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Cross border travel

All travellers coming to South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days prior to travel, irrespective of whether they are from a low community transmission zone or a prescribed location.

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

Anyone with an Approved Essential Traveller Application that is due to expire on any date in January 2021 have automatically had their approval extended for a period of 6 months.  There is no requirement to make a new application.  Anyone who has an application that expired prior to January 2021 are required to reapply using the current process.

Domestic travellers

Effective 12:01am 14 January 2021, the following restrictions now apply to travel between New South Wales and South Australia.

New South Wales COVID-19 Traveller Information

The following areas of New South Wales are now declared Prohibited locations:

Travellers are not permitted to travel to South Australia from the above areas unless they are an essential traveller or an exempt person.

Travellers may travel to South Australia from all areas of New South Wales outside of the above areas, but must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

People escaping domestic violence, persons whom normally reside in South Australia, those relocating to South Australia and travellers who are transiting in or through NSW are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.

Travellers via car from the Low Community Transmission Zones are permitted to travel through NSW to enter South Australia providing they do not stop in Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast. They must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they come into contact with the public and cannot maintain physical distance during their journey and use the most direct route, only stopping for respite and essential purposes (such as fuel).

Travellers via plane from a low community transmission zone are permitted to transit through Sydney Airport for no longer than 2 hours and must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they are in transit (this includes on the plane and in the airport terminal).

Queensland Traveller information

People currently undertaking 14 days of quarantine from the Greater Brisbane Area prior to 12:01am on 17 January 2021 are not able to leave quarantine prior to the 14 days unless they have the approval of SA Health Exemptions Team.

Genuine re-locations

A person may only enter South Australia for the purpose of genuine relocation once. Evidence to demonstrate genuine relocation will be required when completing the cross border travel registration.

Commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia, the person must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from other persons, at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days not counting the day of arrival.

South Australian residents returning

South Australian residents returning must satisfy an authorised officer that -

a) they ordinarily reside in South Australia; and

b) the entry is for the purpose of returning to their place of ordinary residence in South Australia; and

c) they have not previously entered South Australia for this reason.

Commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia, the person must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from other persons, at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days not counting the day of arrival.

Domestic violence

Persons escaping domestic violence or providing support to a family member who is experiencing domestic violence; or where the entry is reasonably necessary for the purpose of dealing with circumstances arising out of domestic violence are permitted to enter South Australia.

Commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia, the person must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from other persons, at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days not counting the day of arrival.

Essential traveller requirements for entry into South Australia

Essential traveller table

Passing through - Schedule 2 - Essential travellers - restricted

People passing through South Australia must take the most direct and practical route and means, and:

  • have permission (if relevant) to enter the State or Territory that they are passing through South Australia to enter; and
  • cannot remain in South Australia for more than 72 hours; and
  • cannot remain overnight or for periods longer than one hour in the townships of Coober Pedy, Ceduna or Port Augusta other than to obtain take away food, groceries, petrol or other fuel, or supplies; and
  • avoid any non-essential contact with people in South Australia other than to obtain food, petrol or other fuel, or supplies.

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, please attach relevant documents to assist with assessment and determination.

Health exemption

Apply for a health exemption.

Cross Border Community Travel Zone

A Cross Border Community Travel Zone exists allowing for residents in the 100 km corridor of the NSW/SA border e.g. Wentworth/Broken Hill to enter SA and travel anywhere in SA.  Cross Border Community members arriving in SA are required to provide proof of a COVID-19 test, or test result, within the last 7 days, or submit to testing within 24 hours from arrival, and on day 5 and 12.

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.

People will require written approval from SA Health if they are travelling to South Australia from New South Wales and you are seeking essential traveller status or exemption for:

  • urgent medical, dental or health treatment
  • compassionate grounds
  • providing health services
  • any other circumstance not covered by an essential traveller category.

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 12 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.

New Zealand Traveller information

People currently in SA who have been in NZ on or after 14  January 2021 must submit to a COVID-19 test  within 24 hours and self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result and get tested again on day 5 and day 12.  (there is no requirement to self-quarantine after furnishing the first negative result, unless symptomatic).

People travelling to SA who have been in NZ on or after 14 January 2021  must submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hours from arrival in SA and self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. They must get tested again on day 5 and day 12.  (there is no requirement to self-quarantine after furnishing the first negative result, unless symptomatic).

People travelling from NZ on or after 26 January and arrive in SA (having been in NZ in the last 14 days) must quarantine at a medi-hotel, commencing on the date of arrival  for 14 days not counting the day of arrival, and be subjected to COVID-19 testing on day 1, 5 and 12.

Overseas travellers

If you are travelling to SA having been in an overseas jurisdiction in the last 14 days (excluding New Zealand), 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.

At the airport checkpoint you will need photo id and:

  • provide your online Essential Traveller number (ET00000000) to the Authorised officer, or
  • if you can’t provide your Essential Traveller number, provide your details to the Authorised officer so that they can verify your online application and issue you with an ‘interim status’ assessment,

If not done prior to arrival, complete the online registration form at the checkpoint.

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

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

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 12. 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.

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.