All people planning to travel to South Australia from interstate and overseas, including returning South Australians, must apply through EntryCheck SA.

Completing your EntryCheck SA application

To complete your EntryCheck SA application:

  • Log in using your mySA GOV account.
  • If you don’t have a mySA GOV account, you will need to provide and verify an email address and mobile phone number to set up an account. You may need to check your junk or spam folder.
  • Provide some personal information including date of birth, address, Medicare card details (if you have one).
  • Upload evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination (e.g. vaccination certificate).
  • Provide details of the address where you have spent, or will spend, most of your time while outside of South Australia.

Entry conditions

When you have completed your EntryCheck SA application, you will be assessed depending of your level of risk and advised of any entry conditions.

On your planned day of arrival, you will receive an SMS that requests you click a link to confirm your arrival in SA.

You can find the level of risk determined for interstate local government areas on the SA Health website.

Vaccinated arrivals

Risk level

Arrival entry conditions

Very low risk

  • No evidence of COVID-19 community transmission
  • No entry conditions other than vaccination

Low risk

  • Evidence of COVID-19 community transmission
  • Population rate of full dose vaccination 90% or higher
  • Negative COVID-19 test result received in 72 hours prior to arrival in SA
  • Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA

Moderate risk

  • Evidence of COVID community transmission
  • Population rate of full dose vaccination 80% or higher
  • Negative COVID-19 test result received in 72 hours prior to arrival in SA
  • COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in SA
  • Quarantine until test taken
  • Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA

High risk

  • Evidence of COVID-19 community transmission
  • Population Rate of full dose vaccination 80% or lower
  • Negative COVID-19 test result received in 72 hours prior to arrival in SA
  • Quarantine as directed for 7 days after arrival
  • COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in SA
  • COVID-19 test again on days 6 and 13
  • Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA
  • No entry to high risk settings for 14 days after arrival
  • No entry to COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after arrival

International

  • Produce a negative COVID-19 test result received 72 hours prior to departure to SA
  • Quarantine as directed for 14 day after arrival
  • COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in SA
  • COVID-19 test again on days 6 and 13
  • Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA
  • No entry to high risk settings for 14 days after arrival
  • No entry to COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after arrival
Unvaccinated arrivals

Unvaccinated people planning to travel to South Australia must apply for an exemption to travel. Applications for an exemption from entry conditions are an extension of EntryCheck SA and can be made at the end of that application.

Vaccination requirements apply to all people more than 12 years and 2 months of age.

Vaccinated returning South Australian residents leaving the state for 72 hours or less are not required to test prior to arrival.

Testing requirements for arrivals from NSW

All arrivals from New South Wales will enter South Australia under level 3 (moderate risk) and are required to produce a pre-arrival negative test and test on arrival to SA and quarantine until test taken.

Close contact

If you have had close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 in the 7 days prior to your arrival in SA, you must not enter SA. If you have had close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your arrival in SA, you must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 13 after you were with them. Close contact means living with or spending time with someone.

Omicron variant concerns

Due to increasing concern around the new and potentially highly contagious Omicron Variant of Concern of COVID-19, SA has reviewed its international border restrictions. All international travellers arriving in SA, including travellers transiting through another Australian state, must now undertake 14 days quarantine. This includes all people who have arrived in South Australia since 23 November 2021. If you are currently in quarantine, you will be contacted to discuss your individual circumstances.

Returning SA residents

If you are a returning South Australian resident and you have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you can enter SA before 14 December 2021. You must apply for an exemption via the link in your EntryCheck SA outcome email. You must upload evidence of your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and booking for your second dose. You will be advised of your entry conditions in your exemption approval. After 14 December 2021, returning South Australian residents will need to have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter SA.

International quarantine

If you are arriving in SA from overseas, you may be taken to a medi-hotel upon arrival even if you have approval for home quarantine. This will allow for an assessment of your country of origin, suitability of housing and for a COVID-19 swab to be undertaken to confirm your negative result.

  • Has EntryCheck SA replaced SA Police and SA Health applications?

    Yes. From 23 November, EntryCheck SA replaced both the SA Police Cross Border Travel Registration and SA Health Travel Exemption applications.

