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Cross border travel

We are currently experiencing a large volume of Cross Border Travel Registrations and wish to advise that you may experience a delay in having your registration processed.

Please ensure that you complete your  Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days before travel.

As of 12:01am Saturday 27 March 2021, 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.

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration, irrespective of where they are travelling from.

Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.  People will experience delays on arrival if they have not completed an application for each person.

If you have current approval to enter SA you do not need to reapply. Conditions of entry will be updated upon the processing of your arrival. (Note: Travellers from NSW and the ACT please see additional requirements below)

If you do not currently hold approval to SA or your recent application, made under different circumstances, has been declined please complete the Cross Border Travel Registration.


Domestic travellers

Travellers entering South Australia by airplane must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when on the airplane or present at any airport.

Victoria

It is recommended that South Australian residents do not travel to Victoria.

Restrictions

All travellers who have been in Victoria in the past 14 days are prohibited from entering South Australia.

From 12:01am 19 July 2021, the Victorian Cross border corridor is defined as the area 40 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria.

Note: People who have been in Mildura Rural City Council on or after 11 July 2021, or any other Victorian exposure locations, must:

Essential Travellers, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping Domestic Violence who have been in Victoria in the previous 14 days, can enter South Australia, but are subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • 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.

Where a suitable place of quarantine is not able to be identified, those travellers will be referred to SA Health.

People who have visited Phillip Island since 12 July 2021, are recommended to get a COVID-19 test and contact SA Health immediately.

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Exceptions

Commercial Transport and Freight travellers who have been in Victoria, (New South Wales, or ACT) must comply with Level 4 requirements for self-quarantine, testing on days 1, 5 and 13 (or can provide evidence of a COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test result in the preceding 7 days), and wearing face mask in public after arrival in South Australia.

Furniture removalists must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours; or must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours.  Such travellers must wear a mask in public and QR code in at the testing station.

Transiting through Melbourne Airport

Transiting through Melbourne Airport on a flight from another state is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

New South Wales

Restrictions

From 12:01am 19 July 2021, any person arriving from New South Wales (excluding the LGA of Broken Hill) is currently prohibited from entering South Australia except for essential travellers and some permitted arrivals.

The New South Wales Cross Border corridor is now limited to the LGA of Broken Hill and communities in South Australia including Manna Hill, Olary, Tikalina and Cockburn.

Travellers outside of the corridor will no longer be permitted to enter South Australia unless they are an Essential Traveller and will be subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • 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.

People genuinely relocating and people escaping domestic violence, are subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Quarantine at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • 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.

Cross border corridor residents will still be permitted to enter South Australia however, only for a strict number of reasons:

  • Employment or education
  • Providing care and support or receiving care and support from another person
  • Obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies
  • Obtaining COVID-19 vaccination.

South Australian residents outside of the corridor travelling to Broken Hill and returning to South Australia will only be able to do so for essential work or with an SA Health exemption.

Returning South Australian residents are prohibited from entering South Australia. You must seek an exemption from SA Health to travel to South Australia.

Note: Submitting the Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will result in a declined application.

Victims of domestic violence can travel if their matter is urgent. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

Lord Howe Island, is a territory of NSW and should be aligned with New South Wales restrictions. In the event that a traveller wants to dispute the restrictions, they should be advised to lodge an exemption request with SA Health.

Exceptions

Essential travellers, who have been in New South Wales in the 14 days prior to arrival, may enter South Australia subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13
  • returning SA residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping domestic violence must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

People genuinely relocating and people escaping domestic violence, arriving from New South Wales will be subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine as directed
  • 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.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Commercial Transport and Freight travellers who have been in New South Wales (Victoria or the ACT) in the previous 14 days must comply with Level 4 requirements for self-quarantine, testing on days 1, 5 and 13 (or can provide evidence of a COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test result in the preceding 7 days), and wearing face mask in public after arrival in South Australia.

Furniture removalists must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours; or must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours. Such travellers must wear a mask in public and QR code in at the testing station.

Transiting through Sydney Airport

Transiting through Sydney Airport on a flight from another state is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

Passing through New South Wales via car

If you are commencing your travel in an unrestricted zone and providing you have not been in New South Wales in the past 14 days, you can enter South Australia with no requirements, as long as you travel through New South Wales via the most direct and practicable route and do not stop in New South Wales except in an emergency or for respite or other essential purposes (such as obtaining fuel). You must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time you come into contact with the public and cannot maintain physical distance during your journey through New South Wales.

Australian Capital Territory

Restrictions

Any person arriving from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is currently prohibited from entering South Australia.

Returning South Australian residents are prohibited from entering and those who complete the Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will result in a declined application. You must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve you to travel to South Australia.

