statements)
  • Evidence the flight was cancelled by the airline

Apply now

Or resume a saved application.

Payment plans are also available. For more details:

Frequently asked questions - quarantine and cost recovery (PDF, 229.4 KB)
Frequently asked questions - quarantine and cost recovery (DOCX, 572.4 KB)


If you are directed by a health professional or law enforcement agency to quarantine for 14 days, you must do so.

A $1,000 on-the-spot fine can be issued to anyone breaching self-quarantine requirements.

SA Health and SA Police are working together to monitor people who should be in quarantine and fines may be issued to people who breach these directives.

Travelling overseas

All overseas travel is currently prohibited.

More information

Domestic travel restrictions

Cross-border travel direction

Overseas travel self-quarantine direction

Other websites

COVID-19 and the Australian border - Department of Home Affairs

Page last updated: 31 August 2020