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Travel within SA

Travel within most of South Australia is unrestricted.

Some restrictions are currently in place in Aboriginal communities.

Travelling to SA

All travellers coming to South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form on the SA Police website prior to their travel.

There are no restrictions on entering South Australia apart from those listed below.

New South Wales

Restrictions

From 1:41 pm  Wednesday 23 June 2021, any person arriving in South Australia who has been in the state of New South Wales, in the 14 days prior to their arrival, but not before 11 June 2021, is subject Level 6 requirements (prohibited from entry).

Exceptions

Essential travellers, returning South Australian residents and people genuinely relocating, and people escaping Domestic Violence, who have been in New South Wales in the 14 days prior to arrival may enter South Australia subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13
  • returning SA residents and people genuinely relocating, and people escaping domestic violence must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Note: Commercial Transport and Freight categories are excused from the COVID-19 testing regime if they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 result in the last 7 days.

Cross Border Community members

If Cross Border Community Member from South Australia or New South Wales has not left the Cross Border Corridor (100km from the border on the New South Wales side) they are permitted to travel anywhere within SA without restriction.

* If a Cross Border Community Member has been outside the Cross Border Corridor into New South Wales within the last 14 days they are subject to Level 4 restrictions and must:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13. Unless they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 7 days.
  • No self-quarantine but must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days.
  • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in SA.

Passing through/transit

Passing through New South Wales via car

If you are commencing your travel in an unrestricted zone and providing you have not been in New South Wales in the past 14 days, you can enter South Australia with no requirements, as long as you travel through New South Wales via the most direct and practicable route and do not stop in New South Wales except in an emergency or for respite or other essential purposes (such as obtaining fuel).

You must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time you come into contact with the public and cannot maintain physical distance during your journey through New South Wales.

Transiting through Sydney Airport

  • Transiting through New South Wales is allowed via Sydney airport on a flight from another state, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport and providing you have not been in New South Wales in the past 14 days.
  • A person is permitted to transit through New South Wales to get to Sydney Airport provided:
    • Their journey originated from outside of New South Wales (or from within the Cross Border Community 100km zone if you are a New South Wales Cross Border Community Member)
    • The person must travel via the most direct and practical route
    • The person can only stop in the case of an emergency or respite for essential purposes
    • They must wear a face mask for the entire time
    • They must not leave the airport

Greater Melbourne

Restrictions

People who have been in Greater Melbourne within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter South Australia.

Exceptions

South Australian residents, people relocating and people escaping domestic violence

People in these categories entering South Australia, having been in Greater Melbourne in the 14 days prior to arrival, are subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13
  • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after arrival (unless Clause 9 applies: entering a health care service facility for medical treatment, or entering an aged care facility for an end-of-life visit.)
  • Must wear a mask when in contact with the public for 14 days after their arrival.

Essential Travellers

Essential Travellers from Greater Melbourne have modified Level 4 requirements. Please refer to the Essential traveller requirements table (PDF, 698.8 KB) for more information about the requirements for each category.

Essential Travellers or permitted arrivals driving into South Australia from Victoria are only permitted to use the following prescribed roads:

  • Sturt Highway, Yamba; Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo; Dukes Highway, Wolseley; Wimmera Highway, Laurie Park; Casterton Road, Penola; Glenelg Highway, Myora; Princes Highway, Glenburnie; Glenelg River Road, Donovans/Nelson

Entry to SA Requirements - Victoria (PDF, 220.1 KB)

Regional Victoria

Restrictions

People entering South Australia who have been in regional Victoria in the 14 days prior to their arrival are subject to modified Level 3 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1
  • Must self-quarantine until negative test result
  • Must not enter a high-risk setting for 14 days after arrival (unless Clause 9 applies: entering a health care service facility for medical treatment, or entering an aged care facility for an end-of-life visit.)
  • No entry to a COVID Management Plan event >1000 people

Entry to SA Requirements - Victoria (PDF, 220.1 KB)

Exceptions

Essential Travellers who are either Commercial Transport and Freight Service workers or Cross Border Community Members are exempt from the testing requirement if they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 7 days. Essential travellers need not comply with the self-quarantine requirement while they continue to be an Essential Traveller, performing the duties, functions or activities of their essential traveller status.

Cross-border community members

Cross border corridor means: the area 70 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria. Therefore, anyone in this corridor is considered a Cross Border Community Member.

People living in cross border communities are still able to enter South Australia, but if you have been in Greater Melbourne, you will be subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13. Unless you can produce evidence of a COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 7 days.
  • No self-quarantine but must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days.
  • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that you come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after your arrival in South Australia.
  • Victorian Residents and South Australians travelling into Victoria should comply with current Victorian restrictions.

If you have been outside the cross border corridor, but only in regional Victoria, you are subject to modified Level 3 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1
  • Must self-quarantine until negative test result
  • Must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after arrival (unless Clause 9 applies)
  • No entry to a COVID Management Plan event >1000 people

Cross Border Community Members must have a current Cross Border Travel Registration form.

Victorian Residents and South Australians travelling into Victoria should comply with any current Victorian restrictions.

Map of SA/VIC 70km border corridor (PDF, 546.3 KB).

Passing through/transit

Transit through Victoria is allowed:

  • Via Tullamarine airport on a flight from another state, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

Driving through Victoria is allowed:

  • after disembarking the Spirit of Tasmania
  • via regional Victoria (e.g. Mildura)
  • provided you travel via the most direct and practicable route and not stop in Victoria except in an emergency or for respite or other essential purpose (and if you do, you must wear a mask).

Note that people passing through South Australia qualify as Essential travellers.

Before you travel

If you are planning travel to SA, aim to complete the Cross-Border Travel Registration form at least 7 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins. If you are applying for essential traveller categories (when relevant), please attach relevant documents to assist with assessment and determination.

