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Cross border travel

From 12:01am Wednesday 29 July 2020, South Australian residents will no longer be able to return to South Australia from Victoria. Only essential travellers will be able to enter South Australia from Victoria.

If you are planning travel to SA, aim to complete the cross border travel registration form at least 14 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.

All travellers intending to enter SA should register. This includes:

  • people entering from unrestricted states (NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • people entering from permissible states (ACT and NSW)
  • essential travellers
  • SA residents returning home from any other state except VIC, regardless of how long they were interstate.

Essential traveller status

The essential traveller categories are:

  • National and state security and governance
  • Emergency service workers
  • Commercial transport and freight services
  • Remote or isolated workers
  • Cross border community members
  • Health services
  • Specialist workers in essential sectors
  • Urgent medical, dental or health treatment
  • Passing through
  • Compassionate grounds
  • Exemption provided by SA Health
  • Foreign diplomatic or consular staff.

If you are an essential traveller, you will need to provide evidence in your cross border travel registration form.

If you are seeking an essential traveller status for health services or urgent medical, dental or health treatment, you must attach written evidence of an approval from SA Health to assist in your application. If you do not have written approval, contact SA Health at HealthExemptions.Covid19@eso.sa.gov.au.

If you are an essential traveller, you will need to provide evidence in your cross border travel registration form.

If you already have an essential traveller status under the cross border community member category and your circumstance has not changed you do not need to complete the cross border travel registration form.

Essential travellers living in cross border communities can still enter SA.

If you are entering from NSW you cannot travel further than 50 kilometres over the border into SA.

If you are entering from VIC you cannot travel further than 40 kilometres over the border into SA.

Some essential travellers will be required to wear a surgical face mask in SA when in contact with the public.

At the border

There are checkpoints at roads leading into SA from NSW and VIC, and at Adelaide airport.

No travellers from VIC other than essential travellers are permitted to travel to SA. Checkpoints or road blocks will be set up at all border crossings between SA and VIC.

Travellers must enter SA by one of these roads:

Sturt Highway, Yamba
Wentworth Road, Renmark
Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo
Dukes Highway, Wolseley
High Street, Frances (which terminates at Minimay—Frances Road, Frances)
Wimmera Highway, Laurie Park
Edenhope Road, Wrattonbully
Casterton Road, Penola
Glenelg Highway, Myora
Princes Highway, Glenburnie
Glenelg River Road, Donovans/Nelson
Lindsay Point Road—Lacey Avenue, Murtho
Summerton Road—Mulcra Road (becomes Panitya North Road), Pinnaroo
Wolseley Road—Serviceton North Road, Wolseley
Binnum—Benayeo Road, Binnum
Shepherds Road—Kybybolite Road, Kybyolite
Langkoop Road—Casterton-Naracoorte Road, Koppamurra
Derghom Road—Dorodong Road, Penola
Mingbool Road, Pleasant Park
Caroline Road, Caroline
Dry Creek Road, Caroline.

At the SA checkpoint you will need photo id and if you:

  • already have an essential traveller status under the cross border community member category provide the police officer with your existing approval notice, or
  • already have your online pre-approval receipt number provide this to the police officer, or
  • have completed the online cross border travel registration form but not received your pre-approval receipt number tell the police officer so that they can verify your online form and issue you with an ‘interim status’ assessment, or
  • haven’t filled out the online cross border travel registration form the police officer will complete the online form with you and issue you with an ‘interim status’ assessment.

All traveller arrivals will be registered on police systems to allow compliance checking of self-quarantine requirements if required.

Testing of arrivals

COVID-19 testing requirements for people entering from NSW/VIC/ACT

All non-essential travellers from NSW and ACT are required to have a COVID-19 test on day 1 and day 12 upon entry into SA, and must remain in self-quarantine for 14 days.

Essential travellers in categories defined as commercial transport and freight, remote and isolated workers or cross border community members who are approved to enter SA must obtain a test as soon as practicable within seven days of entering SA, but can still travel across the border into SA once within this period. They must produce evidence of having a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than seven days old, upon request from an Authorised Officer (eg SA Police Officer). Self-quarantine restrictions may still apply.

All other essential travellers (other than those mentioned above or passing through) are required to have the mandatory COVID-19 testing on day 1 and 12 of entry into SA.

For more information visit the cross-border travel page.

You can use the referral form you received at the border to attend a drive-through testing clinic.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-quarantine while waiting for test results.

Online application

Registration

SAPOL will confirm each application and assess them to determine a traveller’s status.