People genuinely relocating and people escaping Domestic Violence from the Australian Capital Territory, will be required to quarantine for 14 days at a place determined by an Authorised Officer. Such travellers must receive approval from SA Health prior to arrival for a suitable location for quarantine upon arrival in South Australia. (Victims of domestic violence can travel if their matter is urgent.) Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

From 5.22 pm 16 July 2021, people who arrive in South Australia after completing 14 days in quarantine in the ACT and transiting immediately to South Australia are subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival)
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public.
  • A SA resident or person genuinely relocating to SA, who remains in NSW or ACT after completing supervised quarantine is subject to Level 6 and Level 5 requirements.

Commercial Transport and Freight travellers who have been in ACT (Victoria or New South Wales) must comply with Level 4 requirements for self-quarantine, testing on days 1, 5 and 13 (or can provide evidence of a COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test result in the preceding 7 days), and wearing face mask in public after arrival in South Australia.

Furniture removalists must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours; or must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours. Such travellers must wear a mask in public and QR code in at the testing station.

Exceptions

Essential travellers, who have been in the ACT in the 14 days prior to arrival may enter South Australia subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13
  • returning SA residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping domestic violence must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

People genuinely relocating and people escaping domestic violence, arriving from the ACT will be subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine as directed
  • 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.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Transiting through Canberra Airport

Transiting through Canberra Airport on a flight from another state is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

Northern Territory

From 12.01am 11 July 2021, any person arriving from Northern Territory is permitted to enter South Australia without restriction as long as they have not been in NSW, ACT and restricted zones in QLD in the past 14 days.

Essential travellers, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping Domestic Violence  who have been in a restricted area (NSW, ACT and parts of QLD) in the past 14 days, will be subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • 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.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Commercial Transport and Freight categories are excused from the COVID-19 testing regime if they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 result in the last 7 days if they have not been in Vic, NSW or ACT in the past 14 days.

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.

Western Australia

Restrictions

From 12.01am 11 July 2021, any person arriving from Western Australia is permitted to enter South Australia without restriction as long as they have not been in specified locations in QLD, NSW, ACT in the past 14 days.

Essential travellers, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping Domestic Violence arriving from Victoria who have been in a restricted area (specified locations in QLD, NSW, ACT) in the past 14 days, will be subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • 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.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Commercial Transport and Freight categories are excused from the COVID-19 testing regime if they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 result in the last 7 days if they have not been in Vic, NSW or ACT in the past 14 days.

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.

Queensland

Restrictions

From 12:01am 16 July 2021, all travellers who have been in Greater Brisbane in the past 14 days are prohibited from entering South Australia.
Greater Brisbane includes: City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Region, Sunshine Coast Region, Shire of Noosa, Gold Coast, Logan City, Ipswich City, Redland City, Lockyer Valley Region, Scenic Rim, Somerset Region.

Exceptions

Travellers from any other area of Queensland (including Townsville and the Big Red Bash) can enter South Australia with no restrictions.

Essential travellers and permitted arrivals (returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping Domestic Violence) who have been in Greater Brisbane in the 14 days prior to arrival may enter South Australia and are subject to Level 4 requirements :

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine and test in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller and must wear a mask in public.

Commercial Transport and Freight categories are excused from the COVID-19 testing regime if they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 result in the last 7 days if they have not been in Vic, NSW or ACT in the past 14 days.

Transiting through Brisbane/Gold Coast Airport

Transiting through Brisbane/Gold Coast Airport on a flight from another state, or travelling by road from regional Queensland to South Australia is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times.  If travelling by air, a person must not leave the airport; and if travelling by another mode of transport, a person must take the most direct route and only stop for respite, fuel or an emergency.

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is an external territory and unless specifically mentioned in the Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction, remains unrestricted. At present, there is no risk from Norfolk Island. Provided the travellers only transit through a mainland airport, travellers coming to South Australia from Norfolk Island are unrestricted.

Entry into SA Requirements table - in effect 17 July 2021

Victoria Essential Traveller - in effect 22 July 2021

Greater Brisbane/ACT/NSW Essential Traveller - in effect 22 July 2021

Cross Border Community members

New South Wales

The New South Wales Cross Border corridor is now limited to the LGA of Broken Hill and communities in South Australia including Manna Hill, Olary, Tiaklina and Cockburn.

NSW Cross Border Community Members who have only been in the Cross Border Corridor for the previous 14 days are not required to submit to the COVID-19 testing.

Travellers outside of the corridor will no longer be permitted to enter South Australia unless an Essential Traveller, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating and people escaping Domestic Violence, who are subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • 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.

Cross border corridor residents will still be permitted to enter SA however, only for a strict number of reasons:

  • Employment or education
  • Providing care and support or receiving care and support from another person
  • Obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies
  • Obtaining COVID-19 vaccination.

SA residents outside of the corridor travelling to Broken Hill will only be able to do so for essential work or with an SA Health exemption.

Victoria

From 12:01am 19 July 2021, the Victorian Cross border corridor is defined as the area 40 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria.

People who ordinarily reside in the Victorian cross border corridor may enter South Australia for the following reasons:

  • Employment or education
  • Providing care and support or receiving care and support from another person
  • Obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies
  • Obtaining COVID-19 vaccination.

