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Travel within SA

Travel within most of South Australia is unrestricted, although people are advised to avoid unnecessary travel.

Some restrictions are currently in place in Aboriginal communities.

Travelling to SA

Cross Border Travel Registration

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website

For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.

Notification

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.

Domestic travellers

Effective 12:01 am 14 January 2021, the following restrictions apply to travel between New South Wales and South Australia.

New South Wales COVID-19 traveller Information

The following areas of New South Wales are now declared Prohibited locations:

Travellers are not permitted to travel to South Australia from the above areas unless they are an essential traveller or an exempt person.

Travellers may travel to South Australia from all areas of New South Wales outside of the above areas, but must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

People escaping domestic violence, persons whom normally reside in South Australia, those relocating to South Australia and travellers who are transiting in or through NSW are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

Travellers via car from the Low Community Transmission Zones are permitted to travel through NSW to enter South Australia providing they do not stop in Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast. They must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they come into contact with the public and cannot maintain physical distance during their journey and use the most direct route, only stopping for respite and essential purposes (such as fuel).

Travellers via plane from a low community transmission zone are permitted to transit through Sydney Airport for no longer than 2 hours and must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they are in transit (this includes on the plane and in the airport terminal).

Queensland traveller Information

Effective 12:01 am 17 January 2021, the following restrictions apply to travel between Greater Brisbane and South Australia. Travellers from the Greater Brisbane Area do not have 14 day self-quarantine upon arrival in South Australia but must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12. (Please note, you must complete all 3 tests if entering SA between 12:01 am 17 January and 12:01am 21 January 2021) Effective 12:01 am 21 January 2021, travellers from the Greater Brisbane Area do not have 14 day self-quarantine upon arrival in South Australia or submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

Travellers via plane from a low community transmission zone are permitted to transit through Brisbane Airport for no longer than 2 hours and must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they are in transit (this includes on the plane and in the airport terminal).

Genuine relocations

A person may only enter South Australia, from a high community-transmission zone, for the purpose of genuine relocation once. Evidence to demonstrate genuine relocation will be required when completing the cross border travel registration.

Commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia, the person must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from other persons, at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days not counting the day of arrival.

South Australian residents returning

South Australian residents returning must satisfy an authorised officer that:

  • they ordinarily reside in South Australia, and
  • the entry is for the purpose of returning to their place of ordinary residence in South Australia, and
  • they have not previously entered South Australia for this reason.

Commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia, the person must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from other persons, at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days not counting the day of arrival.

Domestic violence

Persons escaping domestic violence or providing support to a family member who is experiencing domestic violence; or where the entry is reasonably necessary for the purpose of dealing with circumstances arising out of domestic violence are permitted to enter South Australia.

Commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia, the person must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from other persons, at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days not counting the day of arrival.

Passing through

People passing through South Australia must take the most direct and practical route and means, and:

  • have permission (if relevant) to enter the State or Territory that they are passing through South Australia to enter; and
  • cannot remain in South Australia for more than 72 hours; and
  • cannot remain overnight or for periods longer than one hour in the townships of Coober Pedy, Ceduna or Port Augusta other than to obtain take away food, groceries, petrol or other fuel, or supplies; and
  • avoid any non-essential contact with people in South Australia other than to obtain food, petrol or other fuel, or supplies.

Cross Border Community Members

A Cross Border Community Travel Zone has been created that includes Wentworth and Broken Hill.

If you live in NSW

People who reside within 100 km of the NSW/SA border, upon application, can travel anywhere within SA. This is only applicable if you can demonstrate you have been within the 100 km zone for the past 14 days and have not travelled anywhere else within NSW.

If you live in SA

People who reside within 100 km of the SA/NSW border, upon application, can travel no further than 100 km into NSW.

Cross Border Community members are only required to provide proof of a COVID-19 test, or test result, within the last 7 days.

Only approved South Australian Cross Border Community members can travel back into SA without having to quarantine. People who reside outside of the 100 km zone cannot utilise the Cross Border Community Members’ provision of the Direction.

If you live outside the 100 km zone and cross the border into NSW, you will only be able to return under an essential traveller category. If you do not meet an essential traveller category and have been in NSW, you will not be permitted to enter SA.

Essential Traveller Health Exemptions

If you wish to enter South Australia from overseas as an Essential Traveller, you may need approval from SA Health before submitting your Cross Border Travel Registration. This includes Essential Travellers in categories for urgent medical, surgical or dental treatment; compassionate grounds; and health care workers who are required to undertake work on behalf of SA Health.

To seek this approval, complete the SA Health Essential Traveller Application form. Your Cross Border Travel Registration cannot be processed for these categories until you have written approval from SA Health. A Health Exemptions Committee, led by the Deputy State Controller - Health, meets regularly to consider the applications.

Read more about Essential traveller health exemptions.

If you are entering South Australia from a Low Community-Transmission Zone you are not required to seek approval from SA Health, however, you are still required to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration.

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

All arrivals into Australia are required to complete mandatory, supervised quarantine in an SA Health 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 12. 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.

Arriving from New Zealand

Travellers arriving directly from New Zealand without being in any other overseas location are now permitted to enter South Australia without the requirement of a 14 day quarantine period, providing they have not entered any overseas jurisdiction (other than New Zealand) within the last 14 days. All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

Travelling overseas

All overseas travel is currently prohibited.

More information

International arrivals

Essential traveller health exemption

Self isolation and quarantine

Cross-border travel direction

Overseas travel self-quarantine direction

Page last updated: 16 January 2021