    You cannot travel to South Australia without first completing travel approval.

    How long before I plan to travel can I complete my EntryCheck SA application?

    You can complete an EntryCheck SA application within 14 days of your planned arrival in South Australia.

    It is recommended you complete your application at least 72 hours before your planned arrival.

    How long will my EntryCheck SA application take to be processed?

    You will receive your outcome and any entry conditions via email shortly after submitting your application. This email will include detailed information of your entry conditions.

    You do not need to download the app before you travel.

    What do I need to show if requested by SA Police?

    Ensure you have the documents required, as outlined in your EntryCheck SA approval email

    This can include photo ID, evidence of your vaccination status, evidence of your pre-travel COVID-19 test or negative result (as required) and a copy of your EntryCheck SA approval email.

    You will need to show this for verification purposes if you are stopped by SA Police during your travel in SA.

    Do I need to complete an EntryCheck SA application if I am travelling to SA from overseas?

    Yes. All people over the age of 18 planning to travel to SA from interstate and overseas are required to complete an EntryCheck SA application.

    Children under the age of 18 can be listed as a dependent on a primary application or can submit their own application.

    I am an essential traveller with ongoing SA Police Cross Border Travel Registration approval, what do I need to do?

    Existing essential travellers will continue to be managed using existing processes until the approval expires, provided you have completed a full course of COVID-19 vaccination. When your ongoing approval expires, you must reapply using EntryCheck SA.

    I have SA Police Cross Border Travel Registration or SA Health Travel Exemption approval to travel to SA, what do I need to do?

    Approvals will continue to be managed using existing processes until the approval expires, provided you have completed a full course of COVID-19 vaccination. When your approval expires, you must reapply using EntryCheck SA.

    SA Health Travel Exemption approval will also be honoured until the approval expires.

    What happens to outstanding SA Police Cross Border Travel Registration or SA Health Travel Exemption applications?

    If you plan to travel to South Australia from 23 November 2021 and your application has not yet been approved, you should reapply via EntryCheck SA. This will ensure your application is processed in accordance with the new entry conditions.

  • What information do I need to provide in my EntryCheck SA application?

    You will be required to provide some personal information in your EntryCheck SA application.

    This includes your:

    • Name
    • Date of birth
    • Medicare number (if you have one)
    • Australian residential address (if you have one)
    • Contact number
    • Email address
    • Evidence of COVID-19 vaccination (if applicable)

    You will also be required to indicate if you have been overseas in the last 7 days. If you have not, you will need to enter the interstate address where you have spent or will spend the most time outside of South Australia in the 14 days before your planned arrival.

    Do all people in a travelling group need to complete an EntryCheck application?

    Yes. All people over the age of 18 must complete an individual EntryCheck SA application.

    Children under the age of 18 can be listed as a dependent on a primary application or can submit their own application.

    The address of my primary interstate location is not populating on the EntryCheck SA application, what should I do?

    If your address does not display in the EntryCheck SA application, you should enter the address of the nearest town. If you are offshore, please enter the departure location you left from (i.e. airport or port).

    This may occur in situations where the interstate location is a remote island or very remote location.

    I have EntryCheck SA approval, can I proceed to travel to SA?

    Yes. Once you have you EntryCheck SA approval you can travel to SA. On your planned arrival day, you will receive an email and SMS that requests you click a link to confirm your arrival in SA. Ensure you do this to declare you have arrived in SA.

    You will receive another SMS within 24 hours of completing doing this. This will include a unique identifier code to activate the app. If you don’t receive this follow up SMS within 24 hours of your arrival in SA, first make sure you have declared your arrival by clicking the link in your SMS or email.

    If your entry conditions include using HealthCheck SA, you can download the app from the App Store or Google Play. You must have an Australian app store account to access HealthCheck SA.

  • What entry conditions will apply?

    Your entry conditions will depend on your vaccination status and the determined risk of your primary interstate location or if you are travelling from overseas.

    Your primary interstate location is the address where you spent or will spend most of your time outside of South Australia in the 14 days before your planned arrival to SA.

