All travellers wishing to enter South Australia must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration with SA Police.

Some travellers seeking to enter SA from interstate and overseas will require written approval from SA Health before submitting a Cross Border Travel Registration to SA Police.

Who is this for?

People will require written approval from SA Health if they are travelling to South Australia from a restricted zone and are seeking an exemption for:

  • urgent medical, dental or health treatment
  • compassionate grounds
  • terminal/critical/end-of-life visits

People relocating from NSW/ACT, returning SA residents from NSW/ACT and people fleeing domestic violence must also receive written approval from SA Health before travel. (People fleeing domestic violence can travel if their matter is urgent.)

If you are travelling to SA from Sydney after completing 14 days of supervised quarantine, you do not need to apply for an exemption if you travel directly to the airport from your supervised accommodation. You will be required to adhere to testing and quarantine requirements on arrival to SA.

Depending on your circumstances and risk level, you will need to complete quarantine at a nominated address or a designated medi-hotel at your own expense.

All applications for essential traveller status from SA Health must be submitted using the online SA Health Essential Traveller Application form.

Please only complete one application per travelling party and include all names of those travelling.

Minors who arrive unaccompanied must quarantine with a carer for the full 14 day quarantine period. People must apply using the essential traveller health exemption application.

Before you begin

  1. You will need to provide written evidence to support your application. This can be a letter, email or scanned document from your treating doctor, workplace, funeral home, aged care facility or treating doctor of your immediate family member.
  2. SA Health will prioritise urgent requests wherever possible and this can be indicated in your application.
  3. You will be notified of the outcome by email. (Please check your junk mail folder).
  4. If approved, you will then need to submit your Cross Border Travel Registration using your SA Health Essential Traveller approval.

Anyone who has lodged an exemption request should not travel until they have received formal advice of the outcome of their request.

How to apply

Follow the link below to apply.

SA Health essential traveller application

Review of SA Health decision

The Health Exemptions Panel considers applications on a case-by-case basis, and an internal review may be considered independent of the Exemptions Panel.

If you wish to dispute a decision by the SA Health Exemptions team and panel, please reply to Health Exemptions to lodge your request for a review. You can provide additional information to support your request for a review of the decision, including:

  • supporting documentation that was not provided during the initial application,
  • circumstances that have changed since you initial application,
  • other information omitted from your initial application.

This will be review by two senior health officials, independent of the Health Exemptions Panel and you will be notified in writing of the outcome of the review.

If you wish to further dispute the outcome, you can contact the SA Ombudsman.

Page last updated: 24 July 2021