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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

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.

Victoria COVID-19 traveller Information

In effect from 12:01 am 18 February 2021.

Travel from Greater Melbourne is still prohibited.

People are permitted to travel from Victoria including regional (other than Greater Melbourne) to South Australia providing they have not been in Greater Melbourne on or after 12.01 am on 4 February 2021.

Transiting through Melbourne Airport is now permitted providing the person has been in a Low Community Transmission Zone for the previous 14 days, are only in the airport for two hours or less and are wearing a mask the entire time they are in transit.

Transiting through Greater Melbourne is permitted providing the person has been in a Low Community Transmission Zone for the past 14 days, travels via the most direct route, wears a mask when coming into contact with members of the public and stops only for emergencies or essentials including fuel and respite.

People who have entered South Australia having been in Greater Melbourne, Melbourne Airport or Terminal 4 of Melbourne Airport who entered under a previous Direction must continue to adhere to the COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine requirements as directed.

Exemptions

People relocating to South Australia, South Australia residents returning and people escaping domestic violence are permitted to enter from Victoria however, they must self-quarantine for 14 days, receive COVID-19 tests on days 1, 5 and 12 and wear a mask when they have contact with the members of the public.

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.

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

People are now permitted to travel from New Zealand to South Australia providing they adhere to the following restrictions.

Any person travelling from the New Zealand must receive a COVID-19 test within 24 hours from arrival in South Australia and self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. They must get tested again on day 5 and day 12.  A person does not need to remain in self-quarantine after receiving the first negative COVID-19 test unless they have COVID-19 symptoms.

People who are currently in self-quarantine having travelled from New Zealand under a previous Direction are no longer required to complete the remainder of their 14 days, providing they have received at least one negative COVID-19 test. Travellers will need to get the remaining of their COVID-19 test on days 5 and 12.

Note: Travellers who arrived in South Australia prior to 14 January 2021 are not required to self-quarantine or obtain COVID-19 testing.

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: 23 February 2021