Updated COVID-19 Directions 2020- Cross Border Travel No 20, South Australia

An update has been made to the Cross Border restrictions in South Australia.

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 19) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 20) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect as of 0001 Tuesday 1 December 2020.

The Direction provides updates to the border restrictions for those travelling from Victoria and requirements for overseas arrivals.

Low Community Transmission Zones

People travelling from a Low Community Transmission Zone are able to enter South Australia without the need to quarantine or get tested for COVID-19 provided they have been in a Low Community Transmission Zone for 14 days. The Low Community Transmission Zones are:

  • The Australian Capital Territory;
  • New South Wales;
  • New Zealand;
  • The Northern Territory;
  • Queensland;
  • Tasmania;
  • Victoria; and
  • Western Australia.

***IMPORTANT- ALL people travelling to South Australia must still complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form here: https://forms.police.sa.gov.au/Runtime/Runtime/Form/CrossBorderTravel/

NOTE- Essential Traveller categories do not exist for people travelling from Low Community Transmission Zones.

Overseas Arrivals

Please note that the restrictions in relation to people arriving from overseas are still in place and can be found in detail within the Cross Border Travel Direction No 20, including a requirement to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

Essential Travellers now only apply to those people entering South Australia from overseas for the following categories:

  • National and state security and governance;
  • Commercial transport and freight services;
  • Health services, compassionate and other grounds;
  • Urgent medical, dental or health treatment; and
  • Foreign diplomatic or consular staff.

People who are approved as Essential Travellers under these categories (other than national and state security and governance or commercial transport freight services) are required to wear a surgical face mask for 14 days which covers their mouth and nose when they come in contact with the public.

Essential Travellers must keep and retain records of close contacts commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia for a period of 14 days.

Once the person ceases to be an Essential Traveller because they are no longer performing or travelling to/from their duties/functions/activities they must complete the remaining of their 14 day quarantine period which commenced on the day after arrival. For example air crew who arrive from overseas will be required to quarantine between such time as they are required to travel back to the airport to board another flight.

It is acknowledged that many restrictions still apply, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

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

For further information please 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

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