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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

Anyone entering South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form on the SA Police website prior to their travel.

South Australia's borders are open to travellers from interstate. Only people who have been in a nominated Restricted Zone (below) are subject to entry requirements or restrictions.

Victorian Restricted Zone

Effective from 12:23 pm 12 May 2021

People who arrived in South Australia before 12:23 pm on 12 May 2021, who have been at a tier 1 and/or 2 Public Exposure Site at the specified date and time on the Government of Victoria website are subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • 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.

After 12:23 pm on Wednesday 12 May 2021, all people including Essential Travellers and SA residents who have been at a Victorian exposure site listed on the Government of Victoria website are subject to Level 6 travel restrictions and not permitted to enter South Australia.

An exemption applies for people escaping Domestic Violence. However, these travellers are still subject to Level 5 travel restrictions.

Additional travel exemptions may also be granted with restrictions as determined by SA Health.

New South Wales Restricted Zone

The New South Wales restricted zone means those locations and times listed as COVID-19 case locations on the NSW Health website.

People who arrived in South Australia before 12:01 am on 7 May 2021, who were present in the New South Wales restricted zone are subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • 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.

After 12:01 am on Friday 7 May 2021, all people including Essential Travellers and SA residents who have been at a specified New South Wales COIVD-19 case location listed on the New South Wales Government website are subject to Level 6 travel restrictions and not permitted to enter South Australia. An exemption applies for people escaping domestic violence. However, these travellers are still subject to Level 5 travel restrictions. Additional travel exemptions may also be granted with restrictions as determined by SA Health.

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.

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 Entry requirements chart (PDF, 86.5 KB).

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).

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.

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, 111.8 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

International arrivals

Essential traveller health exemption

Self isolation and quarantine

Cross-border travel direction

Page last updated: 14 May 2021