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Updates to COVID-19 Directions

13 Jan 2021 11:51pm

COVID-19 Directions have been updated in South Australia in response to the recent reduction of risk by people travelling from New South Wales.

Updates have been made to the Cross Border Travel and Supervised Quarantine Directions. These updates provide information on the lifting of restrictions for people coming from New South Wales and an update in requirements for supervised quarantine workers.

It is important that anyone intending to travel from New South Wales reads the following information.

Cross Border Travel Direction No 28

The Cross Border No 28 Direction comes into effect as of 12.01am Thursday 14 January 2021.

The key changes are as follow:

  • Entry from New South Wales
    • The following areas of New South Wales are now considered Prohibited Zones:
      • Greater Sydney Region (including the Blue Mountains)
      • Wollongong Local Government Area
      • Central Coast Local Government Area
    • People can now travel to South Australia from New South Wales if they are from areas other than the prohibited zones, but they are required to submit a COVID-19 test on days 1, 5 and 12. No requirement to self-quarantine.
    • Those people who currently live in the Cross Border Corridor (100 km either side of the border) must continue to produce evidence of a COVID-19 test every 7 days on arrival.
  • Visitors to aged care facilities
    • People from New South Wales from areas other than the Greater Sydney Region, Wollongong, Central Coast are now permitted to enter an aged care facility, but must submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12.
    • People travelling from the Greater Sydney Region, Wollongong, Central Coast in New South Wales and Greater Brisbane Area in Queensland are not permitted to enter an aged care facility unless they have an exemption and prior approval from the facility and SA Health as a pre-approved essential traveller.

    Supervised Quarantine Direction No 3

    The Supervised Quarantine Direction No 3 comes into effect as of 12.01am Thursday 14 January 2021.

    The only change to the Supervised Quarantine Direction is:

  • The requirement for all people working at an airport site (including those working in a red zone) that interact with overseas arrivals including crew and passengers and their luggage must receive a COVID-19 test at least every 8 days, for up to 14 days from the date they last worked at the site.

Other existing requirements remain. The information above only highlights the changes key made to the Directions and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to see the full Directions for further information.

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 27) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 28)(COVID-19) Direction 2021. The Emergency Management (Supervised Quarantine No 2)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Supervised Quarantine No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2021.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19