    More information on entry conditions is available in the entry conditions table.

    If you have had close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 in the 7 days prior to your arrival in SA, you must not enter SA. If you have had close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your arrival in SA, you must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 13 after you were with them. Close contact means living with or spending time with someone.

    Do children under 12 need to comply with entry conditions?  

    Yes. All people on the application, including all dependants, must comply with all conditions of entry including all COVID-19 testing requirements. This includes children of all ages.

    Vaccination requirements apply to people aged 12 years and 2 months or older.

    How do I know the risk level of an interstate local government area?

    In states and territories where there is evidence of community transmission of COVID-19, the risk level of a local government area is determined by vaccination rates in that area.

    This information will be updated weekly, based on Australian Government vaccination data, and additional public health information that takes into account variations in data.

    You can find the level of risk of interstate local government areas on the SA Health website

    I am a cross border community member, what entry conditions apply to me?

    Cross border community members must apply through EntryCheck SA and will be granted a Cross Border Community approval.

    Cross border community members who leave the cross border corridor for 72 hours or less and travel to a Very low risk or Low risk LGA have no requirement when next entering South Australia.

    Cross border community members who leave the cross border corridor for more than 72 hours and travel to a Low risk LGA then enter SA within 7 days, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before they arrive in SA, or have a COVID-19 test upon arrival in SA and quarantine until negative result.

    Cross border community members who leave the cross border corridor for 72 hours or less and travel to a Low or Moderate risk LGA and enter SA within 7 days must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before they arrive in SA, or have a COVID-19 test upon arrival in SA and quarantine until negative result.

    Cross border community members who leave the cross border corridor for 72 hours or less and travel to a High risk LGA or arrive from overseas and enter SA within 7 days will be treated as High risk arrivals and will be subject to those entry conditions.

    For cross border community members who travel beyond the cross border corridor into SA with a person or people less than 12 years and 2 months, all travellers are required to have a negative result from a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to arrival in SA, get a COVID-19 test on arrival to SA and quarantine until a negative result, and complete symptom checks for 14 days using HealthCheck SA.

    I live in Nhill, what entry conditions apply to me?

    Nhill residents arriving in South Australia will need to have a pre-arrival negative test result 72 hours prior to arrival before they enter the state.

    If a person from Nhill is already in South Australia they will need to provide to an authorised officer evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result in the past 7 days. This is only required if requested.

    I am a Cross Border Community Member travelling with a child less than 12 years and 2 months of age. What are my requirements?

    A Cross Border Community Member ordinarily resident in Victoria or New South Wales travelling to a location in South Australia that is outside the cross border corridor who is, or is travelling with, a child who is less than 12 years and 2 months of age is required to:

    • have a pre-arrival negative result from a COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours prior to arrival in SA; and
    • have a COVID-19 test upon arrival in SA and quarantine until test.

    I am arriving in South Australia from New South Wales. What are my requirements?

    All arrivals from New South Wales are required to have a pre-arrival negative test and get a COVID-19 test on arrival to SA and quarantine until test taken.

    I am an Essential Traveller. What are my requirements to enter South Australia? Do I have to complete COVID-19 testing?

    An Essential traveller is not required to comply with the testing requirements if they are able to produce evidence of a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to their arrival, or a negative COVID-19 test result, submitted within the period of 7 days prior to their arrival.

    I am an essential traveller, what entry conditions apply to me?

    All people planning to enter South Australia must complete an EntryCheck SA application. This includes essential travellers.

    If you are an essential traveller, you can apply for an exemption from your entry conditions. You can apply for this exemption via the link in the outcome letter you will receive via email.

    Your exemption approval includes all entry conditions.

    I am travelling with an unvaccinated child aged between 12 years and 2 months and 18 years, what are our requirements?

    If you are travelling from overseas with an unvaccinated child aged between 12 years and 2 months and 18 years, you and everyone in your travelling group must quarantine for 14 days on arrival to South Australia. You must get tested on arrival and again on day 6 and 13 of quarantine. This is provided all people in your travelling group aged 18 years or older are vaccinated. Depending on your circumstances, your quarantine will be completed at home or at a medi-hotel.