VIC/SA Cross Border Community Members must:

  • Receive a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13. Unless they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 7 days.
  • 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.

They must remain in the cross border corridor while not in South Australia (i.e. do not travel beyond 40km of the South Australian border into broader Victoria for any purpose) and have not, during the period of 14 days before entering South Australia from the Victorian cross border corridor, been associating (in person) with persons from broader Victoria or other restricted zones outside of the cross border corridor.

Residents who travel beyond the cross border corridor will need apply as a permitted arrival or essential traveller on return.

VIC Cross Border Corridor 40km Map

Completing the cross border travel registration form

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.

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.

Levels system

A new graduated system for travellers entering South Australia has been developed. The Direction introduces six levels of requirements, restrictions or prohibitions, appropriate to the levels of risks associated with locations for people arriving in the State or have recently arrived in the State.  The Associated Direction specifies the different requirements applying to defined classes of arrivals (including overseas arrivals, essential travellers and permitted arrivals) and specifies places as restricted or prohibited zones.  The Associated Direction reflects the changes to restrictions imposed on travellers from different locations but should be read in conjunction with the General Direction. Each level provides requirements for a traveller dependent on risks associated with COVID 19 transmission in identified jurisdictions, as set out in the “Entry Requirements Chart”.

Entry requirement levels

If South Australia declares that arrivals from a specified location, or a class of arrivals from a specified location, are subject to level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 requirements, those arrivals, or class of arrivals, MUST comply with the requirements set out in the table below.

LevelRequirements
Level 1

COVID-19 test within 24 hours after their arrival in South Australia

No entry to high risk setting until negative test: A person must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia or until they get a negative COVID-19 test result unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.

Level 2

COVID-19 test within 24 hours after their arrival in South Australia, then on the 5th day and 13th day after their arrival.

Quarantine until first test: A person must comply with the self-quarantine requirements under clause 10 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021 until they submit to the first required COVID-19 test.

No entry to high risk setting until negative test: A person must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia or until they get a negative COVID-19 test result unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.

Level 3

COVID-19 test within 24 hours after their arrival in South Australia, then on the 5th day and 13th day after their arrival.

Quarantine until negative test: A person must comply with the self-quarantine requirements under clause 10 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021 until they get a negative COVID-19 test result.

No entry to high risk setting: A person must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in SA for a period of 14 days after their arrival in SA unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.

No entry to COVID Management Plan events: A person must not attend any event in South Australia with an approved COVID Management Plan or at which more than 1000 people are present for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Level 4

Self-quarantine: A person must comply with the self-quarantine requirements under clause 10 for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

COVID-19 test within 24 hours after their arrival in South Australia, then on the 5th day and 13th day after their arrival..

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.

Level 5

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

COVID-19 test within 24 hours after their arrival in South Australia, then on the 5th day and 13th day after their arrival.

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.

Level 6Prohibition on entry: A person must not enter South Australia.

A high risk setting means each of the following:

  • a residential aged care facility
  • a disability care facility
  • a prison, correctional facility, training centre or other place of custody
  • any of the following areas within a hospital
  • a facility for the provision of health care services
    • an emergency department
    • an intensive care unit
    • a respiratory ward
    • an oncology ward
  • health care services provided in any of the Aboriginal communities listed in Schedule 1 in the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021, or any other Aboriginal community controlled health service.

Overseas travellers

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.

If you are travelling to SA having been in an overseas jurisdiction (excluding New Zealand and the Cook Islands) in the last 14 days, you will be directed to quarantine at a place determined by an authorised officer for a 14 day period commencing on the date of arrival in Australia.

Any applicant who has completed supervised quarantine within Australia as a result of overseas travel must upload a copy of their completed quarantine certificate to their Cross Border Travel Registration.

If you need to speak to someone about your travel, phone the SA Information Line on 1800 253 787.

Travellers arriving from New Zealand and the Cook Islands, will not be required to quarantine or undertake a COVID-19 test upon arrival into South Australia provided the only location outside Australia that they have been in during the period of 14 days before their arrival in South Australia is New Zealand.

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.

Health exemption - Essential Traveller

Some Essential Travellers seeking to enter SA from Prohibited Locations will require written approval from SA Health before submitting a Cross Border Travel Registration to SA Police. An Exemptions Panel led by the Chief Public Health Officer and authorised officers, meets regularly to consider the exemption requests. Your Cross Border Travel application cannot proceed for these categories until you have written approval from SA Health. Attach approvals prior to applying.

All applications for Essential Traveller status from SA Health must be submitted using the online SA Health Essential Traveller Application form

Travellers will be required to wear a surgical face mask in SA when in contact with the public. All overseas travellers are required to have the mandatory COVID-19 testing on day 1, day 5, and day 13 of entry into SA.

The Health Exemption request application, with supporting evidence to support your request, should be submitted to the Exemptions Team as soon as possible and before you apply for a Cross Border Travel Registration from SA Police.

Apply for a health exemption

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


Related information

For more information go to www.covid-19.sa.gov.au