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Cross border travel

Domestic travellers

A Cross Border Travel application is required for domestic travellers and persons arriving from New Zealand if you are planning travel to SA.

You should aim to complete the cross border travel registration form at least 3 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.

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

If you already have an existing cross border approval, you do not need to reapply.

People with existing Cross Border Community Member approvals will  be able to use their existing approvals to travel into Victoria, or produce their drivers licence verifying their residence is within 70 km of the border.

On arrival

Checkpoints are located at major roads and Adelaide Airport.

At the SA 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.


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.

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

You may need to attach documentary evidence in your cross border travel registration application that meets the following criteria.

  • National and state security and governance
  • Commercial transport and freight services
  • Health Services, compassionate and other grounds
  • Urgent medical, dental or health treatment
  • Foreign diplomatic or consular staff
  • None of the above (repatriations approved by the Department of Home Affairs).

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 and 12 of entry into SA.

People applying for Health Services, compassionate and other grounds and Urgent medical, dental or health treatment will need to apply to SA Health for an approval prior to completing the cross border registration. 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.

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.

For more information, visit the essential traveller health exemption webpage.

Submit your SA health essential traveller exemption application.

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 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.

On arrival

Checkpoints are located at the Adelaide Airport.

At the 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.