South Australia to move to ‘low risk’ border controls immediately

  • Effective immediately South Australia will move to ‘low risk’
  • Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Cautious approach comes after COVID-19 cases detected in South Australia
  • Transition based on latest health advice and controlled border arrangements
  • Based on the latest health advice, South Australia will immediately transition to a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction under Western Australia’s controlled border.

    Anyone entering from South Australia now or has travelled through South Australia since July 8, 2021 and is entering WA from now, will be subject to the following strict conditions: 

    • present for a COVID-19 test on arrival (within 48 hours) and on day 12;
    • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
    • complete a G2G Pass declaration prior to arrival, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions they have been in the previous 14 days;
    • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to their self-quarantine premise.

    Recent arrivals into WA from South Australia must monitor for symptoms and present for a COVID-19 test as soon as symptoms develop.

    Anyone who has been to a South Australia exposure site at the specific times must self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested within 48 hours and at day 12.

    It is important that these people familiarise themselves with the latest exposure sites, as contact tracing continues to uncover more sites in South Australia.

    South Australia now joins the Australian Capital Territory as low risk. New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria are all classified as ‘medium risk’ and the Northern Territory and Tasmania are classified as ‘very low risk’.

    The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls.

    WA’s border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals.

    More information on WA’s controlled borders is available at

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “Given the fast evolving situation in South Australia, we need to upgrade our border controls to do everything we can to keep COVID-19 out of our community.

    “Effective immediately all travellers from South Australia will need to undergo testing and self-quarantine for 14 days.

    “Western Australia’s controlled border arrangements are instrumental in keeping our community safe.

    “These changes will no doubt be disruptive and cause frustration but we need to do everything necessary to lock out this virus, especially when there are numerous Delta variant outbreaks on the eastern seaboard.

    “I urge any Western Australian that has recently travelled to South Australia to come home immediately – as the hard border may need to return if the situation escalates further.”

    As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “Following the advice from the WA Chief Health Officer we will be strengthening our borders.

    “We’ve always taken an extra cautious approach and this has kept WA safe.

    “The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor situation to determine if any further measures are required.”

    Premier’s office – 6552 5000

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