    If you are travelling from interstate with an unvaccinated child aged between 12 years and 2 months and 18 years, you must apply for an exemption in the category ‘Unvaccinated child aged 12 to 18 years’. You can apply for an exemption via the link in your EntryCheck SA outcome email.

    Can I complete my required quarantine period at home?

    You may be permitted to complete your quarantine period at home, Airbnb, or suitable house or townhouse using HealthCheck SA.

    Depending on your circumstances, you may be directed to complete your quarantine period at a medi-hotel.

    Your entry conditions, including home or medi-hotel quarantine, will be outlined in your EntryCheck SA outcome or exemption email.

    If you have been overseas prior to your arrival in SA, you may be directed to quarantine in a medi-hotel. If you are eligible for home quarantine, you must complete home quarantine in suitable accommodation within 80 km of metropolitan Adelaide. Suitable accommodation is a residential house with no shared common spaces, including lifts, stairwells, carports or entrances (i.e. not an apartment or hotel room). This could be a rented space, such as an Airbnb and depending on circumstances, a townhouse may be suitable.

    I am a vaccinated South Australian leaving the state for less than 72 hours, do I need to get a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before arrival?

    Vaccinated South Australian residents leaving the state for 72 hours or less are not required to test prior to arrival back in SA.

    Depending on the risk level of the local government area you are visiting, you may be required to quarantine, get tested or complete symptom checks on your return to SA. Your entry conditions will be outlined in your EntryCheck SA outcome email.

    What kind of COVID-19 test do I need to have for my required tests?

    You must have a COVID-19 PCR nose and throat test. Rapid Antigen Tests are not accepted as fulfilling your testing requirements.

    What will be accepted as evidence of pre-travel testing?

    Evidence of having undertaken a COVID-19 test would include proof of test paperwork or evidence of test slip provided by the pathology provider at time of testing.

    Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result can be in the form of a SMS or a letter from an approved pathology provider.

    You must provide evidence of this upon request by SA Police. This does not need to be uploaded into your application.

    Do I need to pay for my required COVID-19 tests?

    There is no cost for COVID-19 testing in South Australia, if you get tested at a public health facility, drive through testing site, mobile testing centre or GP medical practice that offers bulk billing. Testing in other states may attract a fee.

    I have previously contracted COVID-19, what happens if I test positive in one of my required tests?

    If you have previously contracted COVID-19, you may test positive after you have recovered because of viral shedding. If this is the case, you will not be put back into isolation if you are not infectious. Depending on where you were diagnosed, you should have evidence of your COVID-19 clearance.

    You should advise staff of your previous diagnosis at the time of testing.

    What is a high risk setting?

    High risk settings include:

    • a residential aged care facility
    • a disability care facility
    • a prison, correctional facility, training centre or other place of custody
    • areas of public or private hospital (emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward, oncology ward)
    • health care services provided in any of the Aboriginal communities listed in Schedule 1, or any other Aboriginal community-controlled health service.

    Can I get an exemption from my entry conditions?

    Exemptions from conditions of entry can be requested after you receive your initial outcome.

    They will only be considered for the following reasons:

    • end-of-life visits
    • attending the funeral of a direct family member
    • urgent medical or dental treatment
    • national and state security and governance
    • specialist workers in essential sectors
    • remote or isolated workers
    • cross border community members
    • commercial transport and freight workers
    • domestic violence
    • unvaccinated child aged 12 to 18 years
    • passing through SA
    • returning SA resident

    Applications for an exemption from entry conditions are an extension of EntryCheck SA and can be made at the end of your initial application.

    Are there any alternative options for me if I am unable to get a COVID-19 test prior to arrival in South Australia?

    From 12.01 am on 29 November 2021, travellers entering South Australia from Low Risk or Moderate Risk LGAs will need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before arrival.

    I am a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Can I enter South Australia?

    A person (other than a domestic violence arrival) who has within the period of 7 days prior to arrival had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must not enter South Australia.

    I am a Cross Border Community member who left the Cross Border Corridor for 72 hours or less and have been in a very low risk or low risk LGA. Can I enter South Australia? What are my requirements?