Your application will be assessed to determine whether you are:

  • able to travel without restriction (including people arriving directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • required to self-quarantine on arrival for 14 days and submit for testing (including people arriving directly from ACT or NSW)
  • an essential traveller, with or without self-quarantine restrictions
  • unable to enter SA.

When completing the cross border travel registration form, you are requested to provide as much detail as possible in the short description of why you are travelling. If you are an essential skills worker, transport, or entering for compassionate grounds, include a summary of:

  • who you work for, or the business ABN details or person you are visiting
  • why you are entering the state
  • how long you will be in the state and whether you will return often.

If you are unable to complete the online cross border travel registration form you can still proceed to the border and a police officer will assist.  The border process will be significantly faster if your details have been entered before you arrive and an assessment has been made. 

However, travellers from VIC should be aware that unless they are essential travellers they will not be permitted to enter SA.

Assessment

Note: SAPOL have received a surge in applications.

Once your application has been processed you will receive an email with:

1. A pre-approval receipt number that you will need to take with you to the border.

2. An assessment with ‘single status’ or ‘ongoing status’ approval to determine whether you are:

  • Able to travel without restriction - including people arriving directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA.
  • If you are non-essential traveller and you are planning to travel through NSW or the ACT to get to SA you will have to self-quarantine for 14 days, including via airports.
  • If you are a non-essential traveller and you are planning to travel from VIC to SA, you will not be permitted to enter SA. If you travel into SA by plane are are assessed as being prohibited from entering, you will be returned to VIC.
  • An essential traveller from NSW, ACT or VIC will be able to travel, with or without self-quarantine restrictions.
  • Self-quarantine requirements include residing and remaining at a suitable place, segregated from other persons following arrival for 14 days.

Notification

You will be notified by email of your status as soon as possible and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.

If your application is declined you may receive an email asking for more information, this can include documentation or adding to your description information about why you want to enter SA.

Instructional video

Video - Online cross border travel registration form instructions

If you need to speak to someone about your travel

Phone the SA Information Line on 1800 253 787.

Fill out your cross border travel registration form

Frequently asked questions - Pre-approved process

How do I apply to get a pre-approval to cross the border

The pre-approval process can be accessed via the South Australia Police website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/border-form.

Do I need anything before I start the application

Yes. If you want to apply for an Essential Traveller status then you will need to provide evidence. Examples of evidence for each category can be found here

You will also need to provide details in the short description of why you are travelling, if you are an essential skills worker, transport or entering for compassionate grounds. Things to include the business you work for, reasons for visiting, a summary of why you need to enter the state as an essential traveller and if necessary how often you will be travelling to the state.

What should I write in the short description of why you meet the selected criteria box

It is important that people assessing applications know why you are entering the state. Although the description only needs to be short, include a summary of the business or who you are visiting, why you are entering the state, how long you will be in the state and whether you will return often.

Who is managing the pre-approval process and how long until I receive my approval

A dedicated team of SAPOL staff will assess your application.

We have received an unprecedented number of Cross Border Travel Registrations.

Consequently, we are currently experiencing a delay in application processing times, and wish to advise that all Cross Border Travel Registrations will be processed as quickly as possible.

If you have already completed the Cross Border Travel Registration, please commence your travel plans to South Australia and have all relevant documentation available to present to SA Police.

Note: If you are a Victorian traveller, it would be advised to receive your approval prior to travel to the border as you may not be permitted to travel into South Australia. Please consider applying as early as possible.

On arrival in South Australia, travellers will be processed by SA Police to verify identification and their purpose of travel.

Do I have to apply for pre-approval before arriving at a border

No. Travellers can still travel without pre-approval but they will complete the process at the border with police officers.

Note: Victorian travellers should have a pre-approval otherwise their entry into SA may not be permitted.

If I have my pre-approval do I still have to stop at the border

Yes. Your pre-approval will make the process faster, but police will still check your pre-approval receipt number and status at the border.

What if I have applied but did not get the pre-approval receipt number in time

Police on the borders will still be able to assess your situation and determine your status.

What if I don't have the pre-approval receipt number with me when I cross the border

Police can access your application at the border using your name and ID/Driver’s licence,

If I am travelling with multiple people, do we all need to apply for pre-approval

All individuals need to apply for pre-approval, there are no joint applications.

If I have to cross the border regularly, do I have to do this application every time

Essential travellers of certain categories may be given an approval receipt number which can be used for a period of time. This will be on a case by case basis

What if I have a South Australian driver's licence and live in the state

Everyone entering South Australia, even residents will need to complete the pre-approval process or apply for a status when they arrive at the border.

What if my application gets declined

If your application is declined you may receive an email asking for more information, this can include documentation or adding to your description information about why you want to enter South Australia.