People who live close to the South Australian border on either side can apply for Essential Traveller status as cross-border community members while restrictions are in place on a state that shares a border with South Australia.

When restrictions are in place a "travel bubble" is created for cross-border community members. This travel bubble extends a specified distance either side of the border.

You can apply for cross-border community members status using the Cross Border Travel Registration form on the SA Police website.

Current cross-border travel bubbles

Restricted locationDistance
Victoria 70 km

New South Wales

Travellers from New South Wales are prohibited from entering South Australia with the exception of Essential Travellers, people escaping domestic violence and people from within the NSW/SA Cross Border Corridor travelling into South Australia to receive emergency medical care (including one carer).

Essential Travellers and will be subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

People escaping domestic violence, are subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Quarantine at a place determined by an authorised officer for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
  • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Note: A person may travel with a carer into South Australia to receive emergency medical care if they are ordinarily a resident in the NSW/SA cross border corridor. They are permitted to travel beyond the corridor. Unless the person is conveyed by emergency services they must produce evidence of the medical condition for which they are travelling for treatment.

A person must not have (during the period of 14 days before entering South Australia) been in a restricted zone outside of the NSW cross border corridor or been associating (in person) with persons from a restricted zone outside the relevant cross border corridors.

Emergency medical care means emergency surgery, procedures, medical and allied health consultations and medical consulting undertaken for the investigation, diagnosis and management of conditions where failure to do so expediently and safely will lead to the following outcomes:

  • loss of life; or
  • loss of limb;
  • permanent disability.

Victoria

The Victorian Cross border corridor has been extended to the area 70 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria.

Permitted purposes for travel are:

  • Employment or education
  • Providing care and support to or receiving care from another person or obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies
  • Obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Recreational or competitive sport.

Note: A person may travel with a carer into South Australia to receive emergency medical care if they are ordinarily a resident in the Victorian cross border corridor. They are permitted to travel beyond the corridor. Unless the person is conveyed by emergency services they must produce evidence of the medical condition for which they are travelling for treatment.

A person must not have (during the period of 14 days before entering South Australia) been in a restricted zone outside of the Victorian cross border corridor or been associating (in person) with persons from a restricted zone outside the relevant cross border corridors.

Emergency medical care means emergency surgery, procedures, medical and allied health consultations and medical consulting undertaken for the investigation, diagnosis and management of conditions where failure to do so expediently and safely will lead to the following outcomes:

  • loss of life; or
  • loss of limb;
  • permanent disability.

A South Australian resident who travels further than the Cross Border Corridor into a restricted zone is not permitted to return unless they are a person escaping domestic violence with Level 5 requirements or have an exemption from SA Health.

If you are a Cross Border Community Member who travels further than the Cross Border Corridor into Victoria you are not permitted to enter SA.

Cross Border Community Members (and one carer) are permitted to travel to SA including beyond the cross border corridor solely for emergency health care for the management of conditions where the failure to do so quickly and safely will lead to loss of life, loss of limb and permanent disability.

People can apply to SA Health for exemption and must receive approval from SA Health before travel.

Victorian Cross Border Corridor 70 km map (PDF, 546.3 KB)

Page last updated: 28 September 2021