From 23 November 2021, vaccinated Essential Travellers will be permitted to enter South Australia.

Essential Travellers include:

  • National and state security and governance
  • Specialist workers in essential sectors
  • Seasonal workers
  • Remote or isolated workers
  • Commercial transport and freight workers

Any requirement to quarantine will not apply for Essential Travellers, but they will not be able to enter high risk settings or COVID-19 Management Plan Events for 14 days.

Any requirement to test prior to or upon arrival will be satisfied if evidence of a test within 7 days can be produced.

All existing Essential Traveller Approvals will be honoured until they expire - at that time travellers will be required to make an application to enter South Australia using EntryCheck SA.

Essential Traveller approvals issued by EntryCheck SA will be for 3 months.

Unvaccinated Essential Travellers will be prohibited from entry, however may apply to SA Health for an exemption from this requirement.

Note: Designated Commercial Transport and Freight Workers from a very low risk area (Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia) can enter South Australia if they are not vaccinated, but has received, or will receive at least one does of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before 8 December 2021 and has evidence of a booking to receive a second dose. They will be required to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days prior to entry, or within 12 hours or arrival until they are fully vaccinated.

Commercial transport and freight workers are essential travellers who are involved in the provision of transport or freight services by road, rail, air or any other means on a commercial basis. This includes any crew, as well as support workers whose entry into South Australia is essential to the supply chain but who are not travelling in a heavy vehicle or train, for example, workers carrying out repairs or repositioning empty trailers and prime movers to carry freight, and rail track workers.

Commercial Transport and Freight

Testing options

Commercial transport and freight workers can access COVID-19 testing at any testing site in SA. They will be given priority access upon presentation of proof of employment.

Sites have been set up on major freight routes to assist with access to testing. Information on site location and opening hours is available at the below links.

More information on COVID-19 testing options is available on the SA Health website.

Testing evidence

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

Rapid antigen tests

Some commercial transport and freight workers entering South Australia from restricted zones will be directed to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test, in addition to the standard COVID-19 test.

Find more information about COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing at South Australian border sites.

Vaccination options

To ensure timely access to vaccination, walk-in appointments are available at the below dedicated commercial transport and freight worker COVID-19 vaccination site.

  • Tailem Bend COVID-19 vaccination clinic (7.00 am to 11.00 pm, 7 days)
    8786 Princes Highway, Tailem Bend

Walk-in appointments are also available for commercial transport and freight workers at the below SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Proof of employment to demonstrate eligibility, as well as evidence of the most recent negative COVID-19 test result is required.

Vaccination evidence

Evidence of vaccination could be any written documentation or electronic evidence.

An official hard copy vaccination record will be provided after the first COVID-19 vaccination appointment. This should be brought to the second appointment to keep a record of both vaccinations. It is important this record is kept as it contains medical information.

The vaccination information will also be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register, which can be accessed in the immunisation history statement of the myGov website using Medicare.

Anyone without a Medicare card can request an Individual Healthcare Identifier to access their immunisation summary through My Health Record.

More information

More information on heavy vehicle driver fatigue requirements is available on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.

Page last updated: 23 November 2021