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Cross border travel

All travellers must make their application at least 7 days before travel.

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation in Victoria, South Australia Police has re-established border checkpoint stations at Yamba, Pinnaroo, Wolseley, Laurie Park, Penola, Myora, Glenburnie and Donovans/Nelson. Read more.

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

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.

Travelling from New South Wales

Effective 2:00pm 17 June 2021

People who arrived in South Australia prior to 2:00pm Thursday 17 June 2021 and who have been at a COVID-19 case location at the specified date and time on the Government of New South Wales website (with the exception of those COVID-19 case locations whose date is the 3, 4 or 5 June 2021) are subject to Level 5 requirements. This includes all close and causal contacts specified on the Government of New South Wales website.

Level 5 requirements are:

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • The person must receive a COVID-19 test within 24hrs and on day 5 and 13 into South Australia.
  • Must wear a face mask which covers their mouth and nose at any time that the person comes in contact with the public for 14 days after their arrival into South Australia.

People arriving in South Australia after 2:00pm Thursday 17 June 2021 (including Essential Travellers, SA residents and people genuinely relocating) who have been at a COVID-19 case location as either a close or casual contact at the specified date and time on the Government of New South Wales website above (except those relating to 3, 4 and 5 June 2021) are subject to Level 6 requirements and are not permitted to enter South Australia.

  • Exemptions apply for people who are escaping domestic violence, but these travellers are still subject to the Level 5 requirements as above.
  • Additional travel exemptions may also be granted with restrictions as determined by SA Health.

Entry into South Australia from NSW Requirements Table

Travelling from Victoria

Effective 4:13pm 15 June 2021

  • People from Greater Melbourne are not permitted to enter South Australia. This includes people who have been in Greater Melbourne within the last 14 days.

Note: The only exceptions are South Australian residents, people relocating and people escaping domestic violence and Essential Travellers.

  • People entering South Australia who have been in regional Victoria in the 14 days prior to their arrival are subject to Level 3 requirements:
    • COVID-19 test on day 1
    • Must self-quarantine until negative test result
    • Must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after arrival (unless Clause 9 applies)
    • No entry to a COVID Management Plan event >1000 people.

Note: Essential Travellers who are either Commercial Transport and Freight Service workers or Cross Border Community Members are exempt from the testing requirement if they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 7 days. Essential travellers need not comply with the self-quarantine requirement while they continue to be an Essential Traveller, performing the duties, functions or activities of their essential traveller status.

  • South Australian residents, people relocating and people escaping domestic violence entering South Australia having been in Greater Melbourne in the 14 days prior to arrival are subject to Level 4 requirements:
    • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13
    • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
    • Must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after arrival (unless Clause 9 applies)
    • Must wear a mask when in contact with the public for 14 days after their arrival.

Essential Travellers

Essential Travellers from Greater Melbourne have modified Level 4 requirements. Please refer to the Essential traveller requirements table for more information about the requirements for each category.

Essential Travellers or permitted arrivals driving into South Australia from Victoria are only permitted to use the following prescribed roads:

  • Sturt Highway, Yamba; Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo; Dukes Highway, Wolseley; Wimmera Highway, Laurie Park; Casterton Road, Penola; Glenelg Highway, Myora; Princes Highway, Glenburnie; Glenelg River Road, Donovans/Nelson

Essential Traveller Table - 16 June 2021

Entry into South Australia Table - Cross Border Travel No 16 in effect since from 4.13 pm 15 June 2021

Cross Border Community Members

Cross border corridor means: the area 70 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria. Therefore, anyone in this corridor is considered a Cross Border Community Member.

People living in cross border communities are still able to enter South Australia, but if you have been in Greater Melbourne , you will be subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13. Unless you can produce evidence of a COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 result within the previous 7 days.
  • No self-quarantine but must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days.
  • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that you come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after your arrival in South Australia.
  • Victorian Residents and South Australians travelling into Victoria should comply with current Victorian restrictions.

If you have been outside the cross border corridor, but only in regional Victoria, you are subject to modified Level 3 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1
  • Must self-quarantine until negative test result
  • Must not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after arrival (unless Clause 9 applies)
  • No entry to a COVID Management Plan event >1000 people.

Cross Border Community Members must have a current Cross Border Travel Registration form.

Victorian Residents and South Australians travelling into Victoria should comply with current Victorian restrictions.

Map of SA/VIC 70km border corridor

Passing through

Transit through Victoria is allowed:

  • Via Tullamarine airport on a flight from another state, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

Driving through Victoria is allowed:

  • after disembarking the Spirit of Tasmania
  • via regional Victoria (e.g. Mildura)
  • provided you travel via the most direct and practicable route and not stop in Victoria except in an emergency or for respite or other essential purpose (and if you do, you must wear a mask).

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 on day 1, 5, & 13.

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 on day 1, 5, & 13.

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 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 on day 1, 5, & 13.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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