To prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days.

You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • you have arrived in South Australia from Victoria
  • you have arrived in South Australia from overseas
  • you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19

During the 14 days you must stay at home (or in your hotel room if you have arrived from overseas) and not leave unless you need to seek urgent medical care.

For full details on self-isolation read the following advice from SA Health.

Self-isolation and quarantine advice


If you are directed by a health professional or law enforcement agency to quarantine for 14 days, you must do so.

A $1,000 on-the-spot fine can be issued to anyone breaching self-quarantine requirements.

SA Health and SA Police are working together to monitor people who should be in quarantine and fines may be issued to people who breach these directives.

Testing positive

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 read the following advice from SA Health.

Information about a positive result for COVID-19

Quarantine cost recovery

Quarantine fees have applied since Saturday 18 July, for Australian citizens and residents arriving in South Australia from overseas.

The following fees will apply:

  • one adult: $3,000
  • additional adults: $1,000 each
  • additional children: $500 each
  • child under 3: no additional cost.

The hotel quarantine fee is a fixed cost which includes meals and hotel room costs.

Travellers will be invoiced a fixed fee at the end of their stay and given 30 days to pay.

If you purchased your ticket before 12:00pm ACST on 13 July 2020, these fees will not apply.

Financial hardship

Australian citizens and permanent residents may apply for a fee waiver.

Use the form below if you have been invoiced by the South Australian government for mandatory quarantine fees and you are applying for financial hardship exemption or exemption due to pre-booked flights cancelled by an airline.

You will need:

  • Invoice number
  • Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residence

You may be asked for:

  • Income (payslips or proof of income source)
  • Evidence of living expenses (bank statements)
  • Evidence the flight was cancelled by the airline

Apply now

Or resume a saved application.

Payment plans are also available. For more details:

Frequently asked questions - quarantine and cost recovery (PDF, 229.4 KB)
Frequently asked questions - quarantine and cost recovery (DOCX, 572.4 KB)

More information

Information for the Community on COVID-19 - SA Health. This includes information on:

  • What to do if you're not feeling well
  • Information for maternity patients

You can also read the SA government directions

Isolation following diagnosis or close contact direction

Overseas travel self-quarantine direction

Page last updated: 22 October 2020