    Cross Border Community members who leave the Cross Border Corridor for 72 hours or less and travel to a very low risk or low risk LGA have no requirement when next entering South Australia.

    I am a Cross Border Community member who left the Cross Border Corridor for more than 72 hours and have been in a low risk LGA. Can I enter South Australia? What are my requirements?

    Cross Border Community members who leave the Cross Border Corridor for more than 72 hours and travel to a low or moderate risk LGA then enter South Australia within 7 days are required to:

    • Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before they arrive in SA.

    I am a Cross Border Community member who left the Cross Border Corridor for 72 hours or less and have been in a low or moderate risk LGA. Can I enter South Australia? What are my requirements?

    Cross Border Community members who leave the Cross Border Corridor for 72 hours or less and travel to a moderate risk LGA and enter South Australia within 7 days will be required to:

    • Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival in SA

    I am a Cross Border Community member who left the Cross Border Corridor for 72 hours or less and have been in a high risk LGA. Can I enter South Australia? What are my requirements?

    Cross Border Community members who leave the Cross Border Corridor for any period  and travel to a high risk LGA or arrive from overseas and enter South Australia within 7 days will be required to:

    • Negative COVID-19 test result received in 72 hours prior to arrival in SA
    • Quarantine for 7 days using HealthCheck SA
    • COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in SA
    • COVID-19 test again on days 6 and 13
    • Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA
    • No entry to high risk settings for 14 days after arrival
    • No entry to COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after arrival.
  • What proof of COVID-19 vaccination do I need to provide?

    You must include proof of your COVID-19 vaccination in your EntryCheck SA application.

    This can include:

    • a COVID-19 digital certificate
    • an authorised immunisation history statement showing COVID-19
    • an exemption letter from a registered medical health practitioner.

    More information about accessing proof of your COVID-19 vaccination is available on the Services Australia website.

    What age will vaccination requirements apply?

    COVID-19 vaccination requirements apply to all travellers over 12 years and 2 months of age.

    I am not vaccinated, can I travel to South Australia?

    If you are aged 12 years and 2 months or older, you will not be permitted entry to South Australia if you have not completed a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine, or do not have evidence of a medical exemption from a registered medical practitioner.

    Exemptions from entry conditions can be requested, however, they will only be considered for very select reasons (i.e. compassionate visits).

    To apply for an exemption, you must first complete an EntryCheck SA application. You will then be able to apply for an exemption via the link in the outcome letter you will receive via email. You cannot apply for an exemption without completing an EntryCheck SA application.

    What if I have not completed a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine?

    If you have not completed a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, you will be classified as an unvaccinated traveller.

    If you are a returning South Australian resident and you have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you can enter SA before 14 December 2021. You must apply for an exemption via the link in your EntryCheck SA outcome email. You must upload evidence of your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and booking for your second dose. You will be advised of your entry conditions in your exemption approval. After 14 December 2021, returning South Australian residents will need to have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter SA.

    What if I have a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination?

    If you can’t get any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines for medical reasons, your doctor will need to update this on the Australian Immunisation Register. This will be recorded on your immunisation history statement and COVID-19 digital certificate.

    You will need to upload evidence of this to your application. This can include:

    • your COVID-19 digital certificate
    • your immunisation history statement
    • an exemption completed by a registered medical practitioner
    • a medical exemption endorsed by SA Health.

    I am a SA resident leaving the state, do I need to have completed a full course of COVID-19 vaccination to come back to SA?

    Yes. The vaccination requirement applies to all people arriving in South Australia, including returning residents. As soon as you leave South Australia, you must complete an EntryCheck SA application to come back into the state.

    Note: If you are a returning South Australian resident and you have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you can enter SA before 14 December 2021. You must apply for an exemption via the link in your EntryCheck SA outcome email. You must upload evidence of your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and booking for your second dose. You will be advised of your entry conditions in your exemption approval. After 14 December 2021, returning South Australian residents will need to have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter SA.

  • Technical support

    If you need technical assistance completing your EntryCheck SA application, contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 (8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days).

    Page last updated: 3 December 2021