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Cross border travel

There has been a community transmission case detected in NSW. Travellers arriving from NSW should check the NSW Health site and continue to monitor the site to identify if you have been in a site at the relevant time and if so, to seek a COVID-19 test and contact  SA Health. Alternatively, a person arriving from NSW if feeling unwell is encouraged to seek a COVID -19 test immediately.

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.

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

Currently, there are no COVID-19 testing or quarantine restrictions for travellers arriving in South Australia from interstate (other than NSW COVID-19 Case Locations).

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.

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.

Travel from Victoria

Effective from 12:23pm 12 May 2021

People who arrived in South Australia before 12:23pm on 12 May 2021, who have been at a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Public Exposure Site at the specified date and time on the Government of Victoria website are subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • 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
  • 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.

After 12:23pm on Wednesday 12 May 2021, all people including Essential Travellers and SA residents who have been at a Victorian exposure site listed on the Government of Victoria website are subject to Level 6 travel restrictions and not permitted to enter South Australia. An exemption applies for people escaping Domestic Violence.

However, these travellers are still subject to Level 5 travel restrictions. Additional travel exemptions may also be granted with restrictions as determined by SA Health.

See travel requirements here.

Note: All travellers must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration prior to their travel to South Australia. 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.

Travel from New South Wales

Effective from 12:01 am 7 May 2021

Travellers who arrive in South Australia prior to 12:10 am Friday 7 May 2021 and have been at a specified New South Wales COVID-19 case location listed on the Government of New South Wales website are subject to Level 5 travel requirements. See travel requirements here.

After 12:01 am on Friday 7 May 2021 all people including Essential Travellers and SA residents who have been at a specified New South Wales COIVD-19 case location listed on the New South Wales Government website are subject to Level 6 travel restrictions and not permitted to enter South Australia.
* Note an exemption applies for people escaping Domestic Violence. However, these travellers are still subject to Level 5 travel restrictions. Additional travel exemptions may also be granted with restrictions as determined by SA Health.

Note: All travellers must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration prior to their travel to South Australia. 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.

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”.

Overseas travellers

If you are travelling to SA having been in an overseas jurisdiction (excluding New Zealand) 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.

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.

Travellers arriving from New Zealand, 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