All travellers should download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia. COVID Safe Check-In is required at most shops and establishments in SA.

Arriving in SA

Self Check-in

Travellers will now receive an email from South Australia Police that requests that they complete a 'Self Check-in'. This will “check” them in as arriving in South Australia.

Travellers will either declare that they have arrived, or will be arriving in South Australia as per the date declared on their Cross Border Travel Registration.

The email from South Australia Police will arrive on the day you are expected to arrive in South Australia.

Arriving at Adelaide Airport

Travellers entering South Australia by plane must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when on the plane or present at any airport.

Travellers who arrive by plane are required to use the COVID Safe Check-In to scan a QR code specific to the Adelaide Airport immediately after their arrival. For travellers who do not have a smartphone, they must provide their relevant contact details to a person authorised or required to collect such contact details.

Health alerts

Health alerts may be in effect for specific exposure sites.

The Contact tracing page on the SA Health website provides information on:

  • current health alerts associated with specific exposure sites
  • what to do if you were present at one of these locations at the specified date and time.

Restrictions: levels and zones

Cross border travel is covered by two Directions:

  • Cross Border Travel - General Direction
  • Cross Border Travel - Associated Direction

The General Direction lays out six levels of requirements and restrictions or prohibitions on anyone entering South Australia, appropriate to the risk associated with where they have been prior to their arrival. These levels are set out in the relevant Entry requirements charts.

The Associated Direction is designed to act as an appendix to the General Direction and outlines:

  • specific zones that are currently restricted or prohibited
  • any requirements for defined classes of arrivals (e.g. overseas arrivals, essential travellers and other permitted arrivals).

If South Australia declares that arrivals from a specified location, or a class of arrivals from a specified location, are subject to level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 requirements, those arrivals, or class of arrivals, MUST comply with the requirements set out in the table below.

Level

Requirements

Level 1

COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.

No entry to high risk setting until negative test: A person must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia or until they get a negative COVID-19 test result unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.

Level 2

COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.

Quarantine until negative test: A person must comply with the self-quarantine requirements under clause 10 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021 until they get a negative COVID-19 test result.

No entry to high risk setting until negative test: A person must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia or until they get a negative COVID-19 test result unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.

Level 3

COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.

Quarantine until negative test: A person must comply with the self-quarantine requirements under clause 10 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021 until they get a negative COVID-19 test result.

No entry to high risk setting: A person must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in SA for a period of 14 days after their arrival in SA unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.

No entry to COVID Management Plan events: A person must not attend any event in South Australia with an approved COVID Management Plan or at which more than 1000 people are present for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Level 4

COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.

Self-quarantine: A person must comply with the self-quarantine requirements under clause 10 for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Mask in public: A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Level 5

COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.

Quarantine as directed: a person must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from other persons, at a place determined by an authorised officer for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia

Mask in public: A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Level 6

Prohibition on entry: A person must not enter South Australia.

A high risk setting means each of the following:

  • a residential aged care facility
  • a disability care facility
  • a prison, correctional facility, training centre or other place of custody
  • any of the following areas within a hospital
  • a facility for the provision of health care services
    • an emergency department
    • an intensive care unit
    • a respiratory ward
    • an oncology ward
  • health care services provided in any of the Aboriginal communities listed in Schedule 1 in the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021, or any other Aboriginal community controlled health service.

Travelling interstate

If you want to travel from South Australia to another state, check the rules of the state you wish to travel to before you leave. Not all state travel arrangements are reciprocal.

Other government COVID-19 website travel information

The Healthdirect COVID-19 Restriction Checker links to each state's travel restrictions.

Arriving from overseas

Any person wishing to enter South Australia from overseas will be required to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration on the SAPOL website.

Overseas arrivals are subject to any requirements specified in the Cross-Border Travel—Associated Direction, as outlined in the Entry requirements table (PDF, 98.9 KB).

From New Zealand

All travellers coming to South Australia from New Zealand must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration prior to travel.

All travellers should download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia and are required to use the COVID Safe Check-In to scan a QR code specific to the Adelaide Airport immediately after their arrival.

For travellers who do not have a smartphone, they must provide their relevant contact details to a person authorised or required to collect such contact details.

Arrivals from New Zealand may enter South Australia without the need to complete quarantine or submit to COVID-19 testing.

From all other countries

All overseas arrivals into Australia (other than those from New Zealand) are required to complete mandatory quarantine in an place determined by SA Health. In the first instance this is likely to be an approved medi-hotel for 14 full days and nights. The date of arrival and check-in to the medi-hotel is counted as day 0.

Read more about International arrivals, including quarantine fees, applying for financial hardship and testing requirements.

Testing of arrivals

A person who is in quarantine and refuses a COVID-19 test must remain in quarantine for an additional 10 day period and includes other persons quarantining with that person.

A person under the age of 16 years who is required to remain quarantined at a place determined by an authorised officer (international arrival) is required to submit a COVID-19 test on Day 1, Day 5 and 13. If the child refuses or fails to submit to a test, the child must remain in quarantine for an additional 10 days (including carer).

A person must not make a statement on an application or upon arrival that is false or misleading, or refuse or fail to answer questions asked by an authorised officer or a person responsible for assisting in the administration of cross border travel.

Any person wishing to enter South Australia from overseas will be required to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration on the SAPOL website.

Compliance

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

Travel to New Zealand is permissible within the New Zealand safe travel zone arrangements.

For other destinations, if you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. See the federal Department of Home Affairs information on Leaving Australia.

More information

Common questions

International arrivals

Essential traveller health exemption

Self isolation and quarantine

Cross-border travel direction

Page last updated: 24 June 2021